Humanitas taps 41 scribes

Awards honor 'vision of a more humane world'

See nomineesHOLLYWOOD — Forty-one scribes in seven different categories have been named as finalists for the Humanitas prize, it was announced Monday.

The finalists, selected from a pool of 353 total entries, will be competing for $105,000 in prize money.

Feature film finalists are Antwone Fisher (“Antwone Fisher”), Peter Hedges and Chris and Paul Weitz (“About a Boy”) and Ronald Harwood (“The Pianist”). Scribes of “In America,” “Pieces of April,” “Raising Victor Vargas” and “Whale Rider” will face off in the Sundance Feature Film category.

TV skeins recognized with noms include “The Bernie Mac Show,” “Boomtown,” “ER” and “Without a Trace.”

“The stories we honor give insight into what it means to be human and gives us a vision of a more humane world,” commented Humanitas prexy Frank Desiderio.

Past Humanitas honorees include Steven Bochco (“Hill Street Blues”), Alan Alda (“MASH”), David E. Kelley (“The Practice”), and “Good Will Hunting” co-writers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

kudofest will be held July 10 at the Hilton Universal Hotel.

And the nominees/finalists are


About a Boy Screenplay by: Peter Hedges and Chris Weitz & Paul Weitz (Universal Studios)

Antwone Fisher Written by: Antwone Fisher (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

The Pianist Screenplay by: Ronald Harwood (Focus Features)

90 MINUTE CATEGORY ($25,000)

Door to Door Written by: William H. Macy & Steven Schachter (TNT)

Our America Teleplay by: Gordon Rayfield (Showtime)

Path To War Written by: Daniel Giat (HBO)

60 MINUTE CATEGORY ($15,000)

“Fearless” (Boomtown) Teleplay by: Graham Yost, Story by: Graham Yost & Mykelti Williamson (NBC)

“Final Judgement” (The Practice) Written by: David E. Kelley (ABC)

“In Extremis” (Without a Trace) Written by: Francisco Castro (CBS)

“On the Beach” (ER) Written by: John Wells (NBC)

30 MINUTE CATEGORY ($10,000)

“Rooms With a View” (Frasier) Written by: Dan O’Shannon & Lori Kirkland & Bob Daily (NBC)

“Sweet Home Chicago Part I” (The Bernie Mac Show) Teleplay by: Warren Hutcherson & Kriss Turner, Story by: Larry Wilmore (Fox)

“Sweet Home Chicago Part II” (The Bernie Mac Show) Teleplay by: Teri Schaffer & Steve Tompkins, Story by: Larry Wilmore (Fox)


Maniac Magee Teleplay by: Michael Nolin & Jack Zurla & Mark Zaslove (Nickelodeon)

A Ring Of Endless Light Teleplay by: Marita Giovanni and Bruce Graham (Disney Channel)

You Wish! Teleplay by: Christopher Reed & Cynthia Carle (Disney Channel)


“Jimmy” (Static Shock) Teleplay by: Dwayne McDuffie, Story by: Alan Burnett, Dwayne McDuffie (WB)

“Common Sense” (Liberty’s Kids) Written by: Marc and Elaine Zicree (PBS)

“Liberty or Death” (Liberty’s Kids)


In America Written by: Jim Sheridan, Naomi Sheridan, Kirsten Sheridan (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Pieces Of April Written by: Peter Hedges (United Artists)

Raising Victor Vargas Written by: Peter Sollett Story by: Peter Sollett and Eva Vives (Samuel Goldwyn Films)

Whale Rider Screenplay by: Niki Caro (New Market Films)