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'Argo,' 'Zero Dark Thirty' win at Writers Guild

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The CIA thrillers "Argo" and "Zero Dark Thirty" have won top screenplay honors from the Writers Guild of America.

The guild's Adapted Screenplay award Sunday went to Chris Terrio for "Argo," director Ben Affleck's tale of the CIA's of six U.S. diplomats who masquerade as a Hollywood film crew to rescue hostage from Iran.

Mark Boal won the prize for Original Screenplay for "Zero Dark Thirty," director Kathryn Bigelow's chronicle of the CIA's manhunt for al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

Director Malik Bendjelloul won the Documentary Screenplay award for "Searching for Sugar Man," his portrait of acclaimed but largely forgotten 1970s musician Rodriguez.

The guild was the last of Hollywood's major trade unions to weigh in on the year's top films before next Sunday's Academy Awards.

"Argo" has emerged as the Best Picture favorite for the Oscars after sweeping top prizes at earlier film honors, including the Golden Globes, the Directors Guild of America, the Screen Actors Guild and the Producers Guild of America.

Among the Writers Guild's TV winners:

-- Drama Series: "Breaking Bad," written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz and Moira Walley-Beckett.

-- Comedy Series: "Louie," written by Pamela Adlon, Vernon Chatman and Louis C.K.

-- New Series: "Girls," written by Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin, Lena Dunham, Sarah Heyward, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Jenni Konner, Deborah Schoeneman and Dan Sterling.

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Feb 19, 2013 7:24AM

What a complete SHAM these awards are. When a totally fictitious "screenplay" like 'Zero Dark Thirty' can win an award, I have lost what miniscule respect I may have had for these honors programs like Peop;e's Choice and Writer's Guild, et al. 'Zero Dark Thirty' is an absolute scam, supposedly recounting the "killling" of Obama, er I mean Osama Bin Laden. How these writers can pull the wool over America's eyes continues to boggle the imagination. There was NO body, there was NO video, there were NO pictures, there was NOTHING to verify that we got OBL, but the "word" of a lying, arrogant, SOB Pretender-in-Chief, who managed to convince a lazy, apathetic, freeloading American public of something that never actually happened. This once-great country has been DUPED, but those who are blinded by a slick snake oil salesman have even more reason to feel betrayed. This movie should have been called 'ZERO dark PROOF'....

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