Tonight, Aaron Sorkin, writer for the film The Social Network has just won a Writer’s Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2011 WGA Awards. The Social Network was based on the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich. This award brings Aaron Sorkin a step closer to winning the coveted Oscar at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on February 27th.
In The Social Network,Jesse Eisenberg portrays Mark Zuckerberg during the foundation of one of the largest companies in the world: Facebook.
Other contenders in this category were:
- True Grit: Written for the Screen by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen; Based on the novel by Charles Portis
- 127 Hours: Screenplay by Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy; Based on the book Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston
- I Love You Philip Morris: Written by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra; Based on the book by Steven McVicker
- The Town: Screenplay by Peter Craig and Ben Affleck & Aaron Stockard; Based on the novel Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan
Aaron Sorkin has also won awards for his screenplay of The Social Network from:
- Austin Film Critics Association
- Boston Society of Film Critics Awards
- Central Ohio Film Critics Association
- Chicago Film Critics Association Awards
- Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards
- Golden Globes, USA
- Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards
- Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards
- Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
- National Board of Review, USA
- Online Film Critics Society Awards
- Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards
- San Diego Film Critics Society Awards
- Toronto Film Critics Association Awards
- Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards
The Writers Guild Awards were held simultaneously at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel-Grand Ballroom in Los Angeles and the AXA Equitable Center in New York City.
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Whatever your movie choice this week, please remember your movie theater etiquette: silence your cell phones, no texting, don’t talk during the film and remove your children if they become a distraction to other audience members. Don’t forget that laughing, crying and cheering are always approved behavior and even encouraged.
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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Film, see her work on SilentHollywood.com