The 2010 Writers Guild of America Awards Winners

‘The Hurt Locker’ and ‘Up in the Air’ take home the feature film awards.
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The 2010 Writers Guild of America Awards Winners

The 2010 Writers Guild of America Awards Winners The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) tonight announced the winners of the 2010 Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for screen, television, radio, news, promotional, and videogame writing at simultaneous ceremonies at the Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City and the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Susie Essman of Curb Your Enthusiasm hosted the East Coast show, which was executive produced by Craig Shemin, who was also the head writer. Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) hosted the West Coast show, which was executive produced by Spike Jones, Jr.

The Writers Guild of America, East presented special honors to: Alan Zweibel - Ian McLellan Hunter Lifetime Achievement Award; Gary David Goldberg - Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence; Edward Albee - Evelyn F. Burkey Award for contributions bringing honor and dignity to writers everywhere; David Steven Cohen - Jablow Award for devoted service to the Guild, and Philippa Leverman - John Merriman Award for Study of Broadcast Journalism at American University. In addition, the Writers Guild of America, East Foundation presented the Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting to Antal Zambo of Wayne State University.

The Writers Guild of America, West presented special honors to: Larry David - Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television for lifetime achievement; Barry Levinson - Screen Laurel Award for lifetime achievement; Anthony Peckham (Invictus) - Paul Selvin Award, recognizing written work which spotlights constitutional rights and civil liberties; Carl Gottlieb - Morgan Cox Award, honoring longtime Guild service.

The full list of winners:

SCREEN WINNERS

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

  • - The Hurt Locker, Written by Mark Boal; Summit Entertainment

    (500) Days of Summer, Written by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber; Fox Searchlight

    Avatar, Written by James Cameron; 20th Century Fox

    The Hangover, Written by Jon Lucas & Scott Moore; Warner Bros.

    A Serious Man, Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen; Focus Features

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

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

    Crazy Heart, Screenplay by Scott Cooper; Based on the novel by Thomas Cobb; Fox Searchlight

    Julie & Julia, Screenplay by Nora Ephron; Based on the books Julie & Julia by Julie Powell and My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme; Sony Pictures

    Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire, Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher; Based on the novel "Push" by Sapphire; Lionsgate

    Star Trek, Written by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman; Based upon Star Trek, Created by Gene Roddenberry; Paramount Pictures

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY:

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

    Against the Tide, Screenplay by Richard Trank; Moriah Films

    Capitalism: A Love Story, Written by Michael Moore; Overture Films

    Earth Days, Written by Robert Stone; Zeitgeist Films

    Good Hair, Written by Chris Rock & Jeff Stilson and Lance Crouther and Chuck Sklar; Roadside Attractions

    Soundtrack for a Revolution, Written by Bill Guttentag & Dan Sturman; Freedom Song Productions and Louverture Films

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

    Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, George Mastras, J. Roberts, John Shiban, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC

    Dexter, Written by Scott Buck, Charles H. Eglee, Lauren Gussis, Clyde Phillips, Scott Reynolds, Melissa Rosenberg, Tim Schlattmann, Wendy West; Showtime

    Friday Night Lights, Written by Bridget Carpenter, Kerry Ehrin, Ron Fitzgerald, Brent Fletcher, Etan Frankel, Jason Gavin, Elizabeth Heldens, David Hudgins, Rolin Jones, Jason Katims, Patrick Massett, Derek Santos Olson, John Zinman; NBC

    Lost, Written by Carlton Cuse, Adam Horowitz, Melinda Hsu Taylor, Edward Kitsis, Damon Lindelof, Greggory Nations, Kyle Pennington, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Brian K. Vaughan, Paul Zbyszewski; ABC

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

    Curb Your Enthusiasm, Written by Larry David; HBO

    Glee, Written by Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy; Fox

    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

    The Office, Written by Jennifer Celotta, Danny Chun, Greg Daniels, Lee Eisenberg, Anthony Q. Farrell, Brent Forrester, Daniel J. Goor, Charlie Grandy, Mindy Kaling, Ryan Koh, Lester Lewis, Paul Lieberstein, Warren Lieberstein, BJ Novak, Michael Schur, Aaron Shure, Justin Spitzer, Gene Stupnitsky, Halsted Sullivan; 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

    Glee, Written by Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy; Fox

    The Good Wife, Written by Angela Amato Velez, Corinne Brinkerhoff, Ted Humphrey, Dee Johnson, Todd E. Kessler, Michelle King, Robert King; CBS

    Hung, Written by Colette Burson, Ellie Herman, Emily Kapnek, Brett C. Leonard, Dmitry Lipkin, Angela Robinson; HBO

    Nurse Jackie, Written by Taii K. Austin, Liz Brixius, Rick Cleveland, Evan Dunsky, Nancy Fichman, Liz Flahive, Jennifer Hoppe, Mark Hudis, John Hilary Shepherd, Linda Wallem, Christine Zander; Showtime

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

    Come, Ye Saints (Big Love), Written by Melanie Marnich; HBO

    The Grown Ups (Mad Men), Written by Brett Johnson and Matthew Weiner; AMC

    Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency (Mad Men), Written by Robin Veith and Matthew Weiner; AMC

    I Will Rise Up (True Blood), Written by Nancy Oliver; HBO

    Phoenix (Breaking Bad), Written by John Shiban; AMC

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

      Broke (The Office), Written by Charlie Grandy; NBC

      Chapter 1 (Eastbound & Down), Written by Ben T. Best & Jody L. Hill & Danny McBride; HBO

      Gossip (The Office), Written by Paul Lieberstein; NBC

      Reunion (30 Rock), Written by Matt Hubbard; NBC

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

  • - Georgia O'Keeffe, Written by Michael Cristofer; Lifetime

    Grey Gardens, Teleplay by Michael Sucsy and Patricia Rozema, Story by Michael Sucsy; HBO

    Pedro, Screenplay by Dustin Lance Black, Story by Paris Barclay & Dustin Lance Black; MTV

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

    America, Teleplay by Joyce Eliason and Rosie O'Donnell, Based upon the novel by E.R. Frank; Lifetime

ANIMATION - any length - one airing time:

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

    The Burns and the Bees (The Simpsons), Written by Stephanie Gillis; Fox

    Eeny Teeny Maya, Moe (The Simpsons), Written by John Frink; Fox

    Gone Maggie Gone (The Simpsons), Written by Billy Kimball & Ian Maxtone-Graham; Fox

    Take My Life, Please (The Simpsons), Written by Don Payne; 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

      Real Time with Bill Maher, Head Writer: Billy Martin, Writers Scott Carter, Adam Felber, Matt Gunn, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Chris Kelly, Bill Maher, Jonathan Schmock, Danny Vermont; HBO

      The Colbert Report, Head Writers: Barry Julien, Thomas Purcell, Writers Michael Brumm, Stephen Colbert, Richard Dahm, Robert Dubbin, Glenn Eichler, Peter Grosz, Peter Gwinn, Alon Jay Katsir, Frank Lesser, Opus Moreschi, Meredith Scardino, Allison Silverman, Max Werner; Comedy Central

      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

    We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, Written by George Stevens, Jr., Michael Stevens and Sara Lukinson; HBO

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

    All My Children, Written by Jeff Beldner, Joanna Cohen, Kate Hall, Chip Hayes, Michelle Patrick, Charles Pratt, Jr., Rebecca Taylor, Tracey Thomson, Addie Walsh; ABC

    As the World Turns, Written by Peter Brash, Lisa Connor, Susan Dansby, Cheryl L. Davis, Leah Laiman, David A. Levinson, Leslie Nipkow, Jean Passanante, Gordon Rayfield, Courtney Simon; CBS

    One Life to Live, Written by Shelly Altman, Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Aida Croal, Carolyn Culliton, Janet Iacobuzio, Frederick Johnson, Sharon Lennon, Elizabeth Page, Melissa Salmons, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Chris Van Etten; ABC

CHILDREN'S EPISODIC & SPECIALS:

  • - "Welcome to the Jungle" (The Troop), Written by Max Burnett; Nickelodeon

    "A Monster Problem" (Imagination Movers), Written by Randi Barnes, Rick Gitelson, Scott Gray; Disney Channel

    "Frankly, It's Becoming a Habitat" (Sesame Street), Written by Joseph Mazzarino; PBS

    "Mouse and Home" (Imagination Movers), Written by Michael G. Stern, Randi Barnes, Rick Gitelson, Scott Gray; Disney Channel

    "The Rival" (True Jackson, VP), Written by Dan Kopelman; Nickelodeon

    "Wild Nature Survivor Guy" (Sesame Street), Written by Christine Ferraro; PBS

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

    "Black Money" (Frontline), Written by Lowell Bergman, Oriana Zill de Granados; PBS

    "Heat" (Frontline), Written by Martin Smith; PBS

    "The Hugo Chávez Show" (Frontline), Written by Ofra Bikel; PBS

    "Inside the Meltdown" (Frontline), Written by Michael Kirk; PBS

    "Poisoned Waters" (Frontline), Written by Hedrick Smith, Rick Young; PBS

DOCUMENTARY - OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS:

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

    The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln (American Experience), Written by Barak Goodman; PBS

    The National Parks: Americas Best Idea, "Episode Two: 1890-1915: The Last Refuge," Written by Dayton Duncan; PBS

    Soul of a People: Writing America's Story, Written by David A. Taylor, Olive Emma Bucklin, Andrea Kalin; Smithsonian Channel

    We Shall Remain: Episode Three: Trail of Tears (American Experience), Written by Mark Zwonitzer; PBS

    We Shall Remain: Episode Two: Tecumseh's Vision (American Experience), Written by Ric Burns; PBS

NEWS - REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN OR BREAKING REPORT:

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

    CBS Evening News, Written by Joe Clines, Jerry Cipriano, Jared Crawford; CBS

    Recession Candy, Written by R. Polly Leider; CBS

NEWS - ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY:

  • "A Private War: Expose: America's Investigative Reports" (Bill Moyers Journal), Written by Thomas M. Jennings; PBS

    "All Night Long" (Good Morning America), Written by Mary Pflum; ABC

    "Election Day" (Bill Moyers Journal), Written by Bill Moyers, Michael Winship; PBS

    "Financial Fingers" (CBS News), Written by R. Polly Leider; CBS

    "The Words That Won the White House" (Good Morning America), Written by Lisa Ferri; ABC

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

    So Many Goodbyes, Written by Gail Lee; CBS Radio

    WCBS News Radio, Written by Robert Hawley; CBS Radio

NEWS - ANALYSIS, FEATURE OR COMMENTARY:

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

    Black History Month, Written by Arleen Lebe; CBS Radio

    End of Summer, Written by Duane Tollison; CBS Radio

    Farewells, Written by Gail Lee; CBS 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

    How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Promo Process, Written by Michelle Straebler; WNBC

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

The Hurt Locker was released June 26th, 2009.

(500) Days of Summer was released July 17th, 2009.

Avatar was released December 18th, 2009.

The Hangover was released June 5th, 2009.

A Serious Man was released October 2nd, 2009.

Up in the Air was released December 23rd, 2009.

Crazy Heart was released December 16th, 2009.

Julie & Julia was released August 7th, 2009.

Precious was released November 6th, 2009.

Star Trek was released May 8th, 2009.

The Cove was released July 31st, 2009.

Capitalism: A Love Story was released October 2nd, 2009.

Earth Days was released August 14th, 2009.

Good Hair was released October 9th, 2009.

Soundtrack for a Revolution was released January 22nd, 2010.

Friday Night Lights was released October 8th, 2004.

Grey Gardens was released April 18th, 2009.

Taking Chance was released January 2009.

Sources: Writers Guild of America

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  • 2movieguys • 5 years ago

    Claps for "The Hurt Locker"!!

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    • messenger • 5 years ago

      There is something you guys don't (I don't think) understand. Movies will and forever will be a telling of other stories. I liked Avatar, a lot actually. Though the story has been written (somewhat) before they made it a solid and fun story to get into. I am an aspiring screenwriter and trust me I notice the striking similarities Avatar has with other films but when it comes down to it no matter how a story is told, it's still a goo story.

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      • emmytt • 5 years ago

        Thank Paolo Sardinas, I Am So Sick of this people who say Avatar is oringal.It Is a stupid rip off movie that donst dersve anything and if it wins stuff like movie of the year then i will know for sure that flim crictes(sorry cant spell)and Hollywood are f*cking stupid and are forever blind!

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        • sardinas • 5 years ago

          Avatar didn't win anything because there was no writing. The supposed "screenplay" was nothing new or original.

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          • moviemaster75 • 5 years ago

            im happy that avatar barely won anything here :)

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