The Writers Guild of America, West has tapped screenwriter-director-actor-producer Ben Affleck to receive the WGAW’s 2015 Valentine Davies Award. The annual honor goes to a guild member whose humanitarian efforts and service to the global community “have brought dignity and honor to writers everywhere.”
Two-time Oscar-winner and WGA nominee Affleck is coming off of a starring turn in David Fincher’s Gone Girl and heads next into a major franchise debut donning the Batman mantle in WB’s 2016 superhero tentpole Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He’s also prepping the Dennis Lehane Prohibition crime drama Live by Night, which he’ll star in and direct, and is gearing up to lead the cast of WB’s The Accountant.
The WGA honor recognizes Affleck’s work with the Eastern Congo Initiative, the US-based advocacy group he founded in 2010 to support economic and social development in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He also supports charitable organizations including Feeding America, Paralyzed Veterans of America, A-T Children’s Project, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund. Past WGA awardees include Phil Alden Robinson, Norman Lear, Neal Baer, Larry Gelbart, Tom Schulman, Carl Reiner, Susannah Grant, Phil Rosenthal, and Sam Simon.
“Affleck has traveled extensively in support of these initiatives with energy, commitment, intelligence, and effectiveness, devoting large amounts of time and presence. And in doing so, he has raised the bar for what it means, in this community, to be a socially committed citizen,” said WGAW President Chris Keyser.
Affleck will receive the award at the WGAW’s 2015 Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Saturday, February 14, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.