The Humanitas Prize winners were unveiled tonight, awarded annually to encourage, stimulate and sustain the nation’s screenwriters. The 43rd annual honors for the first time separated feature film categories by genre, with Netflix’s Mudbound and Fox’s The Post tying for drama, A24’s Lady Bird winning for comedy and Fox’s Ferdinand winning for family.
Other film winners unveiled tonight in a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton included HBO’s documentary Cries From Syria and Amazon/IFC’s Crown Heights with the Sundance Feature Film Award. Among the winners on the TV side were CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and the pilot of ABC’s The Good Doctor.
The organization also awarded two $20,000 scholarships; six emerging writer winners of the $15,000 New Voices program to pen pilot scripts supervised by veteran showrunners; and five winners of the Play L.A. program, which grants $1,500 to lend support to Los Angeles-based playwrights.
In another first, all prize winners donated their cash awards to nonprofit organizations dedicated to the arts, a grand total this year of $75,000.
Here is the full list of film and TV winners:
Feature Film, Drama
Mudbound, screenplay by Virgil Williams and Dee Rees
The Post, written by Liz Hannah & Josh Singer
Feature Film, Comedy
Lady Bird, written Greta Gerwig
Feature Film, Family
Ferdinand, screenplay by Robert L Baird and Tim Federle and Brad Copeland; story by Ron Burch & David Kidd and Don Rhymer
Cries From Syria, directed by Evgeny Afineevsky
Sundance Feature Film
Crown Heights, written by Matt Ruskin
The Big Bang Theory, “The Long Distance Dissonance,” teleplay by Chuck Lorre & Steve Holland & Tara Hernandez; story by Steven Molaro & Eric Kaplan & Jim Reynolds
The Good Doctor, “Pilot,” written by David Shore
Children’s Live Action
Degrassi: Next Class, “#ImSleep” written by Matt Huether
Doc McStuffins, “Hannah the Brave,” written by Kerri Grant