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Writers Guild Awards Go for 'Captain Phillips' and 'Her'

Given all the films that aren't eligible, the Writers Guild Awards gives a boost to other movies in the Oscar race. Saturday night Spike Jonze took home original screenplay for "Her"--ironically, thanking the rival he beat, "American Hustle"'s David O. Russell, for helping him with his script-- and Billy Ray won for "Captain Phillips."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 2, 2014 12:49 AM
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Writers Guild Awards Change Guidelines, Netflix's 'House of Cards' Now Eligible for 2014 TV Awards

With the just-announced revisions to the Writers Guild Awards guidelines, Netflix's "House of Cards" has become eligible for the 2014 TV awards, to be held on February 1. The guidelines now include series that have been produced for initial exhibition in new media, permitting them to compete with TV series in the script and series categories.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 22, 2013 2:47 PM
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2014 Writers Guild Awards Announce Timeline for Submissions and Voting

The 66th annual Writers Guild Awards, to be presented in simultaneous West and East Coast ceremonies on February 1, 2014, have announced their timeline for submissions and voting. Check it out below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 18, 2013 1:47 PM
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Memo to Screenwriters #2: Like E.L. James, You Can Change the Game

In the 1960s, Marshall McLuhan emphasized the value of message and the medium the message uses over its creator. This idea flies in the face of the modern era’s printed book as the ultimate expression of the writer, who toiled in glorified isolation as the big publishing house distributed it magically across the universe. McLuhan went on to predict a wireless world, where all messages are accessed instantly to and from a collective brain--what we now call mobile media.
  • By Nancy Nigrosh
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  • July 16, 2013 12:17 PM
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Writers Guild West and The Black List Partner to Advocate for Screenwriters

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and script-hosting website The Black List announced today their newly formed strategic alliance, which aims to advocate and spotlight the work of screenwriters via Black List's online platform.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 25, 2013 1:48 PM
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