The last of the four major guilds handed out their prizes tonight, and the results came in as follows:
- Best Adapted Screenplay: The Imitation Game
- Best Original Screenplay: The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Documentary Screenplay: The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
So, these awards solidify a couple of things. One, that The Imitation Game is still the frontrunner for the Adapted Screenplay Oscar, despite losing the BAFTA last week. It faces Whiplash and Theory of Everything for the Oscar, but being the only film of the three with 8 nominations, including director (and with the USC Scripter award behind it as well), I think it's a pretty safe bet for the category. And two, that Boyhood's loss to Budapest here means it was shut out of the four major industry guild awards- SAG, PGA, DGA, and WGA. I don't think that bodes well for its Best Picture chances at all. But Birdman was not eligible for the WGA, which means it goes head to head with Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest in Original Screenplay at the Oscars, and with Birdman being the heavy Best Picture favorite, I think it's going to beat it. Best PIcture usually takes a writing or an acting award, it's rare that it could win without either one, so I'm still thinking Birdman in Original Screenplay.