Antwone Fisher won a $25,000cash prize yesterday for his feature screenplay Antwone Fisher at the Humanitas Prize awards luncheon in LosAngeles. The prizes are awarded to film and TV writers whose work'entertains and enriches the viewing public' and $105,000 isbestowed by the Humanitas organization.
Antwone Fisher won for 'the honesty it takes to face pasthurts and move forward.'
Other winners included a$25,000 prize for documentary Our America by Gordon Rayfield for 'its honest portrayal of the effects ofgrowing up in an environment of poverty, despair and violence and for itscelebration of hope.'
Whale Rider by Niki Caro won the $10,000 Sundance Feature FilmCategory for its 'heartrending dramatization of the courage necessary todefy the unjust structures of a patriarchal society.'
TV winners included episodesof The Practice and The BernieMac Show, while children'swinners were A Ring Of Endless Night and Static Shock.