On February 1, 2014 the prestigious Writer’s Guild of America, West Awards was held at the JW Marriott, Downtown Los Angeles. This was an incredible night to acknowledge nominees for their amazing talent, dedication, passion, and imagination transferred to the written word. The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writer’s Guild of America, East (WGAE) are labor unions representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media, and broadcast news. For more information visit the Writer's Guild of America website.
Brad Garrett hosted the event, and a few presenters were Henry Winkler, Dermot Mulroney of Osage County, Julie Delpy, and Amber Tamblyn. I had the pleasure to congratulate the icon Garry Marshall on receiving the WGAW Television Laurel Award. It brought back fond memories of watching Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, and Mork & Mindy. Also, best known for directing one of the memorable romantic comedies, Pretty Woman. He is very personable, has a great sense of humor, and continues to work in the industry with his son and 2 daughters.
I wanted to interview David O. Russell of American Hustle, but he arrived late on the red carpet and could not take any media interviews. This was a very entertaining film with amazing all star talented cast. However, Her won for best Original Screenplay in this category. There were more celebrities interviewed on the red carpet including, Jennifer Tilly who looked elegant presenting the WGAW’s Valentine Davies Award for Humanitarian Efforts and Community Service to her ex-husband Sam Simon. I am exceptionally indebted to his major philanthropic program to adopt at risk dogs facing death in shelters and trains them as certified assistance dogs, which are placed, free of charge as companions to aid deaf and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. There were the writers of The Dallas Buyers Club, Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack and Peter Gould of Breaking Bad. Also, the writers of the soap opera, Days of Our Lives won for Daytime Drama, which I couldn’t believe this soap has lasted since 1965! Breaking Bad writers team won for Best Drama and Best Episodic Drama. Please refer to the 2014 Writers Guild article for more coverage of the WGA awards which I attended with another Splash Press Journalist.