Monday, February 21, 2005

AWARDS Report #1



'Sunshine,' 'Sideways' win top WGA film honors
"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "Sideways" were the big film winners Saturday night at the 57th annual Writers Guild Awards, held at the Hollywood Palladium.

The WGA West fete 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.EDITOR'S NOTE: WHICH WAS A WONDERFUL EPISODE.

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.

WGA nominees surrender some secrets
A yellow bathrobe just might be the secret to becoming a successful screenwriter, according to one of the participants in Beyond Words, a panel session featuring this year's WGA Award nominees in the film categories.

The Thursday night event, presented by the WGA and The Hollywood Reporter at the Writers Guild Theatre in Beverly Hills, offered insights and hilarious examples of how the writing process really works.

The nominees involved included Charlie Kaufman ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"), Zach Braff ("Garden State"), Keir Pearson ("Hotel Rwanda"), Paul Haggis ("Million Dollar Baby"), Jose Rivera ("The Motorcycle Diaries"), Alexander Payne ("Sideways"), John Logan ("The Aviator") and Julie Delpy ("Before Sunset").

In a discussion of rituals and process moderated by Nia Vardalos ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding") most of the panelists admitted that they procrastinate -- a lot -- when it comes to getting down to work. Rivera said writer's block was nature's way of preventing mistakes, and Kaufman said he spun his wheels a lot, not doing much. Payne said that not doing much was the process, and that you need eight hours to write two hours.

Art directors high on 'Lemony,' 'The Terminal'
The Art Directors Guild honored the creative teams behind the feature films "Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events" and "The Terminal" at its ninth annual awards Saturday night.

"Lemony Snicket" was hailed for best production design in a period or fantasy film. "The Terminal" landed atop the contemporary film category.

In television, episodes of "Desperate Housewives" and "Will & Grace" took the awards. T

he ceremony, at the Beverly Hilton, was hosted by Cheryl Hines of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Chinese director Zhang Yimou ("House of Flying Daggers") was honored for outstanding contribution to cinematic imagery.

The Lifetime Achievement Award went to production went to production designer Bill Creber, a three-time Academy Award nominee

Sci-Tech Oscars breaks barriers
Language barriers, both international and technical, were the predominant theme at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' annual Scientific and Technical Awards, which took place Saturday night at the Ritz-Carlton in Pasadena.

At the event, at which the Academy honors the most mathematically refined minds in the movie business, Scarlett Johansson presented five Academy certificates, three plaques and three Oscar statuettes to the honorees.

The appearance of the actress, who attended the ceremony with her mother, provided the evening's biggest element of surprise because the Sci-Tech award recipients themselves are announced well in advance.

Johansson gamely stepped up to the challenging hostess duties, which involve reading technical esoterica from a teleprompter EDITOR'S NOTE: NOW SHE'S ALL SET TO BE A GUEST STAR ON A TREK SHOW!


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