July 10, 2004 |
It began back in 1974, a low-key award ceremony no bigger than a Shriners convention held at the Sportsmen's Lodge in the San Fernando Valley. Back then, the Humanitas Prize quietly honored television screenwriters who managed to do good while also doing well. Small cash prizes were handed out to reward scripts carrying progressive messages felt to advance mankind's self-understanding and somehow encourage the golden rule: love thy neighbor.
June 26, 2002 |
The screenplays for the movie "Iris," the HBO presentation of "The Laramie Project" and an episode of NBC's "The West Wing" in which President Bartlet questions his faith in God were among the winners of 2002 Humanitas Prizes, the annual movie and TV writing awards established by the late Father Ellwood "Bud" Kieser. The awards were presented Tuesday at a luncheon in Universal City.
June 29, 2001 |
The Kenneth Lonergan film "You Can Count on Me" and an HBO adaptation of the play "Wit" were among the winners of 2001 Humanitas Prizes, the awards begun in 1974 by the late Father Ellwood E. Kieser to honor film and television writers for work that honestly explores the human condition. The prizes were presented Thursday at a luncheon in Universal City. The winners received cash awards between $10,000 and $25,000.
September 2, 1998 |
Judith Conway Greening, television producer and executive director of the Humanitas Prize organization, has died of cancer. She was 60. Greening, who also organized children's theatrical groups, died Saturday in her Sherman Oaks home, said her husband, Thomas Greening. The Humanitas Prize, which Judith Greening oversaw and announced each year, is awarded to television and motion picture writers whose scripts affirm human dignity and meaningful values.
July 10, 1998 |
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, already Oscar and Golden Globe winners for the film "Good Will Hunting," added to their list of honors Thursday at the 24th annual Humanitas Prize presentation, recognizing scripts that "communicate those values which most enrich the human person." The two actor-writers shared a $25,000 prize for their screenplay, which judges praised for displaying "the power of friendship, honesty and love to heal the wounds of the past."
July 10, 1997
Writers Mike Leigh, Walter Bernstein and Horton Foote each won $25,000 Wednesday in the 23rd annual Humanitas Prizes for television programs and motion pictures "that most fully communicate human values to their audiences." They and four other writers shared a total of $120,000 that was handed out by the Pacific Palisades-based Human Family Educational and Cultural Institute in an effort to encourage screenplays that affirm human dignity and explore the meaning of life.