Cord Jefferson to receive 2024 WGA West Paul Selvin Award

The Writers Guild of America West announced Tuesday that American fiction Writer-director Cord Jefferson has been named the recipient of the 2024 Paul Selvin Award for the Amazon MGM Studios film, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay earlier this month.

In addition, American fiction – based on the novel erasure by Percival Everett — is nominated for the WGA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The comedy, which stars Academy Award nominee Jeffrey Wright as a frustrated novelist who writes a satirical book under a pseudonym that exposes the publishing industry’s limited view of black lives, has won numerous awards besides the Oscar, including the People’s Choice Award at the Academy Awards. Toronto International Film Festival, BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and Film Independent Spirit Awards for Best Actor (Wright) and Adapted Screenplay. The film was also named one of the best of the year by the American Film Institute and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.

Jefferson has already won two WGA Awards in 2020 for writing on the HBO series Succession And Guardians and also earned WGA Award nominations for comedy The right place And Master of None.

Named in honor of the late Paul Selvin, WGAW’s general counsel for 25 years, this honorary award is given annually to the member(s) whose story best embodies the spirit of constitutional and civil rights and freedoms essential to the survival of free writers. everywhere. Previous recipients of the Paul Selvin Award include Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Barry Jenkins, Will Berson & Shaka King and Kenny Lucas & Keith Lucas, Charles Randolph, Adam McKay, Dustin Lance Black, Alex Gibney, Susannah Grant, Eric Roth, Michael Mann, Gary Ross . , Liz Hannah, Josh Singer,…

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