Billy Ray won the Writers Guild of America award for adapted screenplay for seagoing drama "Captain Phillips" and Spike Jonze took the trophy for original screenplay for futuristic romancer "Her."
Ray won over Tracy Letts for "August: Osage County," Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke for "Before Midnight," Peter Berg for "Lone Survivor" and Terence Winter for for its adapted screenplay for "The Wolf of Wall Street."
Oscars along with "12 Years a Slave" of "Philomena" -- both which were ineligible for WGA Award.
"Her" topped screenplays from Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell for "American Hustle," Woody Allen for "Blue Jasmine," Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack for "Dallas Buyers Club" and Bob Nelson for "Nebraska." All five have been nominated for the Oscar.
Both awards for Ray and Jonze was announced at the New York ceremonies -- continuing a perplexing WGA tradition of announcing the screenplay awards long before they are announced in Los Angeles, even though the ceremonies are supposed to run concurrently. Additionally, most of the screenwriters are usually at the Los Angeles ceremonies.
Ray and Jonze were not present at the New York event.
Even with exclusions, the WGA winners have a reliable track record for predicting the Oscar screenplay winners. The adapted category winners have matched in 14 of the last 19 years while the original category has matched in 12 of the last 19 years.
Sarah Polley took the documentary award for "Stories We Tell."
"The Simpsons" won the Writers Guild animation award for Joel H. Cohen's script "A Test Before Trying," topping two other "Simpsons" segments and three from "Futurama."
Gennifer Hutchison won the WGA award for the "Confessions" episode of "Breaking Bad." She topped two other segments from the final season of "Breaking Bad" along with episodes of "Masters of Sex," "House of Cards" and"The Good Wife."
NBC's "30 Rock" took the award for the "Hogcock" episode written by Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock in the first award presented in Los Angeles.
Vincent Brown won the childrens award for the "influANTces" segment on "ANT Farm," a Black History Month episode.
Neil Druckmann won the videogame trophy for Sony's "The Last of Us."
WGA: Billy Ray Wins Adapted Screenplay Award for 'Captain Phillips'
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