Award-winning season comes to a close

Friday, February 27, 2004

With less than 48 hours left before the Academy Awards ceremony, viewers can still catch a non-Oscar ceremony, the kind of competition that forced the once-predominant movie awards show to move up a month.

Tonight, real-life husband and wife team Bradley Whitford ("The West Wing") and Jane Kaczmarek ("Malcolm in the Middle") are hosts of the 56th annual Writers Guild Awards (6 p.m., Encore), honoring the year's best-written film and television scripts. Between the Golden Globes, the Writer's Guild, the Director's Guild, the Screen Actor's Guild and the Critics Choice, you can watch an awards show practically every weekend from the end of the Christmas holidays to the Oscars themselves. And don't miss the Independent Spirit Awards Saturday night.

Viewers can also anticipate the big night by watching previous Oscar-winning films, including "Oliver" (4:30 p.m., Turner Classic Movies); "Platoon" (7 p.m., A&E); "Unforgiven" (7 p.m., Encore); "From Here to Eternity" (7 p.m., Turner Classic Movies) and "West Side Story" (9 p.m., Turner Classic Movies).

Tonight's other highlights

Late night

Toby Lightman performs on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno welcomes James Caviezel and Los Lonely Boys on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC).