Eric Roth, whose wide-ranging list of screenwriting credits include his Oscar-winning script for Forrest Gump, has been named the the recipient of the WGA West’s 2012 Laurel Award for Screen. The award, which honors lifetime achievement in outstanding writing for motion pictures, will be presented during the Writers Guild Awards’ West Coast ceremony February 19 at the Hollywood Palladium. Roth has been nominated for four Oscars, winning for Gump in 1995; his other nommed credits include 1999’s The Insider (with Michael Mann), 2005’s Munich (with Tony Kushner) and 2008’s The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (with Robin Swicord). He most recently adapted Jonathan Safran Foer’s 9/11 novel Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close, just released by Warner Bros. Past winners of the Laurel Award for Screen include Horton Foote, David Mamet, Lawrence Kasdan, Robert Benton, Budd Schulberg, Barry Levinson and Steven Zaillian.
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