WGA Awards: 'Spotlight' & 'The Big Short' Take Marquee Film Honors; 'Mad Men', 'Veep' & 'Mr. Robot' Top TV – Full List

Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy took the Original Screenplay honor tonight for Spotlight while Charles Randolph and Adam McKay won the trophy for Adapted Screenplay for The Big Short at the 2016 WGA Awards.

Typically, at least one of these winners continues on to win an Oscar in their respective category, and this year you can bet your money that both will rally at the awards ceremony on Feb. 28. There’s often a discrepancy between the Oscars and the WGA in that the guild honors their own. For example, last year, Oscar winner Birdman was deemed ineligible as the film wasn’t under a WGA agreement. Instead, Grand Budapest Hotel won the WGA original screenplay award while their adapted selection, The Imitation Game, synced with Oscar.

However, in what has become a notorious tradition, the simultaneous WGA East and West award shows proved to be in a war with each other, with the WGA East getting ahead in its announcement of winners. It wasn’t necessarily the guild’s fault. They put out an alert to the NYC media asking the press to keep mum about the winners. That demand proved as effective as leaving a note next to a bowl of candy on Halloween night that reads ‘Just take one.’ In a tech savvy age of Skype and Facetime, one would think the right coast and left coast would keep in time. Arguably the last time both events remained in step with each other was the February 2012 ceremony.

With BAFTAs occuring tomorrow in London, many of those motion picture nominees in the room had to fly right after their awards were called. This forced the WGA to announce their top awards during the first two acts of the show. WGA East had it first that Spotlight took original, while WGA West had the upper hand when it came to announcing The Big Short as the adapted winner.

As the New York ceremony ended an hour before Century City’s finished, a listless mood fell upon the Hyatt Century ballroom. Then Elaine May took the stage to collect her Laurel Award, delivering a hysterical acceptance speech, which was akin to giving this crowd of scribes a blood transfusion.

Earlier in the evening, Alex Gibney won Documentary Screenplay for his HBO film Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.

On the TV side, AMC’s Mad Men took the Drama Series trophy and HBO’s Veep got the Comedy Series nod. USA Network’s Mr. Robot won the best New Series statuette. HBO’s Silicon Valley grabbed the Episodic Comedy honor for Clay Tarver, and Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould took home the Episodic Drama trophy for Better Call Saul. HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher won best Comedy/Variety Series, Inside Amy Schumer won Comedy/Variety Sketch Series and Jimmy Kimmel Live: 10th Annual After The Oscars Special won for Comedy/Variety Specials.

Previously announced:WGA Awards 2016 Richard LaGravenese received the 2016 Ian McClellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement. “I got to be honest, I don’t think I’ve done anything that great to deserve an award,” said a humble LaGravenese, “and I was in a really f**ked up depression when the Guild called” about this award.” He added, “I so admire people who are original and stick to their originality.” David Crane and Marta Kauffman received the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory scribe John August was bestowed with the Valentine Davies award which is given to a member for their humanitarian efforts. Trumbo WGA nominee John McNamara was honored with the Paul Selvin award “given to a member whose script best embodies the spirit of constitutional and civil rights and liberties that are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere,” per the WGA. Arthur Sellers took home the Morgan Cox award for Guild service.

Here’s the full list:

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

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

EPISODIC DRAMA

“Uno” (Better Call Saul)
Written by Vince Gilligan & Peter Gould; 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

EPISODIC COMEDY

“Sand Hill Shuffle” (Silicon Valley)
Written by Clay Tarver; HBO

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 – 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

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 Centraland Jimmy Kimmel Live: 10th Annual After The Oscars Special won for Comedy/Variety Special.

LONG FORM ORIGINAL

Saints & Strangers
Written by Seth Fisher, Walon Green, Chip Johannessen, Eric Overmyer; National Geographic Channel

CHILDREN’S EPISODIC

“Gortimer and the Surprise Signature” (Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street)
Written by Gretchen Enders & Aminta Goyel; Amazon Studios

CHILDREN’S LONG FORM

Descendants, Written by Josann McGibbon & Sara Parriott; Disney Channel

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

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – CURRENT EVENTS

“American Terrorist” (Frontline)
Written by Thomas Jennings; PBS

LONG FORM ADAPTED

Fargo
Written by Steve Blackman, Bob DeLaurentis, Noah Hawley, Ben Nedivi, Matt Wolpert, Based on the film Fargo; FX

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS

“The Great Math Mystery” (Nova)
Written by Daniel McCabe; PBS

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
Written by Alex Gibney; HBO Documentary Films

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

RADIO NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY

“Passages”
Written by Gail Lee; CBS Radio News

EPISODIC COMEDY

“Sand Hill Shuffle” (Silicon Valley)
Written by Clay Tarver; HBO

RADIO DOCUMENTARY

“Marking the End of Vietnam: 40 Years Later”
Written by Andrew Evans; ABC News Radio

ANIMATION

“Housetrap” (Bob’s Burgers)
Written by Dan Fybel; Fox

SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA – ORIGINAL

“Back to Reality” (Weight)
Written by Daryn Strauss; weighttheseries.com

NEW SERIES

Mr. Robot
Written by Kyle Bradstreet, Kate Erickson, Sam Esmail, David Iserson, Randolph Leon, Adam Penn, Matt Pyken; USA

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

QUIZ AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

Hollywood Game Night
Head Writer: Grant Taylor; Writers: Michael Agbabian, Alex Chauvin, Ann Slichter, Dwight D. Smith; NBC

SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA – ADAPTED

“Chapter Two: Phoebe” (Heroes Reborn: Dark Matters)
Written by Zach Craley; nbc.com

ON-AIR PROMOTION (TELEVISION, NEW MEDIA OR RADIO)

“The McCarthys and Under the Dome Promos”
Written by Erial Tompkins; CBS

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