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

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

Feb 12, 2018

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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