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  • 2 February 2014, 20:53

Captain Phillips And Her Writers Honoured

Captain Phillips, Breaking Bad and Veep have all scooped honours at a prestigious awards ceremony.

The film inspired by the events aboard a cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates and starring Tom Hanks took the adapted screenplay prize at the Writers Guild Awards.

Meanwhile Her, with Joaquin Phoenix in the lead role and which tells the story of a man who falls in love with a computer operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson, saw off competition from American Hustle and Dallas Buyers Club to win the original screenplay award.

Winners of  WGA awards for original screenplay and adapted screenplay have gone on to win the corresponding Oscar awards in eight of the past 10 years.

However, neither Her nor Captain Phillips are considered front-runners for the best picture Oscar, which will be handed out next month.

Notably absent from the line-up of nominees this year were dramas 12 Years a Slave and Philomena, which have both been nominated for best adapted screenplay at the Oscars.

The WGA awards are handed out at events held simultaneously in Los Angeles and New York.

Writers of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, about a cancer-stricken chemistry teacher who starts making illegal drugs to support his family, added to its growing pile of trophies, taking the awards for best drama.

The writing team behind the HBO political satire Veep, which includes Armando Iannucci who created the British political comedy series The Thick Of It, won best TV comedy.

Netflix's political thriller House Of Cards starring Kevin Spacey won best new TV series.

Spike Jonze, who won the best original screenplay award for Her said: "It's a high honour coming from writers."

Captain Phillips was based on the 2010 memoir of Richard Phillips about the ordeal.

Best adapted screenplay winner for the film, Billy Ray said: "I also owe quite a debt to Captain Richard Phillips, who survived something that I know would've killed me.

"It's really Captain Phillips who wrote this story; I just wrote it down."

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