Writers Guild Awards 2018 Winners: ‘Get Out, ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Among the Top Honorees

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Writers Guild Awards Winner Jordan Peele

Writer/director/producer Jordan Peele on the set of Universal Pictures’ ‘Get Out’ (Photo Credit: Justin Lubin © 2017 Universal Studios)

Patton Oswalt (Happy!, Annihilation) hosted the West Coast and writer/comic Amber Ruffin (Late Night with Seth Meyers) hosted the East Coast 2018 Writers Guild of America’s awards ceremonies which took place on Sunday, February 12, 2018. The annual WGA awards recognize the best writing in film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio, promotional, and graphic animation categories.

The Writers Guild of America is made up of writers working in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media, and broadcast news. In addition to the awards honoring 2017’s outstanding writing achievements, members of the Writers Guild of America West presented Emmy-winning writer-producer Alison Cross (Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story, Roe vs. Wade, S.W.A.T.) with the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement. Academy Award-winning screenwriter/director/producer James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment, Broadcast News, As Good As It Gets) was recognized with the WGAW’s Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement. Oscar-winning screenwriter and LGBTQ rights activist Dustin Lance Black (Milk, When We Rise) was presented with the WGAW’s Valentine Davies Award for his social activism.


The WGAW’s Paul Selvin Award was given to The Post screenwriters Liz Hannah and Josh Singer “whose Post screenplay embodies the spirit of constitutional and civil rights and liberties, including the First Amendment and freedom of the press.”

The Writers Guild of America East special honorees included Tina Fey and Robert Carlock who earned the Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence and Mentorship. Geoffrey C. Ward (The Vietnam War, The Roosevelts, The Civil War) was the recipient of the Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement. The Richard B. Jablow Award for Devoted Service to the Guild was given to Hamilton Nolan (Splinter News / Gizmodo Media Group).

Writers Guild Awards Winners:

FILM WINNERS

    ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
    Get Out, Written by Jordan Peele; Universal Pictures

    ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
    Call Me by Your Name, Screenplay by James Ivory; Based on the Novel by André Aciman; Sony Pictures Classics

    DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY
    Jane, Written by Brett Morgen; National Geographic

TELEVISION AND NEW MEDIA WINNERS

    DRAMA SERIES
    The Handmaid’s Tale, Written by Ilene Chaiken, Nina Fiore, Dorothy Fortenberry, Leila Gerstein, John Herrera, Lynn Renee Maxcy, Bruce Miller, Kira Snyder, Wendy Straker Hauser, Eric Tuchman; Hulu

    COMEDY SERIES
    Veep, Written by 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, Will Smith; HBO

    NEW SERIES
    The Handmaid’s Tale, Written by Ilene Chaiken, Nina Fiore, Dorothy Fortenberry, Leila Gerstein, John Herrera, Lynn Renee Maxcy, Bruce Miller, Kira Snyder, Wendy Straker Hauser, Eric Tuchman; Hulu

    ORIGINAL LONG FORM
    Flint, Written by Barbara Stepansky; Lifetime

    ADAPTED LONG FORM
    Big Little Lies, Teleplay by David E. Kelley, Based on the Novel by Liane Moriarty; HBO

    ADAPTED SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA
    “Starboy” (Zac & Mia), Teleplay by Allen Clary and Andrew Rothschild, Based on the novel Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts; go90.com

    ANIMATION
    “Time’s Arrow” (BoJack Horseman), Written by Kate Purdy; Netflix

    EPISODIC DRAMA
    “Chicanery” (Better Call Saul), Written by Gordon Smith; AMC

    EPISODIC COMEDY
    “Rosario’s Quinceanera” (Will & Grace), Written by Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally; NBC

    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; HBO

    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; NBC Universal

    COMEDY/VARIETY SPECIALS
    39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, Written by Dave Boone; CBS

    QUIZ AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION
    Hollywood Game Night, Head Writer: Grant Taylor; Writers: Michael Agbabian, Alex Chauvin, Ann Slichter, Dwight D. Smith; NBC

    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; ABC

    CHILDREN’S EPISODIC AND SPECIALS
    “An American Girl Story – Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance” (American Girl), Written by May Chan; Amazon

    DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – CURRENT EVENTS
    “Confronting ISIS” (Frontline), Written by Martin Smith; PBS

    DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS
    “The Great War, Part II” (American Experience), Written by Stephen Ives; PBS

    NEWS SCRIPT – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT
    “White Helmets” (60 Minutes), Written by Scott Pelley, Nicole Young, Katie Kerbstat; CBS News

    NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY
    “Chief of Chobani” (60 Minutes), Written by Steve Kroft, Oriana Zill de Granados; CBS News

    DIGITAL NEWS
    “The Super Predators,” Written by Melissa Jeltsen, Dana Liebelson; Huffingtonpost.com

RADIO/AUDIO WINNERS

    RADIO/AUDIO DOCUMENTARY
    “CBS Radio 90th Anniversary,” Written by Dianne E. James, Gail Lee; CBS News Radio

    RADIO/AUDIO NEWS SCRIPT – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT
    “World News This Week: June 9, 2017,” Written by Tara Gimbel Tanis; ABC News Radio

    RADIO/AUDIO NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY
    “Dishin’ Digital on WCBS-AM,” Written by Robert Hawley; WCBS

PROMOTIONAL WINNERS

    ON-AIR PROMOTION (RADIO OR TELEVISION)
    “CBS Comedy,” Written by Dan Greenberger; CBS Television

VIDEOGAME WINNER

    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; Guerrilla Games

Complete List of 2018 Writers Guild of America Awards Nominees




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