Humanitas Prize winners: ‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ ‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘This Is Us,’ ‘black-ish’

The screenwriters of “Hacksaw Ridge” (Robert Schenkkan and Andrew Knight ) and “Hidden Figures”  (Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi ) tied for top honors at the 42nd annual Humanitas Prize ceremony. These awards honor film and television writing that promotes human dignity, meaning and freedom.

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“The Birth of a Nation” (Nate Parker) won the Sundance Feature award and there was a tie for Documentary Feature  between “Jim: The James Foley Story” (Chris Chuang, Heather MacDonald and Brian Oakes) and“13th” (Ava DuVernay).

On the television side, “This Is Us” creator Dan Fogelman was honored in the 60-minute category for the pilot while “Blackish”creator Kenya Barris won the 30-minute award for “Hope,” a powerful episode that addressed police brutality.

The children’s programming prizes went to the live-action “An American Girl Story” (“Melody 1963: Love Has to Win”) and the animated “Sofia the First.”

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Under the New Voices initiative, five writers get $15,000 apiece and the chance to to craft a pilot script under the supervision of a showrunner. This year’s winners are: Morenike Balogun, Matthew-Lee Erlbach, Tyler Greene, Kim Izzo and Andrea Wachner.

And six playwrights received $1,500 each and a chance to be part of the Play LA workshop: Patrick Burleigh, Sigrid Gilmer, Corey Hinkle, Meg Miroshnik, Tatiana Suarez-Pico and Chelsea Sutton.

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