The writers of “Shakespeare in Love” and “Out of Sight” carried away the top honors in motion picture screenwriting Saturday from the Writers Guild of America. In a lengthy ceremony at the Beverly Hilton, Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard won for “Shakespeare” in the original screenplay category; and Scott Frank was honored for his adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s novel “Out of Sight,” an under-performing thriller that starred George Clooney. Both wins could be indicative of the Oscar choices.
- In other awards news, Terence Malick’s “The Thin Red Line” walked off with the top prize, the Golden Bear, for best feature Sunday at the Berlin Film Festival (No. 2 in prestige on the international film festival circuit, after Cannes). The Danish hit “Mifune” nabbed the jury’s Gran Prix. Silver Bear awards went to Stephen Frears, best director for “The Hi-Lo Country,” and scripters Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, outstanding single achievement for “Shakespeare in Love.”