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WGA Awards 2013: ARGO And ZERO DARK THIRTY Among Winners

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WGA Awards 2013: ARGO And ZERO DARK THIRTY Among Winners

Mark Boal - WGA 2013 Last night was the Writers Guild Awards (WGA), the last major guild award before the Oscars. Zero Dark Thirty and Argo took home the original and adapted screenplay awards, while over on the TV side, AMC’s ‘Breaking Bad’ and FX’s ‘Louie’ took home awards for best drama and comedy series. Mark Boal‘s screenplay for Zero Dark Thirty won best original category over Flight, Looper, The Master and Moonrise Kingdom. Chris Terrio‘s adaptation of Argo took adapted screenplay over Perks of Being a Wallflower, Life of Pi, Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook. Boal said in his acceptance:
It’s a unique thing to be honored by your peers. Kathryn (Bigelow), you took this script and made it live, breathe and fly.
A visibly nervous Terrio said in his acceptance that when he began work on Argo five years ago, he had deflated on his student loan:
I had my specs and Writers Guild card; I can’t tell you how that propped me up.
Results based on voting by the 12,000 WGA members were announced first in New York ceremonies at BB Kings, an hour before they were announced at the Los Angeles ceremonies at LA Live. Amour, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Django Unchained were not nominated here since they were not written under jurisdiction of the WGA or another writers guild. A complete list of winners follows: MOTION PICTURES ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Zero Dark Thirty (Sony/Columbia Pictures), Written by Mark Boal ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Argo (Warner Bros Pictures) – Screenplay by Chris Terrio; Based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired Magazine article ‘The Great Escape’ by Joshuah Bearman DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY Searching for Sugar Man, Written by Malik Bendjelloul; Sony Pictures Classics   TELEVISION DRAMA SERIES Breaking Bad (AMC), Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett COMEDY SERIES Louie (FX), Written by Pamela Adlon, Vernon Chatman, Louis C.K. NEW SERIES Girls (HBO), Written by Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin, Lena Dunham, Sarah Heyward, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Jenni Konner, Deborah Schoeneman, Dan Sterling EPISODIC DRAMA Mad Men (AMC), Written by Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner – ‘The Other Woman’ LONG FORM – ORIGINAL Hatfields & McCoys (History Channel), Teleplay by Ted Mann and Ronald Parker, Story by Bill Kerby and Ted Mann, Nights Two and Three LONG FORM – ADAPTED Game Change (HBO), Written by Danny Strong, Based on the book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann EPISODIC COMEDY Modern Family (ABC) – ‘Virgin Territory’ – Written by Elaine Ko COMEDY / VARIETY (INCLUDING TALK) – SERIES Portlandia (IFC), Writers: Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Karey Dornetto, Jonathan Krisel, Bill Oakley CHILDREN’S – EPISODIC & SPECIALS Sesame Street (PBS) – ‘The Good Sport’ – Written by Christine Ferraro CHILDREN’S – LONG FORM OR SPECIAL Girl vs. Monster, Teleplay by Annie DeYoung and Ron McGee, Story by Annie DeYoung (Disney Channel) DOCUMENTARY – CURRENT EVENTSMoney, Power and Wall Street: Episode One’ (Frontline), Written by Martin Smithand Marcela Gaviria (PBS) DOCUMENTARY – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTSThe Fabric of the Cosmos: The Illusion of Time’ (Nova), Telescript by Randall MacLowry, Story by Joseph McMasterand Randall MacLowry; PBS NEWS – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORTTragedy In Colorado: The Movie Theatre Massacre,’ Written by Lisa Ferri, Joel Siegel (ABC News) NEWS – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARYThe Ghost of Joe McCarthy’ (Moyers & Company), Written by Bill Moyers, Michael Winship (Thirteen/WNET) Chris Terrio WGA 2013

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