It would seem that the cast of “The Help” aren’t the only ones receiving accolades for their work on the film. The screenwriter and director of the film, Tate Taylor, has been announced as the recipient for the Writers Guild of America, West’s 2012 Paul Selvin Award.

“Tate Taylor’s adapted screenplay for The Help artfully distills the empowering essence and core emotional truths of Kathryn Stockwell’s novel, translating it into a film that forcefully illustrates how ordinary people can impact positive social change. Evoking a specific time and place, the film’s message is ultimately universal and remains relevant today. Tate’s honor is well-deserved – and his script does Paul Selvin’s legacy proud by conveying the continuing power of the written word,” said WGAW President Christopher Keyser.

“I’m truly honored and humbled by this honor. In adapting Kathryn Stockett’s ‘The Help,’ I was keenly aware of the many heroes from such a tumultuous time in American history, as well as the heroes that continue to fight for human rights today. But to me, ordinary heroes such as Aibileen and Minny are often the ones we find most relatable and empowered by. After all, the ordinary hero hiding in each of us is often the most powerful catalyst for change,” said Taylor.

Congratulations to Taylor for his award!

Written by: Monique Jones

The Help

By Monique Jones

Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

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