Deadline Editor-in-Chief Nikki Finke is writing from on-scene reports. The winners are named at 2013 WGA Awards (LIVE). There will be an update to this post on Monday morning:
NEW YORK CITY… Refresh for latest… The 65th Annual Writers Guild Awards New York Ceremony tonight honored outstanding achievement in writing in film, television, radio, new media, and other awards categories. The presentation at the B.B. King Blues Club was supposed to go on simultaneously with the Los Angeles ceremony but in fact beat WGAW by an hour. Which meant that East Coast knew the winners first and ruined the evening’s suspense. The WGAE paid tribute to the late legendary author, screenwriter and director Nora Ephron as well as presenting several honorary and service awards. Screenwriter and director David Koepp was the recipient of the Ian McClellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement. The award, established in 1992, honors a WGA member for his/her body of work as a writer in motion pictures or television. And current Secretary-Treasurer Bob Schneider received the WGAE’s annual Richard B. Jablow Award, named after the Guild’s first counsel who helped found the organization and authored its constitution, for devoted service to the Guild.
Actor Richard Kind, who recently appeared in the Academy Award-nominated film Argo as screenwriter Max Klein, hosted. (When approached, Kind reportedly remarked, “I am a vapid, empty actor with nothing to say, but on this night, with these great writers writing my material, I will be witty, pithy and even more handsome than I already am.”) Tonight on the Red Carpet, emcee Kind said about glammed-up nominee Lena Dunham (Girls): “She looks great. But my boobs are bigger.” During his opening monologue, Kind returned to Dunham, saying “not a Jewish male writer in this room has the balls Lena Dunham does to get a tattoo on his back.” He noted that the “three things you need to make a great film about Lincoln: a great script, a great actor, and Lincoln’s beard – Sally Field.” And the actor ripped the WGAE itself: “What’s more unknown than the Writers Guild of America? The Writers Guild of America East chapter.”
Bored To Death writer Jonathan Ames, who nearly brought the house down with his Dean Martin–inspired monologue at last year’s awards, did it again by returning as a presenter along with Girls’ Lena Dunham and Alex Karpovsky, Louie’s Louis C.K., Boardwalk Empire’s Bobby Cannavale, Beasts Of The Southern Wild writer Lucy Alibar, The Simpsons’ Mike Reiss, actress Gina Gershon, Sesame Street’s Sonia Manzano, Life Of Pi writer David Magee, Minority Report writer Scott Frank, CBS Sunday Morning’s Nancy Giles, Not Fade Away actress Lisa Lampanelli, comedian W. Kamau Bell, Sleepwalk With Me’s Mike Birbiglia, as well as writers from television shows Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.
As usual, the NYC event was looser and shorter than the LA ceremoney. Presenting the Radio Awards, standup comedienne Lisa Lampanelli declared the WGAE event “a fucking bore. This has all the charm of rectal itch. It gives me actually no pleasure to give these awards. This is the most depressing award show. It’s not even good enough to be on TV. Shows you where my career is.” She continued on an expletive-filled rant that included host Richard Kind as a target. (“He’s like Monsanto. He’s in fucking everything and nobody knows what the fuck he is.”)
Actress Gina Gershon gave out the Adapted Screenplay award by saying: “My old Southern boyfriend said you can’t polish a turd,” referring to the WGA trophy which Lampinelli said looked like a vagina. “I don’t think it looks like a vagina. I think it looks like a mango holder.”