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Oliver Stone to Be Honored by Writers Guild of America West

Variety logo Variety 12/15/2016 Dave McNary
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Oliver Stone, whose films include “Platoon,” “Born on the Fourth of July,” and “Wall Street,” has been selected to receive the Writers Guild of America West’s 2017 Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement.

He will be honored at the guild’s awards show on Feb. 19 at The Beverly Hilton.

“Oliver Stone may be our most committed screenwriter, using an unparalleled sense of conflict and drama to define the past half century,” said WGA West President Howard A. Rodman. “Stone’s Vietnam trilogy – ‘Platoon,’ ‘Born on the Fourth of July,’ ‘Heaven & Earth’ — not only illuminated the war, but made us face its consequences.”

“His unofficial and extraordinary history of the 1960s and 1970s — from ‘JFK’ and ‘The Doors’ through ‘Nixon’ and ‘Wall Street’ — wove a coherent narrative from incoherent facts,” Rodman continued. “His dialogue is always memorable: think of Gordon Gekko’s ‘greed is good,’ or Tony Manero’s 182 ‘f—s’ in ‘Scarface.’ But even Stone’s most amoral characters are, in the end, like us: all too human. Stone has held a mirror up to our times, and dares us again and again to look at our nation — and ourselves — without turning away.”

Stone said, “As a young screenwriter I remember seeing so many I admired graced with the Laurel Award, and I never expected I’d be considered their peer. I am most honored to accept this great award.”

Stone served in the U.S. Army Infantry in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. He was wounded twice in combat and ultimately received the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, and other medals of honor during his military career. “Platoon,” written and directed by Stone, earned him an Academy Award for best director in 1986; “Born on the Fourth of July” gave Stone another Oscar for the same category three years later; and “Midnight Express” nabbed him an adapted screenplay Oscar win in 1978.

Stone has received eight other Academy award nominations — writing nominations for “Platoon,”  “Salvador” and “Nixon”; Best Picture, directing and writing for “JFK”; and Best Picture and writing for “Born on the Fourth of July.”

Stone wrote and directed “Snowden,” a biopic about whistleblower Edward Snowden that was released in September by Open Road. The film has grossed $21 million domestically.


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