Writers Guild of America announces award winners

By Marcina Zaccaria ,

The Writers Guild of America announced their award winners for this year.

Taking top honors were Her by Spike Jonze and Captain Phillips by Billy Ray, according to the Associated Press.

Her is the story of a writer who develops a relationship with a newly released operating system. The film was written and directed by Spike Jonze, and stars Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, and Scarlett Johansson. Jonze has also written Where the Wild Things Are and the short, Scenes from the Suburbs. Jonze's Her is nominated for five Academy Awards, including best original screenplay and best picture.

Captain Phillips is the story of a hijacking of a US cargo ship. The screenplay was based on the book A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips and Stephan Talty, according to Variety. It stars Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi. Billy Ray, the screenplay writer, is known for The Hunger Games and Color of Night. Captain Phillips is nominated for a best picture Oscar.

The Writers Guild Awards are a precursor to Hollywood's big honors, the Academy Awards on March 2.

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