The Writers Guild Likes The Social Network; Sleeper Inception Scores a Surprise Win

One favorite and one underdog took home top honors at the WGA Awards Saturday evening

By Brandi Fowler Feb 06, 2011 4:00 AMTags
Justin Timberlake, Jesse Eisenberg, The Social NetworkMerrick Morton/Columbia Pictures

Inception is no longer the exception to awards season victories.

The psychological thriller, along with awards season-frontrunner The Social Network, took home top honors at the Writers Guild Awards Saturday evening, with Inception's Christopher Nolan winning the WGA award for Best Original Screenplay and the Facebook flick's Aaron Sorkin grabbing the honors for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Nolan was the surprise winner of the evening, beating out the scripts of Black Swan and The Kids Are All Right, among others. Sorkin's win, however, was predictable, adding to a long list of accolades, including a recent nod at the Golden Globes. 

And where was Oscar fave The King's Speech in all of the writing awards hubbub? Well, the film actually wasn't included in the WGA noms, because it didn't qualify under the guild's rules.

But, Nolan and Sorkin weren't the only big winners of the night.

Charles Ferguson, Chad Beck and Adam Bolt followed up Inside Job's win at the Directors Guild Awards, with the financial crisis film scoring Best Documentary Screenplay.

Fresh off their SAG awards win, Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet, who hosted the show on the West Coast, saw their sitcom take home the award for Best Writing in a Comedy Series. Joining the small-screen winners were Mad Men, which took home the drama series nod, and Boardwalk Empire, which won for best new series.

Check out all of the winners right here:

  • Original Screenplay: Inception, Christopher Nolan
  • Adapted Screenplay: The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin
  • Documentary Screenplay: Inside Job, Charles Ferguson, Chad Beck, Adam Bolt
  • TV Drama Series: Mad Men
  • TV Comedy Series: Modern Family
  • New TV Series: Boardwalk Empire
  • TV Episodic Drama: "The Chrysanthemum and the Sword" (Mad Men)
  • TV Episodic Comedy: "When it Rains, it Pours" (30 Rock)
  • Long Form Original: The Special Relationship
  • Long Form Adaptation: The Pacific, "Part Eight"
  • Animation: "The Prisoner of Benda" (Futurama)
  • Comedy/Variety Series: The Colbert Report
  • Comedy/Variety Special: National Memorial Day Concert 2010
  • Daytime Drama: As the World Turns
  • Children's Episodic: "Happy Ha-Ha Holidays" (Imagination Movers)
  • Children's Long Form: Avalon High
  • TV Documentary (Current Events): "Flying Cheap" (Frontline) 
  • TV Documentary (Other): "Wyatt Earp" (American Experience) 
  • News: "Sunday Morning Almanac" (CBS Sunday Morning)
  • News Analysis, Feature or Commentary: "Resurrecting Eden" (60 Minutes)