'Her', 'Captain Phillips' and 'Stories We Tell' Win 2014 WGA Awards
We're down to one month to go until the Academy Awards, which means the awards season is starting to wrap up with a number of big ones. This weekend the Writers Guild of America announced their awards, revealing another set of victories that might hint at what's to come with the Oscars in a few weeks. Or maybe not, but that would be interesting, we'll have to see. The 2014 WGA Awards were give to: Her, written by Spike Jonze, for Best Original Screenplay; plus Captain Phillips, adapted by Billy Ray from Captain Richard Phillips' book A Captain's Duty, for Best Adapted Screenplay. Odd choice. Read on for doc winner.
In the other main category, Sarah Polley's film Stories We Tell won for Best Documentary. And, of course, "Breaking Bad" won for Best Drama Series and Episodic Drama. Solid set of winners - congratulations.
The other nominees for Original Screenplay: American Hustle by Eric Warren Singer & David O. Russell; Blue Jasmine by Woody Allen; Dallas Buyers Club by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack; and finally Alexander Payne's Nebraska by Bob Nelson. The other Adapted Screenplay noms: August: Osage County by Tracy Letts; Before Midnight by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke; Lone Survivor by Peter Berg; and Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street by Terence Winter. Plus these docs: Dirty Wars, Herblock, No Place on Earth and We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks. For the full list of 2014 awards, go right to WGA.org.
I will say, it is a bit upsetting that Richard Linklater's Before Midnight didn't end up winning Best Adapted Screenplay (since it's perfect), as Captain Phillips is a bit of a surprise. But that said, I won't get too upset, and I still have hope for Before Midnight winning at the Oscars next. But maybe not after this. I'm also very happy that Spike Jonze's Her won, because this might mean he'll go on to get the win at the Oscars, which he'll need since I don't think Her will get much else, especially with Alfonso Cuaron probably winning Best Director for Gravity. The Academy can only take so much sci-fi in one year. Anyway, congrats to all of this year's WGA nominees and winners - and go see all of these films. Stay tuned for the Oscars coming up next.