With the 66th Academy Awards a week away, Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List" continued to dominate the film awards season over the weekend, adding honors for screenwriting and editing to its already impressive array of prizes.
Clearly, the stage is set for "Schindler's List" to sweep the Academy Awards, with more than a possibility that the movie will win Oscars in all 12 categories for which it was nominated, including best motion picture of 1993.
In ceremonies Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton, the Writers Guild of America gave Steven Zaillian's script the prize for best 1993 screenplay based on material previously produced or published. The film was based on the novel by Thomas Keneally about World War II Nazi industrialist Oskar Schindler, who employed Jews in his factory and kept them from death in Nazi-run concentration camps.
Jane Campion's script for "The Piano" won the Writers Guild award for best screenplay written directly for the screen. "The Piano," which Campion also directed and for which she became only the second woman in Academy Awards history to receive an Oscar nomination for best direction, is the dramatic story of a woman in turn-of-the-century New Zealand.
"The Piano" is also a contender for the Oscar for best picture and the writers guild award comes on top of many critics' association prizes for Campion and leading actress Holly Hunter.
On Saturday night, the American Cinema Editors gathered at the Regent Beverly Wilshire for dinner ceremonies at which veteran film editor Michael Kahn won the "Eddie Award" for best edited motion picture of 1993 for "Schindler's List."
Unlike most film awards programs, the American Cinema Editors banquet remains largely a low-key event with the few TV cameras confined to the entrance. And despite the presence of several major celebrities, including a reunited Don Johnson and Melanie Griffin, there was only a handful of fans.
Warren Beatty, who thanked the group for keeping the show low-key, presented the career achievement award to Dede Allen, who edited his "Reds" and one of his more celebrated starring vehicles, "Bonnie and Clyde." Allen was at home ill.
Later the same evening, actress Ann Blyth presented a career achievement award to Gene Ruggiero, who began at MGM in the 1920s under then-chairman Nicholas Schenck and whose editing included films such as "Ninotchka," "Oklahoma!" and "Around the World in 80 Days."
Complete lists of winners follow:
Writers Guild Awards
Original screenplay: Jane Campion, "The Piano."
Screenplay adaptation: Steven Zaillian, "Schindler's List."
Original longform: Jane Anderson, "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader Murdering Mom," HBO.
Adapted longform (two winners): Larry Gelbart, "Barbarians at the Gate," based on the book by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar, HBO. And Walter Halsey Davis and Vickie Patik, "Silent Cries," based on the book "Guests of the Emperor" by Janice Young Brooks, NBC.
Episodic drama: "The Night of the Dead Living" ("Homicide: Life on the Street"), teleplay by Frank Pugliese, story by Tom Fontana and Pugliese, NBC.
Episodic comedy: Larry David, "The Contest" ("Seinfeld"), NBC.
Variety-musical: "This Just In," show No. 2. Writing supervised by Matt Neuman, written by Larry Arnstein, Jon Ross, Lane Sarasohn and John Derevlany, ABC.
Daytime serials: "Loving," written by Millee Taggart, Robert Guza Jr., Laurie McCarthy, Addie Walsh, Craig Carlson, John Kuntz, Eugenie Hunt, Dana Herko, Lew Arlt, Tony Lang, Linda Myles, Juliette Mann, Andrew Gottlieb, Nancy Maxwell, ABC.
Children's script: Robert L. Freedman, "A Deadly Secret: The Robert Bierer Story" ("Lifestories: Families in Crisis") HBO.
Documentary, current events: "Frontline: The Choice '92," written by Richard Ben Cramer and Thomas Lennon and Michael Epstein, PBS.
Documentary, other than current events (two winners): "Degenerate Art," by David Grubin, PBS, and "The American Experience: The Donner Party," by Ric Burns, PBS.
Television spot news script: "CBS News Special Report: World Trade Center Bomb," by Paul Fischer, Tom Harris, Jerry Cipriano, CBS.
Spot news: "World News This Week," by Stuart H. Chamberlain Jr., ABC News Radio.
Documentary: "Out of Poverty" by Jill Landes and Evalyn Lee, CBS.
On-air promotion: "CBS Sports On-Air Promotions," by Joseph DiPietro, CBS.
Television graphic art animation: CBS animation, Karen McInnis (3-D Animation), Lou Palisano, art direction.
American Cinema Editors Awards
Motion picture editing: Michael Kahn, "Schindler's List."
Motion picture for non-commercial television: Lois Freeman-Fox, "And the Band Played On," HBO. Motion picture for commercial television: Charles Bornstein, "Murder of Innocence," CBS.
Mini-series for television: Jon Gregory, Chris Wimble, "A Year in Provence--Summer," BBC/Arts and Entertainment.
One-hour television series: Briana Spears London, Sharon Silverman, "Northern Exposure--Kaddish for Uncle Manny."
Half-hour television series: Stephen Lovejoy, "Tales from the Crypt--People Who Live in Brass Hearses," HBO.
Documentary: Barry D. Nye and Leslie Farry, "Survivors of the Skeleton Coast--National Geographic Special," PBS.
Student editing: John Peter Bernardo, Boston University.