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Paul Mazursky to Receive Writers Guild West's 2014 Screen Laurel Award

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 7, 2014 at 2:25PM

Writer, director and actor Paul Mazursky is set to receive the Writers Guild West's Screen Laurel Award at the upcoming 2014 ceremony. The honor recognizes Mazursky's lifetime of work in the film industry.
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Paul Mazursky
Paul Mazursky, right, with Mel Brooks at Mazursky's Walk of Fame star ceremony on December 13

Writer, director and actor Paul Mazursky is set to receive the Writers Guild West's Screen Laurel Award at the upcoming 2014 ceremony on February 1. The honor recognizes Mazursky's lifetime of work in the film industry.

His accomplishments (which include five Oscar nominations and two WGA wins) are elaborated upon by WGAW vice president Howard A. Rodman:

“Paul Mazursky’s talents as an actor (he was in Stanley Kubrick’s first film) and filmmaker (one of the signature directors of the 1970s) should not be allowed to obscure a central fact: he is among our greatest living screenwriters.  Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Blume in Love, Harry and Tonto, Next Stop, Greenwich Village, An Unmarried Woman – five films in six years, any of which can make you laugh and cry, break and mend your heart.  His voice is strong, unique, hilarious, wise, unmistakable.  He is fearless about his characters’ flaws, but always has the generosity of spirit to make us see the ways in which they are far more like us than not.  His work in the ’80s and ’90s – Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Scenes from a Mall – only deepens that generosity."

Mazursky was recently given his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with buddy Mel Brooks at the ceremony. Our TOH! video interview with Mazursky from 2011 is here.

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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.