"WALL-E" screenwriters receive Humanitas honor

Fri Sep 18, 2009 1:13am EDT
 
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By Jay A. Fernandez

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon and Pete Docter walked away with the feature film award for their "WALL-E" screenplay Thursday at the annual Humanitas Awards, which honor TV and film writers whose work enriches human understanding.

In his acceptance speech at the Beverly Hills Hotel luncheon, Reardon noted that to keep themselves thematically on-point while writing their script, the "WALL-E" scribes referred to their animated protagonist as Johnny Humanity-Seed.

Michael R. Strobl and Ross Katz were honored in the 90-minute category for writing the HBO film "Taking Chance," Jason Katims was lauded in the 60-minute category for his "Tomorrow Blues" episode of "Friday Night Lights," and Aseem Batra received the prize in the 30-minute category for her "My Last Words" episode of "Scrubs."

Writer-director Cherien Dabis won the Sundance feature film award for "Amreeka," and Arika Lisanne Mittman took the children's live-action award for her "Spencer's 18th Birthday" episode of "South of Nowhere."

The Humantias Awards were founded by Rev. Ellwood "Bud" Kieser 35 years ago.

(Editing by SheriLinden at Reuters)

 
<p>An animatronic robot of the character Wall-E is displayed at the world premiere of Disney-Pixar's film "Wall-E" in Los Angeles, California June 21, 2008. The film opens June 27. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>