Argo Scoops Writers Guild Adapted Award

Zero Dark Thirty scores original script

Zero Dark Thirty

Argo continued its triumphant awards run at the Writers Guild of America Awards last night, scoring Best Adapted Screenplay for writer Chris Terrio. The gong is just one more indication that it’s a strong contender for a similar prize at next weekend’s Oscars.

Another big prizewinner, Zero Dark Thirty’s Mark Boal, took home Best Original Screenplay for his work on the story of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. And in a popular documentary win, Searching For Sugar Man’s Malik Bendejelloul snagged a trophy for his script.

Over on the TV front, Breaking Bad won for Drama Series, while Louie took Comedy Series. New Series went to Girls and the separate episode awards went to Mad Men’s The Other Woman and Modern Family’s Virgin Territory.

A list of the major awards is below.


Zero Dark Thirty, written by Mark Boal
Flight, written by John Gatins
Looper, written by Rian Johnson
The Master, written by Paul Thomas Anderson
Moonrise Kingdom, written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola

Argo, Screenplay by Chris Terrio; based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired magazine article “The Great Escape” by Joshuah Bearman
Life Of Pi, screenplay by David Magee; based on the novel by Yann Martel
Lincoln, screenplay by Tony Kushner; based in part on the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, screenplay by Stephen Chbosky; based on his book
Silver Linings Playbook, screenplay by David O. Russell; based on the novel by Matthew Quick

Searching for Sugar Man, written by Malik Bendejelloul
The Central Park Five, written by Sarah Burns and David McMahon and Ken Burns
The Invisible War, written by Kirby Dick
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God, written by Alex Gibney
We Are Legion: The Story Of The Hacktivists, written by Brian Knappenberger
West Of Memphis, written by Amy Berg & Billy McMillin



Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett

Boardwalk Empire, Written by Dave Flebotte, Diane Frolov, Chris Haddock, Rolin Jones, Howard Korder, Steve Kornacki, Andrew Schneider, David Stenn, Terence Winter

Game Of Thrones, Written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, George R.R. Martin, Vanessa Taylor, D.B. Weiss

Homeland, Written by Henry Bromell, Alexander Cary, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Meredith Stiehm

Mad Men, Written by Lisa Albert, Semi Chellas, Jason Grote, Jonathan Igla, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Brett Johnson, Janet Leahy, Victor Levin, Erin Levy, Frank Pierson, Michael Saltzman, Tom Smuts, Matthew Weiner


Louie, Written by Pamela Adlon, Vernon Chatman, Louis C.K.

30 Rock, Written by Jack Burditt, Kay Cannon, Robert Carlock, Tom Ceraulo, Vali Chandrasekaran, Luke Del Tredici, Tina Fey, Lauren Gurganous, Matt Hubbard, Colleen McGuinness, Sam Means, Dylan Morgan, Nina Pedrad, John Riggi, Josh Siegel, Ron Weiner, Tracey Wigfield

Girls, Written by Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin, Lena Dunham, Sarah Heyward, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Jenni Konner, Deborah Schoeneman, Dan Sterling

Modern Family, Written by Cindy Chupack, Paul Corrigan, Abraham Higginbotham, Ben Karlin, Elaine Ko, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Dan O’Shannon, Jeffrey Richman, Audra Sielaff, Brad Walsh, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker

Parks And Recreation, Written by Megan Amram, Greg Daniels, Nate Dimeo, Katie Dippold, Daniel J. Goor, Norm Hiscock, Dave King, Greg Levine, Joe Mande, Aisha Muharrar, Nick Offerman, Chelsea Peretti, Amy Poehler, Alexandra Rushfield, Michael Schur, Mike Scully, Harris Wittels, Alan Yang

Girls, Written by Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin, Lena Dunham, Sarah Heyward, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Jenni Konner, Deborah Schoeneman, Dan Sterling

The Mindy Project, Written by Ike Barinholtz, Jeremy Bronson, Linwood Boomer, Adam Countee, Harper Dill, Mindy Kaling, Chris McKenna, B.J. Novak, David Stassen, Matt Warburton

Nashville, Written by Wendy Calhoun, Jason George, David Gould, David Marshall Grant, Dee Johnson, Todd Ellis Kessler, Callie Khouri, Meredith Lavender, Nancy Miller, James Parriott, Liz Tigelaar, Marcie Ulin

The Newsroom, Written by Brendan Fehily, David Handelman, Cinque Henderson, Paul Redford, Ian Reichbach, Amy Rice, Aaron Sorkin, Gideon Yago

Veep, Written by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Roger Drew, Sean Gray, Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin, Tony Roche, Will Smith


“The Other Woman”(Mad Men), Written by Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner
“Buyout” (Breaking Bad), Written by Gennifer Hutchison
“Dead Freight” (Breaking Bad), Written by George Mastras
“Fifty-One” (Breaking Bad), Written by Sam Catlin
“New Car Smell” (Homeland), Written by Meredith Stiehm
“Say My Name” (Breaking Bad), Written by Thomas Schnauz


“Virgin Territory” (Modern Family), Written by Elaine Ko
“The Debate” (Parks And Recreation), Written by Amy Poehler
“Episode 9” (Episodes), Written by David Crane & Jeffrey Klarik
“Leap Day” (30 Rock), Written by Luke Del Tredici
“Little Bo Bleep” (Modern Family), Written by Cindy Chupack
“Mistery Date” (Modern Family), Written by Jeffrey Richman

For the complete list, head to the WGA site.