‘Her,’ ‘Captain Phillips,’ ‘Stories We Tell’ win at Writers Guild Awards

The 66th annual edition of the Writers Guild of America awardsfest, held simultaneously in LA and Gotham, were full of upsets: “Her” defeated “American Hustle” to win Best Original Screenplay, while “Captain Phillips” bested “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Before Midnight” for Adapted Screenplay. There was one expected winner among film awards: “Stories We Tell” claimed Documentary Screenplay.

For the complete list of winners, click here.

The other original screenplay WGA nominees were: “Blue Jasmine,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” and “Nebraska.” The five WGA nominees match the Oscar lineup, where “American Hustle” and “Her” are locked in a tight race. according to our racetrack odds.

Rounding out the adapted screenplay nominees were “August: Osage County” and “Lone Survivor.”

Because these kudos only consider screenplays written under the guild’s guidelines or those of several international partners, several high-profile contenders were ineligible for consideration, including the adaptations of “12 Years a Slave” and “Philomena,” which unseated “August” and “Lone Survivor” for nominations at the Oscars, where “12 Years” is the heavy favorite to win.

Sarah Polley‘s “Stories” won a documentary field that included just one Oscar nominee: “Dirty Wars,” which was joined by “Herblock: The Black and the White,” “No Place on Earth,” and “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks.”

Breaking Bad” was a big winner among TV programs, taking Best Drama as well as Best Episodic Drama for the episode “Confessions,” written by Gennifer Hutchison. This continues its sweep of the awards season; it was also honored at the Golden Globes, SAG Awards, PGA Awards, and DGA Awards for its final season on AMC.

The writing team from “Veep” won the Best Comedy prize, while “Hogcock!,” the first part of the “30 Rock” series finale, won Best Episodic Comedy.

Other TV winners included “Days of Our Lives” (Daytime Drama), “The Simpsons” (Animation), and “The Colbert Report” (Comedy/Variety).

PlayStation 3’s zombie thriller “The Last of Us” was awarded as the best achievement in video game writing.

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7 thoughts on “‘Her,’ ‘Captain Phillips,’ ‘Stories We Tell’ win at Writers Guild Awards

  1. I agree, I think Gold Derby is seriously overrating American Hustle, it’s lost Screenplay to Her in every awards show so far. Watching the live stream of the show last night, when Jonze was giving his acceptance speech, when the camera went to O’Russell he had a look on his face like ” I can’t believe my movie is possibly gonna go 0 for 10 at the oscars”

  2. This is a little off topic for this site, but Im so happy they recognized the Last of Us for video game writing. One of the most captivating pieces of storytelling this year, in any entertainment medium. …and yeah “Her” was not an upset.

  3. Watch, I guarantee the experts at gold derby will continue to jump on Hustles Band Wagon if it wins original screenplay at BAFTA, and Neglect the fact that Her isn’t even nominated there. It American Hustle loses BAFTA though, that will more than likely be the Death Blow to its Oscar Hope

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