Everyone knows that as a rule, and also a much-overused punchline, Hollywood writers get no respect.  The writer is the Dangerfield of the entertainment industry.  That’s not news.  Some of us even know this firsthand.  So it’s not a big surprise when the Writers Guild held their WGA Awards this past weekend seemingly without much fanfare, at least that I’ve seen.  It might help if they didn’t have the celebration at the ass end of the award season blitzrieg.  Be that as it may, here’s how the awards played out:


ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

The Hurt Locker, Written by Mark Boal; Summit Entertainment



ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Up in the Air, Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner; Based upon the novel by Walter Kirn; Paramount Pictures




DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

The Cove, Written by Mark Monroe; Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions




TELEVISION WINNERS



DRAMA SERIES


Mad Men, Written by Lisa Albert, Andrew Colville, Kater Gordon, Cathryn Humphris,


Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Brett Johnson, Erin Levy, Marti Noxon,


Frank Pierson, Robin Veith, Dahvi Waller, Matthew Weiner; AMC




COMEDY SERIES

30 Rock, Written by Jack Burditt, Kay Cannon, Robert Carlock, Tom
Ceraulo, Vali Chandrasekaran, Tina Fey, Donald Glover, Steve Hely, Matt
Hubbard, Dylan Morgan, Paula Pell, Jon Pollack, John Riggi, Tami
Sagher, Josh Siegal, Ron Weiner, Tracey Wigfield; NBC




NEW SERIES

Modern Family, Written by Paul Corrigan, Sameer Gardezi, Joe Lawson,
Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Dan O’Shannon, Brad Walsh, Caroline
Williams, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker; ABC




EPISODIC DRAMA – any length – one airing time

“Broken, Part 1 and Part 2” (House), Written by Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner & David Foster & David Shore; Fox




EPISODIC COMEDY – any length – one airing time (**TIE**)

“Apollo, Apollo” (30 Rock), Written by Robert Carlock; NBC


“Pilot” (Modern Family), Written by Steven Levitan & Christopher Lloyd; ABC




LONG FORM – ORIGINAL – over one hour – one or two parts, one or two airing times

Georgia O’Keeffe, Written by Michael Cristofer; Lifetime




LONG FORM – ADAPTATION – over one hour – one or two parts, one or two airing times

Taking Chance, Teleplay by Lieutenant Colonel Michael R. Strobl, USMC
(Ret.) and Ross Katz, Based on the short story by Lieutenant Colonel
Michael R. Strobl, USMC (Ret.); HBO




ANIMATION – any length – one airing time

“Wedding for Disaster” (The Simpsons), Written by Joel H. Cohen; Fox




COMEDY / VARIETY – (INCLUDING TALK) SERIES (**TIE**)

Saturday Night Live, Head Writer: Seth Meyers, Writers Doug Abeles,
James Anderson, Alex Baze, Jessica Conrad, James Downey, Steve Higgins,
Colin Jost, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, John Lutz, Lorne Michaels, John
Mulaney, Paula Pell, Simon Rich, Marika Sawyer, Akiva Schaffer, John
Solomon, Emily Spivey, Kent Sublette, Jorma Taccone, Bryan Tucker,
Additional Sketch by Adam McKay, Andrew Steele; NBC



The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Head Writer: Steve Bodow, Writers Rory
Albanese, Kevin Bleyer, Rich Blomquist, Tim Carvell, Wyatt Cenac,
Hallie Haglund, JR Havlan, David Javerbaum, Elliott Kalan, Josh Lieb,
Sam Means, Jo Miller, John Oliver, Daniel Radosh, Jason Ross, Jon
Stewart; Comedy Central




COMEDY / VARIETY – MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES – SPECIALS

Film Independent’s 2009 Spirit Awards, Written by Billy Kimball, Neil MacLennan; IFC/AMC




DAYTIME SERIAL

The Young and the Restless,
Written by Amanda L. Beall, Tom Casiello, Lisa Connor, Janice Ferri
Esser, Eric Freiwald, Jay Gibson, Scott Hamner, Marla Kanelos, Beth
Milstein, Natalie Minardi Slater, Melissa Salmons, Linda Schreiber,
James Stanley, Sandra Weintraub, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS




CHILDREN’S EPISODIC & SPECIALS

“Welcome to the Jungle” (The Troop), Written by Max Burnett; Nickelodeon




CHILDREN’S SCRIPT – LONG FORM OR SPECIAL

Another Cinderella Story, Written by Erik Patterson, Jessica Scott; ABC Family




DOCUMENTARY – CURRENT EVENTS

“The Madoff Affair” (Frontline), Written by Marcela Gaviria, Martin Smith; PBS




DOCUMENTARY – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS

“The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer” (American Experience), Written by David Grubin; PBS




NEWS – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN OR BREAKING REPORT

World News with Charles Gibson, Written by Lee Kamlet, Julia Kathan, Joel Siegel; ABC




NEWS – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY

“A Private War: Expose: America’s Investigative Reports” (Bill Moyers Journal), Written by Thomas M. Jennings; PBS




RADIO WINNERS



DOCUMENTARY


2008 Year in Review, Written by Gail Lee; CBS




NEWS – REGULARLY SCHEDULED OR BREAKING

World News This Week − July 11, 2009, Written by Darren Reynolds; ABC Radio




NEWS – ANALYSIS, FEATURE OR COMMENTARY

Paul Harvey: An American Life, Written by Stu Chamberlain; ABC Radio




PROMOTIONAL WRITING AND GRAPHIC ANIMATION WINNERS



ON-AIR PROMOTION (RADIO OR TELEVISION)


“Vegas” (Dateline), “The Wanted” Promo, NBC Nightly News Promo, “Iran”
(Dateline), “Cheat” (Dateline), Written by Barry Fitzsimmons; NBC




TELEVISION GRAPHIC ANIMATION

“Hudson Splashdown” (CBS Evening News with Katie Couric), David M. Rosen, Shannon L. Toma; CBS




VIDEOGAME WRITING WINNER

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Written by Amy Hennig; Sony Computer Entertainment


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