Sunday, February 10, 2008

WGA Annoints 'No Country' and 'Juno'

The Coen Brothers' gripping Texas thriller No Country for Old Men picked up yet another award last night when it won the Writers Guild of America's Best Adapted Screenplay award. Diablo Cody received the Original Screenplay award for the quirky teen pregnancy comedy Juno. These wins now move each film into the odds-on favorite positions of both writing categories in this year's Oscar race. Last year, Michael Arndt and William Monahan won the WGA's Best Original and Adapted Screenplay awards for Little Miss Sunshine and The Departed respectively, and each writer went on to win Oscars.

The announcements were made at a special recognition reception at the Broadway Millenium Hotel in New York. Like the shortened press conference presentation held at last month's Golden Globe Awards, the formal ceremony that usually accompanies the WGA Awards was cancelled due to the strike.

According to Variety's coverage of the event, the winners were announced just hours after the WGA East concluded a "mostly upbeat" membership meeting held to review the terms of the tentative writers' contract. If studios and union leaders agree, the strike could be over as early as tomorrow...and no one would be happier to see that happen than this humble blogger.

For a full list of this year's WGA award winners, visit the guild's official site here.

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