The films of the 75th edition of the festival drew heavily upon history, much of it grim, and featured a glut of celebrated auteurs.
Ms. Yee won the outstanding new American play award for “Cambodian Rock Band,” and Ms. Backhaus’s “India Pale Ale” won promising new American play.
The dark comedy by David Ireland is the winner of the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh award; the Traverse production will get $25,000 toward a New York run.
By adding a new category, the Academy Awards risk signaling that blockbuster films are not worthy of consideration for the best overall picture honor.
A resolution by the City Council there was largely meaningless because West Hollywood has no authority over the Walk of Fame, which is in Los Angeles.
In May, the collectors Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman joined forces with the philanthropist Suzanne Deal Booth to double the pot.
Reba McEntire, Philip Glass and Wayne Shorter will also be honored at the Kennedy Center ceremony, which Mr. Trump skipped last year after some winners expressed discomfort with him.
The artist Susan Unterberg, acting anonymously, has distributed more than $5.5 million over 22 years to 220 underrecognized female artists over age 40.
Other presidents have dawdled, too, but President Trump is the first to go this long without awarding national medals in the arts and humanities.