John Oliver of "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" hosted the 61st Annual Writers Guild Awards in New York. Stage and screen star Neil Patrick Harris hosted the West Coast gala. The awards celebrated outstanding achievement in writing for screen, television, radio, news, promotional and video games.
"Milk," about the life and death of Harvey Milk, received the Writers Guild Award for Best Original Screenplay (penned by Dustin Lance Black), while "Slumdog Millionaire" was honored for Best Adapted Screenplay (by Simon Beaufoy).
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."
A sampling of the winners follows. For a complete list of winners, visit visit www.wga.org.
"Milk," written by Dustin Lance Black, Focus Features Adapted Screenplay
"Slumdog Millionaire," screenplay by Simon Beaufoy, based on the novel "Q & A" by Vikas Swarup, Fox Searchlight Pictures
"Waltz with Bashir," written by Ari Folman, Sony Pictures Classic
"Mad Men," written by Lisa Albert, Jane Anderson, Rick Cleveland, Kater Gordon, David Isaacs, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Marti Noxon, Robin Veith, Matthew Weiner; AMC
"30 Rock," written by Jack Burditt, Kay Cannon, Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Donald Glover, Andrew Guest, Matt Hubbard, Jon Pollack, John Riggi, Tami Sagher, Ron Weiner; NBC
"In Treatment," written by Rodrigo Garcia, Bryan Goluboff, Davey Holmes, William Merritt Johnson, Amy Lippman, Sarah Treem; HBO