WEEK IN WOMEN: Writers Guild Honors Nancy Meyers – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Trailblazing screenwriter, director and producer Nancy Meyers, who has created such memorable hit films as Private Benjamin, Something’s Gotta Give, It’s Complicated and The Holiday has been named the recipient of the Writers Guild of America West’s 2020 Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement.

The Guild’s lifetime achievement award is presented to members who have “advanced the literature of motion pictures and made outstanding contributions to the profession of the screenwriter,” according to a news release.

Something’s Gotta Give star Diane Keaton is slated to present the Screen Laurel Award to Meyers at the WGAW’s 2020 Writers Guild Awards Feb. 1 ceremony. Read more on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.