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Writers Guild, As Expected, Awards Two Oscar Frontrunners

Writers Guild, As Expected, Awards Two Oscar Frontrunners

Advancing their causes at the Writers Guild of America Awards Saturday, the writers of winners “The Big Short” (Adapted Screenplay) and “Spotlight” (Original Screenplay) reminded attendees that their movies were about serious subjects. Screenwriter Josh Singer thanked Boston Globe reporter Ellen McNamara and survivor Phil Saviano, who were in the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza ballroom (writer-director Tom McCarthy accepted in New York at an earlier ceremony). Writer-director Adam McKay, with Charles Randolph at his side, reminded that "millions of people lost their savings – that’s really what this was about." He thanked Plan B for taking the risk with Paramount on a movie about "financial instruments" and blamed the decline of unions for the lack of representation of American working folks in our democracy, giving the big banks more power, leading to the financial meltdown of 2008. "I am a proud member of the Writers Guild of America," McKay concluded. 
The night’s political cast started right off the bat when Los Angeles host Patton Oswalt said, “Anton Scalia was born in 1936 and has been there ever since.”

Documentary presenter Keegan Michael Key, celebrating all the African-American winners of a WGA screenplay award over the years, checked out one slide for Richard Pryor in 1975. "Suddenly the Oscars don’t look so bad," he said. Accepting the documentary award in New York for “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief," Alex Gibney dedicated the award to people like ex-Scientologist Paul Haggis "willing to speak up against human rights abuses.” 

Accepting the WGA’s Paddy Chayevsky Award alongside longtime collaborator David Crane, "Friends" creator Marta Kauffman said "Fuck you, Mrs. McMillan!" to the English teacher who told her she’d never be a writer. She also stated that showrunners and executive producers are not the same anymore, and that writers need to protect their roles.
On the television side, “Veep” Season Four and the final season of AMC’s “Mad Men” took the TV series awards for comedy and drama respectively. "I threw away Written By Magazine when I saw your face on the cover," said creator Matt Weiner. "I’m a writer."

“Better Call Saul” took home the TV drama episode award for the “Uno” segment (Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould). “Silicon Valley” nabbed TV comedy episode for the “Sand Hill Shuffle” episode (Clay Tarver).

Although the WGA screenplay nominations omitted four Oscar nominees that were not eligible (“Brooklyn,” Room," “Ex Machina” and “Inside Out”), "Spotlight" and "The Big Short" are the favorites to win at the Oscars on February 28 as they duke it out for Best Picture votes in a closely contested race. WGA winners have predicted eventual Oscar winners 15 of the last 21 years (Adapted) and 13 of the last 21 (Original).

The Paul Selvin Award honoring freedom of speech went to John McNamara for "Trumbo." "Dalton Trumbo is the bravest person I never met," said McNamara. "He stood up to bullies. As we all should."

The list of winners:
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“Spotlight,” Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy; Open Road Films 
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“The Big Short,” Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay; Based on the Book by Michael Lewis; Paramount Pictures  
DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY
“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” Written by Alex Gibney; HBO Documentary Films  WINNER
TELEVISION AND NEW MEDIA
DRAMA SERIES
“Mad Men,” Written by Lisa Albert, Semi Chellas, Jonathan Igla, Janet Leahy, Erin Levy, Tom Smuts, Robert Towne, Matthew Weiner, Carly Wray; AMC 
COMEDY SERIES
“Veep,” Written by Simon Blackwell, Jon Brown, Kevin Cecil, Roger Drew, Peter Fellows, Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons, Sean Gray, Callie Hersheway, Armando Iannucci, Sean Love, Ian Martin, Georgia Pritchett, David Quantick, Andy Riley, Tony Roche, Will Smith; HBO
NEW SERIES
“Mr. Robot,” Written by Kyle Bradstreet, Kate Erickson, Sam Esmail, David Iserson, Randolph Leon, Adam Penn, Matt Pyken; USA  
LONG FORM ORIGINAL
“Saints & Strangers,” Written by Seth Fisher, Walon Green, Chip Johannessen, Eric Overmyer; National Geographic Channel 
LONG FORM ADAPTED
“Fargo,” Written by Steve Blackman, Bob DeLaurentis, Noah Hawley, Ben Nedivi, Matt Wolpert, Based on the film Fargo; FX
ANIMATION
“Housetrap” (Bob’s Burgers), Written by Dan Fybel; Fox 
EPISODIC DRAMA
“Uno” (Better Call Saul), Written by Vince Gilligan & Peter Gould; AMC
EPISODIC COMEDY
“Sand Hill Shuffle” (Silicon Valley), Written by Clay Tarver; HBO
QUIZ AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION
“Hollywood Game Night,” Head Writer: Grant Taylor; Writers: Michael Agbabian, Alex Chauvin, Ann Slichter, Dwight D. Smith; NBC 
DAYTIME DRAMA
“General Hospital,” Writers: Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Andrea Archer Compton, Suzanne Flynn, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Elizabeth Page, Jean Passanante, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Chris Van Etten; ABC 
CHILDREN’S SCRIPT – EPISODIC AND SPECIALS
“Gortimer, Ranger and Mel vs. The Endless Night” (Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street), Written by Gretchen Enders & Aminta Goyel; Amazon Studios 
CHILDREN’S SCRIPT – LONG FORM OR SPECIAL
“Descendants,” Written by Josann McGibbon & Sara Parriott; Disney Channel 

VIDEOGAME WRITING NOMINATIONS
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VIDEOGAME WRITING
Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lead Narrative Designer John Stafford; Narrative Designer Cameron Suey; Lead Writer Rhianna Pratchett; Additional Writer Philip Gelatt; Microsoft WINNER

SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA – ORIGINAL
“Back to Reality” (Weight), Written by Daryn Strauss; weighttheseries.com
TV NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY
“The Storm After the Storm” (60 Minutes), Written by Sharyn Alfonsi, Michael Rey and Oriana Zill de Granados; CBS News

COMEDY / VARIETY (INCLUDING TALK) – SERIES
“Real Time with Bill Maher,” Writers: Scott Carter, Adam Felber, Matt Gunn, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Chris Kelly, Bill Maher, Billy Martin, Danny Vermont; HBO

COMEDY / VARIETY SKETCH SERIES
Inside Amy Schumer, Head Writer: Jessi Klein Writers: Hallie Cantor, Kim Caramele, Kyle Dunnigan, Jon Glaser, Kurt Metzger, Christine Nangle, Dan Powell, Tami Sagher, Amy Schumer; Comedy Central
COMEDY / VARIETY – MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES – SPECIALS
Jimmy Kimmel Live: 10th Annual After The Oscars Special, Written by Jack Allison, Tony Barbieri, Jonathan Bines, Joelle Boucai, Greg Dorris, Gary Greenberg, Josh Halloway, Sal Iacono, Eric Immerman, Jimmy Kimmel, Bess Kalb, Jeff Loveness, Molly McNearney, Danny Ricker, Joe Strazzullo, Bridger Winegar; ABC

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – CURRENT EVENTS
“American Terrorist” (Frontline), Written by Thomas Jennings; PBS
DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS
“The Great Math Mystery” (Nova), Written by Daniel McCabe; PBS
TV NEWS SCRIPT – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT
“Cuba” (60 Minutes), Written by Scott Pelley, Nicole Young, Oriana Zill de Granados, Andy Court and Robert Anderson; CBS News
TV NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY
“The Storm After the Storm” (60 Minutes), Written by Sharyn Alfonsi, Michael Rey and Oriana Zill de Granados; CBS News
RADIO WINNERS
RADIO DOCUMENTARY
“Marking the End of Vietnam: 40 Years Later,” Written by Andrew Evans; ABC News Radio
RADIO NEWS SCRIPT—REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT
“Remembering New York Icons,” Written by Thomas A. Sabella; CBS Radio News
RADIO NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY
“Passages,” Written by Gail Lee; CBS Radio News
PROMOTIONAL WRITING WINNER
ON-AIR PROMOTION (TELEVISION, NEW MEDIA OR RADIO)
“The McCarthys and Under the Dome Promos,” Written by Erial Tompkins; CBS

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