'Modern Family,' 'The Descendants' & 'Midnight in Paris' Win Big at 2012 Writers Guild Awards


Feb. 20 2012, Published 12:44 p.m. ET

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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.

OK! NEWS: ANGELINA JOLIE TALKS ABOUT MOTHERHOOD AT THE 2012 SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS 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 BadOK! NEWS: KATRINA BOWDEN ANNOUNCES ENGAGEMENT ON 2012 SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS RED CARPET! 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: Original ScreenplayMidnight in Paris by Woody Allen Adapted ScreenplayThe Descendants, screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash Documentary ScreenplayBetter This World, written by Katie Galloway & Kelly Duane de la Vega Television Series - DramaBreaking Bad Television Series - ComedyModern Family New SeriesHomeland Episodic Drama"Box Cutter" from Breaking Bad, and "The Good Soldier" from Homeland (tie)  Episodic Comedy"Caught in the Act" from Modern Family Long form - originalCinema Verite Long form - adaptedToo Big to Fail  Animation"Homer the Father" from The Simpsons Comedy/VarietyThe Colbert Report Comedy/Variety - Music, Awards, TributesAfter the Academy Awards Daytime DramaGeneral Hospital 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 New MediaEpisodes 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 from Aim High Videogame NomineesUncharted 3: Drake's Deception 

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