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WGA: Awards, Yes; Ceremony, No; Strike End, Maybe
WGA Bests: Original Screenplay, Adapted Screenplay, Comedy Series, Drama Series
The Writer's Guild of America (WGA) didn't hold a gala ceremony this year (who can afford a gown when you're not getting paid?) but they did take a break on the East coast from discussing the possible end of the strike to announce the winners of their annual awards. This year's very informal and somewhat unusual gathering "was decidedly looser than past ceremonies and peppered with references to the likely strike settlement. 'WGA on Strike' signs filled the ornate lobby of the Hudson Theatre in Times Square, and writers gathered by the open bars, comparing notes about the membership meeting earlier in the day when they finally heard the details about the tentative deal."
Oftentimes used as a barometer to gauge the upcoming Oscars, a WGA nod in the film categories can look to the past WGA-then-Oscar winners as inspiration for what may come in a couple of weeks here in LA at the Kodak Theatre.
Screenplay honors went to Diablo Cody for Juno (original) and to Joel and Ethan Coen forNo Country for Old Men (adapted). TV comedy series best went to the team behind 30 Rock, and drama series to the scribes of The Wire.
A full list of winners after the jump.
FILM AND TELEVISION AWARD WINNERS (via TheEnvelope.com)
"JUNO," Written by Diablo Cody; Fox Searchlight
"NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN," Screenplay by Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, Based on the Novel by Cormac McCarthy; Miramax
"TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE," Written by Alex Gibney; THINKFilm
"THE WIRE," Written by Ed Burns, Chris Collins, Dennis Lehane, David Mills, George Pelecanos, Richard Price, David Simon, William F. Zorzi; HBO
"30 ROCK," Written by Brett Baer, Jack Burditt, Kay Cannon, Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Dave Finkel, Daisy Gardner, Donald Glover, Matt Hubbard, Jon Pollack, John Riggi, Tami Sagher, Ron Weiner; NBC
"MAD MEN," Written by Lisa Albert, Bridget Bedard, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Tom Palmer, Chris Provenzano, Robin Veith, Matthew Weiner; AMC
EPISODIC DRAMA - any length - one airing time
THE SECOND COMING ("THE SOPRANOS"), Written by Terence Winter; HBO
EPISODIC COMEDY - any length - one airing time
THE JOB ("THE OFFICE"), Written by Paul Lieberstein & Michael Schur; NBC
LONG FORM - ORIGINAL - over one hour - one or two parts, one or two airing times
"PANDEMIC," Written by Bryce Zabel & Jackie Zabel; Hallmark Channel
LONG FORM - ADAPTATION - over one hour - one or two parts, one or two airing times
"THE COMPANY: A STORY OF THE CIA," Teleplay by Ken Nolan, Based on the novel by Robert Littell; TNT
ANIMATION - any length - one airing time
KILL GIL VOLUMES 1&2 ("THE SIMPSONS"), Written by Jeff Westbrook; FOX
COMEDY/VARIETY - (INCLUDING TALK) SERIES
"THE COLBERT REPORT," Written by Bryan Adams, Michael Brumm, Stephen Colbert, Rich Dahm, Eric Drysdale, Rob Dubbin, Glenn Eichler, Peter Grosz, Peter Gwinn, Barry Julien, Jay Katsir, Laura Krafft, Frank Lesser, Tom Purcell, Allison Silverman; Comedy Central
(*Editor's Note: There are no nominations this year in the Comedy/Variety - Music, Awards, Tributes - Specials category.)
"THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS," Written by Lynn Marie Latham, Scott Hamner, Jeff Gottesfeld & Cherie Bennet, Bernard Lechowick, James Stanley, Natalie Minardi Slater, Lynsey Dufour, Marina Alburger, Sara Bibel, Janice Ferri Esser, Eric Freiwald & Linda Schreiber, Joshua McCaffrey, Sandra Weintraub; CBS
CHILDREN'S SCRIPT - EPISODIC & SPECIALS
"LOOK WHOSE NOT TALKING (FLIGHT 29 DOWN)," Written by D. J. MacHale; Discovery Kids
CHILDREN'S SCRIPT- LONG FORM OR SPECIAL
"JOHNNY KAPAHALA: BACK ON BOARD," Teleplay by Ann Austen & Douglas Sloan and Max Enscoe & Annie deYoung, Story by Ann Austen & Douglas Sloan; Disney Channel
"DEAD HEAD FRED," Written by Dave Ellis and Adam Cogan, D3 Publisher
DOCUMENTARY - CURRENT EVENTS
"RETURN OF THE TALIBAN" (FRONTLINE), Written by Martin Smith; PBS
DOCUMENTARY - OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS
"BILLY STRAYHORN: LUSH LIFE (INDEPENDENT LENS)," Written by Robert Levi and Robert Seidman; PBS
TELEVISION NEWS - REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN OR BREAKING REPORT"
AMISH SCHOOL SHOOTING (WORLD NEWS WITH CHARLES GIBSON), Written by Josh Landis, Joel Siegel, Julia Kathan, Charles Gibson; ABC
TELEVISION NEWS - ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY
TO BEE OR NOT TO BEE (GOOD MORNING, AMERICA), Written by Mary Pflum; ABC
RADIO AWARD WINNERS
GO WIRELESS, GET CONNECTED! ABC'S TECHNOLOGY SURVIVAL GUIDE, Written by Andrea Smith; ABC
RADIO NEWS - REGULARLY SCHEDULED OR BREAKING
WORLD NEWS THIS WEEK, Written by Marianne J. Pryor; ABC
RADIO NEWS - ANALYSIS, FEATURE OR COMMENTARY
PASSAGES, Written by Gail Lee; CBS
PROMOTION WRITING AND GRAPHIC ART AWARD WINNERS
TELEVISION ON-AIR PROMOTION
DAYS OF OUR LIVES: MINI-SERIES, THE BRADYS VS. THE DIMERAS, Written by Judie Henninger; NBC
TELEVISION GRAPHIC ART
ONE PRICEY PANTS SUIT, William J. Hennessy Jr.; ABC News
TELEVISION GRAPHIC ANIMATION
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS . . . MATT LAUER?: TEASE CAMPAIGN 2007, Joe Strobino and Miranda Patterson; NBC