It was a busy weekend for film awards, and several Oscar nominees continued to affirm their place as favorites with honors in writing, cinematography and animation.
At the 2014 Writers Guild Awards, "Her" won for best original screenplay, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Written and directed by Spike Jonze, the film about a man who falls in love with the Siri-like AI assistant built into his phone is also up for Academy Awards for Best Picture and Writing — Original Screenplay.
"Captain Phillips," the Tom Hanks thriller based on the real story of a merchant ship captain kidnapped by pirates off the coast of Somalia, was recognized for Best Adapted Screenplay. Billy Ray wrote the screenplay from the autobiographical book "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea" by Richard Phillips. Like "Her," "Phillips" is up for Best Picture and for Writing for an adapted screenplay.
The Writers Guild Awards ceremony was held Saturday night in New York and Los Angeles.
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Also handed out Saturday were the American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards.
Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki won the top film award for his work on the Sandra Bullock and George Clooney space thriller "Gravity." The Hollywood Reporter notes this isn't Lubezki's first win:
This is the third ASC feature award for Lubezki, who previously won for Children of Men and The Tree of Life. This puts him in some select company. In the event’s 28-year history, only one cinematographer, the late Conrad Hall, won the feature category four times. And, Lubezki now joins fellow nominee Deakins as the only cinematographers with three wins in the category.
Meanwhile, Disney's "Frozen" topped the animation honors at the 41st Annie Awards, taking home five trophies, including best animated feature.
The 3-D film, about a magically icy princess and her sister, won best directing for Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee at Saturday night's Annies, which are presented by the International Animated Film Society. It also conquered music, production design and voice acting categories, the latter for star Josh Gad.
Live-action films also scored Annies, including "Pacific Rim" for animated effects and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" for character animation.
"Frozen" and "The Hobbit" are also nominated for an Oscar for Animated Feature Film and Visual Effects, respectively.