The honor will be presented at the 68th annual Writers Guild Awards at the Edison Ballroom in New York City on Feb. 13.
Richard LaGravenese has been a WGA member since 1986 and written 17 films. He received an Academy Award nomination for original screenplay in 1992 for “The Fisher King.”
His writing credits include “The Ref,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “The Horse Whisperer” and “Unbroken.” He also directed many of his own screenplays, including “Living Out Loud,” “P.S. I Love You,” “Beautiful Creatures,” “The Last Five Years” and “Freedom Writers,” which won the Humanitas Prize.
He co-produced and co-directed with Ted Demme the Emmy-nominated film documentary “A Decade Under the Influence,” adapted Scott Thorson’s memoir about his relationship with Liberace for HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra,” and wrote and produced the series “The Divide” with Tony Goldwyn.
The award is named in memory of longtime WGA East member Ian Mclellan Hunter, who was harassed by the blacklist in the 1950s, and went on to write several successful television series under a pseudonym before reemerging as a writer on many television projects. Past recipients include Ring Lardner, Jr., Nora Ephron, Ernest Kinoy, Walter Bernstein, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, David Simon, Claire Labine, Alan Zweibel, John Patrick Shanley, Andrew Bergman, Marshall Brickman and Paul Haggis.
“The career of Richard LaGravenese is a continuing source of pride to his colleagues in the Writers Guild of America, East,” said WGA East president Michael Winship. “With sensitivity and a sure grasp of the human condition, Richard’s screenplays poignantly capture the vicissitudes of life. His creativity and skill bring to all of his work a distinctive point of view that wins the hearts and provokes the minds of anyone lucky enough to see a film that bears his credit.”