WALL’E Writers Up for Humanitas Prize

After winning almost every prize under the sun last year, WALL’E writers Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Jim Reardon are up for one more award in September. Stanton, Docter and Rearder are nominated for the prestigious 2009 Humanitas prize in the Feature Film Screenplay category. The WALL’E scribes will be competing against Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire), Dustin Lance Black (Milk), Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Secret Lives of Bees) and John Patrick Shanley (Doubt).

Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, Jim Reardon

An episode of The Simpsons, ‘All About Lisa’ penned by John Frink is also competing in the 30-minute TV category. In this episode from Season 19, Lisa outshines Krusty as his new assistant and steals the spotlight from him, earning her own TV show. Meanwhile, Homer and Bart spend some quality time together with their new coin-collecting hobby. Frink is up against Aseem Batra (Scrubs), Robert Carlock (30 Rock) and Jamie Rhonheimer (How I Met Your Mother). Surprisingly, the organization didn’t nominate any shows in the Children’s Animation Category in 2009.

A total of $95,000 in prize money will be handed out at the annual luncheon on September 17th in the Crystal Ballroom at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Since 1974, the Humanitas Prize has honored feature film and television writers whose work explores the human condition in a way which ultimately affirms the dignity of the human person and reveals our common humanity. For more information, visit www.humanitasprize.org.