SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE and MILK were the big winners at The Writers Guild of America awards on Saturday (07Feb09) - walking away with the board's most prestigious honours.Gus Van Sant's Milk received the award for best original screenplay for Dustin Lance Black's writing, while Slumdog Millionaire's writer Simon Beaufoy won the gong for best adapted screenplay for his reworking of Vikas Swarup's novel Q & A.
Israeli animated film Waltz with Bashir's Ari Folman won the Guild's best documentary screenplay.
In TV, Tina Fey picked up yet another gong for her hit show 30 Rock - winning best comedy series along with her ten-strong team of writers. The show also won best writing in the episodic drama category.
Mad Men picked up the best dramatic series, with In Treatment taking home the best writing in a new series at the simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.
Paul Giamatti-starring TV show John Adams was honoured with the best long form adaptation for Kirk Ellis' take on the novel written by author David MCCullough.