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Things I learned/observed at the Writers Guild Awards:

(Brian Lowry captures the highlights of the night in his post here, and Dave McNary has all the particulars in his story here.)

It was great to see "Modern Family" commanding some heavy metal at the Writers Guild Awards — the chin rests for new series and for episodic comedy, for the pilot co-written by Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan.

Levitan (pictured above in the middle) let it out in his back stage remarks that "Modern Family" gang is heading to Hawaii for a upcoming seg. No, they're not going to intersect with the "Lost" tribe (I asked).

A chill swept through the back stage area shortly before Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner arrived, fresh from their win for adapted screenplay for "Up in the Air." Their body language spoke volumes.

"The Hurt Locker's" Mark Boal, winner for original screenplay, put the Iraq war into chilling perspective as he marveled at his professional good fortune with a movie about "an unpopular subject and an unpopular war that has now lasted twice as long as World War II with no end in sight."

"Invictus" scribe Anthony Peckham, winner of the guild's Paul Selvin Award for works that highlight social justice and civil rights issues, had a year to remember in 2009, when his name graced the big screen on "Sherlock Holmes" and the South African rugby drama. He's never had that kind of traction before despite years of fielding scripts. "I've been at it for a long time," Peckham said. "I'm a typical 25-year overnight success."

Larry David kept it brief back stage. Yes, he's thinking about doing another season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" but no he hasn't made up his mind yet. What will tip the scale to another round? "If I have any good ideas," he told me in the hallway later on.

Matt Weiner wasn't giving up any hints about where "Mad Men" is headed in its fourth season (I asked). Although the writers have been at it for nearly a month, he said he still has no idea. "This is the time of year when I always go crazy," he said. But he does know one thing – the storyline won't pick up right on the heels of last season's closer.

"People will be pissed off for a few episodes but hopefully they'll get into the story," Weiner said.

– Cynthia Littleton

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