Los Angeles: The Oscar front-runner “Slumdog Millionaire” continued its victory march in award circuits by bagging top honours at the Writers Guild of America.
WGA award has given the film another major boost ahead of the Oscars on 22 February. With 10 Oscar nominations, the film is only second to “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”.
The bilingual film, which depicts the heartwarming story of a Mumbai slumdwellers rags-to-riches journey, won the prize for for the Best Adapted Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy. The screenplay has been adapted from Indian diplomat Vikas Swarup’s novel “Q & A”.
Beaufoy, however, was not present at the ceremony as he is in London to attend the BAFTAs tonight, where the film has been nominated in 11 categories.
The WGA award for Best Original Screenplay went to Dustin Lance Black for biographical drama “Milk”, which depicts the inspirational story of 1970s slain gay politician Harvey Milk, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The awards took place simultaneously at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles and at the Hudson Theatre in New York last night, the paper reported.
Meanwhile, the prize for Best Documentary Screenplay went to Israeli film “Waltz With Bashir”. The award for Dramatic series went to “Mad Men” while “30 Rock” won the prize for Comedy series.