The Writers Guild of America, West, has tapped screenwriter-playwright David Mamet to receive its Screen Laurel Award this year.
Kudos will be presented at the 57th annual Writers Guild Awards ceremony Feb. 19, held simultaneously at the Hollywood Palladium and the Pierre Hotel in Gotham.
“Writers everywhere stand in awe of David Mamet for his extraordinary ear, his penetrating eye and his unique voice,” said Daniel Petrie Jr., WGA West prexy. “His amazing body of work reflects his uncompromising vision.”
Mamet’s screenplay debut was his 1981 adaptation of “The Postman Always Rings Twice.” He earned an Oscar nomination for his screenplay for “The Verdict” in 1982.
He penned “The Untouchables” and “We’re No Angels” and made his directorial debut with “House of Games,” which he adapted from his play in 1987. He also wrote and directed “Spartan,” “Heist,” “Lakeboat” (based on his first play), “State and Main,” “The Winslow Boy,” “The Spanish Prisoner,” “Homicide” and “Things Change.”
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Mamet and co-scripter Hilary Henkin shared an Oscar nom for adapted screenplay for “Wag the Dog.”
Mamet’s theatrical works include the Tony-nominated “Speed-the-Plow,” “The Cryptogram,” “The Shawl,” “Prairie du Chien,” “The Old Neighborhood,” “Edmond” and “Boston Marriage.”
His latest play, “Romance,” premieres next month at Gotham’s Atlantic Theater Company, while “Glengarry Glen Ross” is due for a Broadway revival in May.
TV projects include “Lansky,” “Texan,” “The Water Engine” and “Uncle Vanya.” PBS also filmed his play “A Life in the Theater.”
Mamet is slated to write and direct the satire “Joan of Bark: The Dog That Saved France,” to star Will Ferrell, for Columbia Pictures.
Previous recipients of the Screen Laurel Award include Billy Wilder, Horton Foote, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Sonya Levien, Preston Sturges, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, John Huston, Blake Edwards, Mel Brooks and last year’s honoree, John Michael Hayes.