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Screenwriter Steven Zaillian to Get WGA Laurel Award

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 19, 2011 at 9:30AM

Writers Guild of America will give Steve Zaillian the Laurel Award for Screen, a lifetime achievement award recognizing his body of work, which includes his Oscar-winning screenplay for Schindler's List (1994) as well as Awakenings and American Gangster. Best-known as the industry's go-to rewrite man, Zaillian also co-wrote Gangs of New York and Clear and Present Danger. In production are Sony and David Fincher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Zaillian is also executive producing). Zaillian has also directed his own scripts, including Searching for Bobby Fischer, A Civil Action and All the King's Men.
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Writers Guild of America will give Steve Zaillian the Laurel Award for Screen, a lifetime achievement award recognizing his body of work, which includes his Oscar-winning screenplay for Schindler's List (1994) as well as Awakenings and American Gangster. Best-known as the industry's go-to rewrite man, Zaillian also co-wrote Gangs of New York and Clear and Present Danger. In production are Sony and David Fincher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Zaillian is also executive producing). Zaillian has also directed his own scripts, including Searching for Bobby Fischer, A Civil Action and All the King's Men.

Zaillian has been nominated and honored with numerous awards as writer, director and producer. According to WGA West president, John Wells, Zaillian's best scripts:


"not only function as intelligent, thought-provoking works that uplift and inspire audiences, but often, as in the case of his screenplays such as Schindler’s List, they act as witness to crucial chapters in our collective history. His impressive body of work provides a benchmark that all screenwriters aspire to.”

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Franchises, Stuck In Love, David Fincher, Girl with Dragon Tattoo, Screenwriters


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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.