Earlier tonight, the Writers Guild of America announced the winners of their annual awards for Original and Adapted Screenplay. The results, which were not entirely unexpected, were Mark Boal's "Zero Dark Thirty" and Chris Terrio's "Argo" taking home the big prizes.
Boal's win was pretty much in the bag given the fact that his main competition, Quentin Taratino for "Django Unchained," was deemed ineligible due to the WGA's silly rules. It's still expected that Tarantino will take the Oscar home on the 24th though, what with his recent victories at the Critics Choice, Golden Globe, and BAFTA awards. In a sense, it will begin to make up for the Academy's mistake of passing him over for his brilliant screenplay for "Inglourious Basterds," which he inexplicably lost to Boal's "The Hurt Locker."
Though there was a slight chance of Tony Kushner taking home the Adapted prize for "Lincoln," the juggernaut "Argo" continued its streak by taking the prize from the much more deserving Kushner. It's been a rather frustrating last few weeks what with "Argo" taking multiple prizes that it has not deserved over nominees who were far more worthy, a trend that continued tonight. If anything, these awards have proved that Hollywood is enjoying patting itself on the back. Affleck taking Best Director was the only plausible guild award that the film has taken because the film is rather well-directed, but Best Production? Adapted Screenplay? Editing? Cast? Not by a long shot.
Anyways, we can now officially expect Terrio to take home the Adapted Screenplay Oscar. It'll be a sad sight to see, but we'll just have to grit our teeth, bear it, and laugh about it (which no doubt many, many people will be doing).
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