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'Midnight in Paris,' The Descendants' win Writers Guild awards

February 19, 2012 |  6:58 pm


Woody Allen won the original screenplay award for "Midnight in Paris" and Alexander Payne and Jim Rash & Nat Faxon won adapted screenplay for "The Descendants" at the Writers Guild of America awards Sunday. Katie Galloway & Kelly Duane de la Vega received the documentary screenplay award for "Better This World."

In television, "Modern Family" came away with two awards -- for best comedy and best comedy episode -- as did "Homeland" -- for new series and a tie for episodic drama -- and "Breaking Bad" -- for drama series and a tie for episodic drama.

PHOTOS: Writers Guild awards

The awards were handed out simultaneously in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Palladium and in New York at the B.B. King Blues Club. Awards were also given for TV and new media writing. Here's a look at the top film and television winners:


Original Screenplay

"Midnight in Paris," Woody Allen

Adapted Screenplay

"The Descendants," screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash; based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings

Documentary Screenplay

"Better This World," written by Katie Galloway & Kelly Duane de la Vega


Drama Series

"Breaking Bad," Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett

Comedy Series

"Modern Family," 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

New Series

"Homeland" Henry Bromell, Alexander Cary, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Gideon Raff, Meredith Stiehm

Episodic Drama -- tie

“Box Cutter” ("Breaking Bad"), written by Vince Gilligan

“The Good Soldier” ("Homeland"), written by Henry Bromell

Episodic Comedy

“Caught in the Act” ("Modern Family"), written by Steven Levitan & Jeffrey Richman

Long Form - Original

"Cinema Verite," David Seltzer

Long Form - Adapted

"Too Big to Fail," written by Peter Gould, based on the book written by Andrew Ross Sorkin


“Homer the Father” ("The Simpsons"), written by Joel H. Cohen

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

-- John Horn, Julie Makinen

Photo: Marion Cotillard as Adriana and Owen Wilson as Gil in the Woody Allen film "Midnight in Paris." Credit: Roger Arpajou / Sony Pictures Classics


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