Writers Guild prizes go to “Call Me By Your Name” and “Get Out”

Over the weekend, a pair of screenplay precursors were announced, bringing us very close to the end of the season. On Saturday night, the USC Scripter awards were handed out, while last night saw the Writers Guild of America hold their ceremony. With only BAFTA still to chime in, among the truly influential precursors, the race is still in flux overall, though with more and more categories starting to come into focus. Post BAFTA, that’ll be the time to really analyze where we are, but for now, WGA and the USC Scripter at least wrapped up Best Adapted Screenplay at the Academy Awards.

The Writers Guild opted to continue the steady stream of wins for James Ivory and Call Me By Your Name. The USC Scripter prize went to Ivory as well, so he seems set for Oscar. In the WGA Original category, we saw Jordan Peele take it for Get Out, perhaps pushing that film a bit towards the top of the Academy Award category as well. Not having Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri eligible with the WGA prevented a full head on collision, but seeing Lady Bird and The Shape of Water lose definitely gives them a black mark. In all likelihood, the Oscar in Original Screenplay is between Get Out and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Anyway, take a look at this weekend’s results and sit tight for much more on what it all means in the days and weeks to come…

First up, these are the WGA winners:


The Big Sick
Written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
Amazon Studios

Get Out *WINNER*
Written by Jordan Peele
Universal Pictures

I, Tonya
Written by Steven Rogers

Lady Bird
Written by Greta Gerwig

The Shape of Water
Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor; Story by Guillermo del Toro
Fox Searchlight


Call Me by Your Name *WINNER*
Screenplay by James Ivory
Based on the novel by Andre Aciman
Sony Pictures Classics

The Disaster Artist
Screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
Based on the book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell

Screenplay by Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green; Story by James Mangold
Based on characters from the X-Men Comic Books and Theatrical Motion Pictures
Twentieth Century Fox Film

Molly’s Game
Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
Based on the book by Molly Bloom
STX Entertainment

Screenplay by Virgil Williams and Dee Rees
Based on the novel by Hillary Jordan


Betting on Zero
Written by Theodore Braun
Gunpowder & Sky

Written by Brett Morgen
National Geographic

No Stone Unturned
Written by Alex Gibney

Oklahoma City
Written by Barak Goodman
American Experience Films

Here also are the USC Scripter results:


Call Me By Your Name *WINNER*
(Sony Pictures Classics and Picador)
Screenwriter James Ivory and author Andreì Aciman

The Disaster Artist
(A24 and Simon & Schuster)
Screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber and authors Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell for their nonfiction book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside ‘The Room,’ the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made”

(20th Century Fox and Marvel Comics)
Screenwriters Scott Frank, Michael Green and James Mangold, and authors Roy Thomas, Len Wein and John Romita Sr.

The Lost City of Z
(Amazon Studios and Simon & Schuster)
Screenwriter James Gray and author David Grann

Molly’s Game
(STX Entertainment and Dey Street Books)
Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and author Molly Bloom

(Netflix and Algonquin Books)
Screenwriters Virgil Williams and Dee Rees and author Hillary Jordan

Wonder Woman
(Warner Bros. and DC Comics)
Screenwriter Allan Heinberg and author William Moulton Marston


Alias Grace
(Netflix and Anchor)
Screenwriter Sarah Polley and author Margaret Atwood

Big Little Lies
(HBO and Berkley)
David E. Kelley, for the episode “You Get What You Need,” and author Liane Moriarty

(National Geographic and Simon & Schuster)
Noah Pink and Ken Biller for the episode “Einstein: Chapter One,” and author Walter Isaacson for his book Einstein: His Life and Word

The Handmaid’s Tale *WINNER*
(Hulu and Anchor)
Bruce Miller for the episode “Offred,” and author Margaret Atwood

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
(HBO and Broadway Books)
Peter Landesman, George C. Wolfe, and Alexander Woo, and author Rebecca Skloot

(Netflix and Gallery Books)
Joe Penhall and Jennifer Haley for “Episode 10,” and authors John Douglas and Mark Olshaker for their nonfiction book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit

Stay tuned to see which screenplays take the two Oscar categories next month!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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