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