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Writers Guild Awards - Homeland, Breaking Bad and Modern Family awarded

Last night, Community's Joel McHale (the guy with a big forehead) and New Girl's Zooey Deschanel (the little girl with the big eyes) hosted the Writers Guild Awards ceremony.

Sadly, it was not televised — it would have been a great way to give some extra exposure to Community by having its star hosting a televised award ceremony... and by having a cast member (Jim Rash, a.k.a Dean Pelton) winning a trophy (for his writing on The Descendants) !

Anyway, Breaking Bad may not have won Golden Globes last January, but its fantastic writing was rewarded last night, twice : best drama series and for best episode of a drama series (the season 4 bloody premiere).

Homeland (righfully) continued to sweep awards as they won for the WGA for best new series and tied with Breaking Bad for best episode of a drama series (episode 1.06). The writing of The Simpsons and The Colbert Report was acknowledged with trophies as well.

As for the big screen categories, Woody Allen (for Midnight in Paris) and Jim Rash, Alexander Payne & Nat Faxon (for The Descendants) won WGAs for best original and adapted screenplays, respectively. It's worth pointing out that Michel Hazanavicius's original screenplay for The Artist was not nominated because he did not write the film under the guild's Minimum Basic Agreement. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, also nominated for an Oscar for its screenplay, could not be nominated to the WGA either.

Here's the list of winners :

— Best drama series : Breaking Bad (created by Vince Gilligan).
— Best comedy series : Modern Family (created by Steven Levitan & Christopher Lloyd).
— Best new series: Homeland (created by Howard Gordon & Alex Gansa).
— Best episodic drama (tie) : Breaking Bad's Box Cutter (episode 4.01, written by Vince Gilligan) tied with Homeland's Good Soldier (episode 1.06, written by Henry Bromell).

— Best episodic comedy : Modern Family's Caught in the Act (episode 2.13, written by Steven Levitan & Jeff Richman).
— Best TV long form (original) : Cinéma Vérité (written by David Seltzer).
— Best TV long form (adapted) : Too Big to Fail (written by Peter Gould).
— Best episodic animated show : The Simpsons' Homer the Father (episode 22.12, written by Joel H. Cohen).
— Best variety/talk show series : The Colbert Report.

— Best adapted screenplay : The Descendants (written by Jim Rash, Nat Faxon & Alexander Payne).
— Best original screenplay : Midnight in Paris (written by Woody Allen).
— Best videogame : Uncharted 3 : Drake's Deception (written by Amy Hennig).
— Best new media : Aim High (written by Heath Corson and Richie Keen).
— Best derivative new media : The Walking Dead webseries (written by John Esposito and Greg Nicotero).

Were also nominated :

Homeland, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife and Boardwalk Empire for best drama series.
Curb your Enthusiasm, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock and Louie for best comedy series.
Game of Thrones, Episodes, The Killing and New Girl for best new series.
SNL, Conan, The Daily Show, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Benjamin has a Van and Real Time for best variety/talk show series.
Hugo, Moneyball, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Help for best dramatic film.
50/50, Bridesmaids, Young Adult and Win Win for best comedy film.


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