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Surprise! Argo Wins the WGA Award Too

Ben Affleck's hostage thriller has swept the guild awards leading up to the Oscars. Zero Dark Thirty gets a last minute boost too.

Serious subject matter. A famous director. A terrific ensemble cast. Tons of media coverage. Yup, it sure seemed like Zero Dark Thirty was destined for Oscar glory this year until Argo came along, a movie with serious subject matter, a famous director, a terrific ensemble cast and tons of media coverage. It probably helped that Argo was a little more hopeful, and gave some of the credit to its particular brand of real-life Middle Eastern intrigue to film industry, which helped the CIA concoct an elaborate cover story about a science-fiction movie to help extract hostages during the infamous international incident in Iran in 1979. 

Argo has now swept the guild awards, adding a Writers Guild of America (WGA) win to a laundry list of accolades that includes the Directors Guild of America Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award, the Producers Guild of America Award, the British Academy of Film and Television Award for Best Picture and Director and, we assume, "World's Greatest Dad" somehow. Chris Terrio won the WGA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Mark Boal's script for Zero Dark Thirty won the award for Best Original Screenplay and Malik Bendjelloul won Best Documentary Screenplay for Searching for Sugar Man, but that's probably just because Argo wasn't eligible in those categories.  

Look, Hollywood. We get it. You like Argo. You get to remind us one more time at the Academy Awards, this Sunday, February 24, and then you have to lay off for a while. It's getting creepy. Argo wrote you a love letter first, we're not denying that, but you're taking it to a whole new level, and the other films are starting to notice. Silver Linings Playbook is crying in the corner, okay? Granted, that's its M.O., but still… Not cool. Don't you feel a little guilty?
 


William Bibbiani is the editor of CraveOnline's Film Channel, the co-host of The B-Movies Podcast and the co-star of The Trailer Hitch. Follow him on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.