It's awards season, of course, and while most of the buzz surrounds the Oscars next Sunday, let's not forget about the Writers Guild Awards! Although the ceremony wasn't broadcast on TV, the L.A. and NYC ceremonies were held simultaneously last night.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, as West Coast co-host Zooey Deschanel greeted the audience, she said, "Hi, and welcome to nerd prom." She added, "Male writers: You are all hot because of your minds." To which point co-host Joel McHale chimed in, "Enough. You had them at eye contact."
While Zooey and Joel ran the show out west, Saturday Night Live alum Rachel Dratch had everyone in stitches in NYC, including an opening musical number with none other than fellow SNL alum Jimmy Fallon! Modern Family won the best comedy series prize, just as it swept the Emmys. As for TV drama, the top honor went to Breaking Bad.
Not to be overlooked, however was the motion picture category. Woody Allen won best original screenplay for Midnight in Paris, and Alexander Payne took home top honors for best adapted screenplay with The Descendants. Perhaps they'll also earn those coveted Academy Awards next Sunday night?
For a list of 2012 Writers Guild Award winners, please see below:
Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen
The Descendants, screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
Better This World, written by Katie Galloway & Kelly Duane de la Vega
Television Series – Drama
Television Series – Comedy
"Box Cutter" from Breaking Bad, and "The Good Soldier" from Homeland (tie)
"Caught in the Act" from Modern Family
Long form – original
Long form – adapted
Too Big to Fail
"Homer the Father" from The Simpsons
The Colbert Report
Comedy/Variety – Music, Awards, Tributes
After the Academy Awards
Children's – Episodic & Specials
"Hero of the Shadows" from Supah Ninjas
Documentary – Current Events
"Top Secret America" from Frontline
Documentary – Other than Current Events
"Wiki Secrets" from Frontline
News – Regularly scheduled, bulletin or breaking report
"Educating Sergeant Pantzke" from Frontline
News – Analysis, Feature or Commentary
"Doctor Hot Spot" from Frontline
Episodes 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 from Aim High
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