Writer’s Guild Honors Best Screenplays, Gives Oscar Clues
The Writer’s Guild of America has announced its winners for the best screenplays of the year, with Captain Phillips and Her taking top honors for best adapted screenplay and best original screenplay, respectively.
If you’re making bets on Academy Award winners, the WGA awards are usually a good indication of who will take home a screenplay Oscar. Variety noted that WGA winners for best adapted screenplay have also won Oscars in the category 14 out of the last 19 years, while winners for best original screenplay have won Oscars 12 times out of the last 19 years.
Spike Jonze took home the best original screenplay award for his futuristic love story Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix as a recently divorced man who falls in love with his computer’s operating system, voiced by Scarlett Johansson. Jonze’s Her beat out the screenplays for other Oscar-nominated films: Blue Jasmine, American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, and Nebraska.
“It’s a high honor coming from writers,” Jonze said in his acceptance speech, per Variety. “In a way this is like an award for pain. A specific pain that writers know. The highs and lows of sitting there by yourself. I thank you guys for that.”