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‘Sunshine,’ ‘Sideways’ win Writers Guild honors

‘Angels in America’, ‘Late Night with Conan O'Brien’ also lauded
/ Source: Hollywood Reporter

“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Sideways” were the big film winners at the 57th annual Writers Guild Awards Saturday.

The WGA West fete at the Hollywood Palladium was held simultaneously with a ceremony staged by the WGA East at the Pierre Hotel in New York.

“Sunshine,” by Charlie Kaufman, based on a story by Kaufman, Michel Gondry and Pierre Bismuth, won for original screenplay. “Sideways,” by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, and based on a novel by Rex Pickett, got the nod for adapted screenplay.

In television, the laurel for longform adapted screenplay went to HBO’s “Angels in America,” which Tony Kushner adapted from his Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name.

Fox’s “The Simpsons” prevailed in the competition among animated TV series for the episode “Catch ’Em If You Can,” by Ian Maxtone-Graham.

In the comedy-variety series field, the victor was NBC’s “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and for comedy-variety special it was “The Kennedy Center Honors” on CBS.

CBS’ “The Guiding Light” was the winner for daytime serial and the winner for children’s script was Showtime’s “A Separate Peace,” for Wendy Kesselman’s adaptation of John Knowles’ classic coming-of-age novel.

The episodic drama laurel went to NBC’s “The West Wing,” for the episode “The Supremes,” written by Debora Cahn.

There was a tie for the winner in the episodic comedy category, both from Fox. The winners were “Arrested Development” for the episode “Pier Pressure,” from writers Jim Vallely and series creator-executive producer Mitch Hurwitz; and “Malcolm in the Middle,” for the episode “Ida’s Boyfriend” written by Neil Thompson.

HBO’s “Something the Lord Made,” by Peter Silverman and Robert Caswell, prevailed in the category of original telefilm screenplay