'The Hurt Locker' continued its pre-Oscars awards sweep tonight at the Writers Guild Awards, with a win for Mark Boal's original script. This latest trophy strengthens the war drama's chances for Oscar night; it's already won the Directors Guild award for director Kathryn Bigelow and the Producers Guild of America award for Best Picture.

"I'm honored and stunned," Boal said, according to Variety. He also thanked Bigelow for "believing in an unpopular project about an unpopular war" and the U.S. soldiers in Iraq with whom he was embedded in 2004.

'The Hurt Locker' bested 'A Serious Man,' '500 Days of Summer,' 'The Hangover,' and its biggest awards rival, ''Avatar.' 'The Hurt Locker' continued its pre-Oscars awards sweep tonight at the Writers Guild Awards, with a win for Mark Boal's original script. This latest trophy strengthens the war drama's chances for Oscar night; it's already won the Directors Guild award for director Kathryn Bigelow and the Producers Guild of America award for Best Picture.

"I'm honored and stunned," Boal said, according to Variety. He also thanked Bigelow for "believing in an unpopular project about an unpopular war" and the U.S. soldiers in Iraq with whom he was embedded in 2004.

'The Hurt Locker' bested 'A Serious Man,' '500 Days of Summer,' 'The Hangover,' and its biggest awards rival, ''Avatar.'

Adapted screenplay went to another awards favorite: 'Up in the Air,' scripted by Jason Reitman (who also directed) and Sheldon Turner. Last year's WGA winners -- 'Milk' and 'Slumdog Millionaire' -- went on to nab Oscars in their respective categories, with 'Slumdog' also winning the Academy Award for Best Picture.

'The Cove,' which has already locked up awards from the DGA and Producers Guild of America, won the WGA's documentary category. Last year's WGA winner, 'Waltz With Bashir,' was nominated for an Oscar, but lost out to 'Man on Wire,' which was not in the WGA competition. In his acceptance speech, 'The Cove' scripter Mark Monroe said, "the film has the real courage of its convictions, and that's to be admired."

In the TV categories, the "long form," aka miniseries awards, went to Lifetime's 'Georgia O'Keefe' (original screenplay) and HBO's 'Taking Chance' (adapted screenplay).

ABC's 'Modern Family' won for new series, while 'Saturday Night Live' and 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' shared the comedy-variety award.

WINNERS:

Film Winners:
Best Original Screenplay: 'The Hurt Locker' (Mark Boal)
Best Adapted Screenplay: 'Up in the Air' (Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner)
Best Documentary Screenplay: 'The Cove' (Mark Monroe)

TV Winners:
Best Drama Series: 'Mad Men'
Best Comedy Series: '30 Rock'
Best New Series: 'Modern Family'
Episodic Drama: 'Broken, Part 1 and 2' - 'House' (Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner & David Foster & David Shore)
Episodic Comedy: 'Apollo, Apollo' - '30 Rock' (Robert Carlock) AND 'Pilot' - 'Modern Family' (Steven Levitan & Christopher Lloyd)
Long Form Original: 'Georgia O'Keefe' (Michael Cristofer)
Long Form Adaptation: 'Taking Chance' (Lieutenant Colonel Michael R. Strobl, USMC (Ret.) and Ross Katz)
Animation: 'Wedding for Disaster' - 'The Simpsons' (Joel H. Cohen)
Comedy/Variety Series: 'Saturday Night Live' AND 'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart'

For the full list of winners, visit WGA.org.

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