Oscar-nominated screenwriter Peter Morgan ("The Queen") will receive the Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting at the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 26 – May 10). The award, which will be presented to Morgan at Film Society Awards Night Thursday, May 3, at the Westin St. Francis Hotel will "acknowledge the vital role that screenwriting plays in the creation of great films." "Peter Morgan is a brilliant writer with a singular genius for dramatizing complicated sociopolitical circumstances and for revealing the humanity and intelligence of complex historical figures," commented Graham Leggat, Film Society executive director. "His work for television, film and the stage, particularly in recent years, when he has gone from strength to strength, is peerless." The Kanbar Award is named in honor of Maurice Kanbar, a longtime member of the board of directors of the San Francisco Film Society, which organizes the annual festival. [Brian Brooks]