Writers Guild of America Awards 2009

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62nd WGA Awards
Presented by the Writers Guild of America, East and the Writers Guild of America, West

February 20, 2010

The 62nd Writers Guild of America Awards honored the best film, television, and videogame writers of 2009. Winners were announced on February 20, 2010.[1]

Nominees[edit]

Names in bold denote the winners.[2]

Film[edit]

Best Adapted Screenplay[edit]

Best Original Screenplay[edit]

Best Documentary Feature Screenplay[edit]

Television[edit]

Dramatic Series[edit]

Title Writers Network
Breaking Bad Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, George Mastras, J. Roberts, John Shiban, and Moira Walley-Beckett AMC
Dexter Scott Buck, Charles H. Eglee, Lauren Gussis, Clyde Phillips, Scott Reynolds, Melissa Rosenberg, Timothy Schlattman, and Wendy West Showtime
Friday Night Lights Bridget Carpenter, Kerry Ehrin, Ron Fitzgerald, Brent Fletcher, Etan Frankel, Jason Gavin, Elizabeth Heldens, David Hudgins, Rolin Jones, Jason Katims, Patrick Massett, Derek Santos Olson, and John Zinman NBC
Lost Carlton Cuse, Adam Horowitz, Melinda Hsu Taylor, Edward Kitsis, Damon Lindelof, Greggory Nations, Kyle Pennington, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Brian K. Vaughan, and Paul Zbyszewski ABC
Mad Men Lisa Albert, Andrew Colville, Kater Gordon, Cathryn Humphris, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Brett Johnson, Erin Levy, Marti Noxon, Frank Pierson, Robin Veith, Dahvi Waller, and Matthew Weiner AMC

Comedy Series[edit]

Title Writers Network
30 Rock Jack Burditt, Kay Cannon, Robert Carlock, Tom Ceraulo, Vali Chandrasekaran, Tina Fey, Donald Glover, Steve Hely, Matt Hubbard, Dylan Morgan, Paula Pell, Jon Pollack, John Riggi, Tami Sagher, Josh Siegal, Ron Weiner, and Tracey Wigfield NBC
Curb Your Enthusiasm Larry David HBO
Glee Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk, and Ryan Murphy Fox
Modern Family Paul Corrigan, Sameer Gardezi, Joe Lawson, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Dan O'Shannon, Brad Walsh, Caroline Williams, Bill Wrubel, and Danny Zuker ABC
The Office Jennifer Celotta, Danny Chun, Greg Daniels, Lee Eisenberg, Anthony Q. Farrell, Brent Forrester, Dan Goor, Charlie Grandy, Mindy Kaling, Ryan Koh, Lester Lewis, Paul Lieberstein, Warren Lieberstein, B.J. Novak, Michael Schur, Aaron Shure, Justin Spitzer, Gene Stupnitsky, and Halsted Sullivan NBC

New Series[edit]

Title Writers Network
Glee Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk, and Ryan Murphy Fox
The Good Wife Angela Amato Velez, Corinne Brinkerhoff, Ted Humphrey, Dee Johnson, Todd E. Kessler, Michelle King, and Robert King CBS
Hung Colette Burson, Ellie Herman, Emily Kapnek, Brett C. Leonard, Dmitry Lipkin, and Angela Robinson HBO
Modern Family Paul Corrigan, Sameer Gardezi, Joe Lawson, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Dan O'Shannon, Brad Walsh, Caroline Williams, Bill Wrubel, and Danny Zuker ABC
Nurse Jackie Taii K. Austin, Liz Brixius, Rick Cleveland, Evan Dunsky, Nancy Fichman, Liz Flahive, Jennifer Hoppe, Mark Hudis, John Hilary Shepherd, Linda Wallem, and Christine Zander Showtime

Episodic Drama[edit]

Title Series Writers Network
"Broken" House David Foster, Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, and David Shore Fox
"Come, Ye Saints" Big Love Melanie Marnich HBO
"The Grown-Ups" Mad Men Brett Johnson and Matthew Weiner AMC
"Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency" Robin Veith and Matthew Weiner
"I Will Rise Up" True Blood Nancy Oliver HBO
"Phoenix" Breaking Bad John Shiban AMC

Episodic Comedy[edit]

Title Series Writers Network
"Apollo, Apollo" 30 Rock Robert Carlock NBC
"Broke" The Office Charlie Grandy
"Chapter 1" Eastbound & Down Jody Hill, Ben Best, and Danny R. McBride HBO
"Gossip" The Office Paul Lieberstein NBC
"Pilot" Modern Family Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd ABC
"Reunion" 30 Rock Matt Hubbard NBC

Long Form – Original[edit]

Title Writers Network
Georgia O'Keeffe Michael Cristofer Lifetime
Grey Gardens Teleplay by Michael Sucsy and Patricia Rozema; Story by Michael Sucsy HBO
Pedro Screenplay by Dustin Lance Black; Story by Paris Barclay and Dustin Lance Black MTV

Long Form – Adaptation[edit]

Title Writers Network
America Teleplay by Joyce Eliason and Rosie O'Donnell, Based upon the novel by E.R. Frank Lifetime
Taking Chance Teleplay by Lieutenant Colonel Michael R. Strobl, USMC (Ret.) and Ross Katz, Based on the short story by Lieutenant Colonel Michael R. Strobl, USMC (Ret.) HBO

Animation[edit]

Title Series Writers Network
"The Burns and the Bees" The Simpsons Stephanie Gillis Fox
"Eeny Teeny Maya Moe" John Frink
"Gone Maggie Gone" Billy Kimball and Ian Maxtone-Graham
"Take My Life, Please" Don Payne
"Wedding for Disaster" The Simpsons Joel H. Cohen

Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) Series[edit]

Title Writers Network
The Colbert Report Head Writers Barry Julien, Thomas Purcell, Writers Michael Brumm, Stephen Colbert, Richard Dahm, Rob Dubbin, Glenn Eichler, Peter Grosz, Peter Gwinn, Jay Katsir, Frank Lesser, Opus Moreschi, Meredith Scardino, Allison Silverman, and Max Werner Comedy Central
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Head Writer Steve Bodow, Writers Rory Albanese, Rachel Axler, Kevin Bleyer, Rich Blomquist, Tim Carvell, Wyatt Cenac, Hallie Haglund, J.R. Havlan, DJ Javerbaum, J. R. Havlan, David Javerbaum, Elliott Kalan, Josh Lieb, Sam Means, Jo Miller, John Oliver, Daniel Radosh, Jason Ross, and Jon Stewart
Real Time with Bill Maher Head writer: Billy Martin, Writers: Scott Carter, Adam Felber, Matt Gunn, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Chris Kelly, Bill Maher, Jonathan Schmock, and Danny Vermont HBO
Saturday Night Live Head Writer: Seth Meyers, Writers: Doug Abeles, James Anderson, Alex Baze, Jessica Conrad, James Downey, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, John Lutz, Lorne Michaels, John Mulaney, Paula Pell, Simon Rich, Marika Sawyer, Akiva Schaffer, John Solomon, Emily Spivey, Kent Sublette, Jorma Taccone, and Bryan Tucker; Additional Sketches by Adam McKay and Andrew Steele NBC
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien Head Writer: Mike Sweeney, Writers Chris Albers, Jose Arroyo, Josh Comers, Dan Cronin, Kevin Dorff, Andres du Bouchet, Michael Gordon, Berkley Johnson, Brian Kiley, Rob Kutner, Todd Levin, Brian McCann, Guy Nicolucci, Conan O'Brien, Matt O'Brien, Andy Richter, Brian Stack, and Andrew Weinberg

Comedy/Variety – Music, Awards, Tributes – Specials[edit]

Title Writers Network
25th Independent Spirit Awards Billy Kimball and Neal MacLennan AMC / IFC
We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial George Stevens Jr., Michael Stevens, and Sara Lukinson HBO

Daytime Serials[edit]

Title Writers Network
All My Children Jeff Beldner, Joanna Cohen, Kate Hall, Chip Hayes, Michelle Patrick, Charles Pratt Jr., Rebecca Taylor, Tracey Thomson, and Addie Walsh ABC
As the World Turns Peter Brash, Lisa Connor, Susan Dansby, Cheryl L. Davis, Leah Laiman, David A. Levinson, Leslie Nipkow, Jean Passanante, Gordon Rayfield, and Courtney Simon CBS
One Life to Live Shelly Altman, Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Aida Croal, Carolyn Culliton, Janet Iacobuzio, Frederick Johnson, Sharon Lennon, Elizabeth Page, Melissa Salmons, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, and Chris Van Etten ABC
The Young and the Restless Amanda L. Beall, Tom Casiello, Lisa Connor, Janice Ferri Esser, Eric Freiwald, Jay Gibson, Scott Hamner, Marla Kanelos, Beth Milstein, Natalie Minardi Slater, Melissa Salmons, Linda Schreiber, James Stanley, Sandra Weintraub, and Teresa Zimmerman CBS

Children's[edit]

Episodic and Specials[edit]
Title Series Writers Network
"A Monster Problem" Imagination Movers Randi Barnes, Rick Gitelson, and Scott Gray Disney Channel
"Frankly, It's Becoming a Habitat" Sesame Street Joseph Mazzarino PBS
"Mouse and Home" Imagination Movers Michael G. Stern, Randi Barnes, Rick Gitelson, and Scott Gray Disney Channel
"The Rival" True Jackson, VP Dan Kopelman Nickelodeon
"Welcome to the Jungle" The Troop Max Burnett
"Wild Nature Survivor Guy" Sesame Street Christine Ferraro PBS
Long Form or Special[edit]
Title Writers Network
Another Cinderella Story Written by Erik Patterson and Jessica Scott ABC Family

Documentary[edit]

Current events[edit]
Title Series Writers Network
"Black Money" Frontline Lowell Bergman and Oriana Zill de Granados PBS
"Heat" Martin Smith
"The Hugo Chávez Show" Ofra Bikel
"Inside the Meltdown" Michael Kirk
"The Madoff Affair" Frontline Marcela Gaviria and Martin Smith
"Poisoned Waters" Frontline Hedrick Smith and Rick Young
Other than Current Events[edit]
Title Series Writers Network
"The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln" American Experience Written by Barak Goodman PBS
"Episode Two: 1890–1915: The Last Refuge" The National Parks: America's Best Idea Written by Dayton Duncan
"The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer" American Experience Written by David Grubin
Soul of a People: Writing America's Story Written by David A. Taylor, Olive Emma Bucklin, and Andrea Kalin Smithsonian Channel
"We Shall Remain: Episode Three: Trail of Tears" American Experience Written by Mark Zwonitzer PBS
"We Shall Remain: Episode Two: Tecumseh's Vision" Written by Ric Burns

News[edit]

Regularly scheduled, bulletin, or breaking report[edit]
Title Series Writers Network
CBS Evening News Joe Clines, Jerry Cipriano, and Jared Crawford CBS
Recession Candy R. Polly Leider
World News with Charles Gibson Lee Kamlet, Julia Kathan, and Joel Siegel ABC
Analysis, Feature, or Commentary[edit]
Title Series Writers Network
"All Night Long" Good Morning America Mary Pflum ABC
"A Private War: Expose: America's Investigative Reports" Bill Moyers Journal Thomas M. Jennings PBS
"Election Day" Bill Moyers Journal Bill Moyers and Michael Winship
"Financial Fingers" CBS News R. Polly Leider CBS
"The Words That Won the White House" Good Morning America Lisa Ferri ABC

Radio[edit]

Documentary[edit]

News – Regularly Scheduled or Breaking[edit]

News – Analysis, Feature or Commentary[edit]

Promotional Writing and Graphic Animation[edit]

On-Air Promotion (Radio or Television)[edit]

  • How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Promo Process – Written by Michelle Straebler; WNBC
  • "Vegas" (Dateline), "The Wanted" Promo, NBC Nightly News Promo, "Iran" (Dateline), "Cheat" (Dateline) – Written by Barry Fitzsimmons; NBC

Television Graphic Animation[edit]

Video Fames[edit]

Videogame Writing[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]