The scribe will receive his honor at the 57th Annual Writers Guild Awards ceremony February 19. "Writers everywhere stand in awe of David Mamet for his extraordinary ear, his penetrating eye, and his unique voice," stated WGA West president Daniel Petrie Jr. "His amazing body of work reflects his uncompromising vision. By lending us that vision, David Mamet helps us see ourselves."
Mamet will see a number of his works on the New York stage this coming season including a Broadway revival of Glengarry Glen Ross as well as the world premiere of his new work Romance at the Off-Broadway troupe he co-founded, The Atlantic Theater Company. A revival of American Buffalo was also expected to reach the Broadway stage this season, but has since been postponed.
Glengarry Glen Ross earned Mamet the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Other plays include Speed the-Plow, American Buffalo, Oleanna, Cryptogram, The Old Neighborhood, Boston Marriage and Sexual Perversity in Chicago. His screenplays include "State and Main," "The Spanish Prisoner" and "Heist."
The Screen Laurel Award is bestowed upon "a guild member who has advanced the literature of the motion picture and made outstanding contributions to the profession of the screenwriter," according to a release. Past recipients have included such writers as Billy Wilder, Horton Foote, Preston Sturges, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, John Huston, Blake Edwards and Mel Brooks.
Tony Kushner's teleplay for "Angels in America," The 58th Annual Tony Awards and part of the "Broadway: The American Musical" documentary were among the nominees announced for The Writers Guild Awards.
The 57th Annual Writers Guild Awards are set for simultaneous Feb. 19 ceremonies at Los Angeles' Hollywood Palladium and in New York's Pierre Hotel. For more information, visit www.wga.org.