Writers Guild of America Names It Top Screenplays of 2018

By Creative Media Times


Bo Burnham’s coming-of-age comedy-drama “Eighth Grade” and Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty’s biographical film “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” were the surprise winners of Sunday night’s 71st annual Writers Guild Awards.

“Eight Grade” was complete ignored by the academy, but it was victorious Sunday night, winning Best Original Screenplay. Burnham also recently won for Outstanding First-Time Feature for directing the film at the Directors Guild of America Award earlier this month.

This marks the first time that a WGA original screenplay winner went to a film without an Oscar nod since Michael Moore’s 2003 documentary Bowling For Columbine.

On th adapted screenplay category honors went to Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty for their “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” screenplay, winning over high profile films such as “A Star Is Born,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Black Panther,” and “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

On the TV side, FX series The Americans earned another farewell award tonight, while scribes from General Hospital, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Barry were given more pats on the back.

The ceremonies were held in New York and Los Angeles, with Roy Wood Jr. hosting in New York, and Chelsea Peretti hosting the Los Angeles ceremony.

Here is the full list of winners:


Original Screenplay
“Eighth Grade”

Adapted Screenplay
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Documentary Screenplay
“Bathtubs Over Broadway”


Drama Series
“The Americans”

Comedy Series
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

New Series

Long Form Original
“Castle Rock”

Long Form Adapted
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”

Short Form New Media Original
“Class of Lies”

Short Form New Media Adapted
“The Walking Dead: Red Machete”

“Bart’s Not Dead” (“The Simpsons”)

Episodic Drama
“Paean To The People” (“Homeland”)

Episodic Comedy
“Chapter One: Make Your Mark” (“Barry”)

Comedy/Variety Talk Series
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”

Comedy/Variety Sketch Series
Nathan For You”

Comedy/Variety Specials
“The Fake News with Ted Nelms”