Twenty-seven writers including John Gatins, Quentin Tarantino and David O. Russell were named finalists in nine categories for the 39th annual Humanitas Prize. The writers will compete for $95,000 in prize money to be handed out at the annual luncheon September 20 at the Montage Beverly Hills. The Humanitas Prize was created to honor TV and film writers for telling stories, which “truly and deeply explore the human experience in a way that both entertains and enlightens,” the org says. Of the finalists, executive director Cathleen Young said, “These gifted storytellers made us laugh and cry and ultimately, brought us closer together as a family by deeply exploring what it means to be human!” Click over for the full list of nominees:

Feature Film Category
Written by: John Gatins

Django Unchained
Written by: Quentin Tarantino

Silver Linings Playbook
Written by: David O. Russell

Sundance Feature Film Category
Fruitvale Station
Written by: Ryan Coogler

Written by: Jeff Nichols

The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister & Pete
Written by: Michael Starrbury

Documentary Category
Written by: Mark Bailey

Mea Maxima Culpa
Written by: Alex Gibney

Project Nim
Directed by: James Marsh

90 Minute Category
Abducted: The Carlina White Story
Written by: Elizabeth Hunter (Lifetime)

Betty & Coretta
Written by: Shem Bitterman and Ron Hutchinson (Lifetime)

Written by: Ligiah Villalobos (Hallmark Hall of Fame)

60 Minute Category
Bones, “The Patriot in Purgatory”
Written by: Stephen Nathan (Fox)

House, “Everybody Dies”
Written by: David Shore, Eli Attie & Peter Blake (Fox)

Monday Mornings, “Truth or Consequences”
Written by: Karen Struck & David E. Kelley (TNT)

30 Minute Category
Modern Family, “Party Crasher”
Written by: Danny Zuker & Christopher Lloyd) (ABC)

Nurse Jackie, “Disneyland Sucks”
Written by: Liz Brixius (Showtime)

The New Normal, “The Godparent Trap”
Written by: Mike Scully (NBC)

Children’s Live Action – Winner
Let It Shine Written by: Eric Daniel & Don D. Scott (Disney Channel)

The David & Lynn Angell Fellowship in Comedy Writing – Winner
Jason Romaine University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Film and Television
Original script Late Bloomers, “Pilot”

Fellowship in Dramatic Writing – Winner
Taylor Martin University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts
Original script A Special Education, “Pilot”