'Get Out' and 'Call Me By Your Name' Win Top Writers Guild Awards


Call Me By Your Name


The Writers Guild of America honored the best screenplays and television scripts of 2017 last night, with Get Out and Call Me By Your Name taking home top honors for the movie categories. Both winners are also nominees in the same respective categories for the Oscars this year, and the Academy could follow suit with their picks next month. 


Get Out received the WGA Award for Best Original Screenplay, but this isn’t a guarantee that writer/director Jordan Peele will take the Oscar, since its main competition, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, was not qualified for a WGA nomination. The WGA winner has also won the Oscar 14 times in the last 20 years, with Moonlight winning for original at the WGAs and adapted at the Academy Awards. 


Call Me By Your Name won the WGA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and this likely does cement the movie as the Oscar winner. It’s been a frontrunner before this weekend, and it also took home the USC Scripter Award on Saturday ahead of the WGAs, too. The winner in this category has seen a repeat at the WGA Awards and Oscars only 12 times in the last 20 years, though the Scripter Award winner has taken the Oscar nine of the last 10 years. 



Do these wins mean anything for Best Picture predicting? While it is rare for the Oscar winner for Best Picture to not also win one of the screenplay categories, in the last 20 years we’ve seen it done with The ArtistMillion Dollar BabyChicago and Gladiator. So there’s still a good chance of The Shape of Water taking Best Picture without also being named Best Original Screenplay. Of course, Three Billboards is also still a major contender for both Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture. 


Other WGA Awards went to the documentary Jane, which was the most glaring nonfiction feature snub by the Academy this year, while the TV movie Flint won for Best Long Form Original script and series The Handmaid’s TaleBig Little LiesVeepBetter Call Saul and Will & Grace were among the other honorees for the small screen. 


Here is the full list of 2018 WGA Award winners:


FILM


ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Get Out

Written by Jordan Peele



ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Call Me by Your Name

Screenplay by James Ivory

Based on the Novel by André Aciman



DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY
Jane

Written by Brett Morgen


 


TELEVISION


DRAMA SERIES
The Handmaid’s Tale

Written by Ilene Chaiken, Nina Fiore, Dorothy Fortenberry, Leila Gerstein, John Herrera, Lynn Maxcy, Bruce Miller, Kira Snyder, Wendy Straker Hauser, Eric Tuchman


 


EPISODIC DRAMA
“Chicanery” (Better Call Saul)

Written by Gordon Smith



COMEDY SERIES
Veep

Written by Rachel Axler, Sean Gray, Alex Gregory, Peter Huyck, Erik Kenward, Billy Kimball, Steve Koren, Dave Mandel, Jim Margolis, Lew Morton, Georgia Pritchett, Will Smith, Alexis Wilkinson



EPISODIC COMEDY
“Rosario’s Quinceanera” (Will & Grace)

Written by Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally



NEW SERIES
The Handmaid’s Tale

Written by Ilene Chaiken, Nina Fiore, Dorothy Fortenberry, Leila Gerstein, John Herrera, Lynn Maxcy, Bruce Miller, Kira Snyder, Wendy Straker Hauser, Eric Tuchman



LONG FORM ORIGINAL
Flint

Written by Barbara Stepansky



LONG FORM ADAPTED
Big Little Lies

Teleplay by David E. Kelley, Based on the Novel by Liane Moriarty



COMEDY/VARIETY TALK SERIES
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Writers: Tim Carvell, Josh Gondelman, Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Maurer, John Oliver, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner, Ben Silva, Seena Vali



COMEDY/VARIETY SKETCH SERIES
Saturday Night Live

Head Writers: Chris Kelly, Sarah Schneider, Bryan Tucker, Writers: James Anderson, Kristen Bartlett, Jeremy Beiler, Neal Brennan, Zack Bornstein, Joanna Bradley, Megan Callahan, Michael Che, Anna Drezen, Fran Gillespie, Sudi Green, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, Nick Kocher, Michael Koman, Dave McCary, Brian McElhaney, Dennis McNicholas, Drew Michael, Lorne Michaels, Josh Patten, Katie Rich, Pete Schultz, Streeter Seidell, Will Stephen, Kent Sublette, Julio Torres



COMEDY/VARIETY SPECIALS
39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors

Written by Dave Boone



QUIZ AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION
Hollywood Game Night

Head Writer: Grant Taylor; Writers: Michael Agbabian, Alex Chauvin, Ann Slichter, Dwight D. Smith



DAYTIME DRAMA
General Hospital

Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Jean Passanante; Writers: Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Dave Rupel, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Christopher Van Etten, Christopher Whitesell



ANIMATION
“Time’s Arrow” – (BoJack Horseman)

Written by Kate Purdy



DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – CURRENT EVENTS
“Confronting ISIS” (Frontline)

Written by Martin Smith 



DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS

“The Great War” Part II (American Experience)


Written by Stephen Ives 



SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA ADAPTED

“Starboy” (Zac & Mia)


Teleplay by Allen Clary and Andrew Rothschild, based on the novel Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts 



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

Written by May Chan


 


PROMOTIONAL WRITING


ON-AIR PROMOTION (RADIO OR TELEVISION)
CBS Comedy

Written by Dan Greenberger 


 


TV NEWS


NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY
“Chief of Chobani” (60 Minutes)

Written by Steve Kroft, Oriana Zill de Granados 



NEWS SCRIPT – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT
“White Helmets” (60 Minutes)

Written by Scott Pelley, Nicole Young, Katie Kerbstat 


 


RADIO/AUDIO


RADIO/AUDIO DOCUMENTARY
CBS Radio 90th Anniversary

Written by Dianne E. James, Gail Lee 



RADIO/AUDIO NEWS SCRIPT – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT
World News This Week: June 9, 2017

Written by Tara Gimbel Tanis 



RADIO/AUDIO NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY
Dishin’ Digital on WCBS-AM

Written by Robert Hawley 



DIGITAL NEWS
The Super Predators

Written by Melissa Jeltsen, Dana Liebelson 


 


OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VIDEOGAME WRITING
Horizon: Zero Dawn

Narrative Director John Gonzalez; Lead Writer Benjamin McCaw; Writing by Ben Schroder, Anne Toole; Additional Writing by Dee Warrick, Meg Jayanth 

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