May 6, 2021 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game” Writers Win Writers Guild Awards:

The writers of “The Grand Budapest Hotel” won the Writers Guild of America Award for best original screenplay tonight while first-time screenwriter Graham Moore won for best adapted screenplay for “The Imitation Game.”

Wes Anderson wrote the screenplay for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and was joined by Hugo Guinness in writing the story of the comedy starring Ralph Fiennes as a concierge who teams up with an employee (Tony Revolori) to prove his innocence after he is framed for murder.

In his acceptance speech at the Century Plaza Hotel, Anderson noted that in the mid-1990s he lived nearby with Owen Wilson at what was then known as the Century City Inn and is now a Holiday Inn Express when they were working on Anderson’s first feature film screenplay for “Bottle Rocket.”.

“We managed to chop 215 pages out of our first script,” said Anderson, who declined to speak with reporters backstage. “I can think of no better neighborhood to accept this sweeping bird of prey.”

Guinness did not attend the ceremony.

The Writers Guild Award was the first for Anderson, who had been nominated for “Moonrise Kingdom” in 2013 and “The Royal Tenenbaums” in 2002.

Anderson and Guinness won in a field that also included the writers of “Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher,” “Nightcrawler” and “Whiplash.”

The writers of “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher” and “Nightcrawler” are all nominated for the Oscar for best original screenplay, along with the writing team for the script for “Birdman,” who had won the Golden Globe award for best motion picture screenplay last month.

Damien Chazelle, the screenwriter of “Whiplash” received a best adapted screenplay Oscar nomination.

Graham Moore won for best adapted screenplay for “The Imitation Game,” winning in a field that also included the writers of “American Sniper,” “Gone Girl,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Wild.”

Moore said backstage he wrote the screenplay for “The Imitation Game,” the story of British cryptanalyst Alan Turing who helped solve the Enigma code during World War II and was later prosecuted for his homosexuality, on a spec basis five years ago “because I thought it was an important story.”

Moore said he first heard of Turing as a teenager when he was a “huge computer nerd.”

“Among among awkward techy teenagers like myself, without a lot of friends, Alan Turing was a tremendous legend, a tremendous inspiration,” Moore said.

“After I got older and I did not become a computer programmer and became a writer instead, it was amazing to me no one had done a film on Alan Turing. If anyone’s life deserved to be told onscreen, it was Alan Turing’s.”

Moore said he had never been on a film set before “The Imitation Game,” which he called “the world’s best film school.”

The other nominees in the category were the writers from “American Sniper,” “Gone Girl,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and “Wild.”

Moore and “American Sniper” screenwriter Jason Hall are also nominated for the best adapted screenplay Oscar, along with Chazelle, Paul Thomas Anderson for “Inherent Vice” and Anthony McCarten for “The Theory of Everything.”

Winning the WGA honor does not guarantee success on Oscar night for writers.

Spike Jonze won both original screenplay awards last year for “Her,” but the WGA’s adapted screenplay honor went to Billy Ray for “Captain Phillips” while the Oscar went to John Ridley for “12 Years a Slave.”

In 2013, the WGA honored Mark Boal’s “Zero Dark Thirty” for original screenplay, but the Oscar went to Quentin Tarantino for “Django Unchained.”

In the television categories, FX’s “Louie” and HBO’s “True Detective” both won two awards. “Louie” won for best comedy series and best episodic comedy, while “True Detective” won for best drama series and best new series.

Acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar received the guild’s Jean Renoir Award, honoring an international writer who has “advanced the literature of motion pictures.” Margaret Nagle, the screenwriter of “The Good Lie” — the tale of a women who assists Sudanese refugees — received the Paul Selvin Award for shining a light on constitutional and civil rights issues.

Actor/director Ben Affleck received the Valentine Davies Award, which honors members whose humanitarian efforts “have brought dignity and honor to writers everywhere.” “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes received the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement.

Television writer/producer Jeff Melvoin received the Morgan Cox Award for service to the guild.

Harold Ramis, the late actor/director/writer best known for co-writing films such as “Animal House,” “Caddyshack,” “Ghostbusters,” “Stripes” and “Groundhog Day,” was honored with the guild’s Screen Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement.

Here is a complete list of winners:

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

— “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” screenplay by Wes Anderson; story by Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

— “The Imitation Game,” written Graham Moore, based on the book “Alan Turing: The Enigma” by Andrew Hodges

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

— “The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz,” written by Brian Knappenberger

DRAMA SERIES

— “True Detective,” Written by Nic Pizzolatto; HBO

COMEDY SERIES

— “Louie,” Written by Louis CK; FX

NEW SERIES

— “True Detective,” Written by Nic Pizzolatto; HBO

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

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

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 AND 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 Diane Sawyer, Lisa Ferri, Dave Bloch; ABC News

TV NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY

— “Nowhere to Go” (60 Minutes), Written by Scott Pelley, Oriana Zill de Granados & Michael Rey; CBS

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

ON-AIR PROMOTION (TELEVISION, NEW MEDIA OR RADIO)

— “How I Met Your Mother,” Written by Dan Greenberger; CBS

VIDEO GAME WRITING

— “The Last of Us: Left Behind,” written by Neil Druckmann; Sony Computer Entertainment.

in News
Related Posts

Riviera Mansion on Market for $25 Million

May 4, 2021

May 4, 2021

 6 bedroom, 10 bathroom Riviera mansion hits market  By Chad Winthrop A nearly century-old Riviera mansion complete with a speakeasy...

Venice’s Fox Theater Revamp

May 4, 2021

May 4, 2021

A developer wants to revamp the historic Fox Theater building in Venice. Learn more in this video made possible by...

Edify TV: Site Work Begins on Nearly Billion Dollar LAX Station

May 4, 2021

May 4, 2021

Site work has begun for a nearly billion dollar light rail transit station coming to LAX. Learn more in this...

Nearly 50-Unit Affordable Housing Complex Breaks Ground in Santa Monica

May 4, 2021

May 4, 2021

Development combines retail and residential units  By Toi Creel A 50-unit affordable housing complex recently broke ground in Santa Monica’s...

Edify TV: Concert Capacity Rules Issue for Small Venues

May 4, 2021

May 4, 2021

Live music is back in LA County but the owner of a Westside jazz club says reopening will have to...

Santa Monica City Council Gives Green Light to Pursue Main Street Closures

May 3, 2021

May 3, 2021

Lawmakers instruct staff to develop proposal that would close Main Street to vehicles on weekends By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica’s...

Rents on The Rise In Santa Monica: Santa Monica Beat – May, 3, 2021

May 3, 2021

May 3, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Rents on The Rise In Santa Monica * Natural Gas Leak...

Woman Killed by Vehicle on 10 Freeway in Santa Monica

May 3, 2021

May 3, 2021

Victim struck at Cloverfield Boulevard on-ramp Sunday night By Sam Catanzaro A woman was struck and killed by a vehicle...

Santa Monica Police Use Naloxone to Save Overdose Victim in Park

April 29, 2021

April 29, 2021

SMPD save woman who has overdosed on Oxocodone By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica police used Naloxone to save a woman...

Edify TV: Could Penmar Golf Course Become Affordable Housing?

April 29, 2021

April 29, 2021

Under a state bill facilities like Penmar golf course could be converted into space for affordable housing. Learn more in...

Hard Kombucha Tasting Room Opens on Main Street

April 29, 2021

April 29, 2021

JuneShine opens on Main Street in Santa Monica Toi Creel A hard kombucha tasting room has opened on Main Street...

Italian-Style Raw Seafood Bar Comes to Santa Monica

April 29, 2021

April 29, 2021

Crudo e Nudo, a new Italian-style raw seafood bar on the Westside offers sustainably sourced fresh fish, shellfish and crustaceans....

Film Review: The Serpent

April 28, 2021

April 28, 2021

8 One-Hour Episodes Miniseries Released April 2nd on Netflix The Serpent is an intense miniseries based on the horrific true...

Heal the Bay Aquarium Under Santa Monica Pier Reopens

April 27, 2021

April 27, 2021

Aquarium opens with patio exhibits for weekends By Sam Catanzaro The Heal the Bay Aquarium under the Santa Monica Pier...

Santa Monica College Student Film to be Screened at Cannes

April 27, 2021

April 27, 2021

SMC student film “Broken Layers” accepted into The American Pavilion at Cannes By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica College (SMC) student...