New from Reel Talker by Jim Alexander: Writers Guild Awards

Awards seasons just completed with the Oscars, but prior to them the WGA Awards took place, where writers of this past years highly touted movies were recognized. From the likes of A Star is Born to Blackkklansman, writers, filmmakers and actors were on hand to celebrate the nominees. Reel Talker had an opportunity to be on hand to take in the red carpet and speak with many of the nominees and winners. Check out the full video of the interviews below:

2019 WRITERS GUILD AWARDS WINNERS LIST:

FILM WINNERS:

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

Eighth Grade, Written by Bo Burnham; A24 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

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

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY:

Bathtubs Over Broadway, Written by Ozzy Inguanzo & Dava Whisenant; Focus Features

TELEVISION AND NEW MEDIA WINNERS:

DRAMA SERIES:

The Americans, Written by Peter Ackerman, Hilary Bettis, Joshua Brand, Joel Fields, Sarah Nolen, Stephen Schiff, Justin Weinberger, Joe Weisberg, Tracey Scott Wilson; FX Networks

COMEDY SERIES:

The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselWritten by Kate Fodor, Noah Gardenswartz, Daniel Goldfarb, Jen Kirkman, Sheila Lawrence, Daniel Palladino, Amy Sherman Palladino; Prime Video

NEW SERIES:

Barry, Written by Alec Berg, Duffy Boudreau, Bill Hader, Emily Heller, Liz Sarnoff, Ben Smith, Sarah Solemani; HBO

ORIGINAL LONG FORM:

Castle Rock, Writers: Marc Bernardin, Scott Brown, Lila Byock, Mark Lafferty, Sam Shaw, Dustin Thomason, Gina Welch, Vinnie Wilhelm; Hulu

ADAPTED LONG FORM:

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Writers: Maggie CohnTom Rob Smith, Based on the book Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth; FX Networks

ORIGINAL SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA:

Class of Lies, Written by Tessa Leigh Williams; Snapchat

ADAPTED SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA:

The Walking Dead: Red Machete, Written by Nick Bernardone; AMC.com

ANIMATION:

“Bart’s Not Dead” (The Simpsons), Written by Stephanie Gillis; Fox

EPISODIC DRAMA:

“Paean To The People” (Homeland), Written by Alex Gansa;Showtime

EPISODIC COMEDY

“Chapter One: ‘Make Your Mark’” (Barry), Written by Alec Berg & Bill Hader; HBO

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

COMEDY/VARIETY SKETCH SERIES:

Nathan For You, Writers: Leo AllenNathan Fielder, Carrie Kemper, Michael Koman, Adam Locke-Norton, Eric Notarnicola; Comedy Central

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

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

DAYTIME DRAMA:

General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly AltmanChristopher 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

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.)

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – CURRENT EVENTS:

“Trump’s Takeover” (Frontline), Written by Michael Kirk & Mike Wiser; PBS

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS:

“The Eugenics Crusade” (American Experience), Written by Michelle Ferrari; PBS

NEWS SCRIPT – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT:

“Catastrophe” (60 Minutes), Written by Scott PelleyKatie Kerbstat, Nicole Young; CBS News

NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY:

“Wounds of War” (60 Minutes), Written by Scott PelleyKatie Kerbstat, Nicole Young; CBS News

DIGITAL NEWS:

“Inside The Culture Of Sexism At Riot Games,” Written by Cecilia D’Anastasio; Kotaku.com

PROMOTIONAL WINNER:

ON-AIR PROMOTION (RADIO OR TELEVISION):

“Tribute to Star Trek for the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys,” Written by Sean Brogan; CBS

VIDEOGAME WINNER:

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

REAL TALK:

This was such a fun event to attend. The cool thing about it was that it wasn’t only the movies that were up for nominations, television shows were also recognized. The stars came out to support their writer friends. Bill Hader, Ed Helms, Topher Grace were all there on hand among many others.

I really liked hearing Rachel Bloom share her views and stories on the lack of recognition for the writers in the industry. It’s important that these men and women get recognized for the importance they have in delivering our favorite movies and shows. They are often unrecognized and their names fly under-the-radar, but a much bigger emphasis should be placed on them. No doubt this awards show should also be televised. Hopefully moving forward we will get to become exposed and more familiar with the writers.

It was my first time meeting Bill Hader, he was a lot more shy then I expected him to be, but was fortunate to talk to him after his win for ‘Barry’. Ed Helms was very nice and fun as you’d imagine him to be. His ‘Fake News with Ted Nelms’ crew was enjoyable to talk with. Come on, I couldn’t be the only one that thought that Will Fetters resembles Ben Affleck, right? Share your thoughts and comments below.

My first WGA was a great event and a fun time. Looking forward to doing it again next year.

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