‘Still Alice,’ ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,’ ‘Orange Is the New Black’ and ‘The Middle’ Win Humanitas Prize Honors

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Still Alice,” “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” “Orange is the New Black” and “The Middle” won the top prizes Thursday at the 41st annual Humanitas Prize awards.

“Still Alice” screenwriters Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer topped the feature film category, while “Me and Earl and the Dying Girls’s” Jesse Andrews nabbed the Sundance feature film prize. Jim Danger Gray and Jenji Kohan of Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” and DeAnn Heline and Eileen Heisler of ABC’s “The Middle” scored top TV hour and half-hour wins.

The $225,000 in prize money was divvied between a total of 21 film and TV writers, whose programs “entertain, engage and enrich the viewing public.”

“We are so proud and honored to add this year’s Humanitas Prize winners to the long list of writers whose work has both entertained and inspired us for the past four decades,” said Humanitas executive director Cathleen Young. “It is a formidable group.”

Here is a complete list of winners:

Feature Film Category
STILL ALICE Written by: Wash Westmoreland & Richard Glatzer

Sundance Feature Film Category
ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL Written by: Jesse Andrews

Documentary Category
LANDFILL HARMONIC Written by: Brad Allgood

60 Minute Category
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK “Trust No Bitch” Written by: Jim Danger Gray & Jenji Kohan

30 Minute Category
THE MIDDLE “The Graduate” Written by: DeAnn Heline & Eileen Heisler

Children’s Annimation
ARTHUR “The Tardy Tumbler” Written by: Matt Hoverman

Children’s Live Action
GORTMER GIBBON’S LIFE ON NORMAL STREET “Gortimer and the Surprise Signature” Written by: Garrett Frawley & Brian Turner

New Voices Winners
Lauren Goodman
Jason Holtham
Chisa Hutchinson
Dario & Damir Konjicija

Center Theatre Group Playwriting Prize Winners
First Prize: GOOD GRIEF Written by: Ngozi Anyanwu
Second Prize: THE HOUSE IN SCARSDALE Written by: Dan O’Brien
Third Prize: LORD OF THE UNDERWORLD’S HOME FOR UNWED MOTHERS Written by: Louisa Hill

The David & Lynn Angell Fellowship in Comedy Writing
IRL (In Real Life) “Pilot” Written by: Jane Miller, UCLA

The Humanitas Student Drama Fellowship
HOMECOMING “Pilot” Written by: Adrienne Rush, Florida State University

(Pictured: “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”)

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  1. Shaw says:

    Congrats to all, in particular, The Middle, such a shame that The Middle’s actors and writers don’t get all the kudos they deserve.

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