18 February 2013 12:06 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The East Coast WGA Awards show got under way at New York's Bb Kings a good hour before the pokey West Coast, and attendees tweeted up a storm. Soon the trades ran with the news that the key film awards had gone to the adapted screenplay for "Argo" and original script for "Zero Dark Thirty." WGA West was still running clips from nominated screenplays like "Silver Linings Playbook" after the winners had been announced ("Argo"'s clip was the WGA joke, natch.) "Lincoln" writer Tony Kushner accepted his Paul Selvin award from Steven Spielberg as "Argo"'s win was revealed in NYC. Lena Dunham had already tweeted her "Girls" win from New York, to her accepting producer in La, Jenni Konner. (Full list of film and television winners is here and below.) At evening's end, Jessica Chastain gave out the adapted screenplay, finally; "Argo" earned the most applause, and won. »

- Anne Thompson

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