‘Ex Machina,’ ‘The Martian’ Top Final Draft Award Winners

Screenwriters Choice honors also go to “Game of Thrones,” “The Big Bang Theory”

It was good night for sci-fi and fantasy at Thursday’s 11th Annual Final Draft Awards, honoring the year’s best screenwriting in film and television.

Alex Garland‘s “Ex Machina,” about a seductive robot played by Alicia Vikander, edged out “Bridge of Spies” and “Inside Out” for Best Original Screenplay.

Drew Goddard‘s big screen take on Andy Weir’s “The Martian” survived as Best Adapted Screenplay over “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “The Big Short.”

In television categories, Best Drama went to HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Best Comedy was claimed by CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory.”

Paul Schrader, screenwriter of “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull,” was inducted into the Final Draft Hall of Fame.

The awards are presented by ubiquitous scriptwriting software Final Draft, Inc., an offshoot of Cast & Crew Entertainment. Prizes were handed out on the Paramount Lot in Hollywood, California, and the event was hosted for a second consecutive year by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant.

Read the complete list of nominees below, with the winners in bold.

Best Original Screenplay
“Bridge of Spies,”  Matt Charman, The Coen Brothers
“Ex Machina,” Alex Garland *WINNER
“Inside Out,”  Pete Docter, Meg LaFauve, Josh Cooley

Best Adapted Screenplay 
“The Big Short,” Adam McKay, Charles Randolph (book by Michael Lewis)
“The Martian,” Drew Goddard (book by Andy Weir) *WINNER
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt (characters by George Lucas)

Best Television Drama 
“Downton Abbey,” Julian Fellowes
“Fargo,” Steve Blackman, Robert De Laurentiis, Noah Hawley
“Game of Thrones,” D.B. Weiss and David Benioff  *WINNER

Best Television Comedy 
“The Big Bang Theory” – Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady *WINNER 
“Modern Family” – Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd
“Orange is the New Black” – Jenji Kohan

Hall of Fame Inductee
Paul Schrader (“Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull”)

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