Gibney to receive WGAW’s Paul Selvin Award

Alex Gibney will receive the Writers Guild of America West's Paul Selvin Award for We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks (pictured), marking the first time a documentary has been named for the honor.
January 16, 2014

Filmmaker Alex Gibney has been honored with the Writers Guild of America West’s (WGAW) Paul Selvin Award for his screenplay for We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks (pictured), marking the first time a documentary will receive the honor.

The award is named after the WGAW’s late counsel and is given to a WGA member whose script embodies “the spirit of constitutional and civil rights and liberties, which are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere,” according to a Guild statement.

“In We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, Mr. Gibney tackles issues arising out of us living, increasingly, in a surveillance state – from the public’s right to know and the press’ right to publish, to the treatment of whistleblowers,” added WGAW president Christopher Keyser. “In honoring a documentary film with the Paul Selvin Award for the first time, the WGAW acknowledges Mr. Gibney’s singular contribution to the ongoing conversation about the meaning of freedom – a conversation that writers must never allow to go silent.”

Gibney will receive the award during the ceremony for the 2014 Writers Guild Awards West Coast on February 1 in Los Angeles.

Past recipients of the WGAW’s Paul Selvin Award include Eric Roth, Michael Mann, Dustin Lance Black and Tony Kushner.

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