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WGA Awards Little Miss Sunshine and the Departed

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) announced the winners of the 2007 Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for screen, television and radio writing in gala ceremonies at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles and the Hudson Theatre in New York on Sunday, February 11, 2007.
SCREEN WINNERS

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Little Miss Sunshine, Written by Michael Arndt, Fox Searchlight Pictures

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

The Departed, Screenplay by William Monahan, Based on the Motion Picture Infernal Affairs, Written by Alan Mak and Felix Chong, Warner Bros. Pictures

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

Deliver Us from Evil, Written by Amy Berg, Lionsgate Entertainment

TELEVISION WINNERS

DRAMATIC SERIES

The Sopranos, Written by Mitchell Burgess, David Chase, Diane Frolov, Robin Green, Andrew Schneider, Matthew Weiner, Terence Winter; HBO

COMEDY SERIES

The Office, Written by Steve Carell, Jennifer Celotta, Greg Daniels, Lee Eisenberg, Brent Forrester, Ricky Gervais, Mindy Kaling, Paul Lieberstein, Stephen Merchant, B.J. Novak, Michael Schur, Gene Stupnitsky; NBC

NEW SERIES

Ugly Betty, Written by Veronica Becker, Oliver Goldstick, Silvio Horta, Sarah Kucserka, Sheila Lawrence, Cameron Litvack, Myra Jo Martino, Jim Parriott, Marco Pennette, Dailyn Rodriguez, Don Todd; ABC

EPISODIC DRAMA - any length - one airing time

Pilot (Big Love), Witten by Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer; HBO

EPISODIC COMEDY - any length - one airing time

Casino Night (The Office), Written by Steve Carell; NBC

LONG FORM - ORIGINAL - over one hour - one or two parts, one or two airing times

Flight 93, Written by Nevin Schreiner; A&E

ANIMATION - any length - one airing time

The Italian Bob (The Simpsons), Written by John Frink; FOX

COMEDY/VARIETY - MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES - SPECIALS - any length

The National Memorial Day Concert, Written by Joan Meyerson; PBS

COMEDY/VARIETY - (Including Talk) SERIES

Saturday Night Live, Head Writers Tina Fey, Seth Meyers, Andrew Steele; Writers Doug Abeles, James Anderson, Alex Baze, Liz Cackowski, Charlie Grandy, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Erik Kenward, John Lutz, Lorne Michaels, Matt Murray, Paula Pell, Akiva Schaffer, Frank Sebastiano, T. Sean Shannon, Robert Smigel, JB Smoove, Emily Spivey, Jorma Taccone, Bryan Tucker; Additional sketches by Mike Schwartz, Kristin Gore; NBC

DAYTIME SERIALS

As the World Turns, Written by Jean Passanante, Leah Laiman, Christopher Whitesell, Courtney Simon, Anna Cascio, Lisa Connor, Paula Cwikly, Hogan Sheffer, Judy Tate, Bettina Bradbury, Richard Culliton, Susan Dansby, Judy Donato, Josh Griffith, Elizabeth Page, Melissa Salmons, Charlotte Gibson; CBS

CHILDREN'S EPISODIC & SPECIALS

Premiere (Just for Kicks), Written by Alana Sanko; Nickelodeon

DOCUMENTARY - CURRENT EVENTS

The Dark Side, Written by Michael Kirk; PBS Frontline

DOCUMENTARY - OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS

Marie Antoinette, Written by David Grubin; PBS

NEWS - REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN OR BREAKING REPORT

Remembering Lou Rawls, Written by Jonathan Kaplan; CBS News

NEWS - ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY

Crisis Mismanagement (America's Investigative Reports), Written by Tom M. Jennings; PBS

RADIO WINNERS

NEWS - REGULARLY SCHEDULED

World News This Week, Written by Jeffrey Veatch; ABC

NEWS - ANALYSIS, FEATURE OR COMMENTARY

America's Heroes: Triumph and Inspiration, Written by Stu Chamberlain; ABC

PROMOTION WRITING AND GRAPHIC ART WINNERS

ON-AIR PROMOTION (RADIO OR TELEVISION)

A Playwright's Genius, Enter the New World, Inside Law and Order, My Grandmother's Garden,The Quill Awards: Write it Down, The Russians are Coming, Written by Michelle Straebler; WNBC

TELEVISION GRAPHIC ART

Courtroom Sketching, William J. Hennessy Jr.; ABC

TELEVISION GRAPHIC ANIMATION

Saturday Early Show, Monica DiNatale Eureyecko; CBS

Emmy-winning writer/comedian Robert Wuhl hosted the West Coast show, which was executive produced by Blaze Television's Conor McAnally and Bart Peters. Presenters scheduled to appear at the gala event in Los Angeles included: JJ Abrams, Neal Baer, Glen Charles, Les Charles, Marc Cherry, Greg Daniels, Diane English, Spike Feresten, Morgan Freeman, Antwone Fisher, Ben Garant, Georgia Jeffries, Tom Lennon, David Milch, Diana Ossana, Aaron Sorkin, Robert Towne, Steve Zaillian, and John Sacret Young. Also in attendance were: Selma Blair, Steve Carell, Dan Castellaneta, Ivan Reitman, and Jay Roach.

Tina Fey, star, executive producer, and writer of 30 Rock and an Emmy Award-winner for writing on Saturday Night Live, hosted the event in New York. The event was produced by Anne Marie Gaynor, coordinated by Marsha Manns, and the head writer was David Steven Cohen. Presenters scheduled to attend in New York included: Alec Baldwin, Matthew Broderick, Kristin Chenoweth, Jim Downey, Griffin Dunne, Kathryn Erbe, Susie Essman, Edie Falco, Harvey Fierstein, Nancy Giles, Gilbert Gottfried, Robert Klein, Jane Krakowski, John Leguizamo, Christopher Meloni, Rita Moreno, Tracy Morgan, Charles Osgood, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mo Rocca, Andy Rooney, and Jamie-Lynn Sigler. Music during the ceremony was provided by The Mark Pender Band. Also in attendance were: Robert Duvall, David Chase, Miramax's Chris Brescia, and Rick Burns and Arthur and Barbara Gelb from American Experience.

The Writers Guild of America, West presented special honors to: Robert Benton - Screen Laurel Award; John Wells - Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television; Larry Gelbart - Valentine Davies Award; and Daryl G. Nickens - Morgan Cox Award.

The Writers Guild of America, East presented special honors to: Lorne Michaels - Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence; Andrew Bergman - Ian McLellan Hunter Award For Lifetime Achievement in Writing; Joan Didion - Evelyn F. Burkey Award for contributions bringing honor and dignity to writers everywhere; and Gail Lee - Jablow Award for devoted service to the Guild.

The West Coast show's credits included: head writer Dave Boone; talent producer Steven Schillaci, and production designer Dave Edwards.

Credits for the East ceremony include talent coordinators Lisa Phillips and Kristina Weldon. Among others, the show was written by staff members from The Daily Show, Saturday Night Live, and Late Night With Conan O'Brien.

For any press questions about the Los Angeles awards ceremony, please contact Jody Frisch in the WGAW's Public Affairs Office at: (323) 782-4574; email: Jody Frisch; for any press questions about the New York awards ceremony, please contact Sherry Goldman: (718) 224-4133; email: sherry@goldmanpr.net.

For more information about the 2007 Writers Guild Awards, please visit www.wga.org or www.wgaeast.org.

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) represent writers in the motion picture, broadcast, cable, and new media industries in both entertainment and news. The unions conduct numerous programs, seminars, and events throughout the world on issues of interest to, and on behalf of, writers.

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