Netflix, ABC Score Multiple Humanitas Prize Nominations

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The finalists for the 41st Annual Humanitas Prize were announced today, with the nominees encompassing television and film writers whose work “explores the human experience in a way that both entertains and enlightens.”

Thirty-eight writers were named finalists in ten categories. They will be competing for $225,000 in prize money during the gala held on Feb. 11.

Among those nominated on the film side are Wash Westmoreland & Richard Glatzer for “Still Alice,” Jesse Andrews for “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” and Laura Poitras for the documentary “Citizenfour.” TV series recognized include “Orange is the New Black,” “The Affair,” “Madam Secretary,” “Blackish,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “The Middle.”

Presenters include Jane Anderson, Jenny Bicks, Liz Brixius, Cindy Chupack, Misan Sagay, Janine Sherman-Barrios and Pier Carlo Talenti.

“Good writing gets big actors attached, gets executives to give the green light, and keeps the audience tuning in week after week,” President Ali LeRoi said. “It’s the writing that sparks the fire and builds the community. But the act of writing, the actual doing of the thing, is often lonely, isolated, and fraught with fears and doubts. It takes not only great talent, but great vision, drive, perseverance, and bravery to write truly groundbreaking stories.”

Read the full list of the 2015 Humanitas Prize finalists below:

Feature Film Category
STILL ALICE Written by: Wash Westmoreland & Richard Glatzer
TESTAMENT OF YOUTH Written by: Juliette Towhidi
THE GOOD LIE Written by: Margaret Nagle

Sundance Feature Film Category
DOPE Written by: Rick Famuyiwa
EXPERIMENTER Written by: Michael Almereyda
ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL Written by: Jesse Andrews

Documentary Category
CITIZENFOUR Written by: Laura Poitras
LANDFILL HARMONIC Written by: Andrew Allgood
SOUTHERN RITES Written by: Josh Alexander

60 Minute Category
MADAM SECRETARY “Face the Nation” Written by: Matt Ward (CBS)
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK “Trust No Bitch” Written by: Jim Danger & Jenji Kohan (Netflix)
THE AFFAIR “Pilot” Written by: Sarah Treem & Hagai Levi (Showtime)

30 Minute Category
BLACKISH “Please Don’t Ask, Please Don’t Tell” Written by: Peter Saji (ABC)
THE MIDDLE “The Graduate” Written by: DeAnn Heline & Eileen Heisler (ABC)
UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT “Kimmy Goes Outside!” Written by: Tina Fey & Robert Carlock (Netflix)

Children’s Animation Category
ARTHUR “The Tardy Tumbler” Writter: Matt Hoverman

Children’s Live Action Category
GORTIMER GIBBON’S LIFE ON NORMAL STREET “Gortimer and the Surprise Signature” Written by: Garrett Frawley & Brian Turner
GORTIMER GIBBON’S LIFE ON NORMAL STREET “Ranger and the Legend of Pendragon’s Gavel” Written by: Gretchen Enders
LIV AND MADDIE “Rate-A-Rooney” Written by: Jennifer Keene, John D. Beck & Ron Hart

Jane Miller, UCLA
Andrew Hu, AFI
Eugenie Carabatso, Carnegie Mellon

Juliana Rabadjijia, Boston University
Kimberly Guerrero, UC Riverside
Adrienne Rush, Flordia State University

Lauren Goodman
Jason Holtham
Chisa Hutchinson
Dario Konjicija
Damier Konjicija

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