Nemo Scribes Up for Humanitas Award

Disney and Pixar’s Oscar-winning animated feature, Finding Nemo, may put yet another award on its mantle when winners of the Humanitas Prize are announced next month. Nemo writers Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson and David Reynolds have been nominated for their work on the blockbuster family flick.

The Humanitas Prize was created 30 years ago to "encourage, stimulate and sustain writers in their humanizing task and to give them the recognition they deserve." Nemo‘s writing team are up against Steven Knight for Miramax’s Dirty Pretty Things and Gary Ross for Universal Pictures’ Seabiscuit. The winner will receive a $25,000 cash prize.

The nominees in the Children’s Animation category are: Peter K. Hirsh for the "Big Horns George" episode of PBS’s Arthur and Chris Nee for the "A Ramp for Monty" and "I Can Sign–The Sign for Friend" episodes of Nickelodeon’s Little Bill. The winner of that competition will take home $10,000. Last year’s winner was Dwayne McDuffie, writer of the “Jimmy” episode of the Kids WB! series Static Shock.

The Humanitas Awards will be held July 8 at the Hilton Universal Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif. In recent years, animated projects such as Balto II, Clifford the Big Red Dog, The Sissy Duckling and Rugrats have all been the recipients of the prestigious award. To see a full list of 2004 Humanitas Prize finalists, visit www.humanitasprize.org.