Screenwriter Susannah Grant, who recently penned HBO’s “Confirmation,” is set to receive the Writers Guild of America West’s 2017 Paul Selvin Award, the guild announced Thursday.
Grant, whose other credits include “Erin Brokovich” and “In Her Shoes,” recently earned a WGA nomination for Long Form Original for “Confirmation,” and will be honored at the WGAW 2017 Writers Guild Awards ceremony on Feb. 19.
“Confirmation” stars Kerry Washington as Anita Hill, the woman who accused then Supreme Court-nominee Clarence Thomas of sexually harassing her in the workplace years earlier.
“From ‘Erin Brockovich’ onward, Susannah Grant has used her extraordinary talents to tell the stories of those whose lives inspire us to be more courageous – and those whom wealth and power would ignore or discard,” said WGAW President Howard A. Rodman in a statement. “‘Confirmation’ tells Anita Hill’s harrowing tale with grace, heart, and consummate craft, all the while hewing to the historical record. It is a feat of research, writing, and empathy that honors Paul Selvin’s best ideals, and our own.”
“Confirmation” has received numerous nominations this year, including a Golden Globe, Emmy and NAACP Image nomination.
In 2001, Grant received Academy Award, WGA and BAFTA nominations for “Erin Brockovich.” Her other credits include “Ever After: A Cinderella Story,” “28 Days,” “Charlotte’s Web” and “The 5th Wave.” In 2007, Grant wrote and made her feature directorial debut with “Catch and Release.” Grant had also served as a writer, producer and director on the Fox series “Party of Five” from 1994 to 1997, and in 2007, she created and executive produced the series “A Gift Man.”
She has been a WGAW member since 1994 and received the WGAW’s prestigious Valentine Davies Award in 2011.
The Paul Selvin Award is named after Selvin, general counsel to the Guild for 25 years and is given each year to a WGA member whose script embodies the constitutional and civil rights and liberties. Previous recipients have included Tony Kushner, Tate Taylor, Eric Roth, Alex Gibney and Margaret Nagle.