Screenwriter Nancy Meyers, whose credits include “Private Benjamin,” “Something’s Gotta Give” and “It’s Complicated,” will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Writers Guild of America West, the union announced Tuesday.
“Nancy Meyers is the writer many of us aspire to be — her scripts walk the line of blending challenging ideas with comedic situations, dramatic themes with hard jokes,” WGAW President David A. Goodman said in a statement. “Her work consistently proves that movies about the foibles and frailties of humans will be commercially successful in the hands of a master of her craft.”
The guild will present Meyers with its Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement during the WGA Awards ceremony Feb. 1.
Meyers made her screenwriting and producing debut when she co-wrote the 1980 hit “Private Benjamin,” which earned three Oscar nominations — original screenplay, actress Goldie Hawn and supporting actress Eileen Brennan — and a WGA Award for comedy film writing.
She went on to co-write “Irreconcilable Differences,” “Baby Boom” and the “Father of the Bride” films. Diane Keaton won a Golden Globe for her work in Meyers’ “Something’s Gotta Give.” Meyers also wrote, directed and produced films including “The Holiday” and “The Intern.” She also directed the 1998 remake of “The Parent Trap” and the Mel Gibson-Helen Hunt comedy “What Women Want.”
According to the WGA, Meyers is the highest-grossing female filmmaker in Hollywood box office history.
The WGA Awards will be presented during concurrent ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton and in New York.