"HBO’s ‘Girls’ was hailed as the best new series of the year during the 2013 Writers Guild Awards, while the awards for drama and comedy series went to the writing staffs of, respectively, AMC’s ‘Breaking Bad’ and FX’s ‘Louie,’ reports The Hollywood Reporter.
In the top movie categories, the winners were "Argo" and "Zero Dark Thirty."
The article says, "In accepting his award for best adapted screenplay, a visibly nervous [Chris] Terrio confessed that when he started writing ‘Argo’ in 2008, ‘I couldn’t pay my rent. I was living in New York. I defaulted on my student loans. I had nothing, but I had my spec scripts and I had my guild card, and I can’t tell you how that propped me up. In a very lonely profession, I was in the same club as all you guys.’ He concluded by offering a special shout-out to the film’s director Ben Affleck, saying, ‘You are a kind and brilliant and very, very good man.’ "
The story adds, "Since, this year, the WGA’s nominations aren’t an exact match for the nominations for the two best screenplay Oscars, they don’t necessarily foretell whose names will be in the envelopes at the 85th Academy Awards on Feb. 24. [Mark] Boal’s original screenplay for ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ for example, will face competition from Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’ and Michael Haneke’s ‘Amour,’ which didn’t qualify for WGA consideration since they weren’t written under a guild contract.
"But given that ‘Argo’ has been victorious at the other guilds, Terrio could well find himself called once again to the winner’s podium. At the WGA, it prevailed over three other films with Oscar nominations, including Tony Kushner’s ‘Lincoln.’ "