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Writers Guild of America Winners


WGA-Awards - cropped and kThe Writers Guild of America, West and East, held concurrent ceremonies for the 2019 Writers Guild Awards on February 17, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles and the Edison Ballroom in New York City. Awards were given to winners of outstanding achievement in writing for film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio/audio, promotional, and graphic animation. Writers Guild and SAG Award-nominated writer-actress-comedian Chelsea Peretti (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks and Recreation) hosted the WGAW’s West Coast awards ceremony.

Host Chelsea Peretti
Host Chelsea Peretti

Additionally, the WGAW presented several honorary, special achievement and service awards during its West Coast ceremony. This year’s honorees included: Orange is the New Black and Weeds creator Jenji Kohan, who received the WGAW’s Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement, presented to her by SAG Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated actress Alison Brie (GLOW); Oscar and WGA-nominated comedy screenwriting team Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel (Parenthood, Splash), who received the WGAW’s Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement, presented to the veteran writing partners by Academy Award-winning director-producer Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind); Writers Guild and Academy Award-winning screenwriter-director Adam McKay (The Big Short), who received the WGAW’s Paul Selvin Award for his satirical, subversive Vice screenplay, which embodies the spirit of constitutional rights and civil liberties, presented to him by MSNBC host-journalist Chris Hayes (All In with Chris Hayes); pioneering French filmmaker Agnès Varda (La Courte Pointe, Vagabond, Faces Places), who received the WGAW’s Jean Renoir Award for International Screenwriting Achievement, which was presented by former WGAW President-screenwriter Howard A. Rodman (Savage Grace) and accepted on Varda’s behalf by her son, actor-director Mathieu Demy (Americano); and documentary filmmaker-writer and former WGAW Board of Directors member Joan Meyerson, who received the WGAW’s Morgan Cox Award for Guild service, presented to her by grown-ish and Insecure co-creator and Emmy-winning writer-producer Larry Wilmore.

Director Adam McKay
Director Adam McKay

The Writers Guild of America, East’s New York Ceremony was hosted by The Daily Show with Trevor Noah correspondent and stand-up comedian Roy Wood Jr. The WGAE presented three honorary awards at the East Coast ceremony. Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress JuIianna Margulies (The Good Wife, ER) presented three-time Emmy Award-winner writer and show creator Tom Fontana (Borgia, Oz, Homicide: Life on the Street, St. Elsewhere) with the Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement. Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and producer James Schamus (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Indignation) presented The Black List founder Franklin Leonard with the Evelyn F. Burkey Award for bringing honor and dignity to writers. Splinter News journalist Hamilton Nolan presented longtime WGA East staff member Randall Jansta with the Richard B. Jablow Award for Devoted Service to the Guild.

And the winners are:

Film – Original Screenplay:
Eighth Grade – Written by Bo Burnham; A24

Film – Adapted Screenplay:
Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, Based on the book by Lee Israel; Fox Searchlight

Film – Documentary Screenplay:
Bathtubs Over Broadway – Written by Ozzy Inguanzo and Dava Whisenant; Focus Features

Television and New Media – Drama Series:
The Americans – Writers: Peter Ackerman, Hilary Bettis, Joshua Brand, Joel Fields, Sarah Nolen, Stephen Schiff, Justin Weinberger, Joe Weisberg, Tracey Scott Wilson; FX Networks

Television and New Media – Comedy Series:
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Writers: Kate Fodor, Noah Gardenswartz, Daniel Goldfarb, Jen Kirkman, Sheila Lawrence, Daniel Palladino, Amy Sherman Palladino; Prime Video

Television and New Media – New Series:
Barry – Writers: Alec Berg, Duffy Boudreau, Bill Hader, Emily Heller, Liz Sarnoff, Ben Smith, Sarah Solemani; HBO

Television and New Media – Original Long Form:
Castle Rock – Writers: Marc Bernardin, Scott Brown, Lila Byock, Mark Lafferty, Sam Shaw, Dustin Thomason, Gina Welch, Vinnie Wilhelm; Hulu

Television and New Media – Adapted Long Form:
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story – Writers: Maggie Cohn, Tom Rob Smith, Based on the book Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth; FX Networks

Television and New Media – Original Short Form New Media:
Class of Lies – Written by Tessa Leigh Williams; Snapchat

Television and New Media – Adapted Short Form New Media:
“Red Machete” (The Walking Dead) – Written by Nick Bernardone;

Television and New Media – Animation:
“Bart’s Not Dead” (The Simpsons) – Written by Stephanie Gillis; Fox

Television and New Media – Episodic Drama:
“Paean To The People” (Homeland) – Written by Alex Gansa; Showtime

Television and New Media – Episodic Comedy:
“Chapter One: ‘Make Your Mark’” (Barry) – Written by Alec Berg & Bill Hader; HBO

Television and New Media – Comedy/Variety Talk Series:
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – Writers: Tim Carvell, Raquel D’Apice, Josh Gondelman, Dan Gurewitch, Jeff Maurer, Daniel O’Brien, John Oliver, Brian Parise, Owen Parsons, Ben Silva, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss, Seena Vali, Juli Weiner; HBO

Television and New Media – Comedy/Variety Sketch Series:
Nathan For You – Writers: Leo Allen, Nathan Fielder, Carrie Kemper, Michael Koman, Adam Locke-Norton, Eric Notarnicola; Comedy Central

Television and New Media – Comedy/Variety Specials:
The Fake News with Ted Nelms – Written by John Aboud, Andrew Blitz, Michael Colton, Ed Helms, Elliott Kalan, Joseph Randazzo, Sara Schaefer; Comedy Central

Television and New Media – Quiz and Audience Participation:
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire – Head Writer: Stephen A. Melcher, Jr.; Writers: Kyle Beakley, Tom Cohen, Patricia A. Cotter, Ryan Hopak, Gary Lucy, James Rowley, Ann Slichter, Dylan Snowden; Disney/ABC Syndication

Television and New Media – Daytime Drama:
General Hospital – Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers: Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles; ABC

Television and New Media – Children’s Episodic and Specials:
“The Ersatz Elevator: Part One” (A Series of Unfortunate Events) – Teleplay by Daniel Handler; Netflix

(No nominees for Children’s Long Form this year.)

Television and New Media – Documentary Script – Current Events:
“Trump’s Takeover” (Frontline) – Written by Michael Kirk & Mike Wiser; PBS

Television and New Media – Documentary Script – Other Than Current Events:
“The Eugenics Crusade” (American Experience) – Written by Michelle Ferrari; PBS

Television and New Media – News Script – Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin, or Breaking News:
“Catastrophe” (60 Minutes), Written by Scott Pelley, Katie Kerbstat, Nicole Young; CBS News

Television and New Media – News Script – Analysis, Feature, or Commentary:
“Wounds of War” (60 Minutes) – Written by Scott Pelley, Katie Kerbstat, Nicole Young; CBS News

Television and New Media – Digital News:
“Inside The Culture Of Sexism At Riot Games,” – Written by Cecilia D’Anastasio;

Radio/Audio – Documentary:
“RFK: 50 Years After Shots Rang Out at The Ambassador Hotel,” – Written by Andrew Evans; ABC News Radio

Radio/Audio – News Script – Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin, or Breaking Report:
“Remembering The Good, The Bad and the Brilliant,” – Written by Gail Lee; CBS News Radio

Radio/Audio – News Script – Analysis, Feature, or Commentary:
“John McCain: A Life of Service,” – Written by Gail Lee; CBS News Radio

Promotional – On Air Promotion (Radio or Television):
“Tribute to Star Trek for the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys,” – Written by Sean Brogan; CBS

Videogame – Writing:
God of War – Written by Matt Sophos, Richard Zangrande Gaubert, Cory Barlog; Story and Narrative Design Lead Matt Sophos; Story and Narrative Design Richard Zangrande Gaubert; Narrative Design Orion Walker, Adam Dolin; Sony Interactive Entertainment

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