Writers Guild honors 'Argo,' 'Zero Dark Thirty' scriptwriters

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LOS ANGELES — The Writers Guild of America gave its top prizes to Chris Terrio for “Argo” for adapted screenplay and Mark Boal for “Zero Dark Thirty” for original screenplay on Sunday night in a bicoastal awards ceremony held simultaneously in Los Angeles and New York City.

Other nominated screenplays in the adaptation category were Tony Kushner’s “Lincoln,” David Magee’s “Life of Pi,” Stephen Chbosky’s “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook.” Of the nominees, only Chbosky was not nominated for an Oscar as well.

The other nominees for original screenplay were John Gatins for “Flight,” Rian Johnson for “Looper,” Paul Thomas Anderson for “The Master” and Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola for “Moonrise Kingdom.” Only the scripts for “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Zero Dark Thirty” are also nominated for the Oscar.

Both of last year’s WGA winners, “The Descendants” and “Midnight in Paris,” went on to win the Oscar, emerging from a patchwork of films nominated across both voting bodies.

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