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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.)
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'Argo'
'Argo'

FILM

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
"Zero Dark Thirty" - Written by Mark Boal; Columbia Pictures

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
"Argo" - Screenplay by Chris Terrio; based on a selection from "The Master of Disguise" by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired magazine article "The Great Escape" by Joshuah Bearman; Warner Bros. Pictures

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY
"Searching for Sugar Man" - Written by Malik Bendejelloul; Sony Pictures Classics

TELEVISION

DRAMA SERIES
"Breaking Bad" - Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC

COMEDY SERIES
"Louie" - Written by Pamela Adlon, Vernon Chatman, Louis C.K.; FX

NEW SERIES
"Girls" - Written by Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin, Lena Dunham, Sarah Heyward, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Jenni Konner, Deborah Schoeneman, Dan Sterling; HBO

COMEDY / VARIETY (INCLUDING TALK) – SERIES
"Portlandia" - Writers: Fred R. Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Karey Dornetto, Jonathan Krisel, Bill Oakley; IFC

COMEDY / VARIETY – MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES – SPECIALS
66th Annual Tony Awards - Written by Dave Boone; Special Material by Paul Greenberg; Opening and Closing Songs by David Javerbaum, Adam Schlesinger; CBS

EPISODIC DRAMA
"The Other Woman" ("Mad Men") - Written by Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner; AMC

EPISODIC COMEDY
"Virgin Territory" ("Modern Family" )- Written by Elaine Ko; ABC

LONG FORM – ORIGINAL
"Hatfields and McCoys," (Nights Two and Three) - Teleplay by Ted Mann and Ronald Parker, Story by Bill Kerby and Ted Mann; History Channel

LONG FORM – ADAPTED
"Game Change" - Written by Danny Strong, Based on the book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann; HBO

ANIMATION
"Ned and Edna's Blend Agenda" (The Simpsons) - Written by Jeff Westbrook; Fox

DAYTIME DRAMA
"The Young & The Restless - Written by Amanda Beall, Jeff Beldner, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Janice Ferri Esser, Jay Gibson, Scott Hamner, Maria Kanelos, Natalie Minardi Slater, Beth Milstein, Michael Montgomery, Anne Schoettle, Linda Schreiber, Lisa Seidman, Sarah K. Smith, Christopher J. Whitesell, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS

CHILDREN'S - EPISODIC & SPECIAL
"The Good Sport" (Sesame Street); Written by Christine Ferraro; PBS

CHILDREN'S - LONG FORM OR SPECIAL
"Girl vs. Monster," Story by Annie De Young; Teleplay by Annie De Young and Ron McGee; Disney Channel

DOCUMENTARY - CURRENT EVENTS
"Money, Power and Wall Street: Episode One" (Frontline) - Written by Martin Smith and Marcela Gaviria; PBS

DOCUMENTARY - OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS
"The Fabric of the Cosmos: The Illusion of Time" (Nova) - Written by Randall MacLowry; PBS

NEWS - REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT
"Tragedy In Colorado: The Movie Theatre Massacre" - Written by Lisa Ferri, Joel Siegel; ABC News

RADIO

NEWS - REGULARLY SCHEDULED OR BREAKING REPORT
"World News This Year 2011" - Written by Darren Reynolds; ABC News Radio

NEWS - ANALYSIS, FEATURE OR COMMENTARY
"Dishin Digital" - Written by Robert Hawley; WCBS-AM

PROMOTIONAL WRITING AND GRAPHIC ANIMATION CATEGORIES

ON-AIR PROMOTION (RADIO OR TELEVISION)
"Partners" - Written by Dan A. Greenberger; CBS

NEW MEDIA AND VIDEOGAME

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN WRITING ORIGINAL NEW MEDIA
"The Compromises, Episode 1," "The Pest, Episode 3," The Snake, Episode 4," "The Bonding, Episode 6," "The Future, Episode 7/Series Finale" (Jack in a Box) - Written by Michael Cyril Creighton; jackinaboxsite.com

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN WRITING DERIVATIVE NEW MEDIA
"Hide And Seek," "Keys to the Kingdom," "The Chosen Ones," "Parting Shots" - "The Walking Dead: Cold Storage" - Written by John Esposito; amctv.com

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VIDEOGAME WRITING
"Assassin's Creed III: Liberation" - Scriptwriting by Richard Farrese, Jill Murray; Ubisoft
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.