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Hurt Locker and Clooney’s Up in the Air Soar for WGA Awards

February 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

B y Jeffrey Jolson LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK (Hollywood Today) 2/23/10 – - The Hurt Locker felt no pain and Up in the Air flew high at the Writer’s Guild awards at simultaneous ceremonies at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles and the Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City. Both are Oscar contenders, but Hurt Locker has some serious momentum after a number of guild wins. SCREEN WINNERS ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY The Hurt Locker, Written by Mark Boal; Summit Entertainment ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Up in the Air, Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner; Based upon the novel by Walter Kirn; Paramount Pictures DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY The Cove, Written by Mark Monroe; Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions 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 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 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 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 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 LONG FORM – ORIGINAL – over one hour – one or two parts, one or two airing times Georgia O’Keeffe, Written by Michael Cristofer; Lifetime 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 ANIMATION – any length – one airing time “Wedding for Disaster” (The Simpsons), Written by Joel H. Cohen; 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 COMEDY / VARIETY – MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES – SPECIALS Film Independent’s 2009 Spirit Awards, Written by Billy Kimball, Neil MacLennan; IFC/AMC 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 CHILDREN’S EPISODIC & SPECIALS “Welcome to the Jungle” (The Troop), Written by Max Burnett; Nickelodeon 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 DOCUMENTARY – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS “The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer” (American Experience), Written by David Grubin; PBS NEWS – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN OR BREAKING REPORT World News with Charles Gibson, Written by Lee Kamlet, Julia Kathan, Joel Siegel; ABC NEWS – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY “A Private War: Expose: America’s Investigative Reports” (Bill Moyers Journal), Written by Thomas M. Jennings; PBS 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 NEWS – ANALYSIS, FEATURE OR COMMENTARY Paul Harvey: An American Life, Written by Stu Chamberlain; ABC 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 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 Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) hosted the West Coast show, which was executive produced by Spike Jones, Jr. Presenters scheduled to appear at the Los Angeles show included: Morgan Freeman, Billy Crystal, Judd Apatow with Jason Segel, Diablo Cody with John Corbett, Ali LeRoi with Chris Rock, David Shore with Hugh Laurie, Jason Alexander, Mila Kunis, Bill Blinn with Billy Dee Williams, Aaron Sorkin with Thomas Schlamme, Sally Sussman Morina with Anthony Morina, Todd J. Greenwald with David Henrie, WGAW President John Wells, and Robin Williams via a special video tribute to Barry Levinson. Host MacFarlane opened the show with a house-rocking production number with back-up singers featuring his version of “Ya Got Trouble” from The Music Man. Also in attendance at the WGAW’s L.A. ceremony were: Meg Ryan, Danny McBride, Cheryl Hines, and Kathryn Bigelow. Susie Essman of Curb Your Enthusiasm hosted the East Coast show, which was executive produced by Craig Shemin, who was also the head writer.  Presenters scheduled to appear at the show in New York included: Elisabeth Moss, Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Ana Ortiz, Fred Armisen, Fran Brill and Prairie Dawn, Josh Charles, Stephanie D’Abruzzo, Abby Elliott, Chris Elliott, Edie Falco, Nancy Giles, Don Hastings, Bill Irwin, Marc Lawrence, Elizabeth I. McCann, Bob McGrath, Seth Meyers, Mo Rocca, Wallace Shawn, Jeremy Sisto, Harry Smith, WGAE President Michael Winship, and Senator Al Franken in a special video tribute to honorary award recipient Alan Zweibel. Musical entertainment during the ceremony was provided by the Mark Pender Band featuring LaBamba. Also in attendance were: Tina Fey, Anthony Mackie, Nora Ephron, Michael H. Weber, Tom Fontana, and Terry George. 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 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. Credits for the West Coast ceremony included: executive producer Spike Jones, Jr., director Steve Hirsen, talent producer Carole Propp, line producer Cynthia Ukas-Bradley, and production designer Dave Edwards. L.A.’s WGA show was written by Tony DeSena. Credits for the East Coast event included: producer Anne Marie Gaynor, WGAE director of programs and events Rebecca Olerich, and talent producer Bonnie Datt. The show’s writers included: Tim Carvell, David Steven Cohen, Wayne Federman, Frank Santopadre, and John Marshall. The 2010 Writers Guild Awards were held on Saturday, February 20, 2010, simultaneously at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles and the Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City. For more information about the 2010 Writers Guild Awards, please visit www.wga.org <http://www.wga.org/>  or www.wgaeast.org <http://www.wgaeast.org/> . The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) are labor unions representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, new media, and broadcast news. The Guilds negotiate and administer contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of their members; conduct programs, seminars, and events on issues of interest to writers; and present writers’ views to various bodies of government. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, East, visit www.wgaeast.org <http://www.wgaeast.org/> . For more information on the Writers Guild of America, West, visit www.wga.org <http://www.wga.org/> .

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