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"L.A. Confidential" and "As Good As it Gets" Take WGA Prizes

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire February 23, 1998 at 2:0AM

by Eugene HernandezWith the nominations announced nearly two weeks ago, the race for the Oscarbegan in earnest on Saturday night with the announcement of screenwritingawards by the Writers Guild of America."L.A. Confidential," written by Brian Helgeland and the film's director,Curtis Hanson, received the WGA award for best adapted screenplay based onthe James Ellroy novel. Meanwhile, Mark Andrus and James L. Brooks receivedthe best original screenplay award for "As Good As it Gets". "Good"screenwriter James L. Brooks also received the WGA's Paddy Chayefsky Awardfor his work with Alan Burns on "Room 222" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."While "L.A. Confidential" was considered a favorite in the adaptedcategory, the win for "As Good as It Gets" may be considered a surprise,given the tremendous amount of attention for James Cameron's "Titanic" andBen Affleck and Matt Damon's "Good Will Hunting" screenplays.>> RELATED ARTICLE:(Feb 05, 1998) WGA Names Nominees
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by Eugene Hernandez




With the nominations announced nearly two weeks ago, the race for the Oscar
began in earnest on Saturday night with the announcement of screenwriting
awards by the Writers Guild of America.


"L.A. Confidential," written by Brian Helgeland and the film's director,
Curtis Hanson, received the WGA award for best adapted screenplay based on
the James Ellroy novel. Meanwhile, Mark Andrus and James L. Brooks received
the best original screenplay award for "As Good As it Gets". "Good"
screenwriter James L. Brooks also received the WGA's Paddy Chayefsky Award
for his work with Alan Burns on "Room 222" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."


While "L.A. Confidential" was considered a favorite in the adapted
category, the win for "As Good as It Gets" may be considered a surprise,
given the tremendous amount of attention for James Cameron's "Titanic" and
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's "Good Will Hunting" screenplays.


>> RELATED ARTICLE:


(Feb 05, 1998) WGA Names Nominees