This year’s Humanitas Awards was held at the Director’s Guild of America. The Humanitas Prize was created in 1974 to celebrate uplifting and quality content in entertainment by recognizing the writers behind such powerful stories. It was an intimate gathering of writers and producers, with David Hudgins (producer and writer for Friday Night Lights) emceeing the evening.
The Feature Film Award went to John Ridley, the Executive Producer of 12 Years a Slave, starring Brad Pitt. John’s acceptance speech was moving as he described what it was like to work with Hollywood and receive so much from so many, that he was now in a position where all he had left was to give.He also referenced a few jokes about watching Star Wars as a young black man and disliking the dark side representing evil, but seeing how much had changed when he took his son to watch the Star Wars and one of the main heroes, John Boyega, was a man of color. His speech was both moving and uplifting, like a lot of his work and it was a great experience to be a part of the audience that evening.