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Billy Ray won the Writers Guild of America award for adapted screenplay for seagoing drama “Captain Phillips” and Spike Jonze took the trophy for original screenplay for futuristic romancer “Her.”

The top TV awards went to the final season of “Breaking Bad,” which won both the drama series and drama episode trophies. HBO’s “Veep” won the comedy series award while “30 Rock” took the episodic comedy award and Netflix’s “House of Cards” copped the new series trophy.

Ray won over Tracy Letts for “August: Osage County,” Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke for “Before Midnight,” Peter Berg for “Lone Survivor” and Terence Winter for the adapted screenplay for “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Ray’s screenplay was based on the book “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea” by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty. Tom Hanks portrayed Phillips in the movie — a retelling of the 2009 seizure of his cargo ship by Somali pirates.

“I owe quite a debt to Captain Richard Phillips, who survived something that probably would have killed me,” Ray said in his acceptance.

“Captain Phillips,” “Before Midnight” and “Wolf” have been nommed for Oscars along with “12 Years a Slave” and “Philomena” — both of which were ineligible for the WGA Award.

“Her” topped screenplays from Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell for “American Hustle,” Woody Allen for “Blue Jasmine,” Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack for “Dallas Buyers Club” and Bob Nelson for “Nebraska.” All five have been nominated for the Oscar.

“It’s a high honor coming from writers,” Jonze said in his acceptance speech. “In a way this is like an award for pain. A specfic pain that writers know. The highs and lows of sitting there by yourself. I thank you guys for that.”

Both awards for Ray and Jonze were announced at the New York ceremonies — continuing a perplexing WGA tradition of announcing the screenplay awards long before they are announced in Los Angeles, even though the ceremonies are supposed to run concurrently. Additionally, most of the screenwriters are usually at the Los Angeles ceremonies.

Many believe that the ongoing decision by the WGA East — year after year — to make no attempt to hold off the announcement of the guild’s most significant awards reflect an underlying hostility between the WGA West and the WGA East.

The two branches of the guild will begin joint negotiations Monday with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers on a successor deal to its master contract. WGA West president Christopher Keyser made no mention of the talks at Saturday night’s event, noting that the guild added 493 members during the past year and 103 of its members passed away inlcuding Elmore Leonard and Wanda Coleman.

Host Brad Garrett did mention the negotiations, suggesting, “Now’s the time to walk out.”

Like most of Garrett’s material, that quip fell flat. Garrett included a groan-inducing attempt to make a joke about the latest sexual abuse allegations by Woody Allen’s adopted daughter.

“Woody Allen will not be here tonight so you at the kids table — nothing to worry about,” he said. “Hey we even put Oshkosh B’gosh in the gift bag to get him here!”

Ray and Jonze were not present at the New York event, hosted by Colin Quinn at the Edison Ballroom. The Los Angeles ceremonies, with Garret hosting at the JW Marriott, started shortly after 6 p.m. and lagged the New York festivities by an hour.

Even with exclusions, the WGA winners have a reliable track record for predicting the Oscar screenplay winners. The adapted category winners have matched in 14 of the last 19 years while the original category has matched in 12 of the last 19 years.

Sarah Polley took the documentary award for her family exploration “Stories We Tell,” winning over “Dirty Wars,” “Herblock – The Black & The White,” “No Place on Earth” and “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks.”

“The Simpsons” won the Writers Guild animation award for Joel H. Cohen’s script “A Test Before Trying,” topping two other “Simpsons” segments and three from “Futurama.”

The last season of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” was the only TV title to win two trophies as it won the drama series award for the fourth year in a row. Gennifer Hutchison won the award for the “Confessions” episode of “Breaking Bad,” topping two other segments from the final season of “Breaking Bad” along with episodes of “Masters of Sex,” “House of Cards” and”The Good Wife.”

NBC’s “30 Rock” took the award for the “Hogcock” episode written by Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock. It was the first WGA award for “30 Rock” since 2011, when Carlock won the episodic trophy for ““When It Rains, It Pours.”

The win for Netflix’s “House of Cards” in the new series category came in the wake of the WGA’s decision last year to expand its eligibility rules for TV series to include those that have been produced for initial exhibition in new media.

Vincent Brown won the childrens award for the “influANTces” segment on “ANT Farm,” a Black History Month episode.

Neil Druckmann won the videogame trophy for Sony’s “The Last of Us.”

The complete winners list:

SCREEN WINNERS

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Her, Written by Spike Jonze; Warner Bros.

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Captain Phillips, Screenplay by Billy Ray; Based on the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty; Columbia Pictures

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

Stories We Tell, Written by Sarah Polley; Roadside Attractions

TELEVISION AND NEW MEDIA WINNERS

DRAMA SERIES

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

COMEDY SERIES

Veep, Written by Simon Blackwell, Roger Drew, Sean Gray, Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin, Georgia Pritchett, David Quantick, Tony Roche, Will Smith; HBO

NEW SERIES

House of Cards, Written by Kate Barnow, Rick Cleveland, Sam Forman, Gina Gionfriddo, Keith Huff, Sarah Treem, Beau Willimon; Netflix

EPISODIC DRAMA

“Confessions” (Breaking Bad), Written by Gennifer Hutchison; AMC

EPISODIC COMEDY

“Hogcock!” (30 Rock), Written by Jack Burditt & Robert Carlock; NBC

LONG FORM – ADAPTED

Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, Written by Shawn Slovo, Based on the book by Howard Bingham and Max Wallace; HBO

SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA – ORIGINAL

“Episode 4: The Collected Sylvia” (Sylvia Plath: Girl Detective), Written by Mike Simses; sylviaplathgirldetective.com

ANIMATION

“A Test Before Trying” (The Simpsons), Written by Joel H. Cohen; Fox

COMEDY / VARIETY (INCLUDING TALK) – SERIES

The Colbert Report, Writers: Stephen Colbert, Tom Purcell, Michael Brumm, Nate Charny, Rich Dahm, Paul Dinello, Eric Drysdale, Rob Dubbin, Glenn Eichler, Gabe Gronli, Dan Guterman, Barry Julien, Jay Katsir, Frank Lesser, Opus Moreschi, Bobby Mort, Meredith Scardino, Max Werner; Comedy Central

COMEDY / VARIETY – MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES – SPECIALS

Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas, Head Writers: Jay Martel, Ian Roberts Writers: Alex Rubens, Charlie Sanders; NBC

QUIZ AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

Jeopardy!, Written by John Duarte, Harry Friedman, Mark Gaberman, Debbie Griffin, Michele Loud, Robert McClenaghan, Jim Rhine, Steve D. Tamerius, Billy Wisse; ABC

DAYTIME DRAMA

Days of Our Lives, Written by Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Christopher Dunn, Janet Iacobuzio, David A. Levinson, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Melissa Salmons, Christopher J. Whitesell; NBC

CHILDREN’S – EPISODIC & SPECIALS

“influANTces” (A.N.T. Farm), Written by Vincent Brown; Disney Channel

DOCUMENTARY – CURRENT EVENTS

“Egypt in Crisis” (Frontline), Written by Marcela Gaviria & Martin Smith; PBS

DOCUMENTARY – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS

“The Choice 2012” (Frontline), Written by Michael Kirk; PBS

TIED WITH:

“Silicon Valley” (American Experience), Telescript by Randall MacLowry and Michelle Ferrari; Story by Randall MacLowry; PBS

NEWS – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT

“Tragedy at Newtown” Special Edition (ABC World News with Diane Sawyer), Written by Lisa Ferri and Matt Negrin; ABC

NEWS – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY

“Lethal Medicine” (60 Minutes), Written by Michael Rey, Oriana Zill de Granados, Michael Radutzky; CBS

RADIO WINNERS

DOCUMENTARY

“2012 Year in Review,” Written by Gail Lee; CBS Radio News

NEWS – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT

“Afternoon Drive,” Written by Bill Spadaro; CBS Radio/1010 WINS

NEWS – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY

“Remembering C. Everett Koop,” Written by Scott Saloway; CBS Radio News

PROMOTIONAL WRITING AND GRAPHIC ANIMATION WINNERS

ON-AIR PROMOTION (TELEVISION, NEW MEDIA OR RADIO)

The Crazy Ones, “Building a Better Comedy,” Written by Erial Tompkins; CBS

TELEVISION GRAPHIC ART AND ANIMATION

CBS News Animations: “Brain Injury,” “Pills,” “Bionic Leg,” “Midland Parade,” “Concordia Salvage;” Animation by David Rosen; CBS News

VIDEOGAME WINNER

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VIDEOGAME WRITING

The Last of Us, Written by Neil Druckmann; Sony Computer Entertainment

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