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52nd Annual Awards (6th March 2000)


Winners Announced for the 52nd Annual Writers Guild Awards

Pete Hamill on Vaclav Havel

The Writers Guild of America, East and west announced the winners of the 52nd Annual Writers Guild of America Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen, television and radio in gala ceremonies at the Plaza Hotel in New York, and at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Sunday, March 5, 2000. Winners of the 52nd Annual Writers Guild Awards are:

Screen

Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
American Beauty, Written by Alan Ball, DreamWorks
Pictures Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Election, Screenplay by Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor, based on the novel by Tom Perrotta, Paramount Pictures

>> View the Complete List of Screen Nominees

Television

Original Long Form
Dash and Lilly, Written by Jerry Ludwig, A&E Network and Granada Entertainment, A&E
Adapted Long Form
The Confession, Screenplay by David Black, based on the novel Fertig by Sol Yurick, Paramount Pictures Corp., Cinemax
Episodic Drama
Meadowlands (The Sopranos), Written by Jason Cahill, HBO Films, HBO
Episodic Comedy
Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz (Frasier), Written by Jay Kogen, Network Television Division, Paramount Pictures, NBC
Comedy/Variety - Music, Awards, Tributes - Specials - Any Length
The Kennedy Center Honors, Written by Bob Shrum and George Stevens, Jr., film sequences written by Sara Lukinson, Kennedy Center Television, CBS
Comedy/Variety - (including Talk) Series
Late Night With Conan O'Brien, Written by Jonathan Groff, Jon Glaser, Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Mike Sweeney, Michael Gordon, Brian Kiley, Brian Stack, Chris Albers, Brian McCann, Ellen Barancik, Janine Di Tullio, Andy Blitz, Tommy Blacha, Brian Reich, Vernon Chatman and Roy Jenkins, NBC
Daytime Serials
Days Of Our Lives, Written by Sally Sussman Morina, Dena Higley, Marlene Clark Poulter, Dorothy Ann Purser, Victor Gialanella, Meredith Post, Peter Brash, Peggy Schibi, Fran Myers, Maralyn Thoma, Joyce Rosenblad, Bruce Neckels and Sofia Landon Geier, NBC
Children's Script
Sea People, Written by Wendy Biller & Christopher Hawthorne, Temple Street Productions, Ltd., Showtime
Documentary Current Events
Give War A Chance (Frontline), Written by Michael Kirk & Peter J. Boyer, Kirk Documentary Group, PBS
Documentary - Other Than Current Events
Hoover Dam (The American Experience), Written by Stephen Stept, WGBH Educational Foundation, PBS
News - Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin or Breaking Report
20/20 Wednesday, Written by Lori A. Bores, ABC
News - Analysis, Feature or Commentary
A Special Delivery (20/20) Written by Lori A. Bores, ABC

Radio

Radio Documentary
The Drug Score, Written by Julia Kathan, ABC News Radio
News - Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin or Breaking Report
World News This Week, Written by Ruth Stein Davis, ABC News Radio
News - Analysis, Feature or Commentary
The Last Polka in Cleveland (Perspective), Written by Mike Silverstein, ABC News Radio
On-air Promotion
NBC Promotions, Written by Christian McLaughlin, NBC
Graphic Art
CBS News Time 100, Written by Beth Leudesdorf & John Haubrich, CBS

>> View the Complete List of the TV & Radio Nominees

In the East:

The honorary awards presented by the Writers Guild of America, East were:

  • Evelyn F. Burkey Award to VACLAV HAVEL;
  • Ian McLellan Hunter Award to HERB GARDNER;
  • and the Richard B. Jablow Award to RUTH GALLO.

Ceremonies in the East included presenters DANNY AIELLO, MIGUEL FERRER, PETER GALLAGHER, JASON ROBARDS, JUDD HIRSCH, CHARLES GRODIN, PETE HAMILL, CYNTHIA NIXON, ANDY ROONEY, MORLEY SAFER and ERIKA SLEZAK. AL FRANKEN was the emcee.

In the West:

The Honorary Awards presented by the Writers Guild of America, west were:

  • Screen Laurel Award to JEAN-CLAUDE CARRIERE;
  • The Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television to PAUL MONASH;
  • The Valentine Davies Award to ALAN ALDA; the Morgan Cox Award to ANN MARCUS;
  • The Paul Selvin Award to ERIC ROTH and MICHAEL MANN for The Insider.

Ceremonies in the west included presenters AL PACINO (presenting the Paul Selvin Award), GREGORY PECK (presenting the Screen Laurel Award), Red Buttons, Tyne Daly, Patricia Heaton, Jane Kaczmarek, Hal Kanter, Christopher Knopf, Tobey Maguire, Dylan McDermott, Megan Mullally, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Paul Rodriguez, David O. Russell, Chloe Sevigny, Lilly Tartikoff, Bruce Vilanch, John Wells and Bradley Whitford. Caroline Rhea was the emcee.

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