Vision and Leadership Award
Screenwriter and Producer
Aaron Sorkin won the Academy Award, the Golden Globe and the Critics Choice Award for his screenplay, The Social Network. The film received critical praise appearing in over 350 top ten critics lists around the country. He recently won the Critics Choice Award and is nominated for an Academy Award for the adapted screenplay, Moneyball. The film has earned four Oscar nominations including Best Picture.
Sorkin’s HBO hit series, The Newsroom, debuted earlier in the year bringing in an average of 7 million viewers per episode. Set behind the scenes at a cable news show, the ensemble cast is headed up by Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer and Sam Waterston. Sorkin is currently writing the second season, which was ordered almost immediately after the series premiere.
Sorkin made his Broadway playwriting debut with the military courtroom drama A Few Good Men, for which he received the John Gassner Award for Outstanding New American Playwright. His film adaptation of the play was nominated for four Academy Awards, and five Golden Globes, including Best Screenplay. He followed this success with the screenplays for Malice and The American President. Sorkin produced and wrote the television series Sports Night, winning the Humanitas Prize and the Television Critics Association Award. He spent the next four years writing and producing The West Wing, winning the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series all four years. For his work on The West Wing, Sorkin received numerous accolades, including two Peabody Awards and the Humanitas Prize.
In 2006, Sorkin wrote and produced the television series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. He also wrote the 2007 film Charlie Wilson’s War and returned to Broadway that year with his play, The Farnsworth Invention.