Winners Announced for the 2018 Writers Guild Awards
The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) tonight announced the winners of the 2018 Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio/audio, promotional, and graphic animation categories at concurrent ceremonies at the Edison Ballroom in New York City and The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.
Call Me by Your Name, Screenplay by James Ivory; Based on the Novel by André Aciman; Sony Pictures Classics
Jane, Written by Brett Morgen; National Geographic
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
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
"Time's Arrow" (BoJack Horseman), Written by Kate Purdy; Netflix
"Chicanery" (Better Call Saul), Written by Gordon Smith; AMC
"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
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
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
NEWS SCRIPT - ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY
"The Super Predators," Written by Melissa Jeltsen, Dana Liebelson; Huffingtonpost.com
"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
ON-AIR PROMOTION (RADIO OR TELEVISION)
"CBS Comedy," Written by Dan Greenberger; CBS Television
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
The WGAE's East Coast Ceremony was hosted by writer and comic Amber Ruffin (Late Night with Seth Meyers). Presenters who appeared in New York City included Golden Globe-winner Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel); Emmy Award-winner Ann Dowd (The Handmaid's Tale); SAG Award-winner Anna Chlumsky (Veep); Academy Award-nominee Lucas Hedges (Lady Bird); two-time Emmy Award-winner Jane Pauley (CBS News Sunday Morning); Writers Guild Award-nominee Anthony Atamanuik (The President Show); late night host Robin Thede (The Rundown with Robin Thede); actress-writer Julie Klausner (Difficult People); late night host Jordan Klepper (The Opposition with Jordan Klepper); and correspondent-writer Laura Grey (The Opposition with Jordan Klepper).
The WGAE presented three honorary awards at the East Coast ceremony. It was a reunion for SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE and 30 ROCK alums as Tracy Morgan and Rachel Dratch presented Tina Fey and Robert Carlock with the Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence and Mentorship. Ken Burns presented the Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement to his long-time collaborator Geoffrey C. Ward (The Vietnam War, The Roosevelts, The Civil War). Courtney Simon (As the World Turns) presented the Richard B. Jablow Award for Devoted Service to the Guild to Hamilton Nolan (Splinter News / Gizmodo Media Group).
Attendees at the WGAE's show included the Guild's President and House of Cards creator Beau Willimon; Call Me By Your Name author André Aciman; The Disaster Artist co-screenwriter Michael H. Weber; The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks writer-director George C. Wolfe; late night host Seth Meyers; Feud: Bette and Joan writer-producer Michael Zam; THE DEUCE writer-producer George Pelecanos; UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT actress Ellie Kemper; THE PRESIDENT SHOW actor and executive producer Adam Pally; The Americans creators Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields; Law & Order: Special Victims Unit creator Warren Leight; Oz creator Tom Fontana; Dirty Dancing screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein; Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau; acclaimed actor Lawrence Arancio; SAG-AFTRA's Senior Advisor John McGuire; Teamsters Local 817 President Tommy J. O'Donnell; IATSE International President Matthew Loeb; Writers Guild Initiative President Michael Weller; and former WGAE Presidents Chris Albers and Michael Winship.
Emmy and Grammy-winning actor-writer-comedian Patton Oswalt (Happy!, A.P. Bio, Annihilation) hosted the WGAW's West Coast ceremony. Presenters who appeared in Los Angeles included: Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Glenn Close (Damages, Albert Nobbs); Golden Globe-nominated actress Alison Brie (GLOW, The Post, The Disaster Artist); Emmy-nominated BETTER CALL SAUL star, The Post co-star and Emmy-winning writer Bob Odenkirk; Oscar-nominated Lady Bird screenwriter-director Greta Gerwig; Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe-nominated actress and SPEECHLESS co-star Minnie Driver; Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Jane Lynch (Hollywood Game Night, Manhunt: Unabomber, Criminal Minds, Glee); Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor Sir Patrick Stewart (Logan, Blunt Talk); Emmy-nominated actress and Emmy-winning writer Wanda Sykes (black-ish); BROOKLYN NINE-NINE co-star Terry Crews; SAG Awards-nominated BROOKLYN NINE-NINE co-star and WGA-nominated PARKS AND RECREATION writer Chelsea Peretti; THE JIM JEFFERIES SHOW star Jim Jefferies; LA TO VEGAS star and Golden Globe-winning actor Dylan McDermott; Emmy-winning comedian-actress-writer Sarah Silverman (Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles, Bob's Burgers); Emmy-winning comedian-actress Kathy Griffin (Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List); Tim Meadows (The Goldbergs, Bob's Burgers, SNL); Ivory Aquino (When We Rise); Rob Riggle (Angie Tribeca, Modern Family, SNL); producers Doug Wick & Lucy Fisher (Divergent, The Great Gatsby); and a live performance by Puddles Pity Party.
In addition, the WGAW presented several honorary awards during its West Coast ceremony: Emmy-winning Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story star Glenn Close presented the WGAW's Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement to Emmy-winning writer-producer Alison Cross (Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story, Roe vs. Wade, S.W.A.T.); Doug Wick & Lucy Fisher presented the WGAW's Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement to Writers Guild and Academy Award-winning screenwriter-director-producer James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment, Broadcast News, As Good As It Gets); When We Rise co-star Ivory Aquino presented the WGAW's Valentine Davies Award to Writers Guild and Academy Award-winning screenwriter and LGBTQ rights activist Dustin Lance Black (Milk, When We Rise) for his social activism which has positively impacted the LGBTQ community; Washington Post Editor Martin "Marty" Baron presented the WGAW's Paul Selvin Award 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.
Attendees at the WGAW's show included: The Big Sick co-screenwriter/star Kumail Nanjiani and co-screenwriter Emily V. Gordon; Big Little Lies creator David E. Kelley and actress Michelle Pfeiffer (The Wizard of Lies, mother!); TV host Jimmy Kimmel (Jimmy Kimmel Live, 90th Academy Awards); Oscar-nominated Get Out screenwriter/director Jordan Peele; Oscar-nominated The Shape of Water co-screenwriter/director Guillermo Del Toro & co-screenwriter Vanessa Taylor; Get Out co-stars Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener; Molly's Game screenwriter Aaron Sorkin; GOOD BEHAVIOR co-star Joey Kern; The Honorable Adam Schiff; L.A. City Councilman Paul Koretz; The OA co-creator/star Brit Marling; Call Me by Your Name screenwriter James Ivory; NATHAN FOR YOU co-creator/star Nathan Fielder; and PORTLANDIA writer-star Carrie Brownstein. In addition, the Guild commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Hollywood Blacklist, honoring Blacklist survivors Marsha Hunt and Norma Barzman who were in attendance.
Production credits for the WGAE's show included: Co-Executive Producers Bonnie Datt and Shannon Walker; Head Writer Ann B. Cohen; Writers Ashley Nicole Black, David Steven Cohen, Timothy Cooper, Bonnie Datt, Tarik Davis, Alex English, Ziwe Fumudoh, Jenny Hagel, Don Hooper, Shantira Jackson, Dewayne Perkins, Dan Perlman, Amber Ruffin, Bill Scheft, Craig Shemin and Shannon Walker; Line Producer LBI Audio, Video & Scenic Solutions; and Clips/Tribute Reels Craig Shemin.
Production credits for the WGAW's show included: Executive Producer Hugh Fink; Producers Tara Power and Joselyn Allen; Co-Producer Kelly Brock; Director Nick Murray; Head Writer Joe O'Brien; Writers Hugh Fink, Danielle Koenig, Ed Lee, Janine Brito, Mike Drucker, Gerry Duggan, Matt Oswalt; Creative Consultant Shelly Goldstein; Line Producer Shannon Walden; and Production Designer Chris Giammalvo.
The Writers Guild Awards honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio, promotional, and graphic animation categories. The 2018 Writers Guild Awards (70th Annual) were presented at concurrent ceremonies on Sunday, February 11, 2018, in New York City at the Edison Ballroom and in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton . For more information about the 2018 Writers Guild Awards, please visit www.wgaeast.org and www.wga.org.