Woody Allen was given the Writers Guild of America's best original screenplay award for his Parisian journey through time, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS. The honor marks the fifth WGA award for the director who has won in the past for "Annie Hall," "Broadway Danny Rose," "Hannah and Her Sisters" and "Crimes and Misdemeneanors." This year's nomination was his 20th.
'The Descendants' picked up an award for best adapted screenplay for Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemming. The award is the third WGA for Payne who has also won for 'Elections' and 'Sideways'.
In TV, "Modern Family" once again was honored for writing on a comedy series, and Steven Levitan and Jeffrey Richman won a episodic comedy award for the show's episode 'Caught in the Act'. "Breaking Bad" and "Homeland" also received two trophies each.
The 2012 WGA Screenplay Winners are as follows:
MOTION PICTURE WINNERS
Midnight in Paris, Written by Woody Allen (Sony Pictures Classics)
The Descendants, Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash; Based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings (Fox Searchlight)
Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett (AMC)
Modern Family, Written by Cindy Chupack, Paul Corrigan, Abraham Higginbotham, Ben Karlin, Elaine Ko, Carol Leifer, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Dan O’Shannon, Jeffrey Richman, Brad Walsh, Ilana Wernick, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker (ABC)
EPISODIC DRAMA (TIE)
“Box Cutter” (Breaking Bad), Written by Vince Gilligan (AMC) (TIE)
“The Good Soldier” (Homeland), Written by Henry Bromell (Showtime)
“Caught in the Act” (Modern Family), Written by Steven Levitan & Jeffrey Richman (ABC)