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Argo remains an Oscar frontrunner and Zero Dark Thirty rejoins the Academy race, winning top honours at the Writers Guild of America awards

Argo has solidified its place as the Oscar frontrunner after carrying off the best adapted screenplay award from the Writers Guild of America (WGA). Argo scriptwriter Chris Terrio defeated Lincoln's Tony Kushner, Life of Pi's David Magee, and David O Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) in the race for the award, reflecting the likely most powerful films in this year's Academy Awards race.

In the best original screenplay, Zero Dark Thirty's Mark Boal triumphed over John Gatins (Flight) and Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master) among others, reversing a trend that has seen the controversy engulfing the hunt-for-bin-Laden thriller affect its award chances. In his acceptance speech, Boal told director Kathryn Bigelow: "You took this script, and you made it live and breathe and fly, and »

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