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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Surprise endings were were part of the film plot tonight in the 66th annual Writers Guild of America Awards presented during simultaneous ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles' J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live.

Beating out more-publicized competitors, "Her" creator Spike Jonze won the Best Original Screenplay award, and "Captain Phillips" writer Billy Ray received the Best Adapted Screenplay honor.

Jonze was selected from a field that featured screenwriters Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell of  "American Hustle";  Woody Allen of  "Blue Jasmine"; Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack of "Dallas Buyers Club" and Bob Nelson of "Nebraska."

Ray finished ahead of writers Tracy Letts of "August: Osage County"; Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke of "Before Midnight"; Peter Berg of "Lone Survivor" and Terence Winter of "The Wolf of Wall Street."

Among television programs, "Breaking Bad" continues its final speed run through the awards season with wins in the Best Dramas Series and Best Episodic Drama ("Confessions") categories.

The stable of writers penning the HBO show "Veep" won for Best Comedy Series.

Comedian Brad Garrett hosted the Los Angeles ceremony.

The event included comic/director Mel Brooks presenting the Screen Laurel lifetime achievement award to Paul Mazursky. Actor Henry Winkler gave the Television Laurel lifetime achievement award to Garry Marshall and Jennifer Tilly handed the Valentine Davies Award to producer/director Sam Simon. Thomas C. Cook, the screenwriter behind "The China Syndrome," was posthumously honored with the Morgan Cox Award for Guild service.
  

Here is a complete list of winners:
  

SCREEN WINNERS
     

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

-- "Her," Spike Jonze
  
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY  
-- "Captain Phillips," written 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 Tally
  

DOCUMENTARY
-- "Stories We Tell," Sarah Polley
   
TELEVISION 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 R.
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, 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, 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; Nickelodeon

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

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 NOMINEES

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

VIDEOGAMES
-- "The Last of Us," written by Neil Druckmann

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