As the 2012 awards season continues toward its big destination at the Academy Awards, we have yet another round of winners to announce as we track those films poised for big wins at the Oscars, as well as the TV shows that are being distinguished for their excellence during the 2011 season. Our latest report details those awards handed out by the Writers Guild of America (WGA) this past Sunday in Los Angeles.
The WGA Awards are notoriously fickle about what they except for awards consideration, so, while The Artist is currently the big frontrunner for Oscars glory, the fact that it was written and directed by a French filmmaker put it out of consideration for a WGA(merica) award. Ironically enough, that left Woody Allen's dark-horse Oscar contender Midnight in Paris as the big winner of the night on the movie side, even though that film is all about Paris, France.
TV is arguably the more interesting aspect of the WGA Awards this year, though. Honored for their excellent writing were cable dramas Breaking Bad (AMC) and Homeland (Showtime), which were indeed the best scripted dramas of the season (as far as we're concerned), followed closely by HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Definitely nice to see Breaking Bad getting some of the recognition it was denied at the Golden Globes this year.
On the comedy side, ABC's Modern Family continued its sweep of major awards for the year - and as it's a personal favorite of my own, I can only say I'm happy to see it continue to gain acclaim along with its good ratings. As for the rest - you can check out the list of major TV & Movie award winners below:
2012 WGA Awards
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYMidnight in Paris, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics
ADAPTED SCREENPLAYThe Descendants, Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash; Based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings; Fox Searchlight
DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAYBetter This World, Written by Katie Galloway & Kelly Duane de la Vega; Loteria Films
DRAMA SERIESBreaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC
COMEDY SERIESModern 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 SERIESHomeland, 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 – ORIGINALCinema Verite, Written by David Seltzer; HBO
LONG FORM – ADAPTEDToo 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) SERIESThe 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 – SPECIALSAfter 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 DRAMAGeneral 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
That does it for the 2012 WGA Awards - the 2012 Academy Awards will be broadcast February 26, 2012.