Writers Guild Awards Celebrate Top Screenplays and Union Solidarity Ahead of The Oscars

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HOLLYWOOD – The Writers Guild of America Awards, Hollywood’s final major awards ceremony before the Oscars, has recently taken place. The ceremony saw a number of surprise winners, with “Severance,” “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” and “Women Talking” taking home the top prizes. But the biggest message of the night was how the guild is engaged and ready to back its guild in the upcoming contract talks for a new master film and TV contract. Host Janelle James began the Los Angeles ceremony by saying, “Welcome to the Writers Guild Awards and strike authorization vote,” with comedian Michelle Buteau leading the New York festivities.

Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan, the co-writers and co-directors of the season’s awards juggernaut “Everything Everywhere,” spoke about the importance of their offbeat, set-in-the-metaverse film being recognized by their fellow writers. They called on their fellow union members to get involved in behind-the-scenes preparations for a potential work stoppage. Veteran multihyphenate Yvette Lee Bowser drew a standing ovation in Los Angeles as she was feted with the television career achievement honour. Bowser spoke about her career and her early days getting started “in the war-torn trenches of ‘A Different World’ Season 1.”

The writing team behind Amazon Prime Video adult animation series “Undone” were surprise winners in the episodic animated series category, besting three different episodes of “The Simpsons.” New series honours went to Apple TV+’s “Severance.” The FX dramedy “The Bear” took the win for the comedy series. Rene Gube, a “Bear” writer who accepted for the group, said, “We’ve finally answered the age-old question: Does comedy have to be funny.”

The evening included fiery remarks about power in Hollywood from Charlie Kaufman, who was bestowed the guild’s Screenwriting Laurel career achievement award. WGA West president Meredith Stiehm also rallied the troops around what she called “the good sheriff” in the industry.

With many of Hollywood’s top writers in attendance, the event highlighted the importance of collective action, hard work, and the value of the union in the industry. The awards ceremony demonstrated the industry’s scribe tribe is engaged and ready to back their guild in the upcoming contract negotiations. – Variety

Check out the full list of winners for the 2023 Writers Guild of America Awards below.

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY


“Everything Everywhere All at Once”
“The Fabelmans”
“The Menu”
“Nope”
“Tár”

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY


“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”
“She Said”
“Top Gun: Maverick”
“Women Talking”

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY


“2nd Chance”
“Downfall: The Case Against Boeing”
“Last Flight Home”
“Moonage Daydream”
“¡Viva Maestro!”

DRAMA SERIES


“Andor”
“Better Call Saul”
“The Crown”
“Severance”
“Yellowjackets”

COMEDY SERIES


“Abbott Elementary”
“Barry”
“The Bear”
“Hacks”
“Only Murders in the Building”

NEW SERIES


“Abbott Elementary”
“Andor”
“Bad Sisters”
“The Bear”
“Severance”

LIMITED SERIES


“The Dropout”
“Fleishman Is in Trouble”
“Pam & Tommy”
“The Staircase”
“The White Lotus”

EPISODIC ANIMATION


“Girls Just Shauna Have Fun” – “The Simpsons”
“The Pain Garden” – “Tuca & Bertie”
“Pixelated and Afraid” – “The Simpsons”
“Rectify” – “Undone”
“The Sound of Bleeding Gums” – “The Simpsons”

EPISODIC DRAMA


“A Hard Way to Go” – “Ozark”
“The End of Everything” – “The Good Fight”
“Plan and Execution” – “Better Call Saul”
“The Prick” – “Bad Sisters”
“Rock and Hard Place” – Better Call Saul
“The We We Are” – Severance

EPISODIC COMEDY


“The Beginning” – “Grace and Frankie”
“Braciole” – “The Bear”
“Private School” – “What We Do in the Shadows”
“The One, The Only” – “Hacks”
“Wide Net” – “Reservations Dogs”

COMEDY/VARIETY TALK SERIES


“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”
“Hell of a Week With Charlamagne Tha God”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
“Late Night With Seth Meyers”
“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”
“The Problem With Jon Stewart”
“Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning Out the News”

COMEDY/VARIETY SKETCH SERIES

“Inside Amy Schumer”
“Pause With Sam Jay”
“Saturday Night Live”

COMEDY/VARIETY SPECIALS


“The National Memorial Day Concert”
“Stand Out: an LGBTQ+ Celebration”
“The Problem With Jon Stewart: Election Wrap-Up Special”
“Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel”

TV & NEW MEDIA MOTION PICTURES


“Heart of the Matter”
“Honor Society”
“Ray Donovan: The Movie”
“Torn Hearts”
“Weird: The Al Yankovic Story”

QUIZ AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION


“Baking It”
“Capital One College Bowl”
“Jeopardy!”
“Weakest Link”

DAYTIME DRAMA


“Days of Our Lives”

CHILDREN’S EPISODIC, LONG-FORM AND SPECIALS


“A Perilous Journey” – “The Mysterious Benedict Society”
“Thursday” – “Life by Ella”
“Pilot” – “Amber Brown”
“Prison or Palace” – “Life by Ella”
“Test Subject Thirteen” – “Circuit Breakers”

SHORT-FORM NEW MEDIA


“Breakwater”
“Carpool Karaoke: The Series”
“Three Busy Debras”

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT — CURRENT EVENTS

“Episode Two: Resilience” – “Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness,” PBS
“Inside the Alleged Sexual Assault Cover Up in Charlotte Schools” – “Vice News Tonight”
“Lies, Politics and Democracy” – “Frontline”

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT — OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS


“Episode Two: An American (1775-1790)” – “Benjamin Franklin,” PBS
“Episode One: The Golden Door (Beginnings-1938)” – “The U.S. and the Holocaust,” PBS
“Lucy and Desi”
“Ocean Invaders” – “Nova”
“Pelosi’s Power” – “Frontline”
“Plague at the Golden Gate” – “American Experience,” PBS

NEWS SCRIPT — REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT


“Massacre in Buffalo” – “CBS Weekend News”
“Shooting at Robb Elementary” – “World News Tonight With David Muir”
“Special Edition: From the Ukraine Border” – “World News Tonight With David Muir”
“The Water Crisis in Jackson, Mississippi” – “CBS Evening News With Norah O’Donnell”

NEWS SCRIPT — ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY


“Battle for Ukraine” – “20/20”
“City of Lions” – “60 Minutes”
“The Green Jacket – Golf’s Ultimate Prize” – “CBS Saturday Morning”
“Harvest of War” – “60 Minutes”
“The Longest Running Oil Spill” – “60 Minutes”
“Targeting Americans” – “60 Minutes”

DIGITAL NEWS


“America’s Only LGBTQ Historic District Is Falling Apart,” Vice
“How Oregon’s Prison System Retaliated Against Its Most Effective Jailhouse Lawyer,” HuffPost
“I Spent 72 Depraved Hours Searching for the Gnarliest Dive Bar in Las Vegas,” Vice
“The Most Unexpected Consequence of the Texas Abortion Ban,” Slate
“What’s So Scary About a Transgender Child,” Vox

RADIO/AUDIO DOCUMENTARY

“Dr. GIFT” – “One Year: 1995”
“Like a Lion with No Teeth” – “Crime Show”
“Making Sense: How Sound Becomes Hearing” – “Unexplainable”
“The Most Famous Poet No One Remembers” – “Decoder Ring”
“No Peace” – “Slow Burn: The L.A. Riots”
“The Ultimate Field Trip” – “One Year: 1986”
“The War in Jennifer Weiss” – “Crime Show”

RADIO/AUDIO NEWS SCRIPT — REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN OR BREAKING REPORT

“CBS World News Roundup”
“Hail And Farewell: Saluting 5 Who Made a Difference,” CBS Radio
“Newsline – 11am 9/9/22,” CBS Radio
“World News This Week – Week of September 9, 2022,” ABC Radio
“World News This Year 2021,” ABC News Radio

RADIO/AUDIO NEWS SCRIPT — ANALYSIS, FEATURE OR COMMENTARY

“2021 Law and Justice Year End Reports” – ABC News Radio
“Was the Women’s March Successful?” – “The Waves”
“WCBS Author Talks Summer Reads” – WCBS Radio
“What I Wish I Knew Before I Started IVF” – “The Waves”
“You Will Be Found: The Impact of Dear Evan Hansen” – (“Somalia Suffering From Starvation” – “Perspective”ABC Audio

ON-AIR PROMOTION

“Amazon Bessemer Campaign: This Time I’m Voting Yes; Union Difference; Union Yes,” Facebook
“CBS Celebrates Juneteenth,” CBS News