LOS ANGELES – "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," a quirky love story about two people trying to erase their memories of each other, won best original screenplay Saturday night at the 57th Annual Writers Guild Awards (search).
Best adapted screenplay went to "Sideways," the road trip romp through Southern California wine country that charmed critics and audiences alike. The screenplay by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor was based on Rex Pickett's novel.
"Eternal Sunshine" beat out screenwriter John Logan for the Howard Hughes film biography "The Aviator"; Zach Braff for the romance "Garden State"; Keir Pearson and Terry George for "Hotel Rwanda," based on a true story amid the 1994 Rwandan genocide; and Bill Condon for "Kinsey," a film biography of sexuality researcher Alfred Kinsey.
In other awards, Tony Kushner's "Angels in America" won long-form adapted writing for television for Kushner's HBO teleplay, which was based on his play. The long-form original writing award went to Peter Silverman and Robert Caswell for HBO's "Something the Lord Made."
Winners were announced in ceremonies held in Beverly Hills and New York.
Other WGA winners announced Saturday:
Animation: "Catch 'Em if You Can" ("The Simpsons"), Ian Maxtone-Graham, Fox.
Episodic Drama: "The Supremes" ("The West Wing"), Debora Cahn, NBC.
Episodic comedy: Tie — "Pier Pressure" ("Arrested Development"), Jim Vallely and Mitchell Hurwitz, Fox; and "Ida's Boyfriend" ("Malcolm in the Middle"), Neil Thompson, Fox.
Comedy-Variety, music, awards, tributes special: "The Kennedy Center Honors." George Stevens Jr. and Sara Lukinson, CBS.
Comedy-Variety (including talk) Series: "Late Night With Conan O'Brien," Mike Sweeney, Chris Albers, Jose Arroyo, Andy Blitz, Kevin Dorff, Dan Goor, Michael Gordon, Brian Kiley, Michael Koman, Demetri Martin, Brian McCann, Guy Nicolucci, Conan O'Brien, Allison Silverman, Robert Smigel, Brian Stack, Andrew Weinberg, NBC.
Daytime Serial: "Guiding Light." David Kreizman, Tita Bell, Joyce Brotman, Christopher Dunn, Lloyd Gold, Kimberly Hamilton, Jill Lorie Hurst, Penelope Koechl, Eleanor Labine, Royal Miller, Casandra Morgan, Danielle Paige, David Smilow, Gillian Spencer, Brett Staneart, Donna Swajeski, Ellen Weston, CBS.
Children's Script: "A Separate Peace. Teleplay by Wendy Kesselman, based on the novel by John Knowles, Showtime.
Documentary, current events: "From China With Love." (Frontline), Michael J. Kirk, PBS.
Documentary, other than current events: "The Fight." (American Experience), Barak Goodman, PBS.
News, regularly scheduled, bulletin or breaking report: "The Reagan Funeral." (ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings), Steve Alperin, ABC.
News, analysis, feature or commentary: "Change of Heart." (60 Minutes II), Rebecca Peterson & Scott Pelley, CBS.
News, regularly scheduled, bulletin or breaking report: "World News This Week." Stuart H. Chamberlain Jr., ABC News Radio.
News, analysis, feature or commentary: "Christmas Past." James Benes, CBS.