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‘Captain Phillips’ and ‘Her’ Top WGA’s Screenwriting Awards

'Captain Phillips' and 'Her' Top WGA's Screenwriting Awards

Spike Jonze and Billy Ray led the rather surprising winners of the Writers Guild of America’s annual awards, taking home best original screenplay and best adapted screenplay honors for “Her” and “Captain Phillips,” respectively. 

Ray beat out Tracy Letts for “August: Osage County,” Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke for “Before Midnight,” Peter Berg for “Lone Survivor” and Terence Winter for for “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Ray, Winter and the team from “Before Midnight” all have Oscar nominations as well, though the most likely scripts to win both were not eligible here — John Ridley for “12 Years a Slave” and Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope for “Philomena.”

Jonze, however,, topped a lineup that matched with Oscar entirely: Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell for “American Hustle,” Woody Allen for “Blue Jasmine,” Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack for “Dallas Buyers Club” and Bob Nelson for “Nebraska.” Singer and Russell’s “American Hustle” script seems like the frontrunner at the Oscars, but Jonze winning here in addition to the Golden Globes and Critics Choice suggests that might not actually be the case.

Other winners included Sarah Polley’s Oscar-snubbed doc “Stories We Tell” for best documentary screenplay, and “Breaking Bad,” “Veep,” “30 Rock” and “The Simpsons” in the various television categories.

Full list of winners:


Best Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, “Her”

Best Adapted Screenplay: Billy Ray, “Captain Philli[ps”

Best Documentary Screenplay: Sarah Polley, “Stories We Tell”


Comedy Series: “Veep”

Drama Series: “Breaking Bad”

New Series: “House of Cards”

Episodic Comedy: Kack Burditt and Robert Carlock, “30 Rock” (“Hogcock!”)

Episodic Drama: Gennifer Hutchison, “Breaking Bad” (“Confessions”)

Long Form – Adapted: Shawn Slovo, “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight”

Animation: Joel H. Cohen, “The Simpsons” (“A Test Before Trying”)

Daytime Drama: “Days of Our Lives”

Childrens – Episodic & Specials: Vincent Brown, “A.N.T. Farm” (“InfluANTces”)

Documentary – Current Events: Marcela Gaviria and Martin Smith, “Frontline” (“Egypt in Crisis”)

Documentary – Other Than Current Events: Randall MacLowry and Michelle Ferrari, “American Experience” (“Silicon Valley”)

News – Analysis, Feature or Commentary: Michael Rey, Oriana Zill de Granados and Michael Radutzky, “60 Minutes” (“Lethal Medicine”)

Quiz and Audience Patricipation: John Duarte, Harry Friedman, Mark Gaberman, Debbie Griffin, Michele Loud, Robert McClenaghan, Jim Rhine, Steve D. Tamerius and Billy Wisse, “Jeopardy!”

Television Graphic Art and Animation: David Rosen, CBS News Animations: “Brain Injury,” “Pills,” “Bionic Leg,” “Midland Parade,” “Concordia Salvage”

Promotional Writing and Graphic Animation: Erial Tompkins, “The Crazy Ones – Building a Better Comedy”

Video Game Writing: Neil Druckmann, “The Last of Us”

Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement: Paul Mazursky

Evelyn F. Burkey Award for Career Achievement: James Schamus

Valentine Davies Award: Sam Simon

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