Things Get Political as ‘Arrival,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Atlanta’ Score Big at WGA Awards
Feb20

Things Get Political as ‘Arrival,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Atlanta’ Score Big at WGA Awards

It was certainly telegraphed that there would be a comedic mash-up of politics and performance at the 2017 Writers Guild Awards when the West Coast ceremonies kicked off with a brief video that focused on the ethnicities of Guild members and ended with a hammer and sickle woven into the WGA logo. Host Patton Oswalt, in his second year running as emcee of the ceremonies, then brought out the “trophy girls,” two Russian Army soldiers....

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Awards Season’s Most Acclaimed Filmmakers Reveal Their Challenges
Feb15

Awards Season’s Most Acclaimed Filmmakers Reveal Their Challenges

For going on two decades, it is an event that has become an anticipated awards season tradition, shining a spotlight not only on the creators of the most acclaimed films of the year but also upon the cultural and societal landscape of which they become part and parcel. Last year’s Beyond Words panel discussion with the Writers Guild Award-nominated screenwriters was set smack dab in the middle of the raging #OscarsSoWhite controversy....

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‘Deadpool’ Nabs Surprise Writers Guild Screenplay Nomination
Jan04

‘Deadpool’ Nabs Surprise Writers Guild Screenplay Nomination

Fences, of course. Nocturnal Animals—pretty much a natural selection. But Deadpool for best adapted screenplay? That was a shocker– in a good way – as the Writers Guild of America East and West announced its prestigious nominations for the best screenplays of 2017, both original and adopted, as well as the nominees for best documentary script. For those with short memories, Deadpool hit theaters last February with Ryan Reynolds...

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‘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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