Inception won a Writers Guild of America Award on Saturday (February 2), as main prizes were given out at simultaneous ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles.
Christopher Nolan‘s film won in the Best Original Screenplay category. The Social Network won in the Best Adapted Screenplay category, reports BBC News.
British-born filmmaker Nolan called the award for Inception an “incredible honour”.
He went onto say that the prize would have been more significant if “certain other screenplays” had been nominated, presumably referring to The King’s Speech, which was not eligible for nomination.
The film was ruled out of contention for the awards because it was not produced under contractual guidance issued by the union.
Nolan added that he had been “heartbroken” when the script for his film Memento had fallen outside WGA guidelines 11 years ago.
Aaron Sorkin, writer of The Social Network, said: “I wrote a good screenplay, but [director] David Fincher made a great movie.”
Other winners included Mad Men for best television drama and Boardwalk Empire for Outstanding New TV Drama.
British screenwriter Peter Morgan, writer of The Queen and Frost/Nixon, was rewarded for his work on TV drama The Special Relationship.
Traditionally the WGAs are seen as a good indicator of which films will win Oscars later in the month, since many of its members also belong to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.