'Argo', 'Zero Dark Thirty', 'Sugar Man' Win 2013 Writers Guild Awards
With exactly one week to go until the Academy Awards, the 2012 awards season is coming to an end. The Writers Guild of America announced their awards tonight, putting a cap on most of the various guild awards in Hollywood. The 2013 WGA Awards were given to: Argo, written by Chris Terrio, for Best Adapted Screenplay, despite some controversy over alterations from the real story; Zero Dark Thirty, written by Mark Boal (who won for The Hurt Locker in '10) won Best Original Screenplay; and finally, the similarly-unstoppable music doc Searching for Sugar Man won Best Documentary. Interesting winners this year!
The other 2013 nominees for Original Screenplay included: Flight by John Gatins, Looper by Rian Johnson, The Master by Paul Thomas Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola. The other Adapted Screenplay 2013 nominees included: Life of Pi by David Magee, based on the novel by Yann Martel; Lincoln by Tony Kushner; The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky; Silver Linings Playbook by David O. Russell, based on the novel by Matthew Quick. For the full list of 2013 winners with TV, see THR.
I am a bit surprised to see Argo win over Lincoln or Silver Linings Playbook, and I'm intrigued that Zero Dark Thirty took the top prize over The Master (or even Looper). That said, congratulations to writers Chris Terrio and Mark Boal, as well as Malik Bendjelloul (of Searching for Sugar Man), on winning this award. Last year, Faxon, Rash & Payne's The Descendants and Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris took home the WGA Awards. Now it's onward to the Oscars to wrap things up, where it seems likely that Argo's winning streak can't and won't be stopped. It has won nearly every other award so far, so why not some Oscars next?