The Emmy-winning creator of The West Wing and Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Social Network will be honored at the WGAW's 2017 Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Feb. 19 at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.
"Starting with Sports Night, through The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, The Newsroom and beyond, Aaron Sorkin has changed the language of television. His knowing, incisive, witty, brave, deeply intelligent writing has raised the bar for the rest of us, defined the notion of behind-the-scenes, and has in the process reminded us, again and again, of the special responsibilities that accrue to our profession," WGAW President Howard A. Rodman said in a statement. "For as long as people walk and talk -- at the same time, of course -- Sorkin's dialogue will be remembered. But more crucially, we want to remember the ways he has always encouraged us, as humans and as citizens, to heed our better angels."
"I'm honored to be chosen for this year's Chayefsky Award and to join such esteemed company. There's a lot to live up to here," added Sorkin.