Monday, February 18, 2013

WGA Winners

     Not much here, but another big win for Argo, which has turned into the default choice for all wins. This is not to say it is a bad film at all, but a little bit of surprise or change from the norm would be nice. Still, a good film and great production all around, but it seems like the safe choice to avoid from giving the truly best film Zero Dark Thirty the attention it deserves. The torture controversy... bogus, and the fact the film is still too soon to be made. Give me a break. The film is so relevant and builds on not only the expertly crafted suspense, but the passion and grief that went into the search for bin Laden. That is what separates ZD30 from Argo. It is just plain better.
     Well, with that rant, the winners of the Writers Guild of America were announced Sunday night and the big film winners were Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. Chris Terrio won best adapted screenplay for Argo and the best original screenplay went to Mark Boal for Zero Dark Thirty. No fear of negative or confrontational reactions. Just honest, bare bones writing, with astounding, gripping suspense. I am very pleased that Mark Boal won. He easily wrote the best overall screenplay, along with Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola for Moonrise Kingdom and David O. Russell's adapted screenplay for his wonderful Silver Linings Playbook. 

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