The writers of The Descendants and Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris took the adapted and original screenplay awards, respectively, at the Writers Guild of America last night.

Both are also contenders for next Sunday’s Oscars.

One notable Oscar absentee was The Artist, the black-and-white silent film which is competing against Midnight in Paris for original screenplay. But the film was ineligible at the Writers Guild awards because it was not made under the union's contract guidelines.

In TV Breaking Bad won for drama series and Homeland for new series while Modern Family was awarded top comedy and episodic comedy.

"We are very scared that people are sick of us," said Modern Family showrunner Steve Levitan.

Opening the show at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, co-host Zooey Deschanel welcomed the attendees to "nerd prom."
"Male writers, you are all hot because of your minds -- and your plaid shirts," Deschanel said.