Writers Guild of America will give Steve Zaillian the Laurel Award for Screen, a lifetime achievement award recognizing his body of work, which includes his Oscar-winning screenplay for Schindler’s List (1994) as well as Awakenings and American Gangster. Best-known as the industry’s go-to rewrite man, Zaillian also co-wrote Gangs of New York and Clear and Present Danger. In production are Sony and David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Zaillian is also executive producing). Zaillian has also directed his own scripts, including Searching for Bobby Fischer, A Civil Action and All the King’s Men.
Zaillian has been nominated and honored with numerous awards as writer, director and producer. According to WGA West president, John Wells, Zaillian’s best scripts:
“not only function as intelligent, thought-provoking works that uplift and inspire audiences, but often, as in the case of his screenplays such as Schindler’s List, they act as witness to crucial chapters in our collective history. His impressive body of work provides a benchmark that all screenwriters aspire to.”