Filling out the writing branch of the Oscar potential, the winners of the Writers Guild of America Awards solidified the race for Spotlight and The Big Short.
In the documentary category, controversial Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief picked up the prize. The film isn't nominated for the Oscar, which doesn't lend itself towards any possible Oscar turnaround.
Complete list of motion picture winners:
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Written by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy
(Open Road Films)
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
THE BIG SHORT
Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
Based on the Book by Michael Lewis
BEST DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY
GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF
Written by Alex Gibney
(HBO Documentary Films)
For a list of television winners, click here.