February 17, 2019

2018 Honorary Service Awards


Photo: Raul Romo
Dustin Lance Black

“Dustin Lance Black is the embodiment of the Valentine Davies Award. A tireless advocate for the cause of LGBTQ+ rights, his accomplishments in that arena have been truly profound.” – WGAW President David A. Goodman.

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The Valentine Davies Award is given to the Writers Guild of America West member whose contributions to the entertainment industry and the community-at-large have brought dignity and honor to writers everywhere.


The Morgan Cox Award is presented to that member or group of members whose vital ideas, continuing efforts and personal sacrifice best exemplify the ideal of service to the Guild which the life of Morgan Cox so fully represented.

Edmund H. North Award

The Edmund H. North Award is presented to those members whose courageous leadership, strength of purpose and continuing selfless activity on behalf of the Guild through the years, as well as professional achievement of the highest order, have served to establish the Writers Guild of America as a pillar of strength and security for writers throughout the world.

Robert Meltzer Award

The Robert Meltzer Award honors one act of bravery by remembering another, recognizing an artist's singular act of courage in defense of freedom of expression and the rights of writers everywhere.