John Oliver of "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" is hosting the 61st Annual Writers Guild Awards in New York. Presenters are scheduled to include Sam Waterston, Ana Ortiz, John Slattery, Talia Balsam, Jack McBrayer, Judah Friedlander, Susie Essman, Linus Roache, Alana De La Garza, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, Paul F. Tompkins, S. Epatha Merkerson, Marshall Brickman, Gilbert Gottfried and Shari Springer Berman.
Neil Patrick Harris will host the West Coast gala. Presenters at the Hyatt Regency will include Josh Brolin, Steve Carell, Frank Langella, Jon Hamm, Kate Walsh, Alfre Woodard, Zach Braff, Sarah Silverman, Bryan Cranston, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sandra Oh, Jamie Lee Curtis, Rob Reiner and Garry Marshall.
John Patrick Shanley, recently nominated for an Academy Award for the screenplay adaptation of his Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play Doubt, will be presented with the Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Writing at the Hudson Theatre event.
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."
Nominees in the screenplay categories follow: ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
"Burn After Reading," written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
"Milk," written by Dustin Lance Black
"Vicky Cristina Barcelona," written by Woody Allen
"The Visitor, "written by Tom McCarthy
"The Wrestler," written by Robert Siegel
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," screenplay by Eric Roth; screen story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord; based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald
"The Dark Knight," screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan; story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer; based on characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics
"Doubt," screenplay by John Patrick Shanley, based on his stage Play
"Frost/Nixon," screenplay by Peter Morgan, based on his stage play
"Slumdog Millionaire," screenplay by Simon Beaufoy, based on the novel "Q and A" by Vikas Swarup
"Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story," written by Stefan Forbes and Noland Walker
"Chicago 10," written by Brett Morgen
"Fuel," written by Johnny O'Hara
"Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson," screenplay by Alex Gibney, from the words of Hunter S. Thompson
"Waltz with Bashir," written by Ari Folman
For a complete list of nominations, visit www.wga.org.