Screen Junkies » Writers Guild of America http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:34:42 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 WGA Awards Honor ‘The Descendants’ & ‘Midnight In Paris’ As Movies That Were Written http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wga-awards-honor-the-descendants-midnight-in-paris-as-movies-that-were-written/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wga-awards-honor-the-descendants-midnight-in-paris-as-movies-that-were-written/#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2012 14:00:01 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=245683 That's some fine typing, boys.

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Yesterday, members of the Writers Guild of America banded together to totally snub Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Instead they gave their top two movie awards to Midnight in Paris and The Descendants.

Written by Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris won best original screenplay for the story of a young, blocked writer searching to understand love in an unromantic time. The Descendants won best adapted screenplay and stars George Clooney as a man trying to bring his family together after finding out his hospitalized wife has cheated on him. It was written by Alexander Payne, the Dean from Community and the guy who delivered the “hair pie” line in Broken Lizard‘s Club Dread.

Winning these honors helps both films in the race for Oscar gold, because the guild members who voted here are also the old white dudes who comprise the Academy. Though it should be noted that Oscars odds-on favorite, The Artist, wasn’t eligible for a WGA Award as it was written by French writers and didn’t really feature any dialogue.

That said, the Oscars could go to anyone at this point. Fingers crossed for The Descendants. How awesome would it be to see Hair Pie’s acceptance speech? (GMA)

The full list of winners are…

SCREEN WINNERS

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Midnight in Paris, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Descendants, Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash; Based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings; Fox Searchlight

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY
Better This World, Written by Katie Galloway & Kelly Duane de la Vega; Loteria Films

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TELEVISION WINNERS

DRAMA SERIES
Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC

COMEDY SERIES
Modern Family, Written by Cindy Chupack, Paul Corrigan, Abraham Higginbotham, Ben Karlin, Elaine Ko, Carol Leifer, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Dan O’Shannon, Jeffrey Richman, Brad Walsh, Ilana Wernick, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker; ABC

NEW SERIES
Homeland, Written by Henry Bromell, Alexander Cary, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Gideon Raff, Meredith Stiehm; Showtime

EPISODIC DRAMA – *TIE*
“Box Cutter” (Breaking Bad), Written by Vince Gilligan; AMC

“The Good Soldier” (Homeland), Written by Henry Bromell; Showtime

EPISODIC COMEDY
“Caught in the Act” (Modern Family), Written by Steven Levitan & Jeffrey Richman; ABC

LONG FORM – ORIGINAL
Cinema Verite, Written by David Seltzer; HBO

LONG FORM – ADAPTED
Too Big to Fail, Written by Peter Gould, Based on the book written by Andrew Ross Sorkin; HBO

ANIMATION
“Homer the Father” (The Simpsons), Written by Joel H. Cohen; Fox

COMEDY / VARIETY – (INCLUDING TALK) SERIES
The Colbert Report, Writers: Michael Brumm, Stephen Colbert, Rich Dahm, Paul Dinello, Eric Drysdale, Rob Dubbin, Glenn Eichler, Dan Guterman, Peter Gwinn, Jay Katsir, Barry Julien, Frank Lesser, Opus Moreschi, Tom Purcell, Meredith Scardino, Scott Sherman, Max Werner; Comedy Central

COMEDY / VARIETY – MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES – SPECIALS
After the Academy Awards, Head Writers: Gary Greenberg, Molly McNearney; Writers: Tony Barbieri, Jonathan Bines, John N. Huss, Sal Iacono, Eric Immerman, Jimmy Kimmel, Jonathan Kimmel, Jacob Lentz, Danny Ricker, Richard G. Rosner; ABC

DAYTIME DRAMA
General Hospital, Written by Meg Bennett, Nathan Fissell, David Goldschmid, Robert Guza, Jr., Karen Harris, Elizabeth Korte, Mary Sue Price, Michele Val Jean, Susan Wald, Tracey Thomson; ABC

CHILDREN’S EPISODIC & SPECIALS
“Hero of the Shadows” (Supah Ninjas), Written by Leo Chu, Eric S. Garcia; Nickelodeon

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Aaron Sorkin, Todd Phillips Trash the Writers Guild of America in Front of WGA President http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/aaron-sorkin-todd-phillips-trash-the-writers-guild-of-america-in-front-of-wga-president/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/aaron-sorkin-todd-phillips-trash-the-writers-guild-of-america-in-front-of-wga-president/#comments Thu, 11 Nov 2010 13:03:38 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=7713 It’s nice to see Todd Phillips and Aaron Sorkin talking trash right to someone’s face. Rather than bitch and moan in an interview and then claim their words were “taken out of context,” the pair took the Writers Guild of America to task in front of the WGA West Coast president, John Wells.

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Hollywood is a notoriously phony town. Everyone bends over backwards to kiss each other’s ass, but the moment someone turns around to leave the room, they’re likely to get a knife if their back. Of course, I live in Bakersfield (a very close suburb of L.A.), so I’m basing that statement on episodes of “Entourage.” But still, Tinseltown is full of rats!

That’s why it’s nice to see Todd Phillips and Aaron Sorkin talking trash right to someone’s face. Rather than bitch and moan in an interview and then claim their words were “taken out of context,” the pair took the Writers Guild of America to task in front of the WGA West Coast president, John Wells. The heated exchange took place at the THR Awards Roundtable, and made for a very uncomfortable situation. Well, uncomfortable for John Wells, not for slobs like us sitting in our underwear watching from home, so enjoy the video. (THR via Movieline)

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