Sunday, February 8, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire, Milk Have Write Stuff at WGA Awards

Joal Ryan

Los Angeles (E! Online) – If this award season were a quiz show, Slumdog Millionaire would be the final answer.

The much-honored indie love story took yet another honor—Best Adapted Screenplay—at tonight's 2009 Writers Guild Awards. Milk scored the Original Screenplay prize.

30 Rock, Mad Men, In Treatment, Breaking Bad, Recount, John Adams, The Simpsons and Saturday Night Live were among the TV winners. Tina Fey's 30 Rock was honored for both best writing on a comedy series and best writing of a single comedy episode ("Succession").

Slumdog's Simon Beaufoy defeated the writers of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Doubt, Frost/Nixon, all of whom he'll face at the Oscars, and The Dark Knight, whom he, of course, won't.

The win for Milk's Dustin Lance Black reiterates his front-runner status in Oscar's original screenplay race: He was the only WGA nominee to even score a like Academy Award nod.

Slumdog's win means the film swept top prizes from the directors', producers' and actors' guilds. Its fairytale could end happily—or not—in just about two weeks. At the 81st Academy Awards.

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