Up in the Air and The Hurt Locker Win Writers Guild Awards

February 20, 2010
Source: indieWIRE

Jason Reitman

The 2010 Writers Guild Awards were held tonight at the Hyatt Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Up in the Air, written by Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner, and The Hurt Locker, written by Mark Boal, took the top awards tonight (in the adapted and original categories, respectively). The Cove also won the documentary award. This is pretty much exactly what we expected to happen at the WGA, no big surprises. This was also where 500 Days of Summer got a good nomination, since it didn't get one at the Oscars, but I didn't expect it to win anyway. Plus, this may be a sign of what will happen at the Oscars in a few weeks.

While there were some other good nominees in the WGA Awards this year, like A Serious Man, Star Trek, and Precious, I'm happy with these winners. And if both films go on to win Oscars in a few weeks as well, I'll be satisfied. I think these are two of the better scripts, although I wouldn't mind seeing District 9 break out and get some Oscar love (since it wasn't nominated for the WGA Award). Last year's big winners were Milk and Slumdog Millionaire, both of which later took home an Oscar, it's likely this will happen again. A lot of scripts were disqualified this year, including Inglourious Basterds, Pixar's Up, and District 9. Thoughts?

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Why were those movies disqualified?

Jordan Montreuil on Feb 20, 2010


i thought district 9 was an 'adapted screenplay'... i still hope beyond hope it wins best picture other than that the choices were good, both Up in the Air and The Hurt Locker deserve the credit... I didn't like The cove, didn't really grab me and seemed more preachy and biased than anything

Janny on Feb 20, 2010


While Milk and Slumdog Millionaire were good films, I felt they did not deserve to for The Hurt Locker and Up in The Air I'm okay that they won I would have peferred if Inglourious Basterds took an award along with Up.

Xerxex on Feb 20, 2010


If the Oscars will go to Up in the Air and The Hurt Locker (for screenplay) I'll be very happy. They deserve these awards. And I won't be upset if the adapted screenplay Oscar goes to District 9.

me on Feb 21, 2010


district 9 for best picture would be great, it may even shut cameron up for a bit.i love ingloriuos basterds to win something as well.weta to win best special effects for avatar.



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I may be the only person in the world that didn't like "Up in the air". I think is way overrated... (eh... could someone explain the comment on watches?? there is a chance of erasing that?? Who the hell posted it?? WTF??)

leinergroove on Feb 21, 2010


Wtf is up w/ #6? get rid of that nonsense. has no business being here! "Up In The Air" was amazing. I think its Reitman's best movie to date. "District 9" is flat out amazing. "The Hurt Locker" was pimp and I really hoping that takes home best picture - I'm sick of the attention "Avatar" is getting. Yes, it was a good movie, but it primarily based on special effects!!! The storyline was cheap and every one acknowledges that, but still, it seems to be overshadowed by the SFX.......

Conrad on Feb 21, 2010

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