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'The Hurt Locker' and 'Up in the Air' win Writers Guild of America Awards

February 20, 2010 |  7:44 pm
Hurt Locker up in the air WGA Writers Guild of America Awards

The Writers Guild of America Awards went, well, according to script with victories by "Up in the Air" (best adapted screenplay) and "The Hurt Locker" (best original screenplay).

Both films are leading contenders for the Oscars too, but "Hurt Locker" faces formidable foes disqualified from guild competition: "Inglourious Basterds" and "Up."

Disqualified by the WGA from the adapted race were these three Oscar nominees that will compete against "Up in the Air": "An Education," "District 9" and "In the Loop."

In the WGA contest, "Hurt Locker" beat "(500) Days of Summer," "A Serious Man," "Avatar" and "The Hangover." "Up in the Air" soared above "Crazy Heart," "Julie & Julia," "Precious" and "Star Trek."

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
"The Hurt Locker" by Mark Boal

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
"Up in the Air" by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner; based on the novel by Walter Kirn

BEST DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY
"The Cove" by Mark Monroe

Photos: "The Hurt Locker" (Summit), "Up in the Air" (Paramount)

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