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WGA Opts for "Translation" and "Splendor," While SAG Goes for "Rings"

WGA Opts for "Translation" and "Splendor," While SAG Goes for "Rings"

by Eugene Hernandez



Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini, pictured at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, won the WGA award for best adapted screenplay. Credit: Brian Brooks / © indieWIRE


With just one week to go before the annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, two of the film industry's guilds weighed in with their honors in ceremonies held over the weekend. The WGA presented prizes on Saturday night while the SAG honored winners on Sunday night during a nationally televised ceremony.

The writers of films from studio specialty divisions won the top awards at the 56th annual Writers Guild Awards at ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles. Sofia Coppola won the prize for original screenplay for her film "Lost in Translation," while in the adapted screenplay category the award went to Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini for "American Splendor."

At the Screen Actors Guild Awards last night the top prize, the award for ensemble cast, went to the performers from "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King." Charlize Theron was the winner for best actress for her performance in "Monster," while Johnny Depp won the best actor award for "Pirates of the Caribbean." Tim Robbins was the winner of the best supporting actor award for "Mystic River" while in the best supporting actress category the winner was Renee Zellweger for "Cold Mountain."

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