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Richard Whalley Anthony Curtis, CBE (born 8 November 1956) is a British screenwriter, producer, and film director, who was born in New Zealand to Australian
parents.[1] One of Britain's most successful comedy screenwriters, he is known primarily for romantic comedy films including Four Weddings and a Funeral
Four Weddings and a Funeral
(1994), Notting Hill
Notting Hill
(1999), Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), Love Actually
Love Actually
(2003), and About Time (2013). He is also known for having co-written hit sitcoms Blackadder, Mr. Bean, and The Vicar of Dibley. He is also the co-founder of the British charity Comic Relief with Sir Lenny Henry. He is also known for the drama War Horse (2011). In 2007 Curtis received the BAFTA
Academy Fellowship Award, the highest award the British Film Academy
British Film Academy
can give a filmmaker.[2] He received the BAFTA
Humanitarian Award at the 2008 Britannia Awards, for co-creating Comic Relief and contributions to other charitable causes.[3] In 2008 he was ranked number 12 in The Telegraph's list of the "100 most powerful people in British culture".[4] In 2012, Curtis was among the British cultural icons selected by artist Sir Peter Blake to appear in a new version of his most famous artwork – the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
album cover – to celebrate the British cultural figures of his life.[5]


1 Early life and education 2 Early writing career 3 Film career 4 Campaigning

4.1 Controversy

5 Personal life 6 Filmography

6.1 Film 6.2 Television

7 Awards 8 See also 9 References 10 External links

Early life and education[edit] Curtis is an Australian. The son of Australian
parents Glyness S. and Anthony J. Curtis,[6] who was an executive at Unilever. His father was a Czechoslovakian
refugee who moved to Australia when aged thirteen.[7] Curtis and his family lived in several different countries during his childhood, including Sweden and the Philippines, before moving to England when he was 11.[8] Curtis attended Papplewick School, Ascot, Berkshire
Ascot, Berkshire
(as did his younger brother Jamie). For a short period in the 1970s, Curtis lived in Warrington, Cheshire, where he attended Appleton Grammar School (now Bridgewater High School), before he won a scholarship to Harrow School, where, as head boy, he abolished fagging.[9] He achieved a first-class Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature at Christ Church, Oxford. At the University of Oxford, Curtis met and began working with Rowan Atkinson, after they both joined the scriptwriting team of the Etceteras revue, part of the Experimental Theatre Club. He appeared in the company's "After Eights" at the Oxford Playhouse
Oxford Playhouse
in May 1976. Early writing career[edit] Collaborating with Rowan Atkinson
Rowan Atkinson
in the Oxford Revue, he appeared alongside him at his breakthrough Edinburgh Fringe
Edinburgh Fringe
show. As a result of this, Curtis was commissioned to co-write the BBC
Radio 3 series The Atkinson People with Atkinson in 1978, which was transmitted in 1979.[10] He then began to write comedy for film and TV. He was a regular writer on the TV series Not the Nine O'Clock News, where he wrote many of the show's songs with Howard Goodall
Howard Goodall
and many sketches, often with Rowan Atkinson. Curtis was the co-writer with Philip Pope of the Hee Bee Gee Bees' single "Meaningless Songs (In Very High Voices)" released in 1980 to parody the style of a series of Bee Gees' disco hits. First with Atkinson, and later with Ben Elton, Curtis then wrote the Blackadder
series from 1983 to 1989, each season focusing upon a different era in British history. Atkinson played the lead throughout, but Curtis remains the only person to have been a writer for every episode of Blackadder. The pair continued their collaboration with the comedy series Mr. Bean, which ran from 1990–1995. Curtis had by then already begun writing feature films. His first was The Tall Guy
The Tall Guy
in 1989. The romantic comedy starred Jeff Goldblum, Emma Thompson and Rowan Atkinson
Rowan Atkinson
and was produced by Working Title films. The TV movie Bernard and the Genie
Bernard and the Genie
followed in 1991. In 1994, Curtis created and co-wrote The Vicar of Dibley
The Vicar of Dibley
for comedian Dawn French, which was a great success. In an online poll conducted in 2004 Britain's Best Sitcom, The Vicar of Dibley
The Vicar of Dibley
was voted the third best sitcom in British history and Blackadder
the 2nd, making Curtis the only screenwriter to have created two shows within the poll's top 10 programmes. Film career[edit] Curtis achieved his breakthrough success with the romantic comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral. The 1994 film, starring Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant
and Andie MacDowell, was produced on a limited budget by the British production company Working Title Films. Curtis chose Mike Newell to direct the film after watching his TV film Ready When You Are, Mr. McGill.[11] Four Weddings and a Funeral
Four Weddings and a Funeral
proved to be the top-grossing British film in history at that time. It made an international star of Grant, and Curtis' Oscar nomination for the script catapulted him to prominence (though the Oscar went to Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
and Roger Avary
Roger Avary
for Pulp Fiction). The film was nominated for Best Picture but lost to Forrest Gump. Curtis' next film was also for Working Title, which has remained his artistic home ever since. 1999's Notting Hill, starring Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant
and Julia Roberts, broke the record set by Four Weddings and a Funeral
Four Weddings and a Funeral
to become the top-grossing British film of all time. The story of a lonely travel bookstore owner who falls in love with the world's most famous movie star was directed by Roger Michell. Curtis' next film for Working Title was not an original script. Instead, he was heavily involved with the adaptation of Bridget Jones's Diary from novel to film. Curtis knew the novel's writer Helen Fielding. Indeed, he has credited her with saying that his original script for Four Weddings and a Funeral
Four Weddings and a Funeral
was too upbeat and needed the addition of a funeral. He is credited on Bridget Jones's Diary as co-writer. Two years later Curtis re-teamed with Working Title to write and direct Love Actually. Curtis has said in interviews that his favourite film is Robert Altman's Nashville and the sprawling, multi-character structure of Love Actually
Love Actually
certainly seems to owe something to Altman. The film featured a "Who's Who" of British and Northern Irish actors, including Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman
and Keira Knightley, in a loosely connected series of stories about people in and out of love in London in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Curtis then wrote the screenplay to The Girl in the Café, a television film directed by David Yates
David Yates
and produced by the BBC
and HBO
as part of the Make Poverty History
Make Poverty History
campaign's Live 8
Live 8
efforts in 2005. The film stars Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy
as a civil servant and Kelly Macdonald as a young woman with whom he falls in love while at a G8 summit
G8 summit
in Iceland. Macdonald's character pushes him to ask whether the developed countries of the world cannot do more to help the most impoverished. The film was timed to air just before the Gleneagles G8 summit
G8 summit
in 2005 and received three Emmy Awards in 2006 including Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for Kelly Macdonald, and Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
trophy for Curtis himself. Curtis said of Yates' direction that he made "a much more beautiful film, and a surprising film and a better film than I could possibly have made."[12] In May 2007, he received the BAFTA
Fellowship at the British Academy Television Awards in recognition of his successful career in film and television and his charity efforts.[13][14] Curtis co-wrote with Anthony Minghella
Anthony Minghella
an adaptation of Alexander McCall Smith's novel, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency which Minghella shot in mid-2007 in Botswana. It premiered on the BBC
on 23 March 2008, just days after Minghella's death. The film did not run in the US until early 2009, when HBO
aired it as the pilot of a resulting six-episode TV series with the same cast, on which Curtis served as executive producer. His second film as writer/director, The Boat That Rocked, was released in 2009. The film was set in 1966 in the era of British pirate radio. It followed a group of DJs on a pirate radio station run from a boat in the North Sea. The film starred Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Nick Frost, Rhys Ifans, Gemma Arterton
Gemma Arterton
and Kenneth Branagh. The film was a commercial and critical disappointment in the UK. Curtis re-edited the film for its US release where it was re-titled Pirate Radio. He followed that with Steven Spielberg's War Horse, which he rewrote based on a first script by Lee Hall. He was recommended to Spielberg by DreamWorks
Studio executive Stacey Snider, who had worked with Curtis during her time at Universal Studios. Curtis's work on the World War I-set Blackadder
Goes Forth meant he was already familiar with the period.[15] His next wrote and directed About Time, a romantic comedy/drama about time travel and family love.[16] It stars Rachel McAdams, Domhnall Gleeson, Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander, Margot Robbie, Lydia Wilson and Vanessa Kirby
Vanessa Kirby
and was shot during the summer of 2012.[17] He followed that with a script adapted from the novel Trash by Andy Mulligan for director Stephen Daldry.[18] The production, starring Rooney Mara
Rooney Mara
and Martin Sheen, filmed in 2013 in Rio de Janeiro for release in 2014. He next adapted Roald Dahl's novel Esio Trot
Esio Trot
for television in a film starring Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
and Judi Dench, directed by Dearbhla Walsh and broadcast on BBC
on 1 January 2015.[19] In September 2013, Curtis delivered a screenwriting lecture as part of the BAFTA
and BFI Screenwriters' Lecture Series.[20] He has written an untitled musical/comedy script that is set to film in the summer of 2018, directed by Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle
and starring Lily James.[21] Campaigning[edit] Curtis together with Lenny Henry
Lenny Henry
are co-founders and co-creators of Comic Relief and Red Nose Day. Curtis is also a founder of Make Poverty History. He organised the Live 8
Live 8
concerts with Bob Geldof
Bob Geldof
to publicise poverty, particularly in Africa, and pressure G8 leaders to adopt his proposals for ending it. He has written of his work in The Observer in the Global development section in 2005.[22] He talked the producer of American Idol
American Idol
into doing a show whereby celebrities journey into Africa and experience the level of poverty for themselves. The show was called American Idol: Idol Gives Back. In 2014, Curtis publicly backed "Hacked Off" and its campaign in support of UK press self-regulation by "safeguarding the press from political interference while also giving vital protection to the vulnerable."[23][24][25] In August 2014, Curtis was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian
The Guardian
opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.[26] Controversy[edit] In October 2010, a short film created by Curtis titled No Pressure was released by the 10:10 campaign in Britain to promote climate change politics. The film depicted a series of scenes in which people were asked if they were going to participate in 10:10 campaign, told there was "no pressure" to do so, but if they did not, they were blown up at the press of a red button. Reaction was mixed, but the video was swiftly removed from the organisation's website.[27] In March 2011, Curtis apologised following a complaint by the British Stammering Association about 2011 Comic Relief's opening skit, a parody by Lenny Henry
Lenny Henry
of the film The King's Speech.[28] Personal life[edit] Curtis lives in Notting Hill
Notting Hill
and has a country house in Walberswick, Suffolk[29] with script editor and broadcaster Emma Freud.[30] He previously dated Anne Jenkin, now Baroness Jenkin of Kennington, before her marriage to Bernard Jenkin
Bernard Jenkin
MP. Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Film Role

1989 The Tall Guy Writer

1994 Four Weddings and a Funeral Writer/Co-Executive Producer

1997 Bean Writer/Executive Producer

1999 Notting Hill Writer/Producer

2001 Bridget Jones's Diary Writer

2003 Love Actually Director/Writer

2004 Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Writer

2007 Mr. Bean's Holiday Executive Producer

2009 The Boat That Rocked Director/Writer/Producer

2011 War Horse Writer

2013 About Time Director/Writer

2014 Trash Writer

2018 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Story writer/Executive Producer


Year Film Role

1979–1982 Not the Nine O'Clock News Writer

1983–1989 Blackadder Writer

1984–1985 Spitting Image Writer

1991 Bernard and the Genie Writer

1990–1995 Mr. Bean Writer

1994–2007 The Vicar of Dibley Writer/Co-Executive

1999–2007 Robbie the Reindeer Writer

2005 The Girl in the Café Writer/Executive Producer

2007 Casualty Writer (1 episode)

2008 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Writer (pilot episode)/Executive Producer

2010 Doctor Who Writer (1 episode, "Vincent and the Doctor")

2013 Mary and Martha Writer

2015 Roald Dahl's Esio Trot Writer

2017 Red Nose Day
Red Nose Day
Actually Director/Writer


Year Result Award Category

1995 Nominated Academy Award Best Original Screenplay for Four Weddings and a Funeral

2004 Nominated Discoverer Screenwriting Award Best Screenplay for Love Actually

2006 Won Emmy Awards Outstanding Made for Television Movie and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
for The Girl in the Café

2007 Won BAFTA
for Academy Fellowship

2004 Nominated BAFTA Best Screenplay for Love Actually

See also[edit]

Comic Relief Live 8 Skinhead Hamlet


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CBE". BAFTA. Retrieved 18 August 2015.  ^ Thomas, Archie (18 May 2007). "British acad to honor Curtis – Scribe wrote 'Vicar of Dibley,' 'Girl in the Cafe'". Variety. Retrieved 15 October 2012.  ^ Freer, Ian (December 2011), "Spielberg Special
Part Two: War Horse" (PDF), Empire, pp. 100–106, retrieved 15 October 2012  ^ Oliver Lyttelton (19 January 2012). "'Four Weddings' & 'Love Actually' Mastermind Richard Curtis
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– The Playlist". The Playlist. Retrieved 20 January 2015.  ^ "It's 'About Time' For Rachel McAdams
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& Richard Curtis; Actress Lines Up Anton Corbijn's 'A Most Wanted Man' The Playlist". Blogs.indiewire.com. Retrieved 11 March 2013.  ^ Child, Ben (6 April 2011). " Stephen Daldry
Stephen Daldry
and Richard Curtis
Richard Curtis
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Richard Curtis
Delivers his BAFTA
Screenwriters' Lecture". BAFTA. 30 September 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013.  ^ https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/lily-james-talks-star-danny-boyle-comedy-1093179 ^ Curtis, Richard (24 April 2005). "Place your cross for Africa's Aids orphans _ Global development". The Observer. Retrieved 8 June 2013.  ^ "Benedict Cumberbatch, Alfonso Cuaron, Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
Back U.K. Press Regulation". Hollywoodreporter.com. 18 March 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.  ^ Ian Burrell (18 March 2014). "Campaign group Hacked Off urge newspaper industry to back the Royal Charter on press freedom – Press – Media". The Independent. Retrieved 26 August 2014.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 March 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2014.  ^ "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories Politics". theguardian.com. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.  ^ Vaughan, Adam (7 October 2010). "No Pressure: the fall-out from Richard Curtis's explosive climate film". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 7 October 2010.  ^ "'Speech' stammer spoof under fire". Toronto Sun. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2011.  ^ Thorpe, Vanessa (27 March 2005). "The producer". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 8 October 2007.  ^ "TV & Radio Presenter Emma Freud". BBC. Archived from the original on 4 June 2006. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 

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Written and directed

Love Actually
Love Actually
(2003) The Boat That Rocked
The Boat That Rocked
(2009) About Time (2013)

Written only

The Tall Guy
The Tall Guy
(1989) Four Weddings and a Funeral
Four Weddings and a Funeral
(1994) Bean (1997) Notting Hill
Notting Hill
(1999) Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) War Horse (2011) Trash (2014)


TV films

Bernard and the Genie
Bernard and the Genie
(1991) Blackadder: Back & Forth (1999) The Girl in the Café
The Girl in the Café
(2005) Roald Dahl's Esio Trot
Esio Trot
(2015) Red Nose Day
Red Nose Day
Actually (2017)


(1983-1989) Mr. Bean
Mr. Bean
(1990–1995) Bernard and the Genie
Bernard and the Genie
(1991) The Vicar of Dibley
The Vicar of Dibley
(1994–2007) The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (2008)


"Vincent and the Doctor" ( Doctor Who
Doctor Who
episode, 2010)


Comic Relief The Atkinson People (1979) Dead on Time (1983) No Pressure (2010)

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Comic Relief and Sport Relief


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Comic Relief

2007 2009 2011 2013 2015 2017

Sport Relief

2010 2012 2014 2016 2018

Related programmes

And They're Off! Blackadder: The Cavalier Years Celebrity Big Brother 1 Comic Relief Does The Apprentice Comic Relief Does Fame Academy

series 1 series 2

Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death Famous, Rich and Hungry "From Raxacoricofallapatorius with Love" Glee Club Let's Sing and Dance Let's Play Darts Only Fools on Horses Rich, Famous and in the Slums Robbie the Reindeer

"Hooves of Fire"

"Space" / "Time" Spider-Plant Man Sport Relief Does The Apprentice Sport Relief's Top Dog Top Gear of the Pops Top Ground Gear Force

Awards for Richard Curtis

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Fellowship recipients


Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
(1971) Freddie Young (1972) Grace Wyndham Goldie (1973) David Lean
David Lean
(1974) Jacques Cousteau
Jacques Cousteau
(1975) Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
(1976) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1976) Denis Forman (1977) Fred Zinnemann
Fred Zinnemann
(1978) Lew Grade
Lew Grade
(1979) Huw Wheldon
Huw Wheldon
(1979) David Attenborough
David Attenborough
(1980) John Huston
John Huston
(1980) Abel Gance
Abel Gance
(1981) Michael Powell
Michael Powell
& Emeric Pressburger
Emeric Pressburger
(1981) Andrzej Wajda
Andrzej Wajda
(1982) Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
(1983) Hugh Greene (1984) Sam Spiegel
Sam Spiegel
(1984) Jeremy Isaacs (1985) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1986) Federico Fellini
Federico Fellini
(1987) Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1988) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1989) Paul Fox (1990) Louis Malle
Louis Malle
(1991) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1992) David Plowright (1992) Sydney Samuelson (1993) Colin Young (1993) Michael Grade
Michael Grade
(1994) Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1995) Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau
(1996) Ronald Neame
Ronald Neame
(1996) John Schlesinger
John Schlesinger
(1996) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(1996) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1997) Steven Bochco
Steven Bochco
(1997) Julie Christie
Julie Christie
(1997) Oswald Morris (1997) Harold Pinter
Harold Pinter
(1997) David Rose (1997) Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(1998) Bill Cotton
Bill Cotton
(1998) Eric Morecambe
Eric Morecambe
& Ernie Wise
Ernie Wise
(1999) Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
(1999) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(2000) Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick
(2000) Peter Bazalgette
Peter Bazalgette


Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(2001) John Thaw
John Thaw
(2001) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(2001) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(2002) Merchant Ivory Productions (2002) Andrew Davies (2002) John Mills
John Mills
(2002) Saul Zaentz
Saul Zaentz
(2003) David Jason (2003) John Boorman
John Boorman
(2004) Roger Graef (2004) John Barry (2005) David Frost
David Frost
(2005) David Puttnam
David Puttnam
(2006) Ken Loach
Ken Loach
(2006) Anne V. Coates (2007) Richard Curtis
Richard Curtis
(2007) Will Wright (2007) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(2008) Bruce Forsyth
Bruce Forsyth
(2008) Dawn French
Dawn French
& Jennifer Saunders
Jennifer Saunders
(2009) Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam
(2009) Nolan Bushnell
Nolan Bushnell
(2009) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(2010) Shigeru Miyamoto
Shigeru Miyamoto
(2010) Melvyn Bragg
Melvyn Bragg
(2010) Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee
(2011) Peter Molyneux
Peter Molyneux
(2011) Trevor McDonald (2011) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(2012) Rolf Harris
Rolf Harris
(2012) Alan Parker
Alan Parker
(2013) Gabe Newell
Gabe Newell
(2013) Michael Palin
Michael Palin
(2013) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2014) Rockstar Games
Rockstar Games
(2014) Julie Walters
Julie Walters
(2014) Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(2015) David Braben (2015) Jon Snow (2015) Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
(2016) John Carmack
John Carmack
(2016) Ray Galton & Alan Simpson (2016) Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
(2017) Joanna Lumley
Joanna Lumley
(2017) Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott

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Britannia Awards

Excellence in Film

Albert R. Broccoli
Albert R. Broccoli
(1989) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(1990) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1992) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(1993) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1995) Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
(1996) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1997) John Travolta
John Travolta
(1998) Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick
(1999) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(2000) George Lucas
George Lucas
(2002) Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant
(2003) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(2004) Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
(2005) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(2006) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2007) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2008) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(2009) Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges
(2010) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(2011) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2012) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2013) Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr.
(2014) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2015) Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
(2016) Matt Damon
Matt Damon

Excellence in Directing

Peter Weir
Peter Weir
(2003) Jim Sheridan (2004) Mike Newell (2005) Anthony Minghella
Anthony Minghella
(2006) Martin Campbell
Martin Campbell
(2007) Stephen Frears
Stephen Frears
(2008) Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle
(2009) Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
(2010) David Yates
David Yates
(2011) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(2012) Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
(2013) Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(2014) Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes
(2015) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2016) Ava DuVernay
Ava DuVernay

Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment

Howard Stringer
Howard Stringer
(2003) Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
(2009) Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott
& Tony Scott
Tony Scott
(2010) John Lasseter
John Lasseter
(2011) Will Wright (2012) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
(2013) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(2014) Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford
(2015) Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
(2016) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh

British Artist of the Year

Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz
(2006) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(2007) Tilda Swinton
Tilda Swinton
(2008) Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt
(2009) Michael Sheen
Michael Sheen
(2010) Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter
(2011) Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig
(2012) Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
(2013) Emma Watson
Emma Watson
(2014) James Corden
James Corden
(2015) Felicity Jones
Felicity Jones
(2016) Claire Foy (2017)

Excellence in Comedy

Betty White
Betty White
(2010) Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller
(2011) Trey Parker
Trey Parker
and Matt Stone
Matt Stone
(2012) Sacha Baron Cohen
Sacha Baron Cohen
(2013) Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
(2014) Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer
(2015) Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
(2016) Aziz Ansari
Aziz Ansari

Excellence in Television

Aaron Spelling
Aaron Spelling
(1999) HBO
Original Programming (2002) Dick Van Dyke
Dick Van Dyke

Humanitarian Award

Richard Curtis
Richard Curtis
(2007) Don Cheadle
Don Cheadle
(2008) Colin Firth
Colin Firth
(2009) Idris Elba
Idris Elba
(2013) Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo
(2014) Orlando Bloom
Orlando Bloom
(2015) Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor

Retired Awards

(1999) Tarsem Singh
Tarsem Singh
(1999) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(2003) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2004) Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
(2005) Ronald Neame
Ronald Neame
(2005) Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
(2006) Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne (2007)

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Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special

Michael Mann
Michael Mann
and Patrick Nolan (1979) David Chase
David Chase
(1980) Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller
(1981) Barry Morrow (1982) Marshall Herskovitz
Marshall Herskovitz
and Edward Zwick
Edward Zwick
(1983) William Hanley (1984) Vickie Patik (1985) Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman, Sherman Yellen and David Butler (1986) Kenneth Blackwell, Tennyson Flowers and Richard Friedenberg (1987) William Hanley (1988) Ron Hutchison, Abby Mann and Robin Vote (1989) Terrence McNally
Terrence McNally
(1990) Andrew Davies (1991) Joshua Brand and John Falsey (1992) Jane Anderson (1993) Bob Randall (1994) Alison Cross (1995) Simon Moore (1996) Horton Foote (1997) Kario Salem (1998) Ann Peacock (1999) David Mills and David Simon
David Simon
(2000) Loring Mandel (2001) Larry Ramin and Hugh Whitemore (2002) William H. Macy
William H. Macy
and Steven Schachter (2003) Tony Kushner
Tony Kushner
(2004) Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (2005) Richard Curtis
Richard Curtis
(2006) Frank Deasy (2007) Kirk Ellis (2008) Andrew Davies (2009) Adam Mazer (2010) Julian Fellowes
Julian Fellowes
(2011) Danny Strong
Danny Strong
(2012) Abi Morgan (2013) Steven Moffat
Steven Moffat
(2014) Jane Anderson (2015) D.V. DeVincentis (2016) Charlie Brooker
Charlie Brooker

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Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay

Original Drama (1969–1983, retired)

William Goldman
William Goldman
(1969) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
and Edmund H. North (1970) Penelope Gilliatt (1971) Jeremy Larner (1972) Steve Shagan (1973) Robert Towne
Robert Towne
(1974) Frank Pierson
Frank Pierson
(1975) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1976) Arthur Laurents
Arthur Laurents
(1977) Nancy Dowd, Robert C. Jones and Waldo Salt (1978) Mike Gray, T. S. Cook and James Bridges (1979) Bo Goldman
Bo Goldman
(1980) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
and Trevor Griffiths (1981) Melissa Mathison
Melissa Mathison
(1982) Horton Foote (1983)

Original Comedy (1969–1983, retired)

Paul Mazursky
Paul Mazursky
and Larry Tucker (1969) Neil Simon
Neil Simon
(1970) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1971) Peter Bogdanovich, Buck Henry, David Newman and Robert Benton (1972) Melvin Frank and Jack Rose (1973) Mel Brooks, Norman Steinberg, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor
Richard Pryor
and Alan Uger (1974) Robert Towne
Robert Towne
and Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(1975) Bill Lancaster
Bill Lancaster
(1976) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
and Marshall Brickman (1977) Larry Gelbart
Larry Gelbart
and Sheldon Keller (1978) Steve Tesich
Steve Tesich
(1979) Nancy Meyers, Harvey Miller and Charles Shyer
Charles Shyer
(1980) Steve Gordon (1981) Don McGuire, Larry Gelbart
Larry Gelbart
and Murray Schisgal (1982) Lawrence Kasdan
Lawrence Kasdan
and Barbara Benedek (1983)

Original Screenplay (1984–present)

Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1984) William Kelley and Earl W. Wallace (1985) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1986) John Patrick Shanley
John Patrick Shanley
(1987) Ron Shelton (1988) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1989) Barry Levinson
Barry Levinson
(1990) Callie Khouri
Callie Khouri
(1991) Neil Jordan
Neil Jordan
(1992) Jane Campion
Jane Campion
(1993) Richard Curtis
Richard Curtis
(1994) Randall Wallace (1995) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (1996) James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
and Mark Andrus (1997) Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard
(1998) Alan Ball (1999) Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan
(2000) Julian Fellowes
Julian Fellowes
(2001) Michael Moore
Michael Moore
(2002) Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppola
(2003) Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
(2004) Paul Haggis
Paul Haggis
and Bobby Moresco (2005) Michael Arndt
Michael Arndt
(2006) Diablo Cody
Diablo Cody
(2007) Dustin Lance Black
Dustin Lance Black
(2008) Mark Boal
Mark Boal
(2009) Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
(2010) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(2011) Mark Boal
Mark Boal
(2012) Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze
(2013) Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson
and Hugo Guinness (2014) Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (2015) Barry Jenkins
Barry Jenkins
and Tarell Alvin McCraney
Tarell Alvin McCraney
(2016) Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele

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