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Eric Roth Honored with Austin Film Festival's Distinguished Screenwriter Award

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood September 6, 2012 at 1:27PM

Screenwriter Eric Roth -- whose many credits include "The Insider," "Forrest Gump," "Munich" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" -- will receive the Austin Film Festival's Distinguished Screenwriter Award at the fest's annual Awards luncheon on October 20...
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Eric Roth

Screenwriter Eric Roth -- whose many credits include "The Insider," "Forrest Gump," "Munich" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" -- will receive the Austin Film Festival's Distinguished Screenwriter Award at the fest's annual Awards luncheon on October 20. Roth, who is currently writing "Cleopatra" for Angelina Jolie, also recently received the Writer's Guild of America's Laurel Award for Lifetime Achievement in Screenwriting; he also won the organization's writing award for "Forrest Gump" the same year the script won him the Oscar.

Roth currently serves as exec producer on Netflix's new "House of Cards" (starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright) and wrote for HBO's short-lived "Luck."

Austin will host "A Conversation with Eric Roth" that delves into his career, as will feature a retrospective screening of "The Insider" (starring Russell Crowe and Al Pacino). The festival runs October 18-25.

Watch a selection of trailers for Roth's work below:

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.