Argo And Zero Dark Thirty Take Top Writers Guild Prizes

By Katey Rich 2013-02-18 10:12:16discussion comments
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Even if you think you know that Argo will win Best Picture and that Daniel Day-Lewis will win Best Actor at this Sunday's Oscars, there are still plenty of categories with room for surprise-- and maybe none more so than the two screenplay categories. With Argo and fellow Best Picture frontrunner Lincoln both duking it out in Best Adapted Screenplay, and Zero Dark Thirty up against the similarly strong Amour and Beasts of the Southern Wild, it's anyone's guess how things might shake out on Sunday-- though the Writer's Guild may now have given us a few strong clues.

Handing out their annual WGA awards last night, the writers rewarded Zero Dark Thirty for the Best Original Screenplay prize, and in a small surprise, Argo for Best Adapted. If you've been following the awards race of late you'll know that Argo has been on a serious roll lately, but in screenplay it's frequently lost out to Lincoln Tony Kushner, who has a Pulitzer to his name and a whole lot of clout to bring to the contest. Zero Dark Thirty on the other hand has managed to win more often-- writer Mark Boal won the award for The Hurt Locker back in 2010, and has won the award this year from a huge number of critics groups.

The Writers Guild also hands out an award for documentary screenplay, which went to Searching For Sugarman-- also a frontrunner for the Best Documentary Oscar, as it turns out. For a full list of WGA Award winners, including a whole lot of prizes in TV and even video games, click here. And for more coverage of the Oscar race, keep coming back throughout the week-- there's much, much more where all this came from.
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