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Charlie Kaufman receives WGA West’s 2023 Laurel Award for screenwriting

Charlie Kaufman, Writers Guild Award writer and Academy Award winner Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, receives the Writers Guild of America West’s 2023 Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement, the WGAW announced Wednesday.

This Lifetime Achievement Award is given to members who have “advanced the motion picture literature and made outstanding contributions to the screenwriting profession”.

The career of the writer, director, producer and author began in the early 1990s with the cult classic sitcom Get a life, and then spent time doing comedy and sketch TV before moving on to film projects. He was nominated for a Writers Guild Award, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for his screenplay in 1999. being John Malkovichfor which he also won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay. Amendment earned Kaufman his second Writers Guild and Academy Awards, and that of 2004 The eternal sunshine of the spotless mind earned him a Writers Guild Award and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

His other credits include Human Nature, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Synecdoche And Anomaly. In 2020, he published his first novel titled Antkind.

being John Malkovich ranks 74th on the WGA’s 101 Greatest Screenplays of All Time, while Amendment And Eternal sunshine both appear on the WGA’s 101 Best Screenplays of the 21st Century.

Past recipients of the Laurel Award include Nancy Meyers, James L. Brooks, Elaine May, Oliver Stone, Harold Ramis, Lawrence Kasdan, Eric Roth, and Robert Towne.

The Writers Guild Awards 2023 will take place on March 5.

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