It has been said that every movie is made three times: in the writing, in the shooting and in the editing. At the
Accepting the honor, Ray kissed his new statuette and said: "There are a lot of wonderful writers in this room tonight. And on this night my wish for each of you is that once, just once, you can know what it feels like to have the kind of luck that I had on this movie. To have your work realized by a director as brilliant as
He added: "Not every writer gets that kind of luck, but every writer deserves it, at least once. So tonight this is yours as much as mine."
After thanking his wife and children, Ray had one more person to address. "I also owe quite a debt to Capt. Richard Phillips, who survived something that I know would have killed me," he said. "It's really Capt. Phillips who wrote this story; I just wrote it down."
In claiming the award, Ray beat out Tracy Letts for
Ray will contend with Linklater, Delpy, Hawke and Winter again at the
For more from Ray and the WGA Awards, watch the video above and come back for more highlights from the ceremony.