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Her and Captain Phillips have surprised Hollywood after picking up WGA awards ahead of the favorites American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street

wga_billy_ray_spike_jonze The Writers Guild of America (WGA) were handed out their annual awards Saturday night and it was Billy Ray the somewhat surprising winner of the Adapted Screenplay award for Sony’s Captain Phillips, while Spike Jonze took the Original Screenplay honor for Warner Bros’ Her. The third big winner is Sarah Polley’s screenplay for the documentary Stories We Tell, the film which was not nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar. On the TV side, ‘Breaking Bad‘ won for Best Drama Series and Episodic Drama. Her beat out its main competitor American Hustle, with fellow nominees Blue Jasmine, Dallas Buyers Club, and Nebraska also in the running; the other two awards heavyweights, 12 Years a Slave (ineligible) and Gravity (a more visually driven film), weren’t nominated. Captain Phillips emerged victorious in the Adapted category race over August: Osage County, Before Midnight, Lone Survivor, and The Wolf of Wall Street in a mild surprise. Last year, the Best Adapted WGA screenplay matched up with Oscar (Chris Terrio for Argo), while the Best Original screenplay did not (Mark Boal won for Zero Dark Thirty here while Quentin Tarantino won for Django Unchained at the Academy Awards after being ruled ineligible by the WGA)   ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYAmerican Hustle – Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell; Columbia Pictures • Blue Jasmine – Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics • Dallas Buyers Club – Written by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack; Focus Features • Her – Written by Spike Jonze; Warner Bros. Nebraska – Written by Bob Nelson; Paramount Pictures   ADAPTED SCREENPLAYAugust: Osage County – Screenplay by Tracy Letts; Based on his play; The Weinstein Company • Before Midnight – Written by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke; Based on characters created by Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan; Sony Classics • Captain Phillips – Screenplay by Billy Ray; Based on the book ‘A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea’ by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty; Columbia PicturesLone Survivor – Written by Peter Berg; Based on the book by Marcus Lutrell with Patrick Robinson; Universal Pictures • The Wolf of Wall Street – Screenplay by Terence Winter; Based on the book by Jordan Belfort; Paramount Pictures   DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAYDirty Wars – Written by Jeremy Scahill and David Riker; Sundance Selects • Herblock The Black and the White – Written by Sara Lukinson and Michael Stevens; The Stevens Company • No Place on Earth – Written by Janet Tobias and Paul Laikin; Magnolia Pictures • Stories We Tell – Written by Sarah Polley; Roadside AttractionsWe Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks – Written by Alex Gibney; Focus Features writers_guild_awards

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