"Slumdog", "Milk" win Writers Guild honors
By Carl DiOrio and Georg Szalai
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - The India-set romantic drama "Slumdog Millionaire" put another notch in the kudos-season win column Saturday, copping a Writers Guild of America Award for best adapted screenplay for Simon Beaufoy.
Harvey Milk biopic "Milk," penned by Dustin Lance Black, was named best original screenplay.
"This wasn't the easiest movie to produce, you know -- it's pretty gay!" said a grinning Black, who also was honored with the guild's Paul Selvin Award for championing constitutional rights and civil liberties.
Black added that he prayed a lot during the writing of the "Milk" screenplay.
"Mostly, I'll admit, I prayed for a green light," he said. "So I have to thank God, and I want to thank God for making my dreams come true."
In addition to "Milk," nominees in the original screenplay category were "Burn After Reading, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," "The Visitor" and "The Wrestler."
In winning the best-adapted laurels, "Slumdog" overcame competition from scribes on "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Dark Knight," Doubt" and "Frost/Nixon." Beaufoy's screenplay for "Slumdog" was based on the novel "Q&A" by Vikas Swarup.
Accepting in New York, Beaufoy called the WGA award "a considerable honor." Continued...