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Writers on the films Amazing Grace, Freedom Writers and Venus along with scribes on a trio of medical-themed TV series -- NBC's Scrubs and ER and Fox's House -- are among the finalists for the 33rd annual Humanitas Prize.

The prize, which rewards film and TV writers whose work "honestly explores the complexities of the human experience and sheds light on the positive values of life," is handed out in eight categories, each of which carries a monetary prize of varying amounts. Twenty-eight writers were named finalists this year.

In the feature-film category, which bestows a $25,000 prize, the finalists are Steven Knight for Samuel Goldwyn Films/Roadside Attractions' Amazing Grace; Richard LaGravenese, who wrote the screenplay for Paramount Pictures' Freedom Writers; and Hanif Kureishi for Miramax Films' Venus.

Finalists in the Sundance feature-film category, which offers a $10,000 prize, are Newton I. Aduaka & Alain-Michel Blanc (writers) and Newton I. Aduaka (story) for Ezra, Adrienne Shelly for Fox Searchlight Pictures' Waitress and Salvatore Stabile for Where God Left His Shoes.

The TV finalists in the 30-minute category, which carries a $10,000 prize, are Scrubs writer Bill Callahan, who will compete with Jennifer Crittenden, who wrote the Oh God, Yes episode of CBS' The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Rob Lotterstein, who wrote the Kenny Doesn't Live Here Anymore episode of Fox's The War at Home.

Cited in the 60-minute TV category, which bestows a $15,000 prize, were "ER" writers R.


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