"Argo" won Best Adapted Screenplay at the Writers Guild of America Awards, thereby dashing the hope that "Lincoln" might rally with guild voters first, then in the equivalent race at the Oscars, then pull off an upset for Best Picture. The WGA champ tends to repeat on Oscar night.
All three groups correctly predicted the WGA victory by "Zero Dark Thirty" as Best Original Screenplay, but its opposition was weak since its two chief Oscar foes weren't eligible: "Django Unchained" and "Amour."
"Searching for Sugar Man" continued its march through kudosland, snagging the WGA trophy as Best Documentary.
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