2014 Writers Guild of America Awards

And the big winners for 2014 at last Saturday night’s award shindig were:

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TELEVISION

DRAMA SERIES 

True Detective, Written by Nic Pizzolatto; HBO

COMEDY SERIES

Louie, Written by Louis CK; FX

NEW SERIES

True Detective, Written by Nic Pizzolatto; HBO

LONG FORM ORIGINAL

Deliverance Creek, Written by Melissa Carter; Lifetime

LONG FORM ADAPTED

Olive Kitteridge, Teleplay by Jane Anderson, Based on the novel by Elizabeth Strout; HBO

COMEDY / VARIETY (INCLUDING TALK) – SERIES

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Writers: Kevin Avery, Tim Carvell, Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Maurer, John Oliver, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner; HBO

COMEDY / VARIETY – MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES – SPECIALS

71st Annual Golden Globe Awards, Written by Barry Adelman; Special Material by Alex Baze, Dave Boone, Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Jon Macks, Sam Means, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, Mike Shoemaker; NBC

QUIZ AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

Hollywood Game Night, Head Writer: Grant Taylor; Writers: Alex Chauvin, Ann Slichter; NBC

DAYTIME DRAMA

General Hospital, Written by Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Elizabeth Page, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Chris Van Etten; ABC

CHILDREN’S SCRIPT – EPISODIC AND SPECIALS

“Haunted Heartthrob” (Haunted Hathaways), Written by Bob Smiley; Nickelodeon

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – CURRENT EVENTS

“United States of Secrets: The Program (Part One)” (Frontline); PBS; Written by Michael Kirk & Mike Wiser; PBS

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS

“League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis” (Frontline), Written by Michael Kirk & Mike Wiser; PBS

TV NEWS SCRIPT – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT

“Nelson Mandela: A Man Who Changed the World” (World News with Diane Sawyer), Written by Diane Sawyer, Lisa Ferri, Dave Bloch; ABC News

TV NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY

“Nowhere to Go” (60 Minutes), Written by Scott PelleyOriana Zill de Granados & Michael Rey; CBS

NEW MEDIA

SHORT FORM

“Episode 113: Rachel” (High Maintenance), Written by Katja Blichfeld & Ben Sinclair; helpingyoumaintain.com

ANIMATION

“Brick Like Me” (The Simpsons), Written by Brian Kelley; Fox

EPISODIC DRAMA

“The Last Call” (The Good Wife), Written by Robert King & Michelle King CBS

EPISODIC COMEDY

“So Did the Fat Lady” (Louie), Written by Louis C.K.; FX

VIDEO GAME AWARD

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VIDEOGAME WRITING

The Last of Us: Left Behind, Written by Neil Druckmann; Sony Computer Entertainment

 Oh, some movies also won, but we’re a TV writing site and you can find the movie winners in lots of other places. Let’s face it, those screenwriter types already get plenty of publicity, but the TV, New Media, and Video Game writers, not so much.

Question of the Day: Why does the WGA have a separate domain for video game awards? Is anything ever personified new media, wouldn’t that be video games?

2014 WGA Awards Winners (Hot News from Last Saturday Night)

Hmm, old writers may not get a lot of work, but they still run the Guild.
Hmm, old writers may not get a lot of work, but they still run the Guild.

Here they are, last night’s Writers Guild of America Award winners. (And, no, we’re not reviewing the ceremonies other than bow our heads in sorrow for emcee Brad Garrett and his Dead on Arrival Woody Allen pedophile routine.)

You may know some of these folks. Or you may not. Clap anyway cuz what the hell. We writers don’t get our names out there nearly often enough.

TELEVISION AWARDS

COMEDY EPISODE
“Hogcock!” (30 Rock), Written by Jack Burditt & Robert Carlock

DRAMA EPISODE
“Confessions” (Breaking Bad), Written by Gennifer Hutchison

ANIMATION EPISODE
“A Test Before Trying” (The Simpsons), Written by Joel H. Cohen

CHILDREN’S EPISODE &/or SPECIAL
“influANTces” (A.N.T. Farm), Written by Vincent Brown

COMEDY / VARIETY (INCLUDING TALK)  SERIES
Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas, Head Writers: Jay Martel, Ian Roberts; Writers: Alex Rubens, Charlie Sanders

NEW SERIES
House Of Cards, Written by Kate Barnow, Rick Cleveland, Sam Forman, Gina Gionfriddo, Keith Huff, Sarah Treem, Beau Willimon

DRAMA SERIES
Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett

COMEDY SERIES
Veep, Written by Simon Blackwell, Roger Drew, Sean Gray, Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin, Georgia Pritchett, David Quantick, Tony Roche, Will Smith

FILM AWARDS

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Captain Phillips, Screenplay by Billy Ray; Based on the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, And Dangerous Days At Sea by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Her, Written by Spike Jonze

There were also various honorary awards (that we’ve already reported on here), news awards, documentaries, etc., but our attention wandered. Let’s face it: TVWriter™ is all about creating fiction, gang. Huzzah for all the above hugely talented fictioneers!