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Larry Wilmore Hosted a Raucous 67th Writers Guid Awards in New York

Larry Wilmore Hosted a Raucous 67th Writers Guid Awards in New York

“What were the odds a bunch of writers would be free on Valentine’s Day?” joked Larry Wilmore, host of the 67th annual Writers Guild Awards’ New York contingent, held this Saturday, February 14 at the Edison Ballroom. The awards were given out at simultaneous ceremonies in New York and LA. Wilmore, originally of ” The Daily Show” fame, now hosts “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” on Comedy Central. 
The night’s top awards went to Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” for original screenplay and Graham Moore’s “The Imitation Game” for adapted screenplay.  
Throughout the ceremony, Wilmore jested about recent entertainment news (“I don’t know why the busting of ghosts should be limited to just men!”) and poked fun at both Sony and the Guild nominees themselves. Wilmore guessed that should Wes Anderson receive any awards, he would deliver his acceptance speech in Futura. “That’s a font joke, motherfuckers!” Wilmore added gleefully. He praised other nominees, noting that stars of “The Knick” were present, and this was probably the only “Knick” anyone wants to watch. Wilmore then explained to the group of writers and presumed non-sports-fans that the Knicks were a basketball team. Much of his sharp banter about Oscar-nominated movies was both humorous and accurate. Of “Boyhood,” he asked, “Where was the masturbation? 12 years, and no tug scene?” Worried, he quickly added, “You guys sure this won’t be televised?” Finally, Wilmore gave potential winners a helpful warning: “If you’re accepting your award and see a black man approaching you rapidly—don’t worry, it’s just Kanye.”

Presenters included Sarah Silverman (who apologized for the “nasal” sound of her voice), Clive Owen (the ladies in the audience notably perked up when he came on stage), and documentarian Morgan Spurlock. Presenters and award-winners alike praised the dedication and hard work of those nominated writers for film and TV, noting how often writers don’t get their due credit. Wilmore mentioned the frequency with which reporters are being imprisoned, journalists killed, and cartoonists slaughtered, as testament to the courage and risk writing can so often require. 
The night’s highlight came when journalist and political commentator Bill Moyers (who has three WGAs himself) presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to 92-year-old television writer and producer Norman Lear. “He turned comedy into prophecy,” Moyers noted, “he peeled away hypocrisies.” Lear had paused a book tour for his memoir “Even This I Get to Experience” to attend the ceremony. A tribute video included clips from Lear’s beloved shows “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “One Day at a Time,” and “Maude.” Lear was touched by Moyers’ words about him and praised Moyers in return. After watching the video dedicated to his life’s work, Lear laughingly concluded, “I’m really a hell of a guy!” For his collaboration with dozens of brilliant writers, actors, and directors, Lear took credit for their casting — but the chemistry between these people, he admitted, is something he can’t take credit for. To his fellow writers in the room, Lear said: “You all came a long way—no matter how old you are.”
Writer Paul Haggis (“Crash,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “Casino Royale,” “Letters from Iwo Jima”) received the Ian McClellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement. “I fucking love awards,” Haggis said when he came on stage, claiming that he looks at them when things are going badly with his writing or his life. “None of us should be on the same stage as Norman Lear,” Haggis added. He spoke about how writers give up so much of their lives to create work. “My kids paid that price,” Haggis confessed, and thanked them. He also thanked the Writers’ Guild for continually fighting for and supporting writers.

2015 WGA winners on page 2.

FILM WINNERS
 
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness; Fox Searchlight
 
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“The Imitation Game,” Written by Graham Moore; Based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges; The Weinstein Company
 
DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY
“The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz,” Written by Brian Knappenberger; FilmBuff
 
TELEVISION AND NEW MEDIA WINNERS
 
DRAMA SERIES
“True Detective,” Written by Nic Pizzolatto; HBO
 
COMEDY SERIES 
“Louie,” Written by Pamela Adlon, Louis C.K.; FX
 
NEW SERIES
“True Detective,” Written by Nic Pizzolatto; HBO
 
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
 
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
 
SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA – ORIGINAL
“Episode 113: Rachel” (“High Maintenance”), Written by Katja Blichfeld & Ben Sinclair; helpingyoumaintain.com
 
ANIMATION 
“Brick Like Me” (“The Simpsons”), Written by Brian Kelley; Fox
 
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 & 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 Dave Bloch, Lisa Ferri, Diane Sawyer; ABC News
 
TV NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY
“Nowhere to Go” (60 Minutes), Written by Oriana Zill de Granados, Scott Pelley, Michael Rey; CBS
 
RADIO WINNERS
 
RADIO DOCUMENTARY
“Three Shots Rang Out: The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later,” Written by Darren Reynolds; ABC News Radio
 
RADIO NEWS SCRIPT – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT
“World News This Week,” Written by Andrew Evans; ABC News Radio
 
RADIO NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY
“Civil Rights at 50,” Written by Jane Tillman Irving; WCBS Radio
 
PROMOTIONAL WRITING WINNERS
 
ON-AIR PROMOTION (TELEVISION, NEW MEDIA OR RADIO)
“How I Met Your Mother,” Written by Dan Greenberger; CBS
 
VIDEOGAME WINNERS
 
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VIDEOGAME WRITING
“The Last of Us: Left Behind,” Written by Neil Druckmann; Sony Computer Entertainment

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