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.
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 full list of winners:
- - The Hurt Locker, Written by Mark Boal; Summit Entertainment
- (500) Days of Summer, Written by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber; Fox Searchlight
- Avatar, Written by James Cameron; 20th Century Fox
- The Hangover, Written by Jon Lucas & Scott Moore; Warner Bros.
- A Serious Man, Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen; Focus Features
- - Up in the Air, Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner; Based upon the novel by Walter Kirn; Paramount Pictures
- Crazy Heart, Screenplay by Scott Cooper; Based on the novel by Thomas Cobb; Fox Searchlight
- Julie & Julia, Screenplay by Nora Ephron; Based on the books Julie & Julia by Julie Powell and My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme; Sony Pictures
- Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire, Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher; Based on the novel "Push" by Sapphire; Lionsgate
- Star Trek, Written by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman; Based upon Star Trek, Created by Gene Roddenberry; Paramount Pictures
- - The Cove, Written by Mark Monroe; Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions
- Against the Tide, Screenplay by Richard Trank; Moriah Films
- Capitalism: A Love Story, Written by Michael Moore; Overture Films
- Earth Days, Written by Robert Stone; Zeitgeist Films
- Good Hair, Written by Chris Rock & Jeff Stilson and Lance Crouther and Chuck Sklar; Roadside Attractions
- Soundtrack for a Revolution, Written by Bill Guttentag & Dan Sturman; Freedom Song Productions and Louverture Films
- - 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
- Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, George Mastras, J. Roberts, John Shiban, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC
- Dexter, Written by Scott Buck, Charles H. Eglee, Lauren Gussis, Clyde Phillips, Scott Reynolds, Melissa Rosenberg, Tim Schlattmann, Wendy West; Showtime
- Friday Night Lights, Written by Bridget Carpenter, Kerry Ehrin, Ron Fitzgerald, Brent Fletcher, Etan Frankel, Jason Gavin, Elizabeth Heldens, David Hudgins, Rolin Jones, Jason Katims, Patrick Massett, Derek Santos Olson, John Zinman; NBC
- Lost, Written by Carlton Cuse, Adam Horowitz, Melinda Hsu Taylor, Edward Kitsis, Damon Lindelof, Greggory Nations, Kyle Pennington, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Brian K. Vaughan, Paul Zbyszewski; ABC
- - 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
- Curb Your Enthusiasm, Written by Larry David; HBO
- Glee, Written by Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy; Fox
- 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
- The Office, Written by Jennifer Celotta, Danny Chun, Greg Daniels, Lee Eisenberg, Anthony Q. Farrell, Brent Forrester, Daniel J. Goor, Charlie Grandy, Mindy Kaling, Ryan Koh, Lester Lewis, Paul Lieberstein, Warren Lieberstein, BJ Novak, Michael Schur, Aaron Shure, Justin Spitzer, Gene Stupnitsky, Halsted Sullivan; NBC
- -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
- Glee, Written by Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy; Fox
- The Good Wife, Written by Angela Amato Velez, Corinne Brinkerhoff, Ted Humphrey, Dee Johnson, Todd E. Kessler, Michelle King, Robert King; CBS
- Hung, Written by Colette Burson, Ellie Herman, Emily Kapnek, Brett C. Leonard, Dmitry Lipkin, Angela Robinson; HBO
- Nurse Jackie, Written by Taii K. Austin, Liz Brixius, Rick Cleveland, Evan Dunsky, Nancy Fichman, Liz Flahive, Jennifer Hoppe, Mark Hudis, John Hilary Shepherd, Linda Wallem, Christine Zander; Showtime
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
- Come, Ye Saints (Big Love), Written by Melanie Marnich; HBO
- The Grown Ups (Mad Men), Written by Brett Johnson and Matthew Weiner; AMC
- Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency (Mad Men), Written by Robin Veith and Matthew Weiner; AMC
- I Will Rise Up (True Blood), Written by Nancy Oliver; HBO
- Phoenix (Breaking Bad), Written by John Shiban; AMC
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
- Broke (The Office), Written by Charlie Grandy; NBC
- Chapter 1 (Eastbound & Down), Written by Ben T. Best & Jody L. Hill & Danny McBride; HBO
- Gossip (The Office), Written by Paul Lieberstein; NBC
- Reunion (30 Rock), Written by Matt Hubbard; NBC
LONG FORM - ORIGINAL - over one hour - one or two parts, one or two airing times:
- - Georgia O'Keeffe, Written by Michael Cristofer; Lifetime
- Grey Gardens, Teleplay by Michael Sucsy and Patricia Rozema, Story by Michael Sucsy; HBO
- Pedro, Screenplay by Dustin Lance Black, Story by Paris Barclay & Dustin Lance Black; MTV
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
- America, Teleplay by Joyce Eliason and Rosie O'Donnell, Based upon the novel by E.R. Frank; Lifetime
ANIMATION - any length - one airing time:
- - Wedding for Disaster (The Simpsons), Written by Joel H. Cohen; Fox
- The Burns and the Bees (The Simpsons), Written by Stephanie Gillis; Fox
- Eeny Teeny Maya, Moe (The Simpsons), Written by John Frink; Fox
- Gone Maggie Gone (The Simpsons), Written by Billy Kimball & Ian Maxtone-Graham; Fox
- Take My Life, Please (The Simpsons), Written by Don Payne; 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
- Real Time with Bill Maher, Head Writer: Billy Martin, Writers Scott Carter, Adam Felber, Matt Gunn, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Chris Kelly, Bill Maher, Jonathan Schmock, Danny Vermont; HBO
- The Colbert Report, Head Writers: Barry Julien, Thomas Purcell, Writers Michael Brumm, Stephen Colbert, Richard Dahm, Robert Dubbin, Glenn Eichler, Peter Grosz, Peter Gwinn, Alon Jay Katsir, Frank Lesser, Opus Moreschi, Meredith Scardino, Allison Silverman, Max Werner; Comedy Central
- 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
- We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, Written by George Stevens, Jr., Michael Stevens and Sara Lukinson; HBO
- - 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
- All My Children, Written by Jeff Beldner, Joanna Cohen, Kate Hall, Chip Hayes, Michelle Patrick, Charles Pratt, Jr., Rebecca Taylor, Tracey Thomson, Addie Walsh; ABC
- As the World Turns, Written by Peter Brash, Lisa Connor, Susan Dansby, Cheryl L. Davis, Leah Laiman, David A. Levinson, Leslie Nipkow, Jean Passanante, Gordon Rayfield, Courtney Simon; CBS
- One Life to Live, Written by Shelly Altman, Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Aida Croal, Carolyn Culliton, Janet Iacobuzio, Frederick Johnson, Sharon Lennon, Elizabeth Page, Melissa Salmons, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Chris Van Etten; ABC
CHILDREN'S EPISODIC & SPECIALS:
- - "Welcome to the Jungle" (The Troop), Written by Max Burnett; Nickelodeon
- "A Monster Problem" (Imagination Movers), Written by Randi Barnes, Rick Gitelson, Scott Gray; Disney Channel
- "Frankly, It's Becoming a Habitat" (Sesame Street), Written by Joseph Mazzarino; PBS
- "Mouse and Home" (Imagination Movers), Written by Michael G. Stern, Randi Barnes, Rick Gitelson, Scott Gray; Disney Channel
- "The Rival" (True Jackson, VP), Written by Dan Kopelman; Nickelodeon
- "Wild Nature Survivor Guy" (Sesame Street), Written by Christine Ferraro; PBS
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
- "Black Money" (Frontline), Written by Lowell Bergman, Oriana Zill de Granados; PBS
- "Heat" (Frontline), Written by Martin Smith; PBS
- "The Hugo Chávez Show" (Frontline), Written by Ofra Bikel; PBS
- "Inside the Meltdown" (Frontline), Written by Michael Kirk; PBS
- "Poisoned Waters" (Frontline), Written by Hedrick Smith, Rick Young; PBS
DOCUMENTARY - OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS:
- - The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer (American Experience), Written by David Grubin; PBS
- The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln (American Experience), Written by Barak Goodman; PBS
- The National Parks: Americas Best Idea, "Episode Two: 1890-1915: The Last Refuge," Written by Dayton Duncan; PBS
- Soul of a People: Writing America's Story, Written by David A. Taylor, Olive Emma Bucklin, Andrea Kalin; Smithsonian Channel
- We Shall Remain: Episode Three: Trail of Tears (American Experience), Written by Mark Zwonitzer; PBS
- We Shall Remain: Episode Two: Tecumseh's Vision (American Experience), Written by Ric Burns; PBS
NEWS - REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN OR BREAKING REPORT:
- - World News with Charles Gibson, Written by Lee Kamlet, Julia Kathan, Joel Siegel; ABC
- CBS Evening News, Written by Joe Clines, Jerry Cipriano, Jared Crawford; CBS
- Recession Candy, Written by R. Polly Leider; CBS
NEWS - ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY:
- "A Private War: Expose: America's Investigative Reports" (Bill Moyers Journal), Written by Thomas M. Jennings; PBS
- "All Night Long" (Good Morning America), Written by Mary Pflum; ABC
- "Election Day" (Bill Moyers Journal), Written by Bill Moyers, Michael Winship; PBS
- "Financial Fingers" (CBS News), Written by R. Polly Leider; CBS
- "The Words That Won the White House" (Good Morning America), Written by Lisa Ferri; ABC
- - 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
- So Many Goodbyes, Written by Gail Lee; CBS Radio
- WCBS News Radio, Written by Robert Hawley; CBS Radio
NEWS - ANALYSIS, FEATURE OR COMMENTARY:
- - Paul Harvey: An American Life, Written by Stu Chamberlain; ABC Radio
- Black History Month, Written by Arleen Lebe; CBS Radio
- End of Summer, Written by Duane Tollison; CBS Radio
- Farewells, Written by Gail Lee; CBS 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
- How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Promo Process, Written by Michelle Straebler; WNBC
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
The Hurt Locker was released June 26th, 2009 and stars Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Evangeline Lilly, Christian Camargo. The film is directed by Kathryn Bigelow.
(500) Days of Summer was released July 17th, 2009 and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffrey Arend, Chloe Moretz, Matthew Gray Gubler, Clark Gregg, Patricia Belcher, Rachel Boston. The film is directed by Marc Webb.
Avatar was released December 18th, 2009 and stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Joel David Moore, Giovanni Ribisi, Michelle Rodriguez, Laz Alonso. The film is directed by James Cameron.
The Hangover was released June 5th, 2009 and stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Heather Graham, Sasha Barrese, Jeffrey Tambor, Ken Jeong. The film is directed by Todd Phillips.
A Serious Man was released October 2nd, 2009 and stars Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Fred Melamed, Sari Lennick, Aaron Wolff, Jessica McManus, Peter Breitmayer, Brent Braunschweig. The film is directed by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen.
Up in the Air was released December 23rd, 2009 and stars George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Amy Morton, Melanie Lynskey, J.K. Simmons, Sam Elliott. The film is directed by Jason Reitman.
Julie & Julia was released August 7th, 2009 and stars Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, Linda Emond, Helen Carey, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Jane Lynch. The film is directed by Nora Ephron.
Precious was released November 6th, 2009 and stars Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz, Stephanie Andujar, Chyna Layne. The film is directed by Lee Daniels.
The Cove was released July 31st, 2009 and stars Joe Chisholm, Mandy-Rae Cruikshank, Charles Hambleton, Simon Hutchins, Kirk Krack, Isabel Lucas, Richard O'Barry, Hayden Panettiere. The film is directed by Louie Psihoyos.
Capitalism: A Love Story was released October 2nd, 2009 and stars Thora Birch, William Black, Jimmy Carter, Elijah Cummings, Baron Hill, Marcy Kaptur, John McCain, Michael Moore. The film is directed by Michael Moore.
Soundtrack for a Revolution was released January 22nd, 2010 and stars The Roots, John Legend, Wyclef Jean, Joss Stone, Richie Havens, Anthony Hamilton, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Angie Stone. The film is directed by Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman.
Friday Night Lights was released October 8th, 2004 and stars Billy Bob Thornton, Lucas Black, Garrett Hedlund, Derek Luke, Jay Hernandez, Lee Jackson, Lee Thompson Young, Tim McGraw. The film is directed by Peter Berg, Josh Pate.
House episode 6.1, "Broken" stars Hugh Laurie, Robert Sean Leonard, Franka Potente, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Megan Dodds, Derek Richardson, Curtis Armstrong, Andrew Leeds} and is directed by Katie Jacobs}.
Big Love episode 3.6, "Come, Ye Saints" stars Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny, Ginnifer Goodwin, Amanda Seyfried, Douglas Smith, Shawn Doyle, Robert Beltran} and is directed by Daniel Attias}.
Mad Men episode 3.12, "The Grown-Ups" stars Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, Bryan Batt, Michael Gladis, Aaron Staton} and is directed by Barbet Schroeder}.
Mad Men episode 3.6, "Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency" stars Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, Bryan Batt, Michael Gladis, Aaron Staton} and is directed by Lesli Linka Glatter}.
True Blood episode 2.9, "I Will Rise Up" stars Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Chris Bauer, Mehcad Brooks, Anna Camp} and is directed by Scott Winant}.
Breaking Bad episode 2.12, "Phoenix" stars Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk, Krysten Ritter} and is directed by Colin Bucksey}.
30 Rock episode 3.16, "Apollo, Apollo" stars Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer, Scott Adsit, Judah Friedlander, Alec Baldwin, Katrina Bowden} and is directed by Millicent Shelton}.
Modern Family episode 1.1, "Pilot" stars Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter} and is directed by Jason Winer}.
The Office episode 5.25, "Broke" stars Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B.J. Novak, Ed Helms, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner} and is directed by Steve Carell}.
Eastbound & Down episode 1.1, "Chapter 1: Career Errors"
The Office episode 6.1, "Gossip" stars Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B.J. Novak, Ed Helms, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner} and is directed by Paul Lieberstein}.
30 Rock episode 3.5, "Reunion" stars Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer, Scott Adsit, Judah Friedlander, Alec Baldwin, Katrina Bowden} and is directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller}.
Grey Gardens was released April 18th, 2009 and stars Drew Barrymore, Jessica Lange, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Ken Howard, Kenneth Welsh, Arye Gross, Justin Louis, Daniel Baldwin. The film is directed by Michael Sucsy.
The Simpsons episode 20.15, "Wedding For Disaster" stars Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Harry Shearer, Hank Azaria, Kelsey Grammer, Pamela Hayden} and is directed by Chuck Sheetz}.
The Simpsons episode 20.8, "The Burns and the Bees" stars Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Harry Shearer, Hank Azaria, Marv Albert, Jeff Bezos} and is directed by Mark Kirkland}.
The Simpsons episode 20.16, "Eeny Teeny Maya Moe" stars Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Tress MacNeille, Karl Wiedergott} and is directed by Nancy Kruse}.
The Simpsons episode 20.13, "Gone Maggie Gone" stars Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Ed Begley Jr., Pamela Hayden} and is directed by Chris Clements}.
The Simpsons episode 20.10, "Take My Life, Please" stars Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Marcia Wallace, Pamela Hayden} and is directed by Steven Dean Moore}.