Another major guild set their schedule for the 2018 awards season. The Writers Guild Awards, or WGA, represents one of the key precursors in the hunt for Oscar. The WGA represents the writers behind the films that find their way into the public eye. The awards showcase the best in film and in television from the previous year, using January to December as their eligibility window.

Based on WGA rules, some films considered to be frontrunners lose their eligibility status. In previous years, some films that would grab Oscar nominations were ruled ineligible for the WGA nominations. Just last year, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was ruled ineligible. The WGA’s has also given some fun films a big boost as they attempted to get Oscar nominations. Both “Deadpool” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” received nominations from the WGA. So did “Sicario” and “Trainwreck.” The WGA’s are always an interesting group and a great place to show love to screenplays just on the outside of Oscar.

The WGA 2019 Schedule

Friday, Oct. 19
Deadline for submissions: Drama/Comedy/New Series; TV-Radio/Audio-New Media Scripts and Paul Selvin Award

Thursday, Nov. 1
Preliminary Series online voting begins

Friday, Nov. 16
Deadline for submissions: Theatrical + Documentary Screenplays and Videogames

Monday, Nov. 26
Deadline for Preliminary Series online voting

Thursday, Dec. 6
Television, New Media, Radio, News, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominations Announced

Friday, Dec. 7
Preliminary Screenplay online voting begins

Thursday, Jan. 3
Deadline for Preliminary Screenplay online voting

Monday, Jan. 7
Theatrical + Documentary Screenplay and Videogame Nominations Announced

Tuesday, Jan. 8
Final Screenplay and Series online voting begins

Thursday, Jan. 10
The Contenders: Writers Guild Award-nominated films screening series

Friday, Jan. 18
Writers Guild Theater, Beverly Hills

January TBA
“And the Nominees Are…”: Writers Guild Award TV and New Media nominee panels – Venue: NYC (TBA)

Thursday, Jan. 31
Deadline for Final Screenplay and Series online voting

Wednesday, Feb. 6
Deadline for 2019 WGA show reservations, sponsorships and ticket sales

Thursday, Feb. 7
Beyond Words: Writers Guild Award-nominated screenwriters panel, Writers Guild Theater, Beverly Hills

Sunday, Feb. 17
2019 Writers Guild Awards (71st annual)

What do you think of the WGA schedule? Who are some of your early contenders in the screenplay categories? Who do you expect to be ineligible? Let us know in the comments below!

The Writers Guild Awards will be held on February 17th, 2018.