Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
10 Films Booed at Cannes That Every Cinephile Should See 10 Films Booed at Cannes That Every Cinephile Should See 5 Things You Didn't Know About Lars von Trier, Who's Going Back to Work 5 Things You Didn't Know About Lars von Trier, Who's Going Back to Work The Eerie Connection Between 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' and 'Tomorrowland' The Eerie Connection Between 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' and 'Tomorrowland' Digging Into the Cannes Lineup: More Vet Auteurs and Women, No Netflix Digging Into the Cannes Lineup: More Vet Auteurs and Women, No Netflix Ryan Gosling in Talks for 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Damien Chazelle's 'La La Land' Ryan Gosling in Talks for 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Damien Chazelle's 'La La Land' You Can Now Read Over 200,000 Leaked Sony Emails and Documents You Can Now Read Over 200,000 Leaked Sony Emails and Documents Watch: The New 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer Has Landed Watch: The New 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer Has Landed Watch the Teaser Trailer for Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' Watch the Teaser Trailer for Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' Watch: This Exclusive Tribeca Trailer Promises a Vérité Southern Gothic in Malick Vein Watch: This Exclusive Tribeca Trailer Promises a Vérité Southern Gothic in Malick Vein 7 Things to Learn from 'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner About Compelling Storytelling (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO) 7 Things to Learn from 'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner About Compelling Storytelling (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO) 'Queen of Earth,' Starring a Gloriously Unhinged Elisabeth Moss, Goes to IFC 'Queen of Earth,' Starring a Gloriously Unhinged Elisabeth Moss, Goes to IFC Cary Fukunaga Takes Over Long-Stalled 'The Alienist' as TV Series Cary Fukunaga Takes Over Long-Stalled 'The Alienist' as TV Series Why the Istanbul Film Festival Cancelled Its 2015 Competition Why the Istanbul Film Festival Cancelled Its 2015 Competition The Dramatic Story Behind Satyajit Ray's 50s Masterpiece 'The Apu Trilogy' (Exclusive) The Dramatic Story Behind Satyajit Ray's 50s Masterpiece 'The Apu Trilogy' (Exclusive) MTV Movie Awards 2015: The Highs, the Lows and the Winners List (Videos) MTV Movie Awards 2015: The Highs, the Lows and the Winners List (Videos) Arthouse Audit: 'Ex Machina' Leads Four Big Openers, Kristen Stewart Opens 'Clouds of Sils Maria' Arthouse Audit: 'Ex Machina' Leads Four Big Openers, Kristen Stewart Opens 'Clouds of Sils Maria' The New Ladder: Anatomy of Indie Women's Picture 'Farah Goes Bang' The New Ladder: Anatomy of Indie Women's Picture 'Farah Goes Bang' Here's the First Image of Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix in Woody Allen's 'Irrational Man' Here's the First Image of Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix in Woody Allen's 'Irrational Man' Kristen Stewart Explains How She Held Her Own with Juliette Binoche in 'Sils Maria'--and Won a Cesar Kristen Stewart Explains How She Held Her Own with Juliette Binoche in 'Sils Maria'--and Won a Cesar Scientists Choose the 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies Ever Scientists Choose the 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies Ever

Writers Guild Awards Go to 'Argo,' 'Zero Dark Thirty,' and 'Searching for Sugar Man'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 18, 2013 at 3:06AM

The East Coast WGA Awards show got under way at New York's BB Kings a good hour before the pokey West Coast, and attendees tweeted up a storm. Soon the trades ran with the news that the key film awards had gone to the adapted screenplay for "Argo" and original script for "Zero Dark Thirty." WGA West was still running clips from nominated screenplays like "Silver Linings Playbook" after the winners had been announced ("Argo"'s clip was the WGA joke, natch.)
0
Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal talk "Zero Dark Thirty" with Martha Raddatz
Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal talk "Zero Dark Thirty" with Martha Raddatz

The East Coast WGA Awards show got under way at New York's BB Kings a good hour before the pokey West Coast, and attendees tweeted up a storm. Soon the trades ran with the news that the key film awards had gone to the adapted screenplay for "Argo" and original script for "Zero Dark Thirty." WGA West was still running clips from nominated screenplays like "Silver Linings Playbook" after the winners had been announced ("Argo"'s clip was the WGA joke, natch.)

"Lincoln" writer Tony Kushner accepted his Paul Selvin award from Steven Spielberg as "Argo"'s win was revealed in NYC. Lena Dunham had already tweeted her "Girls" win from New York, to her accepting producer in LA, Jenni Konner. (Full list of film and television winners is here and below.)

At evening's end, Jessica Chastain gave out the adapted screenplay, finally; "Argo" earned the most applause, and won. A jittery Chris Terrio said that when he began work on "Argo" in 2008, he couldn't pay his rent in New York and defaulted on his student loans. He thanked his director Ben Affleck, who was watching on the WGA live stream. 

When original script winner Mark Boal went up to accept his award, he made a point of saying that his director, at least, was supporting him in person. "I want to celebrate Kathryn Bigelow, who came here." She got a big round of applause. "Kathryn, you took this script and made it live, breathe and fly." Boal beat out  "Flight," "Looper," "The Master" and "Moonrise Kingdom." As for the Oscars, the WGA did not include Boal's main competitors Michael Haneke ("Amour") or Quentin Tarantino ("Django Unchained").

Documentary screenplay went yet again to Malik Bendjelloul's "Searching for Sugar Man," which is expected to also win the doc Oscar.

The high points of the night were Spielberg presenting an honorary award to Kushner --"Having the writer on set with me is a luxury...nothing gives me more security," said the director, who was surprised to get scribbled notes every day from Kushner--like the theater. This movie was a hybrid, Spielberg observed. In his elegantly literate acceptance speech, Kushner said: "Whatever we write about, we write about freedom...we are among those who insist on the untrammeled imagination."

Alfred Molina presented to Brit playwright/screenwriter Tom Stoppard ("Anna Karenina"), who got a standing ovation. Stoppard said that when he used to come to Hollywood decades ago he was terrified, but now it only makes him nervous. He expressed his admiration for the simple lines in movies that derive their detonation from settings, like Harrison Ford to Tommy Lee Jones in "The Fugitive": "I don't care."
 
Matt Weiner, who later accepted an episodic win for "Mad Men," gave a lovely tribute to the late great Frank Pierson, who preferred the grind of "Mad Men" to retirement.

Nathan Fillion of "The Castle" hosted the packed ballroom event at the JW Marriott downtown; "I will land this awards show upside down if I have to," he said.

12,000 WGA members voted for these awards.  WGA winners often predict the Oscar screenplay winners. The winners have matched up 13 out of the last 18 years.

This article is related to: Awards, Awards, Oscars, Writers Guild Awards, Stuck In Love


E-Mail Updates