Next step, Oscar?

‘Sideways’ Wins Writers Guild Award
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – In an important pre-Oscar test, wine country comedy “Sideways” was named best adapted screenplay and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” won for best original screenplay at the Writers Guild of America awards on Saturday night.
“Eternal Sunshine,” a complicated comedy fantasy about falling out of love written by Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry and Pierre Bismuth, beat original screenplays for “The Aviator,” “Garden State,” “Hotel Rwanda” and “Kinsey.”
“Sideways,” by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, based on Rex Pickett’s novel, won over “Before Sunset,” “Mean Girls,” “Million Dollar Baby” and “The Motorcycle Diaries.”
The Writers Guild awards often are considered predictors of who will win in the writing categories at the Oscars, which take place next Sunday.
In television, the award for best TV movie or miniseries adapted screenplay went to HBO’s “Angels in America,” which Tony Kushner adapted from his Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name.
Another HBO TV movie, “Something the Lord Made,” by Peter Silverman and Robert Caswell, won for best original screenplay.