"Columbine" and "Hours" Honored by WGA
by Eugene Hernandez
With just under two weeks until Oscar night in Los Angeles, the entertainment industry's guilds have concluded their annual awards presentations. At the Writers Guild of America honors on Saturday night, held in both L.A. and New York, writers honored a documentary and an adaptation of an acclaimed novel.
It's a rare moment when a non-fiction film receives acclaim for its script. However, in the case of Michael Moore's "Bowling for Columbine," the film comes from a filmmaker who is also a popular author (his most recent book is "Stupid White Men"). Moore was honored on Saturday with the WGA award for best original screenplay. It was the first time a doc won the guild's prize as well as the first time a doc received the nomination. "Columbine" is nominated for a best documentary Oscar and is currently in release from United Artists. It has earned $19 million at the box-office so far.
In the best adapted screenplay category, David Hare was honored for "The Hours." The script is an adaptation of the book by Michael Cunningham. It was produced by Miramax and Paramount and has earned more than $35 million and received nine Academy Award nominations, including a nod for best picture of the year. Writer David Hare, is a noted playwright.
The Directors Guild of America presented its awards last weekend, honoring Rob Marshall for "Chicago," while the SAG awards were held on Sunday night (see related story at indieWIRE.com).