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'Zero Dark Thirty,' 'Breaking Bad' Take Top Honors at 2013 Writers Guild Awards

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Feb 17, 2013 | 11:35pm EST

The Writers' Guild Awards Statue

Before Hollywood's biggest stars deliver their acceptance speeches at Sunday's Academy Awards, the 2013 Writers Guild Awards have honored the folks who supply A-list actors and actresses with words. The 65th annual ceremony kicked off Sunday, celebrating the best and the brightest behind the scenes — and behind the pen — in television, film, and beyond in 2012. 

But there were few surprises at the awards — Mark Boal picked up his second WGA win for Zero Dark Thirty (he won his first for Hurt Locker in 2010) while television's critical darlings, Breaking Bad and Louie proved to be victorious.

Who else was a big winner at the WGA awards? See below to find out!

MOTION PICTURE CATEGORIES

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Zero Dark Thirty, written by Mark Boal; Columbia Pictures

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Argo, screenplay by Chris Terrio; based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired magazine article “The Great Escape” by Joshuah Bearman; Warner Bros. Pictures

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

Searching for Sugar Man, written by Malik Bendejelloul; Sony Pictures Classics

TELEVISION CATEGORIES

DRAMA SERIES

Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC

COMEDY SERIES

Louie, Written by Pamela Adlon, Vernon Chatman, Louis C.K.; FX 

NEW SERIES

Girls, Written by Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin, Lena Dunham, Sarah Heyward, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Jenni Konner, Deborah Schoeneman, Dan Sterling; HBO

EPISODIC DRAMA

Mad Men (AMC), Written by Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner, "The Other Woman"

LONG FORM – ORIGINAL

Hatfields & McCoys (History Channel), Teleplay by Ted Mann and Ronald Parker, Story by Bill Kerby and Ted Mann, Nights Two and Three

LONG FORM – ADAPTED

Game Change (HBO), Written by Danny Strong, Based on the book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann

EPISODIC COMEDY

Modern Family (ABC), Written By Elaine Ko; ABC, "Virgin Territory"

COMEDY/VARIETY (INCLUDING TALK) — SERIES

Portlandia, Written by Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Karey Dornetto, Jonathan Krisel, Bill Oakley

COMEDY/VARIETY — MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES — SPECIALS

66th Annual Tony Awards, Written by Dave Boone, Special Material by Paul Greenberg; Opening and Closing Songs by David Javerbaum, Adam Schlesinger; CBS

CHILDREN'S – EPISODIC & SPECIALS

Sesame Street (PBS), Written by Christine Ferraro, "The Good Sport"

CHILDREN'S — LONG FORM OR SPECIAL

"Girl vs. Monster," Story by Annie De Young; Teleplay by Annie De Young and Ron McGee; Disney Channel

ANIMATION

The Simpsons, Written by David Mandel & Brian Kelley; Fox, "Ned and Edna's Blend Agenda" 

DAYTIME DRAMA

The Young & the Restless, Written by Amanda Beall, Jeff Beldner, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Janice Ferri Esser, Jay Gibson, Scott Hamner, Maria Kanelos, Natalie Minardi Slater, Beth Milstein, Michael Montgomery, Anne Schoettle, Linda Schreiber, Lisa Seidman, Sarah K. Smith, Christopher J. Whitesell, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS

DOCUMENTARY — CURRENT EVENTS

Frontline, Written by Martin Smith and Marcela Gaviria; PBS, "Money, Power and Wall Street: Episode One"

DOCUMENTARY — OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS

Nova, Written by Randall MacLowry; PBS, "The Fabric of the Cosmos: The Illusion of Time"

NEWS — REGULALRY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT

"Tragedy in Colorado: The Movie Theatre Massacre," Written by Lisa Ferri, Joel Siegel; ABC News

RADIO CATEGORIES

NEWS — REGULARLY SCHEDULED OR BREAKING REPORT

"World News This Year 2011," Written by Darren Reynolds; ABC News Radio

NEWS — ANALYSIS, FEATURE OR COMMENTARY

"Dishin Digital," Written by Robert Hawley, WCBS-AM

PROMOTIONAL WRITING AND GRAPHIC ANIMATION CATEGORIES

ON-AIR PROMOTION (RADIO OR TELEVISION)

"Partners," Written by Dan A. Greenberger, CBS

TELEVISION GRAPHIC ANIMATION

Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood, Animation by Bob Pook; CBS, "The Oscars"

NEW MEDIA AND VIDEOGAME CATEGORIES

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN WRITING DERIVATIVE NEW MEDIA

The Walking Dead: Cold Storage, Written by John Esposito (amctv.com) – “Hide And Seek,” “Keys to the Kingdom,” “The Chosen Ones,” “Parting Shots”

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN WRITING ORIGINAL NEW MEDIA

Jack In A Box, Written by Michael Cyril Creighton (jackinaboxsite.com) – “The Compromises, Episode 1,” “The Pest, Episode 3,” The Snake, Episode 4,” “The Bonding, Episode 6,” “The Future, Episode 7/Series Finale”

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VIDEOGAME WRITING

Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, Scriptwriting by Richard Farrese, Jill Murray; Ubisoft

 What do you think of this year's winners? Let us know in the comments!

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