WGA: Don’t You Love ‘Her’ Madly? (Analysis)

WGA: Don’t You Love ‘Her’ Madly? (Analysis)
Writers alway like to add plot twists. The trophy to Billy Ray and “Captain Phillips” was a popular choice at the Wgaw Saturday, but the talk of the room was the win for Spike Jonze’s “Her.” But maybe it shouldn’t have been a surprise. The Warner Bros. film is a quiet powerhouse; in private conversations, many Academy voters have singled it out as their favorite film.

The WGA original screenplay race is especially interesting because the five contenders are the same five cited by Oscar.

The adapted-screenplay win is certainly a boost for Ray and the Sony film but in Oscar terms, it comes with a footnote, since two strong Academy contenders were not WGA eligible: “Philomena” and “12 Years a Slave.”

As Jonze stated in his acceptance, “It’s a high honor coming from writers.” Peer recognition is incomparable. But at this time of year, every awards announcement
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