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'Midnight in Paris' and 'The Descendants' Win WGA Awards

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire February 19, 2012 at 8:28PM

The Writers Guild of America have their annual awards tonight in Los Angeles, in a variety of film and television categories.
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Alexander Payne's "The Descendants"

The Writers Guild of America have their annual awards tonight in Los Angeles, in a variety of film and television categories.

"Midnight in Paris" and "The Descendants" were the big winners in the film categories, taking best original and adapted screenplay awards, respectively.

Notably, the film nominees faced considerably less competition here than they did at the Oscars.

Due to a variety of rules at the WGAs, the following films were not eligible here, a few of which ended up getting Oscar nods: "The Artist," "Beginners," "Drive," "The Iron Lady," "Jane Eyre," "Like Crazy," "Margin Call," "Martha Marcy May Marlene," "Melancholia," "Rango," "Shame," "The Skin I Live In," "Take Shelter," "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," and "We Need To Talk About Kevin," to name a few.

"The Artist," for example, could give "Midnight in Paris" a run for its money at the Oscars.

The complete list of winners is below.

Film:

Original Screenplay
Midnight in Paris, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics

Adapted Screenplay - Film
The Descendants, Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash; Based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings; Fox Searchlight

Documentary Screenplay - Film
Better This World, Written by Katie Galloway & Kelly Duane de la Vega; Loteria Films

Television:

Drama Series
Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC

Comedy Series
Modern Family, Written by Cindy Chupack, Paul Corrigan, Abraham Higginbotham, Ben Karlin, Elaine Ko, Carol Leifer, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Dan O’Shannon, Jeffrey Richman, Brad Walsh, Ilana Wernick, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker; ABC

New Series
Homeland, Written by Henry Bromell, Alexander Cary, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Gideon Raff, Meredith Stiehm; Showtime

Long Form - Original
Cinema Verite, Written by David Seltzer; HBO

Long Form - Adapted
Too Big to Fail, Written by Peter Gould, Based on the book written by Andrew Ross Sorkin; HBO

Comedy/Variety
The Colbert Report, Writers: Michael Brumm, Stephen Colbert, Rich Dahm, Paul Dinello, Eric Drysdale, Rob Dubbin, Glenn Eichler, Dan Guterman, Peter Gwinn, Jay Katsir, Barry Julien, Frank Lesser, Opus Moreschi, Tom Purcell, Meredith Scardino, Scott Sherman, Max Werner; Comedy Centra