February 17, 2013 |
The Writers Guild of America gave its top prizes to Chris Terrio for “Argo” for adapted screenplay and Mark Boal for “Zero Dark Thirty” for original screenplay on Sunday night in a bicoastal awards ceremony held simultaneously in Los Angeles and New York City. In the cruel algebra of awards season, where x-award plus y-award increases the perceived likelihood of final Oscar victory, Sunday night's WGA award is the latest sign that Hollywood had gone all in on “Argo,” with the diminishing likelihood of a last stand for “Lincoln.” Other nominated screenplays in the adaptation category were Tony Kushner's “Lincoln,” David Magee's “Life of Pi,” Stephen Chbosky's “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” and David O. Russell's “Silver Linings Playbook.” Of the nominees, only Chbosky was not nominated for the Oscar as well.
January 14, 2013 |
Oscar-winning screenwriter and Tony Award-winning playwright Tom Stoppard will receive the Writers Guild of America West's 2013 Laurel Award for Screen. The award, which was announced Monday morning, honors a lifetime achievement in outstanding writing for motion pictures. Stoppard, 75, will receive the award at the WGAW's 2013 Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony Feb. 17 at the JW Marriott's Los Angeles L.A. Live. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Golden Globes 2013 : List | Red Carpet | Winners | Ballot | Moments | Quotes | Best & Worst Stoppard has written such films as "Shakespeare in Love," for which he earned his Academy Award, "Brazil," "Empire of the Sun" and "Billy Bathgate," and such classic plays as "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" and "The Real Thing.
January 5, 2013 |
The scripts of "Zero Dark Thirty," "Lincoln" and "Silver Linings Playbook" are among the nominees for Writers Guild of America Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen in 2012. Nominees announced Friday in the original screenplay category are John Gatins for "Flight," Rian Johnson for "Looper," Paul Thomas Anderson for "The Master," Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola for "Moonrise Kingdom" and Mark Boal for "Zero Dark Thirty. " "It's a huge honor to be put in such heady company of fellow writers," Johnson said in a statement.
December 6, 2012 |
The Writers Guild of America has released its nominations for its 2013 awards. On the TV front, HBO's freshman series "Girls" made its debut with two nominations -- one for best new series and one for best comedy. Cable series shut out broadcast shows in the drama categories, while broadcast laffers dominate the comedy categories. The winners will be announced Feb. 17 at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. Here's a full list of nominees: TELEVISION NOMINEES DRAMA SERIES "Boardwalk Empire," written by Dave Flebotte, Diane Frolov, Chris Haddock, Rolin Jones, Howard Korder, Steve Kornacki, Andrew Schneider, David Stenn, Terence Winter; HBO "Breaking Bad," written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC "Game of Thrones," written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, George R. R. Martin, Vanessa Taylor, D.B. Weiss; HBO "Homeland," written by Henry Bromell, Alexander Cary, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Meredith Stiehm; Showtime "Mad Men," written by Lisa Albert, Semi Chellas, Jason Grote, Jonathan Igla, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Brett Johnson, Janet Leahy, Victor Levin, Erin Levy, Frank Pierson, Michael Saltzman, Tom Smuts, Matthew Weiner; AMC COMEDY SERIES "30 Rock," written by Jack Burditt, Kay Cannon, Robert Carlock, Tom Ceraulo, Vali Chandrasekaran, Luke Del Tredici, Tina Fey, Lauren Gurganous, Matt...
November 5, 2012 |
The Black List, which produces an annual list of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood, has formed a partnership with the Writers Guild of America, East. The partnership will allow guild members to receive a 20% discount to host their work on the new Black List subscription site. Additionally, WGAE and the Black List will launch an online initiative to publicize Guild agreements and services and Guild representatives will contribute to the site's blog: http://gointothestory.blcklst.com/ . “The Black List makes it possible for screenwriters to get their work read and considered by people in the industry,” Lowell Peterson, WGAE executive director, said in a statement.
September 21, 2012 |
Chip Johannessen, writer and co-executive producer of the TV series "Homeland" and "24", is among eight new members elected to the Writers Guild of America, West board of directors. Johannessen had the highest number of votes, 11%, among 15 candidates vying for eight board seats, the guild said in a statement Friday. Other new board members elected are Michael Oates Palmer, writer and co-producer for the TV series "Shark"; John Aboud, writer for "Leverage"; film writer Scott Alexander, whose credits include "1408" and "The People vs. Larry Flint"; and Marjorie David, who has worked on such TV shows as "90210" and "Brothers and Sisters.