The fourth edition of the Gucci Group Award, which the luxury goods group annually bestows to an international artist for his or her contribution to film, on Monday honored “The Hurt Locker’’ screenwriter Mark Boal. The winner was revealed at a ceremony Monday evening at François Pinault’s art museum, Palazzo Grassi, in Venice, during the city’s 66th international film festival.
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“When we created this award four years ago, our goal was to extend our support of the arts by recognizing those who enrich our everyday lives through their creative genius,’’ Robert Polet, president and chief executive officer of the group, told WWD. “Specifically, we sought to honor contributions to film — the ultimate ‘melting pot’ of artistic expression.’’
Boal, a journalist born and raised in New York, has covered politics, technology, crime and other issues for the Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Brill’s Content, Mother Jones, The New York Observer and Playboy. In 2004, Boal spent two weeks in Baghdad, Iraq, with members of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit. “The Hurt Locker’’ is based on this experience. In 2003, Boal wrote “Death and Dishonor,’’ which inspired the movie “In the Valley of Elah.’’
Of the Gucci award, Boal said, “This movie is everything for me, and I hope that it will help to reveal a hidden side of the war,’’ thanking director Kathryn Bigelow for her support in this project.
The other three nominees for the award were: French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand for directing “Home’’; Iranian photographer and video artist Shirin Neshat for directing “Women Without Men’’ and Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist for directing “Pepperminta.’’