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'Her' and 'Captain Phillips' win Writers Guild Awards

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Spike Jonze’s philosophical sci-fi love story Her, and Billy Ray’s harrowing true-life hostage saga Captain Phillips earned best original and adapted screenplays, respectively, from the Writers Guild Awards on Saturday.

In the original category, Her was facing its four rivals for the Oscar: American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Dallas Buyers Club, and Nebraska, so its victory can be seen as a strong harbinger of where the Academy Award could go on March 2. In anecdotal sampling of Academy members, EW’s Prize Fighter has also determined that Her is far and away the front-runner for this category.

The WGA’s predictive powers are less assured in the adapted category, since guild rules excluded some top Oscar contenders this year.

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Writers Guild Awards: Nominations for 'Her,' 'American Hustle,' 'August: Osage County'

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The Writers Guild of America award nominations are out, but don’t expect to learn much about the Oscar race from these shortlists.

Too many major screenplays are ineligible for the guild prize, since the organization only honors writers who are union members or films that were made under the auspices of a guild agreement — excluding many foreign and independent movies.

Among those disqualified this year: John Ridley’s script for 12 Years a Slave — considered a frontrunner for the adapted screenplay Oscar — and Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope’s Philomena — another strong contender for that Academy Award. In the original screenplay category, the WGA declined to consider Fruitvale Station and Rush.

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'Castle' star Nathan Fillion to host 2013 Writers Guild Awards in Los Angeles

When it comes to smarts, charm, and humor (not to mention a great, saucy smirk), Nathan Fillion is the total package.

Appropriately, then, the actor — who plays a writer on ABC’s Castle – has been tapped to host the 2013 Writers Guild Awards in February.

The Writers Guild of America, West announced Fillion, also the star of the long beloved defunct sci-fi western TV cult hit Firefly, as the ceremony’s host on Monday. The awards show will be held Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE.

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