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Minnesota screenwriter in running for prestigious Humanitas Prize

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A three-time winner of the local IFP/McKnight Artist Fellowship for Screenwriters has been nominated for the prestigious Humanitas Prize, the Star Tribune reports.

Michael Starrbury is in the running for a 2013 Humanitas Prize in the Sundance Feature Film category for writing "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete," which stars Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, Anthony Mackie and Jordin Sparks, and was executive produced by Grammy winner Alicia Keys. Other competitors in the category include Jeff Nichols for "Mud" and Ryan Coogler for "Fruitvale Station."

Now in its 39th year, the Humanitas Prize honors "truly and deeply explore the human experience in a way that both entertains and enlightens," according to the organization.

Deadline Hollywood has the complete list of nominees. Screenwriters up in the Feature Film category include John Gatins for "Flight," David O. Russell for "Silver Linings Playbook" and Quentin Tarantino for "Django Unchained."

In total, $95,000 is divided among the winners in nine categories.

Starrbury's screenplay for "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete" has attracted a lot of attention in Hollywood, leading to, among other things, his hiring to re-write the script for the long-awaited biopic of Tupac Shakur, SlashFilm reports.

IndieWire also reports that Starrbury is working on a big-screen adaptation of the Image comic book "The Great Unknown," with "Saturday Night Live" writer and "MacGruber" director Jorma Taccone attached to direct.

See an interview with Starrbury with 12 News ahead of his Sundance debut below.

See a clip from Starrbury's "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete" below.

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