Milk, Slumdog take home WGA Awards

And Waltz with Bashir wins Documentary category.

by | February 8, 2009 | Comments

On Saturday, February 7th, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) announced the winners in each of their categories for outstanding achievements in writing for 2008. While the awards cover not only film and television, but radio and video games as well, we’ve decided to focus on the winners of the former two. Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire continues its awards-season hot streak, while television hits like 30 Rock and Mad Men also picked up more trophies to add to their respective collections. Read on to see the full list of nominees and winners, then chime in to tell us what you think about the results!


Original Screenplay


Burn After Reading


Joel Coen and Ethan Coen


Burn After Reading


77%


Milk


Dustin Lance Black
Milk

93%


Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Woody Allen
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

83%


The Visitor


Tom McCarthy

The Visitor


91%


The Wrestler


Robert Siegel

The Wrestler


98%


Adapted Screenplay


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


Eric Roth

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


71%


The Dark Knight


Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan

The Dark Knight


94%


Doubt


John Patrick Shanley
Doubt

77%


Frost Nixon


Peter Morgan
Frost/Nixon

91%


Slumdog Millionaire


Simon Beaufoy

Slumdog
Millionaire


94%

Stefan Forbes and Noland Walker


Documentary Screenplay


Boogie Man - The Lee Atwater Story


Stefan Forbes and Noland Walker

Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story


93%


Chicago 10


Brett Morgen

Chicago 10


79%


Fuel


Johnny O’Hara
Fuel
N/A


Gonzo - The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson


Alex Gibney
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

86%


Waltz with Bashir


Ari Folman

Waltz with Bashir


96%


Television Winners

DRAMATIC SERIES
Dexter – Scott Buck, Daniel Cerone, Charles H. Eglee, Adam E. Fierro, Lauren Gussis, Clyde Phillips, Scott Reynolds, Melissa Rosenberg, Tim Schlattmann
Friday Night Lights – Bridget Carpenter, Kerry Ehrin, Brent Fletcher, Jason Gavin, Carter Harris, Elizabeth Heldens, David Hudgins, Jason Katims, Patrick Massett, Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, John Zinman
LOST – Carlton Cuse, Drew Goddard, Adam Horowitz, Christina M. Kim, Edward Kitsis, Damon L. Lindelof, Greggory Nations, Kyle Pennington, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Brian K. Vaughan
Mad Men – Lisa Albert, Jane Anderson, Rick Cleveland, Kater Gordon, David Isaacs, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Marti Noxon, Robin Veith, Matthew Weiner
The Wire – Ed Burns, Chris Collins, David Mills, David Simon, William F. Zorzi, Richard Price, Dennis Lehane, George Pelecanos

COMEDY SERIES
30 Rock – Jack Burditt, Kay Cannon, Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Donald Glover, Andrew Guest, Matt Hubbard, Jon Pollack, John Riggi, Tami Sagher, Ron Weiner
Entourage – Daniel Cohn, Doug Ellin, Jeremy Miller, Ally Musika, Ben Nedivi, Wesley Nickerson III, Steve Pink, Rob Weiss, Matt Wolpert
The Office – Steve Carell, Jennifer Celotta, Greg Daniels, Lee Eisenberg, Anthony Farrell, Brent Forrester, Dan Goor, Charlie Grandy, Mindy Kaling, Ryan Koh, Lester Lewis, Paul Lieberstein, Warren Lieberstein, B.J. Novak, Michael Schur, Aaron Shure, Justin Spitzer, Gene Stupnitsky, Halsted Sullivan
The Simpsons – J. Stewart Burns, Daniel Chun, Joel H. Cohen, Kevin Curran, John Frink, Tom Gammill, Valentina Garza, Stephanie Gillis, Dan Greaney, Reid Harrison, Ron Hauge, Al Jean, Brian Kelly, Billy Kimball, Rob LaZebnik, Tim Long, Ian Maxtone-Graham, David Mirkin, Bill Odenkirk, Carolyn Omine, Don Payne, Michael Price, Max Pross, Mike Reiss, Mike Scully, Matt Selman, Matt Warburton, Jeff Westbrook, Marc Wilmore, William Wright
Weeds – Roberto Benabib, Mark A. Burley, Ron Fitzgerald, David Holstein, Rolin Jones, Brendan Kelly, Jenji Kohan, Victoria Morrow, Matthew Salsberg

NEW SERIES
Breaking Bad – Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Patty Lin, George Mastras, J Roberts
Fringe – JJ Abrams, Jason Cahill, Julia Cho, David H. Goodman, Felicia Henderson, Brad Caleb Kane, Alex Kurtzman, Darin Morgan, J.R. Orci, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Zack Whedon
In Treatment – Rodrigo Garcia, Bryan Goluboff, Davey Holmes, William Merritt Johnson, Amy Lippman, Sarah Treem
Life on Mars – Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Scott Rosenberg, Becky Hartman Edwards, David Wilcox, Adele Lim, Bryan Oh, Tracy McMillan, Sonny Postiglione, Phil M. Rosenberg, Meredith Averill
True Blood – Alan Ball, Brian Buckner, Raelle Tucker, Alexander Woo, Nancy Oliver, Chris Offutt

EPISODIC DRAMA (any length, one airing time)
“Don’t Ever Change” (House) – Doris Egan & Leonard Dick
“Double Booked” (Burn Notice) – Craig O’Neill & Jason Tracey
“Gray Matter” (Breaking Bad) – Patty Lin
“Pilot” (Breaking Bad) – Vince Gilligan
“Pilot” (Eli Stone) – Greg Berlanti & Marc Guggenheim
“There’s Something About Harry” (Dexter) – Scott Reynolds

EPISODIC COMEDY (any length, one airing time)
“Believe in the Stars” (30 Rock) – Robert Carlock
“Cooter” (30 rock) – Tina Fey
“Crime Aid” – (The Office) – Charlie Grandy
“Crush’d” (Ugly Betty) – Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally
“Succession” (30 Rock) – Andrew Guest & John Riggi
“Monkeys Take a Bath” (My Name is Earl) – Greg Garcia

LONG FORM – ORIGINAL (over one hour)
An American Crime – Tommy O’Haver & Irene Turner
“Pilot” (Fringe) – JJ Abrams & Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci
Recount – Danny Strong

LONG FORM – ADAPTATION (over one hour)
“Episode 6” (Generation Kill) – Ed Burns
“Episode 1, Join or Die” (John Adams) – Kirk Ellis
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter – John Pielmeier

ANIMATION (any length, airing one time)
“Apocalypse Cow” (The Simpsons) – Jeff Westbrook
“The Debarted” (The Simpsons) – Joel H. Cohen
“E Pluribus Wiggum” (The Simpsons) – Michael Price
“Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words” (The Simpsons) – Tim Long
“Life: A Loser’s Manual” (King of the Hill) – Dan McGrath
“Strangeness on a Train” (King of the Hill) – Jim Dauterive

COMEDY/VARIETY – (INCLUDING TALK) SERIES
Late Night with Conan O’Brien
Late Show with David Letterman
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

DOCUMENTARY – CURRENT EVENTS
“Bush’s War, Part 1” (Frontline) – Michael Kirk
Depression: Out of the Shadows – Larkin McPhee
“Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial” (NOVA) – Joseph McMaster
“Rules of Engagement” (Frontline) – Arun Rath
“The Medicated Child” (Frontline) – Marcela Gaviria

DOCUMENTARY – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS
Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil, and the Presidency – Carl Byker
“Kit Carson” (American Experience) – Michelle Ferrari
“Secrets of the Parthenon” (NOVA) – Gary Glassman
“The Best of Times, the Worst of Times” (The Jewish Americans) – David Grubin
The Truth About Cancer – Linda Garmon

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