'Birdman,' 'Gone Girl' Win Final Draft Awards

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Bill Murray, St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes

'Downtown Abby' and 'The Big Bang Theory' Claim TV awards.

The screenplay for Birdman — written by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo — was named best original screenplay tonight at the 10th annual Final Draft Awards, held at the Paramount Theatre on the Paramount Studios lot. The prize for best adapted screenplay went to Gillian Flynn for adapting her novel Gone Girl to the screen.

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At the ceremony, hosted by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant and presented by the screenwriter software publisher Final Draft, the screenwriting team of Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, whose credits include, Big Eyes, The People vs. Larry Flynt and Ed Wood, were given a Hall of Fame Award.

Awards, determined by a vote of Final Draft users, were also given to Julian Fellowes for best television drama Downton Abbey and Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady for best TV comedy The Big Bang Theory.

Winners of the Big Break Screenwriting Contest also were announced. They include:

Grand Prize winners:

 Feature – 13.1 by Chad Rhiness

TV – The Blacklist  “William Henry Booker (No. 58)” by Christopher Iannacone


Feature Film winners, by genre:

Action/AdventureFlesh & Blood by Josh Cobb

Comedy/Rom-Com13.1 by Chad Rhiness

Drama10 Angels by Peter Wulff

Family/AnimatedLarry, Lord of Darkness by Jeff Hand

Period/Historical/WarThe End-of-Summer Guest by John Orlock

Sci-Fi/FantasyMan Alive by Joseph Greenberg

Thriller/HorrorThe Web by Sven Mund


Television winners:

Half-Hour SpecBrooklyn Nine-Nine “The Subway Sniffer” by Michael Salomon

Half-Hour PilotHow I Got Hanged “First Last Words” by Ty Freer

Hour-Long SpecThe Blacklist “William Henry Booker (No. 58)” by Christopher Iannacone

Hour-Long PilotAfter The Merge by Derek Asaff