Argo and Zero Dark Thirty win top WGA Awards

Political thriller Argo continues to sweeps top awards, winning the best adapted screenplay at the Writers Guild of American awards this evening for Chris Terrio. Argo beat Perks of Being a Walilower, Life of Pi, Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook.

The Best Original Screenplay went to Mark’s Boal’s screenplay for Zero Dark Thirty, topping Flight, Looper, The Master and Moonrise Kingdom.

Both screenplays are nominated for Oscars, where they will be facing other screenplays that were ineligible for WGA awards, such as Amour and Django in the Original Screenplay category and Beasts of the Southern Wild in the adapted screenplay category. Looper, The Master and Perks of Being a fWallflower are not nominated for an Oscar in their respective categories.

In television, Breaking Bad won for best drama and Louie won best comedy, while Girls took the best new series trophy.

Oscar nominated Searching for Sugar Man grabbed the best documentary award for Malik Bendjelloul.

The WGA awards are voted by its 12000 members. Writers represent about 6% of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences votes, hence they are considered a reliable predictor of the Oscars for Screenplays.

 

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