The original screenplay category matched up five-for-five in nominations with the
Those other nominees were
Jonze, in his acceptance speech, called the honor "an award for pain," noting that writers endure a very specific kind of torture.
"I owe quite a debt to Capt. Richard Phillips, who survived something I know would have killed me," Ray said in accepting his award. "It was Captain Phillips who wrote this movie; I just wrote it down."
In the adapted category, the other nominees were
Neither "August: Osage County" nor "Lone Survivor" was nominated in the adapted category at the Oscars, replaced by
Sarah Polley won in the documentary category for
Though many eyes are on the WGA's film categories in search of clues to how the upcoming Oscars might go, the group also recognized television writing Saturday night.
The other nominees in the category of television drama series were
In the episodic television categories, Gennifer Hutchinson won for the "Breaking Bad" episode titled "Confessions." Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock won in the comedy episodic category for the "Hogcock!" episode of "30 Rock."
The new-series winner marked another awards-season victory for
Paul Mazursky was given a Screen Laurel Award, honoring lifetime achievement in writing for motion pictures. A two-time Writers Guild Award winner and five-time Academy Award nominee, Mazursky, taking the stage in a wheelchair, received a standing ovation before delivering a delightfully bawdy, rather rambling and entirely heartfelt speech.
Mel Brooks, walking onstage to present the award to Mazursky, received the first standing ovation of the evening. "Sit down," Brooks said, "I'm still alive!"
In Los Angeles, the event was hosted by actor