An Academy Award preview? The Writers Guild honored scripts for The Hurt Locker and Up in the Air with best original screenplay and best adapted screenplay awards, respectively, on Saturday in simultaneous ceremonies held in Los Angeles and New York. Mark Boal received the WGA award for The Hurt Locker and is also nominated for an Oscar in the category. He thanked American soldiers who allowed him to step into their world and the "chaos and hellishness" that surrounded them while he was in the region as a journalist. Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, who already won a Golden Globe for Up in the Air, were honored with the best adapted screenplay award. "I can't tell you how extraordinarily proud I am to be standing in front of you," said Reitman. "I am always a writer." Other notable winners include The Cove for documentary screenplay, Mad Men for dramatic series, 30 Rock for comedy series, and Modern Family for new series.
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