The 70th Writers Guild of America Awards

The 70th Writers Guild of America Awards

This past Sunday saw the Writer’s Guild of America hand out their awards to the top film and television writers. Jordan Peele’s Get Out and James Ivory’s Call Me By Your Name won big in the film categories, while The Handmaid’s Tale, Big Little Lies, and Veep continued their success with big wins in the television categories. The WGA Awards are not great at predicting the Oscar winner due to their specific guidelines making most of the Oscar nominated screenplays ineligible. That makes it difficult to compare the two award categories. One of the Oscar favorites, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, was left out of the WGA’s Original Screenplay category this year. With Peele’s win in that category here, the Oscar race potentially comes down to these two films. However, with The Shape of Water gaining momentum over the course of the awards season, I wouldn’t count it out just yet. On the Adapted Screenplay side, Ivory has been the favorite to win for some time now and, with no other film getting much buzz in this category, picking up the WGA Award may just solidify its victory. Even though the WGA Awards doesn’t have a great track record with regards to the Oscar race, most of the films nominated this year received a nomination for both awards making things very interesting. This year’s Oscar may just follow the WGA Awards trend, or there could be a huge upset on the horizon. We’ll find out soon enough.

Check out the full list of winners below!

Film Categories

Original Screenplay:

Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick

Jordan Peele, Get Out – WINNER

Steven Rogers, I, Tonya

Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, The Shape of Water


Adapted Screenplay:

James Ivory, Call Me By Your Name – WINNER

Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, The Disaster Artist

Scott Frank, James Mangold, and Michael Green, Logan

Aaron Sorkin, Molly’s Game

Virgil Williams and Dee Rees, Mudbound


Documentary Screenplay:

Theodore Braun, Betting on Zero

Brett Morgen, Jane – WINNER

Alex Gibney, No Stone Unturned

Barak Goodman, Oklahoma City

Television Categories

Drama Series:

Peter Ackerman, Hilary Bettis, Joshua Brand, Joel Fields, Stephen Schiff, Joe Weisberg, and Tracey Scott Wilson, The Americans

Ann Cherkis, Vince Gilligan, Jonathan Glatzer, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, Heather Marion, Thomas Schnauz, and Gordon Smith, Better Call Saul

David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, Dave Hill, and D.B. Weiss, Game of Thrones

Ilene Chaiken, Nina Fiore, Dorothy Fortenberry, Leila Gerstein, John Herrera, Lynn Renee Maxcy, Bruce Miller, Kira Snyder, Wendy Straker Hauser, and Eric Tuchman, The Handmaid’s Tale – WINNER

Paul Dichter, Justin Doble, The Duffer Brothers, Jessie Nickson-Lopez, and Kate Trefry, Stranger Things


Comedy Series:

Larry David, Jon Hayman, Justin Hurwitz, and Jeff Schaffer, Curb Your Enthusiasm

Kristoffer Diaz, Liz Flahive, Tara Herrmann, Nick Jones, Jenji Kohan, Carly Mensch, Emma Rathbone, Sascha Rothchild, and Rachel Shuker, GLOW

Aniz Adam Ansari, Aziz Ansari, Andrew Blitz, Zoe Jarman, Cord Jefferson, Sarah Peters, Sarah Schneider, Michael Schur, Leila Strachan, Gene Stupnitsky, Lakshmi Sundaram, Lena Waithe, Jason Woliner, and Alan Yang, Master of None

Alec Berg, Shawn Boxe, Adam Countee, Jonathan Dotan, Mike Judge, Carrie Kemper, Andrew Law, Rachele Lynn, Dan O’Keefe, Meghan Pleticha, Chris Provenzano, Clay Tarver, Graham Wagner, and Aaron Zelman, Silicon Valley

Gabrielle Allan, Rachel Axler, Ted Cohen, Jennifer Crittenden, Alex Gregory, Steve Hely, Peter Huyck, Erik Kenward, Billy Kimball, David Mandel, Ian Maxtone-Graham, Dan Mintz, Lew Morton, Georgia Pritchett, and Will Smith, Veep – WINNER


New Series:

Seth Cohen, Lauren Herstik, Dan Lagana, Kevin McManus, Matthew McManus, Jessica Meyer, Dan Perrault, Amy Pocha, Mike Rosolio, and Tony Yacenda, American Vandal

Megan Abbott, Marc Henry Johnson, Lisa Lutz, George Pelecanos, Richard Price, Will Ralston, David Simon, and Chris Yakaitis, The Deuce

Kristoffer Diaz, Liz Flahive, Tara Herrmann, Nick Jones, Jenji Kohan, Carly Mensch, Emma Rathbone, Sascha Rothchild, and Rachel Shukert, GLOW

Ilene Chaiken, Nina Fiore, Dorothy Fortenberry, Leila Gerstein, John Herrera, Lynn Renee Maxcy, Bruce Miller, Kira Snyder, Wendy Straker Hauser, Eric Tuchman, The Handmaid’s Tale – WINNER

Whit Anderson, Bill Dubuque, Ryan Farley, Alyson Feltes, Paul Kolsby, Chris Mundy, Mark Williams, Ning Zhou, and Martin Zimmerman, Ozark


Long Form Original:

Brad Falchuk, John J. Gray, Joshua Green, Todd Kubrak, Crystal Liu, Tim Minear, Ryan Murphy, Adam Penn, and James Wong, American Horror Story: Cult

Jaffe Cohen, Tim Minear, Ryan Murphy, Gina Welch, and Michael Zam, Feud: Bette and Joan

Barbara Stepansky, Flint – WINNER

Scott Frank, Godless

Jim Clemente, Tony Gittelson, Max Hurwitz, Steven Katz, Nick Schenk, Andrew Sodroski, and Nick Towne, Manhunt: Unabomber


Long Form Adapted:

David E. Kelley, Big Little Lies – WINNER

Monica Beletsky, Bob DeLaurentis, Noah Hawley, Ben Nedivi, and Matt Wolpert, Fargo

Peter Landesman, Alexander Woo, and George C. Wolfe, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Sam Levinson, John Burnham Schwartz, and Samuel Baum, The Wizard of Lies


Short Form New Media Adapted:

James C. Oliver and Sharla Oliver, “John Hancock” (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot)

Nick Bernardone, “Chapter 2” (The Walking Dead: Red Machete)

Mark Leitner, “Justicia” (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot)

Allen Clary and Andrew Rothschild, “Starboy” (Zac & Mia) – WINNER



Lizzie Molyneux and Wendy Molyneux, “Brunchsquatch” (Bob’s Burgers)

Simon Rich, “A Father’s Watch” (The Simpsons)

Joanna Calo, “Ruthie” (BoJack Horseman)

Brian Kelley, “The Serfsons” (The Simpsons)

Kate Purdy, “Time’s Arrow” (BoJack Horseman) – WINNER


Episodic Drama:

Tom Perrotta, Damon Lindelof, and Tom Spezialy, “The Book of Nora” (The Leftovers)

Gordon Smith, “Chicanery” (Better Call Saul) – WINNER

Chad Hodge, “The Heart Attack is the Best Way” (Good Behavior)

Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, “Homecoming” (The OA)

Heather Marion, “Slip” (Better Call Saul)

Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, “The Soviet Division” (The Americans)


Episodic Comedy:

Brendan McCarthy and David Budin, “The Burglary” (Grace and Frankie)

Willie Hunter, “Intervention” (The Carmichael Show)

Ted Cohen, “Judge” (Veep)

Tracy Poust and Jon Kinnally, “Rosario’s Quinceanera” (Will & Grace) – WINNER

Jeff Astrof, “The Verdict” (Trial & Error)


Comedy/Variety Talk Series:


Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – WINNER

Late Night with Seth Meyers

Real Time with Bill Maher

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

The Jim Jefferies Show


Comedy/Variety Sketch Series:

Nathan For You


Saturday Night Live – WINNER

The President Show

Weekend Update Summer Edition


Comedy/Variety Specials:

39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors – WINNER

89th Annual Academy Awards

AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Diane Keaton

Michael Bolton’s Big, Sexy, Valentine’s Day Special

Nathan For You: A Celebration


Quiz and Audience Participation:

Hollywood Game Night – WINNER



Daytime Drama:

General Hospital – WINNER

Days of Our Lives


Children’s Episodic and Specials:

“American Girl – Summer Camp, Friends for Life” (American Girl)

“An American Girl Story – Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance” (American Girl) – WINNER

“Just Add 1965” (Just Add Magic)

“Meet Julia” (Sesame Street)

“The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special”


Documentary Script – Current Events:

“Confronting ISIS” (Frontline) – WINNER

“Poverty, Politics and Profit” (Frontline)

“Unseen Enemy”


Documentary Script – Other Than Current Events:

“Divided States of America” Part One (Frontline)

“Rachel Carson” (American Experience)

“The Great War” Part II (American Experience) – WINNER

“The Great War” Part III (American Experience)

“The Vietnam War,” Episode Six: “Things Fall Apart”


News Script – Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin, or Breaking Point:

“Obama Wiretap Allegations” (World News Tonight with David Muir)

“September 29, 2017” (World News Now)

“White Helmets” (60 Minutes) – WINNER


News Script – Analysis, Feature, or Commentary:

“Chief of Chobani” (60 Minutes) – WINNER

“Fighting Famine” (60 Minutes)


Digital News:

“At the Capitol With Those for Whom Last Night Mattered the Most”

“Becoming Ugly”

“The Super Predators” – WINNER

“Why Did Politicon Make Me Want To Die?”

Radio/Audio Categories

Radio/Audio Documentary:

“2016 Year in Revie,”

“Castro, Cuba & Communism”

“CBS Radio 90th Anniversary” – WINNER

“Remembering Princess Diana 20 Years Later”


Radio/Audio News Script – Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin, or Breaking Report:

“Hugh Hefner: A Social Revolutionary in Silk Pajamas”

“World News This Week November 18, 2016”

“World News This Week: June 9, 2017” – WINNER


Radio/Audio News Script – Analysis, Feature, or Commentary:

“Chuck Berry”

“Dishin’ Digital on WCBS-AM” – WINNER

“Holiday Stories”

“One Nation, Overdosed: An Investigative Report”

Promotional Writing Category

On-Air Promotion (Radio or Television):

“CBS Comedy” – WINNER

“The Good Fight”

Video Game Category

Outstanding Achievement in Video Game Writing:

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider

Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow

Horizon Zero Dawn – WINNER

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