Two-time Oscar winner Paul Haggis will be receiving the Ian McClellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement at the 67th annual Writers Guild Awards on Feb. 14. Edward Zwick will be presenting the honor to Haggis during the New York portion of the ceremony at the Edison Ballroom.
The Hunter award was established in 1992 to honor a Writers Guild member for his or her body of work as a writer in motion pictures or television. Previous recipients include David Simon, David Koepp, Claire Labine, Frank Gilroy, Alan Zweibel, Andrew Bergman, Marshall Brickman, John Sayles, Jules Feiffer, Nora Ephron and Walter Bernstein.
Haggis first became a member of the WGA in 1981. He is the only person in Oscar history to have penned back-to-back best picture winners for 2005’s Million Dollar Baby and 2006’s Crash. He holds best picture and original screenplay Oscars for his dramatic film Crash. Haggis’ body of work includes credits on the James Bond films Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, as well as TV shows Walker, Texas Ranger and Thirtysomething, the latter which earned him his first WGA nom for episodic TV drama and Emmys for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series and “Outstanding Drama Series. Earlier this year, Haggis released his fifth feature directorial, Third Person, starring Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis and Adrien Brody. Third Person tells three interlocking love stories about couples in Paris, Rome and New York.
“In a career stretching from episodic television to major feature films – and at a time when more than ever a national dialogue is needed on such difficult topics as race and war — Paul Haggis has provoked audiences into facing the reality of a contemporary America in which conflict is a fact of life and the search for resolution never-ending,” said Michael Winship, President of the Writers Guild of America, East in a statement.
The WGA Awards will be presented at simultaneous ceremonies on Saturday, Feb. 14, in Los Angeles at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza and in New York’s Edison Ballroom.