Writers Guild of America

'Moonlight' and 'Arrival' take top honors at the Writers Guild Awards, where political barbs abound

'Moonlight' and 'Arrival' take top honors at the Writers Guild Awards, where political barbs abound

At its annual awards show – one of the final indicators of which way the winds of Oscar buzz may be blowing before the Academy Awards – the Writers Guild of America honored “Moonlight,” the poetic story of a gay black youth’s coming of age in Miami, and the cerebral sci-fi film “Arrival.”

"Moonlight" – which has been nominated for eight Oscars, including best picture – picked up the award for original screenplay, beating out "Hell or High Water,” “La La Land,” “Loving” and “Manchester by the Sea.”

Taking the stage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday night to accept the award, “Moonlight” writer and director Barry Jenkins told the crowd, “A lot...

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