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September 20, 2021

Inception, Social Network- win top WGA awards

Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” won the Writers Guild of America award for best original screenplay Saturday night, according to Hollywood Reporter. The script beat favourites “The Kids Are All Right” and “The Fighter.”

Oscar favourite “The King’s Speech” was not nominated for the prize because it didn’t qualify under union rules, an issue Christopher Nolan addressed explicitly from the stage by pointedly saying that he looked forward to a time when anyone in his winning position in the future could accept the award “without qualification.” Aaron Sorkin was handed the adapted screenplay honour for “The Social Network,” based on Ben Mezrich’s nonfiction book “The Accidental Billionaires.” Sorkin’s script has won a slew of critics’ prizes as well as the Golden Globe for best screenplay. The major television writing awards went to frequent winner “Mad Men” for drama series and “Modern Family” for comedy series. The writing staff of the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire” took the award for best new series. Other winners were the writing staff of TV show “The Colbert Report,” Ken Keeler, who won the animation award for his Futurama script “The Prisoner of Benda” and lead script writer Jeffrey Yohalem for his Ubisoft game “Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.”

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