LOS ANGELES – The writers of "Brokeback Mountain," the sweeping tale about the longtime forbidden romance between rugged ranch hands, won best adapted screenplay Saturday night at the 58th annual Writers Guild Awards.
The screenplay was written by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana and based on a short story by Annie Proulx. The film stars actors Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal and received a leading eight Oscar nominations.
The writers of the ensemble drama "Crash," which follows the lives of a cast of characters over a chaotic 36-hour period in Los Angeles, won for best original screenplay. The screenplay was written by Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco based on a Haggis story.
In other awards, the ABC television show "Grey's Anatomy" won the writing award for a new series.
Larry David, the writer and star of the HBO comedy "Curb Your Enthusiasm," won for best writing in a comedy series.
The crew of writers for the hit ABC show "Lost" were honored in the dramatic series category.
In the television animation category, Michael Price won for "Mommie Beerest" an episode on the long-running Fox show "The Simpsons."
Winners were announced in ceremonies held in Los Angeles and New York.
Other television winners announced Saturday:
Episodic Drama: "Autopsy" ("House"), Lawrence Kaplow, Fox.
Episodic Comedy: "You Can't Miss the Bear" ("Weeds"), Jenji Kohan, Showtime.
Long Form-Original: "Warm Springs," Margaret Nagle, HBO.
Long-Form Adapted: "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers," Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, based on the book by Roger Lewis, HBO.
Comedy/Variety Series: "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," Mike Sweeney, Chris Albers, Jose Arroyo, Andy Blitz, Kevin Dorff, Dan Goor, Michael Gordon, Tim Harrod, Berkley Johnson, Brian Kiley, Michael Koman, Brian McCann, Guy Nicolucci, Conan O'Brien, Allison Silverman, Robert Smigel, Brian Stack, Andrew Weinberg, NBC.