The best original screenplay goes to Wes Anderson's movie and the best adapted screenplay is awarded to Alan Turing biopic.
AceShowbiz - Writers Guild of America announced winners for this year's awards. Wes Anderson got the best original screenplay for his work in colorful caper "The Grand Budapest Hotel". He beat Richard Linklater for "Boyhood", E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman for "Foxcatcher", Dan Gilroy for "Nightcrawler", and Damien Chazelle for "Whiplash".
The trophy was presented by "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan. "I can think of no greater neighborhood to accept this award in," Anderson said. The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza where the ceremony was held, he said, was "formerly one of the back lots of the great cinema studios. It's now home to this wonderful Hyatt and a large community of entertainment attorneys."
Meanwhile, "The Imitation Game" scribe Graham Moore won the best adapted screenplay for adapting Alan Turing's life story based on Andrew Hodges' book. He pushed aside Jason Hall for Chris Kyle biopic "American Sniper", Gillian Flynn for thriller "Gone Girl", James Gunn and Nicole Perlman for Marvel comic book adaptation "Guardians of the Galaxy", and Nick Hornby for "Wild".
Moore dedicated his award to Turing, the British computer genius who broke Nazi codes during World War II but died unappreciated after he was prosecuted for being gay. "He was probably the greatest genius of his generation and I am a screenwriter from Chicago. So it's very strange to be standing on stage now when he should be," he said during his acceptance speech.
In the TV categories, "True Detective" and "Louie" took home at least two awards each. The other winners included "Olive Kitteridge", "General Hospital", "The Good Wife", and "The Simpsons".
The WGA Awards were held simultaneously in New York and Los Angeles this year ahead of the 87th annual Academy Awards. The West Coast ceremony was hosted by "Friends" star Lisa Kudrow and the East Coast event by "Nightly Show" presenter Larry Wilmore. Presenters included Steve Carell, Patricia Arquette, Zachary Levi, and Sir Patrick Stewart.
TELEVISION AND NEW MEDIA WINNERS:
- Drama Series: "True Detective"
- Comedy Series: "Louie"
- New Series: "True Detective"
- Daytime Drama: "General Hospital"
- Episodic Drama: "The Last Call" from "The Good Wife"
- Episodic Comedy: "So Did the Fat Lady" from "Louie"
- Animation: "Brick Like Me" from "The Simpsons"
- Long Form - Original: "Deliverance Creek"
- Long Form - Adapted: "Olive Kitteridge"
- Short Form New Media - Original: "Episode 113: Rachel" from "High Maintenance"
- Comedy / Variety (Including Talk) - Series: "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver"
- Comedy / Variety - Music, Awards, Tributes - Specials: 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards
- Quiz and Audience Participation: "Hollywood Game Night"
- Children's Script - Episodic & Specials: "Haunted Heartthrob" from "Haunted Hathaways"
- Documentary Script - Current Events: "United States of Secrets: The Program (Part One)" from "Frontline"
- Documentary Script - Other Than Current Events: "League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis" from "Frontline"
- TV News Script - Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin, or Breaking Report: "Nelson Mandela: A Man Who Changed the World" from "World News with Diane Sawyer"
- TV News Script - Analysis, Feature, or Commentary: "Nowhere to Go" from "60 Minutes"
PROMOTIONAL WRITING WINNER:
- Documentary: "Three Shots Rang Out: The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later"
- Radio News Script - Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin, or Breaking Report: "World News This Week"
- TV News Script - Analysis, Feature, or Commentary: "Civil Rights at 50"
Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing: "The Last of Us: Left Behind%"