Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement

The Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement (also known as the Screen Laurel Award) is a lifetime achievement award given by the Writers Guild of America. It is given "to that member of the Guild who, in the opinion of the current Board of Directors, has advanced the literature of the motion picture through the years, and who has made outstanding contributions to the profession of the screen writer."[1] With the exception of 2009 in which no award was given, it has been presented annually since the 6th Writers Guild of America Awards in 1953.[2] Billy Wilder is the only person to win the award multiple times, winning in 1957 and 1980 (both as part of a partnership).

Writers Guild of America Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement
CountryUnited States
Presented byWriters Guild of America
First awarded1953
Currently held byLowell Ganz and
Babaloo Mandel (2019)



Year Recipient(s)
1953 Sonya Levien
1954 Dudley Nichols
1955 Robert Riskin
1956 Julius Epstein & Philip Epstein and Albert Hackett & Frances Goodrich
1957 Charles Brackett & Billy Wilder
1958 John Lee Mahin
1959 Nunnally Johnson


Year Recipient(s)
1960 Norman Krasna
1961 George Seaton
1962 Philip Dunne
1963 Joseph L. Mankiewicz
1964 John Huston
1965 Sidney Buchman
1966 Isobel Lennart
1967 Richard Brooks
1968 Casey Robinson
1969 Carl Foreman


Year Recipient(s)
1970 Dalton Trumbo
1971 James Poe
1972 Ernest Lehman
1973 William Rose
1974 Paddy Chayefsky
1975 Preston Sturges
1976 Michael Wilson
1977 Samson Raphaelson
1978 Edward Anhalt
1979 Neil Simon


Year Recipient(s)
1980 Billy Wilder & I. A. L. Diamond
1981 Ben Hecht
1982 Paul Osborn
1983 Lamar Trotti
1984 Melville Shavelson, Jack Rose, Norman Panama, and Melvin Frank
1985 William Goldman
1986 Waldo Salt
1987 Woody Allen
1988 Irving Ravetch & Harriet Frank Jr.
1989 Ring Lardner Jr.


Year Recipient(s)
1990 Donald Ogden Stewart
1991 Alvin Sargent
1992 Frank Pierson
1993 Horton Foote
1994 Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
1995 Charles Bennett
1996 Daniel Taradash
1997 Robert Towne
1998 Bo Goldman
1999 Paul Schrader


Year Recipient(s)
2000 Jean-Claude Carrière
2001 Betty Comden and Adolph Green
2002 Blake Edwards
2003 Mel Brooks
2004 John Michael Hayes
2005 David Mamet
2006 Lawrence Kasdan
2007 Robert Benton
2008 Budd Schulberg
2009 No award given


Year Recipient(s)
2010 Barry Levinson
2011 Steven Zaillian
2012 Eric Roth
2013 Tom Stoppard
2014 Paul Mazursky
2015 Harold Ramis
2016 Elaine May
2017 Oliver Stone
2018 James L. Brooks
2019 Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel


Year Recipient(s)
2020 Nancy Meyers


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