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WGA Awards: ‘Parasite’ and ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Build Oscar Momentum


The Writers Guild of America held their annual awards last night and it was the first major sign of how the Original and Adapted Screenplay categories at the Oscars may play out.

“Parasite” picked up the win for Original Screenplay, which was no real surprise given the absence of “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood” which was not eligible. It also beat out fellow Oscar nominees “1917,” “Knives Out” and “Marriage Story.”

Taika Waititi won Adapted Screenplay for his “Jojo Rabbit” script, in what was a very close race against Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” and Steven Zaillian’s “The Irishman.” Given its impressive guild run as of late, “Jojo Rabbit” is no doubt the frontrunner in this category now. Waititi was also nominated for New Series as part of the writing team for “What We Do in the Shadows” but lost to HBO’s “Watchmen.”

Elsewhere in the major television categories, “Succession” took home the prize for Drama Series and “Barry” beat former winners “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Veep” to win best Comedy Series. It marked a clean sweep for HBO in the three big TV categories.

There were two separate ceremonies taking place, one in Los Angeles and one in New York. Special Awards were handed out at both. Academy Award Winner Nancy Meyers (“Private Benjamin”) was awarded with the Screen Laurel award, whilst the Paul Selvin award recipient was Academy Award Winner Charles Randolph (“Bombshell,” “The Big Short”).

Elsewhere, there were honorary awards given to Emmy Award Nominee Brad Falchuk (“American Horror Story”), Emmy Award Winner Merrill Markoe (“Late Night With David Letterman”) and Emmy Award Nominee David N. Weiss (“Rugrats”).

Below is the full list of winners in the film and television categories, as per the WGA website:

Original Screenplay
“Knives Out”
“Marriage Story”

Adapted Screenplay
“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Little Women”

Documentary Screenplay
“Citizen K”
“The Inventor: Out of Blood in Silicon Valley”
“Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People”
“The Kingmaker”

Drama Series
“The Crown”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”

Comedy Series
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
“Russian Doll”

New Series
“Dead to Me”
“Russian Doll”
“What We Do in the Shadows”

Original Long Form
“The Terror: Infamy”
“True Detective”

Adapted Long Form
“El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie”
“The Loudest Voice”

Original Short Form New Media
“After Forever”

“Bed, Bob & Beyond” (“Bob’s Burgers”)
“The Gene Mile” (“Bob’s Burgers”)
“Go Big or Go Home” (“The Simpsons”)
“A Horse Walks Into A Rehab” (“BoJack Horseman”)
“Livin’ La Pura Vida” (“The Simpsons”)
“Thanksgiving of Horror” (“The Simpsons”)

Episodic Drama
“407 Proxy Authentication Required” (“Mr. Robot”)
“A Good Man is Hard to Find” (“Ray Donovan”)
“Mirror Mirror” (“The OA”)
“Moondust” (“The Crown”)
“Our Little Island Girl” (“This is Us”)
“Tern Haven” (“Succession”)

Episodic Comedy
“Here’s Where We Get Off” (“Orange is the New Black”)
“It’s Comedy or Cabbage” (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
“Nice Knowing You” (“Living With Yourself”)
“Pilot” (“Dead to Me”)
“The Stinker Thinker” (“On Becoming a God in Central Florida”)
“Veep” (“Veep”)

Comedy/Variety Talk Series
“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
“Late Night with Seth Meyers”
“The Late Late Show with James Corden”
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

Comedy/Variety Specials
“Desi Lydic: Abroad”
“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Presents: Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner Part 2”
“The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2019”
“Ramy Youssef: Feelings”

Comedy/Variety Sketch Series
“At Home with Amy Sedaris”
“I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson”
“Saturday Night Live”

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Written by Bradley Weir

Recently graduated from the UK with a degree in film. Passionate about all things movies, especially the awards season!


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