Oliver Stone has been selected to receive the 2017 Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement by the Writers Guild of America West. He’ll be honored during the 2017 WGA Awards held February 19 at the Beverly Hilton.
“Oliver Stone may be our most committed screenwriter, using an unparalleled sense of conflict and drama to define the past half century,” said WGAW President Howard A. Rodman in a statement. “Stone’s Vietnam trilogy – Platoon, Born On The Fourth Of July, Heaven & Earth – not only illuminated the war, but made us face its consequences. His unofficial and extraordinary history of the 1960s and 1970s – from JFK and The Doors through Nixon and Wall Street – wove a coherent narrative from incoherent facts. His dialogue is always memorable: think of Gordon Gekko’s ‘greed is good,’ or Tony Manero’s 182 ‘fucks’ in Scarface. But even Stone’s most amoral characters are, in the end, like us: all too human. Stone has held a mirror up to our times, and dares us again and again to look at our nation — and ourselves — without turning away.”
The Laurel Award honors a guild member who has “advanced the literature of motion pictures and made outstanding contributions to the profession of the screenwriter.” Previous recipients include Elaine May, Harold Ramis, David Mamet, Tom Stoppard, Paul Mazursky, Lawrence Kasdan, Robert Benton, Barry Levinson, Steven Zaillian and Eric Roth.
“As a young screenwriter I remember seeing so many I admired graced with the Laurel Award, and I never expected I’d be considered their peer. I am most honored to accept this great award,” Stone said in a statement.
Stone has written (or co-written) and directed nearly two dozen films, among them Platoon, Wall Street, Savages, The Doors, and his latest, the biopic Snowden. He also wrote or co-wrote such iconic films as Conan The Barbarian, Midnight Express, and Scarface. A three-time Oscar winner, Stone received the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay for Midnight Express, and was named Best Director for Platoon and Born On The Fourth Of July.