'The Descendants' and Woody Allen Win 2012 Writers Guild Awards
by Alex Billington
February 19, 2012
More love for The Descendants! The 2012 Writers Guild Awards were held tonight at a ceremony in the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. The two key winners: The Descendants, written by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash from Kaui Hart Hemmings' novel, winner of Best Adapted Screenplay from the WGA; and Midnight in Paris, written/directed by Woody Allen, winner of Best Original Screenplay (full nominees below). It's been a great year for Fox Searchlight and The Descendants, a film that even though not everyone loved (I was not a big fan), has been sweeping up awards left and right, and this is yet another.
The other nominees in Original Screenplay included: 50/50, by Will Reiser; Bridesmaids, by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig; Win Win, by Tom McCarthy; Young Adult, by Diablo Cody. The other Adapted Screenplay nominees included: Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Steven Zaillian, based on the novel by Stieg Larsson; The Help, by Tate Taylor, based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett; Hugo, by John Logan, based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick; Moneyball, by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, based on the book by Michael Lewis. The other big winner was Best Documentary Screenplay, which went to Better This World, written by Katie Galloway & Kelly Duane de la Vega. For the full list with TV, see indieWire.
Come on, The Descendants wasn't that great; 50/50 should've won too, an excellent script for a wonderful film, Will Reiser deserves the accolades. But we could argue endlessly over which scripts were really the best of 2011 and deserving of awards like this, but we've still got one more big award coming next weekend. Pete Hammond has a full run down on all the WGA 2012 winners on Deadline. Now it's onwards to the Oscars!
I don't know about The Descendants, 50/50 and Win Win were very well done. But one thing's for sure: Woody Allen deserved the award.
Isildur_of_Numenor on Feb 19, 2012
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