×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Humanitas Prize sets film, TV finalists

'Descendants,' 'Hugo' up for feature honors

Oscar-nominated pics “The Descendants” and “Hugo” were named finalists in the feature-film category for the 38th annual Humanitas kudos, to be presented Sept. 14.

The two pics were joined by “The Conspirator” and “Shame” in competition for the $10,000 prize.

In the Sundance feature category, the finalists are 2012 festival fave “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Luv” and “Middle of Nowhere,” while the documentary nominees are “Buck,” Crime After Crime,” “I Am” and “Serving Life.”

Episodes of “Blue Bloods,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Parenthood” and “Rescue Me” made the final four for hourlong television, while “The Big C,” “The Middle” and “Modern Family” constituted the top trio for halfhour shows.

For 90-minute projects, the Humanitas finalists are HBO’s “Cinema Verite” and two Hallmark presentations, “Beyond the Blackboard” and “Have a Little Faith.”

Two honorees were named for children’s programming: Disney Channel’s “Radio Rebel” for live action and the Hub’s “Pound Puppies” for animation.

In addition, UCLA’s Tamlin Hall won the David & Lynn Angell fellowship in comedy writing, while USC’s Caitlin Parrish did the same for drama.

“They made us laugh and cry and think,” Humanitas exec director Cathleen Young said of the finalists. “They show us where we’ve been and where we need to go as a society. They inspire hope where there is only despair, they ignite a yearning for justice against a multitude of social ills. A thriving, democratic society needs its storytellers.”

More TV

  • Charmed -- "Let This Mother Out"

    'Charmed' Showrunner Exits, Craig Shapiro & Elizabeth Kruger Board Series

    The CW’s reboot of “Charmed” is changing showrunners. Variety has learned that Carter Covington has stepped down as showrunner on the series, which has already been renewed for a second season. Husband and wife team Craig Shapiro and Elizabeth Kruger have been brought on to helm the series going forward. Shapiro and Kruger are currently [...]

  • Apple TV Plus Reese Witherspoon Jennifer

    What We Know About 'Amazing Stories' And Other Shows Coming to Apple TV+

    Viewers got a sneak peek of upcoming shows coming to Apple TV+, Apple’s newly unveiled streaming service, during the company’s live-streamed event in Cupertino, Calif., on Monday. The stars and creators of the most highly anticipated projects like Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories” and “The Morning Show” from Reese Witherspoon appeared on stage to reveal more [...]

  • WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01

    Richard Gere Series 'MotherFatherSon' Sold to Multiple Territories

    BBC Studios, the British public broadcaster’s commercial arm, has announced a raft of territory sales for Richard Gere starrer “MotherFatherSon,” a drama series written by Tom Rob Smith, Emmy-nominated for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” The show will screen Tuesday at Series Mania, France, in the International Panorama section. Buyers for the eight-part thriller include [...]

  • TV News Roundup: Netflix Releases Trailer

    TV News Roundup: Netflix Releases Trailer for 'Special'

    In today’s roundup, Netflix releases a trailer for “Special,” and Wrestlemania’s main event will be a women’s match, a first in WWE history. FIRST LOOKS Netflix has released the trailer for its upcoming 15-minute comedy show “Special.” Ryan O’Connell stars in the semi-autobiographical series about life as a gay man with cerebral palsy. The series is [...]

  • Apple Event: Everything We Learned From

    Everything We Learned From Today's Apple Event

    After revealing new services in news, finance, and gaming, Apple CEO Tim Cook kept the biggest, most anticipated announcement until last. Cook, along with heads of worldwide video programming Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, and a whole group of Apple’s creative talents, presented the company’s new Apple TV+ streaming service, which is slated to [...]

  • Lauren Whitney

    Miramax President of TV Lauren Whitney Exits to Join Spyglass Media Group

    Lauren Whitney, the president of television for Miramax, is leaving the company, Variety has learned. She will now become the president of television for Spyglass Media Group effective April 1. The news comes less than two years after Whitney first joined Miramax. There, she oversaw the studio’s television development, in addition to “Spy City,” produced by [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content