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Seidler, Katims take Humanitas prizes

'Modern Family,' 'Thurgood' writers also tabbed

“The King’s Speech,” “Friday Night Lights” and “Modern Family” were among the winners unveiled Friday at the 37th annual Humanitas Prize kudos.

The awards recognize TV and feature film writers whose work affirms the dignity of the human person, probes the meaning of life and enlightens the use of human freedom.

For his script of “The King’s Speech” — a recreation of the dilemma King George VI faced in trying to overcome his stuttering — David Seidler won for feature film.

Jason Katims took the 60-minute TV category for his work on the series finale of “Friday Night Lights.” In the 30-minute category, Abraham Higginbotham took top honors for his “Modern Family” script titled “The Kiss.”

George Stevens Jr. won for 90-minute TV script for his on-screen adaptation of the play “Thurgood,” which ran on HBO and starred Laurence Fishburne.

In the Sundance feature film category, Thomas McCarthy was voted best for his screenplay “Win Win.” In children’s animation, Jonathan Groff and Jon Pollack won for “Kung Fu Panda.”

Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel won the docu award for “Louder Than a Bomb.” Robert W. Morton won the David & Lynn Angell fellowship in comedy writing for a spec script of “Modern Family” titled “Life Is Beautiful,” and USC’s Amy Ripley won the student drama fellowship for her original script of the “Inklings” pilot.

Gary David Goldberg, founder of Ubu Prods. and creator of Michael J. Fox sitcom “Family Ties,” received the Kieser Award, named after Rev. Ellwood “Bud” Kieser. Kudo has also been given in previous years to Bill Moyers, Fay Kanin, Frank Pierson, Colin Callender and Larry Gelbart.

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