‘Spotlight,’ ‘The Big Short,’ ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Veep’ Top WGA Awards

If the show had been televised, 2016 WGA Awards ceremony in Los Angeles would almost certainly be nominated itself as best comedy/variety special. Rarely has an awards show that honors excellence in film and television– much of it very serious or dramatic in nature—been filled with the amount of humor, wit and irony that was brought to the table during ceremonies focused on the craft of writing. (Ceremonies were also held in New York...

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Secrets Behind the Screenplays: Nominated Writers Open Up at WGA’s Beyond Words
Feb06

Secrets Behind the Screenplays: Nominated Writers Open Up at WGA’s Beyond Words

You know it’s going to be an entertaining evening when a “fight” breaks out amongst acclaimed screenwriters of some of the most honored films this awards season. That’s what happened at the Writers Guild of America West’s Beyond Words Feb. 4 event, which spotlights the writers of original and adapted screenplays who are up for WGA Awards. Most of them, not surprisingly, are also nominated for Oscars. Screenwriter John August moderated...

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‘Straight Outta Compton,’ ‘Spotlight,’ ‘Trumbo,’ ‘Trainwreck,’ ‘Sicario,’ ‘Carol’ Top WGA Nominations
Jan06

‘Straight Outta Compton,’ ‘Spotlight,’ ‘Trumbo,’ ‘Trainwreck,’ ‘Sicario,’ ‘Carol’ Top WGA Nominations

No huge surprises were unveiled when the Writers Guild of America announced its nominees for its 2016 awards, to be handed out February 13 at concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. After all, no one really expected “Mad Max: Fury Road” to make the cut, much as it has been honored by other orgs this awards season. But a couple of other favorites, including “Room” and “Brooklyn,” also came up empty-handed. And “The Revenant”...

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WGA Awards Play The Imitation Game, Check Into Grand Budapest Hotel

Nic Pizzolatto made something very clear during his two trips to the podium at the WGA Awards. The writer of HBO’s “True Detective ”– honored for both outstanding drama series and new series – is still worried about keeping his job. Both of Pizzolatto’s acceptance speeches were part of a thread of self-deprecating humor that ran through the West Coast edition of the 2015 Writers Guild Awards, which honor outstanding achievement...

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Writers Guild Awards Winners Add New Drama to Oscar Race, Cement TV Icons
Feb02

Writers Guild Awards Winners Add New Drama to Oscar Race, Cement TV Icons

With Saturday night’s Writers Guild of America Awards, all of the guilds have now spoken– their voters deciding the best written, best directed, best acted and best produced movies of the year. And for the first time in recent memory, there is no clear consensus– which makes the ongoing Oscar race even more interesting than it is when just one or two films and their key talent are considered a lock. For those with short...

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