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31 Finalists in Contention for 2014 Humanitas Prize for TV & Film Writers

Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are among 31 finalists in contention for the 40th Annual Humanitas Prize. - peoplewhowrite

Carter Bays (l) and Craig Thomas

Oscar winner John Ridley and the writers behind the finale of TV series How I Met Your Mother were named finalists for the 40th Annual Humanitas Prize. Established to honor scribes behind television and film content that goes beyond “the guy gets the girl, the bad guy gets it in the end, and if you loved this one, wait for the sequel”, as President Ali Leroi put it, past winners include: David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook); Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild); Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious); Steve Levitan (Modern Family, Frasier); Ryan Murphy (Glee); Robert and Michelle King (The Good Wife); Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List); Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing); Tim Robbins (Dead Man Walking); Nancy Oliver (Lars and the Real Girl); Paul Haggis (Crash); Steven Bochco (Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue) and Keir Pearson and Terry George (Hotel Rwanda).

Feature Film Category
12 YEARS A SLAVE Written by: John Ridley
BELLE Written by: Misan Sagay
NEBRASKA Written by: Bob Nelson

Sundance Feature Film Category
CAMP X-RAY Written by: Peter Sattler
HELLION Written by: Kat Candler
LOVE IS STRANGE Written by: Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias
WHIPLASH Written by: Damien Chazelle

Documentary Category
FINDING VIVIAN MAIER Directed by: John Maloof & Charlie Siskel
MERCHANTS OF DOUBT Directed by: Robert Kenner
THE CASE AGAINST 8 Written by: Ben Cotner & Ryan White

90 Minute Category
MARY AND MARTHA Written by: Richard Curtis (HBO)
RING OF FIRE Written by: Richard Friedenberg (Lifetime)
THE NORMAL HEART Written by: Larry Kramer (HBO)

60 Minute Category
HOMELAND “The Star” Written by: Alex Gansa & Meredith Stiehm (Showtime)
PARENTHOOD “The Pontiac” Written by: Jason Katims (NBC)
THE KILLING “Six Minutes” Written by: Veena Sud (AMC)
TRUE DETECTIVE “Form and Void” Written by: Nic Pizzolatto (HBO)

30 Minute Category
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER “Last Forever, Part 2” Written by: Carter Bays & Craig Thomas (CBS)
MODERN FAMILY “Under Pressure” Written by: Elaine Ko (ABC)
THE MIDDLE “Happy Halloween IV: The Ghost Story” Written by: Roy Brown (ABC)

Nora Sullivan, USC
Han-Yee Ling, UCLA
Jessica Blaire, UCLA

Emily Brochin, USC
Kendell Klein, AFI
Mike MacGillivray, LMU


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