Moonlight’s Barry Jenkins and Arrival’s Eric Heisserer were the big film winners tonight at the 69th annual WGA Awards tonight, which were handed out at dual ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles.

On the TV side, FX swept the top categories with Atlanta — from writers Donald Glover, Stephen Glover, Stefani Robinson and Paul Simms — winning for Comedy Series and New Series, The Americans for Drama Series and The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story for Long Form Adapted. See the full list of winners below, along with video of Jenkins’ and Heisserers’ speechs and LA host Patton Oswalt’s monologue.

HBO’s Confirmation picked up the Long Form Original prize, and NBC won three awards including Episode Drama for freshman breakout This Is Us and Comedy/Variety (Sketch) for the rejuvenated Saturday Night Live.

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There was a twist on the film side this year: Moonlight and Loving were in the Original category per the WGA but were in the Adapted race for the Oscars. Moonlight got an Oscar nom, but Loving did not.

Winning in either top film category is a good omen for the nominated writers. Before tonight, seven of the past 10 WGA winners for original screenplay have gone on to win the Oscar, including Spotlight last year. The chances are even better in the adapted category, where nine of the past 10 WGA winners also scooped the Academy Award, including The Big Short in 2016.

Command and Control won the documentary feature prize.

Also on the TV side, HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver won for Comedy/Variety (Talk), and Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt picked up the Episode Comedy trophy.

The awards were handed out during bicoastal dual ceremonies hosted by Patton Oswalt at the Beverly Hilton and Lewis Black at the Edison Ballroom in Manhattan. “Welcome to the last ever WGA Awards,” Oswalt said at the start. “Every award comes with some antibiotics and nine shotgun shells. We celebrate the end of the written word this evening. We also say goodbye to the apostrophe in the word ‘you’re.’” He added: “It doesn’t matter who wins tonight, you are all haters and losers. Remember that, please.”

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Among the writers receiving special honors tonight are Oliver Stone, who received the Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement, and Aaron Sorkin, who got the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement. Comic Relief and Red Nose Day founder Richard Curtis, received the Valentine Davies Award, the guild’s top humanitarian honor. Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, who died in July, received posthumously the Jean Renoir Award for International Screenwriting Achievement. The Paul Selvin Award went to Susannah Grant for her Emmy-nominated script for Confirmation, which “best embodies the spirit of constitutional rights and civil liberties that are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere.”

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Also honored: Policing the Police documentarian Jelani Cobb, the first recipient of the WGA West’s newly created Walter Bernstein Award; John Waters, the Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement; Steve O’Donnell, the Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence; and Courtney Simon, the Richard B. Jablow Award for Devoted Service to the Guild.

Here is the complete list of winners:

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Moonlight
Written by Barry Jenkins, Story by Tarell McCraney; A24

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Arrival
Screenplay by Eric Heisserer;
Based on the Story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang; Paramount Pictures

COMEDY SERIES
Atlanta
Written by Donald Glover, Stephen Glover, Stefani Robinson, Paul Simms; FX

NEW SERIES
Atlanta
Written by Donald Glover, Stephen Glover, Stefani Robinson, Paul Simms; FX

EPISODIC DRAMA
“The Trip” (This Is Us), Written by Vera Herbert; NBC

EPISODIC COMEDY
“Kimmy Goes on a Playdate!” (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Written by Robert Carlock; Netflix

COMEDY / VARIETY – SKETCH SERIES
Saturday Night Live
Head Writers: Rob Klein, Bryan Tucker Writers: James Anderson, Fred Armisen, Jeremy Beiler, Chris Belair, Megan Callahan, Michael Che, Mikey Day, Jim Downey, Tina Fey, Fran Gillespie, Sudi Green, Tim Herlihy, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Zach Kanin, Chris Kelly, Erik Kenward, Paul Masella, Dave McCary, Dennis McNicholas, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, Josh Patten, Paula Pell, Katie Rich, Tim Robinson, Sarah Schneider, Pete Schultz, Streeter Seidell, Dave Sirus, Emily Spivey, Andrew Steele, Will Stephen, Kent Sublette; NBC

COMEDY / VARIETY (INCLUDING TALK) – SERIES
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Writers: Kevin Avery, Tim Carvell, Josh Gondelman, Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Maurer, John Oliver, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner; HBO

COMEDY / VARIETY – MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES – SPECIALS
Triumph’s Election Special
Written by Andy Breckman, Josh Comers, David Feldman, R J Fried, Jarrett Grode, Ben Joseph, Matthew Kirsch, Michael Koman, Mike Lawrence, Brian Reich, Craig Rowin, Robert Smigel, Zach Smilovitz, Andrew Weinberg; Hulu

LONG FORM ORIGINAL
Confirmation, Written by Susannah Grant; HBO

LONG FORM ADAPTED
American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson
Written by Scott Alexander, Joe Robert Cole, D.V. DeVincentis, Maya Forbes, Larry Karaszewski, Wally Wolodarsky, Based on the book The Run of His Life by Jeffrey Toobin; FX

ANIMATION
“Stop the Presses” (BoJack Horseman)
Written by Joe Lawson; Netflix

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY
Command and Control
Telescript by Robert Kenner and Eric Schlosser, Story by Brian Pearle and Kim Roberts; Based on the book Command and Control by Eric Schlosser;

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – CURRENT EVENTS
(tie)
“The Choice 2016” (Frontline)
Written by Michael Kirk & Mike Wiser;
PBS

“Inside Assad’s
Syria” (Frontline)
Written by Martin Smith; PBS

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS
“Jackie Robinson, Part One”
Written by David McMahon & Sarah Burns; PBS

DAYTIME DRAMA
General Hospital, Writers: Shelly Altman, Anna Theresa Cascio, Andrea Archer

CHILDREN’S SCRIPT – LONG FORM OR SPECIAL
Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas
Written by Geri Cole & Ken Scarborough; HBO

CHILDREN’S SCRIPT – EPISODIC AND SPECIALS
“Mel vs. The Night Mare of Normal Street” (Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street)
Written by Laurie Parres; Amazon Studios

SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA – ADAPTED
“Passage” Part 4 (Fear the Walking Dead), Written by Lauren Signorino & Mike Zunic; amc.com

SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA – ORIGINAL
“The Party” (The Commute)
Written by Linsey Stewart & Dane Clark; youtube.com

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

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VIDEOGAME WRITING
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

RADIO NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY
“Morley Safer: A Journalist’s Life”
Written by Gail Lee; CBS Radio Network

RADIO NEWS SCRIPT—REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT
“World News This Week” August 26, 2016
Written by Tara Gimbel Tanis; ABC News Radio

RADIO DOCUMENTARY
“Chernobyl: 30 Years Later”
Written by Andrew Evans; ABC News Radio

ON-AIR PROMOTION (TELEVISION, NEW MEDIA OR RADIO)
“CBS On-Air Reel”
Written by Brian Retchless; CBS On-Air Promotion

NEWS SCRIPT – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT
“Muhammad Ali: Remembering A Legend” (48 Hours)
Written by Jerry Cipriano, John Craig Wilson; CBS News

NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY
“CBS Sunday Morning Almanac” June 12, 2016 (CBS Sunday Morning)
Written by Thomas A. Harris; CBS

TELEVISION GRAPHIC ART AND ANIMATION
“The Real History of Cinco de Mayo,” (Gawker Media Group)
Graphic Animation by Elisa Solinas; youtube.com

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We’re a-go here at the Beverly Hilton

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“Who better to secure the WGA than two soldiers from the Russian federation?” host Patton Oswalt asks

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“Welcome to the last ever WGA Awards. Every award comes with some antibiotics and nine shotgun shells. We celebrate the end of the written word this evening. We also say goodbye to the apostrophe in the word ‘you’re’.” 

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Oswalt: “It doesn’t matter who wins tonight, you are all haters and losers. Remember that please.” 

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Oswalt: “La La Land is a gorgeous throwback musical. It’s also the word Ben Carson refers to the vagina as, which is nice!”

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Oswalt: Loving and Fences and Moonlight and Hidden Figures. This year just incredibly talented African American casts. Jewish producers, give yourselves a round of applause for making that happen.”

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While they’re under way at the Beverly Hilton, the main course was just served at the Edison Ballroom in Manhattan.

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Oswalt: “People here tonight are angry about two things. That Deadpool is nominated and Trump is President. Donald Trump, I want to be very careful about making jokes about – one, for fear of getting kicked to death tonight by James Woods,” he joked.

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James Woods just leapt on stage

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“I left half my twitter following tonight coming here” – James Woods

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“Oh, all those egg avatars gone. That’s terrible!” – Oswalt

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Oswalt: “See, there’s some peace here. I’m reaching out. And I feel bad for Trump. Here’s what happened. They had the correspondents dinner, Obama went up and made fun of Obama, and Trump said, I’m taking his job. Now he’s sitting there saying, this job sucks! My life before this was amazing! Donald Trump taking Obama’s job would be like if the head of linguistics at Rutgers insulted David Lee Roth, and he said, I’m the head of linguistics at Rutgers. Bring on the hookers and cocaine!”

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Oswalt: “James Woods is laughing. So relax. Have fun tonight.”

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Tonight began, by the way, with a faux video package alluding to screenwriters’ communist ties

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Oswalt: “We’re going to play the Making a Murderer theme if you go over [in your speeches] tonight. This is what happens.” Cue the violins.

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Oswalt: “Just remember, the longer your speeches go, the longer Steve Avery stays in prison.”  

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Oswalt has had another busy awards season — not as a nominee but as host. He also has emceed the Art Directors Guild and Visual Effect Society’s shindigs.

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Winner:

EPISODIC
DRAMA

 “The Trip” (This
Is Us
), Written by Vera Herbert; NBC

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“I’ve never done a children’s show. Just shows about people over 40 having sex. It’s very sad.”  — Michaela Watkins

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Breaking news: A network show wins an award. For anything.

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Winner:

CHILDREN’S
SCRIPT – EPISODIC AND SPECIALS

 “Mel vs. The Night Mare of Normal Street” (Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street),
Written by Laurie Parres; Amazon Studios

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“I’ve been writing for 22 years and this is my first award. It was really satisfying to write about a fear that I think all of us have—of being alone.” — Laurie Parres

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They weren’t kidding about the Making a Murderer playoff music. Spectacular

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Winner:

CHILDREN’S SCRIPT – LONG FORM OR SPECIAL
Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas, Written by Geri Cole & Ken
Scarborough; HBO

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So far: One for broadcast, one for streaming service and one for premium cable. We’re looking at you, basic cable.

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The Worst Career Advice I Ever Received segment is going on around the room

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Winner:

ON-AIR PROMOTION (RADIO)
“CBS On-Air Reel,” Written by Brian Retchless; CBS On-Air Promotion
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Winner:

DAYTIME
DRAMA

General Hospital, Writers: Shelly
Altman, Anna Theresa Cascio, Andrea Archer 

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“The worst career advice we ever got is when we slipped our Stranger Things script to an A-list producer who said move it out of the ’80s, and get rid of the kids.” – The Duffer Brothers

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Valentine Davies Award – Richard Curtis

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Jeremy Gerard: OK, we’re getting started here in New York at te Edison Ballroom.

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Note: Jeremy’s posts will be under my byline (see below) as we’re having a spot of technical trouble. 

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“More than his beautiful words, he’s a true mensch. I think that’s a show business term. I can’t say that I’m all that familiar.” Jeff Goldblum, presenting

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Goldblum discussing Curtis’ philanthropic work with Red Nose Day events which have raised over 1 billion dollars toward fighting childhood poverty

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Jeremy Gerard: Lewis Black says: Can we please get this over as quickly as possible Because I need new screeners. nd I beg you, stop sending scripts.

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“Jeff Goldblum is the nicest [actor]. If Hugh Grant had been like him, I’d have had such a happy life.— Richard Curtis

Nellie Andreeva February 19, 20175:35 pm

This is the second consecutive WGA Award for ‘General Hospital’ as the union had been spreading the wealth the past several years among the four surviving daytime dramas. 

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Curtis: “These are very complex times. I wanted to say to everyone in this room, thank you for the extraordinary thing you to do our lives. Films and tv and radio are so important to the texture of our lives. My girlfriend and I binged The Crown and she said it was the happiest we’ve been in bed in a decade. It’s a wonderful thing that TV does in making us happier, and making us learn and empathize with things.”

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(Jeremy Gerard) While I was writing, President Trump’s press conference came on We are living in fictional times. What the hell is fiction anymore when our reality comes off as fiction?

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Curtis: “I just want to say something to you, which is that my experience is that the people who are working to campaign, and the people who are working to save and change peoples’ lives could really do with your help. I’m sure I’m preaching to the converted. Your ideas will be excellent and will make changes to peoples’ lives, and save precious lives. What’s been so extraordinary about my experience is the miracle that happens when you open the door to peoples’ good side. It’s like a super power.” 

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Curtis co-founded Comic Relief in 1985 

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Curtis: “It’s complicated, but better get the shit kicked out of you for trying to improve peoples’ lives than try to make BBC more money.”

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He also created Red Nose Day, whose first telethon was in 1988. It formally launched Stateside in 2015.

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Oswalt: “I agree with you. I gotta say, the shoe you grabbed James [Woods], i sold it online to a subreddit group. They are worshipping it. I raised so much money right now for a transgender terrorist group. I’m so glad that’s where the money went.”

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This year’s edition of Red Nose Day will be highlighted by a reunion of Curtis’ ‘Love Actually’

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Here is the poster for the NYC ceremony, by the way:

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Oswalt loves Dirty Grandpa, apparently – the film was jokingly included in the best screenplay package

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20175:44 pm

Winner:

EPISODIC
COMEDY

“Kimmy Goes on
a Playdate!” (
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt),
Written by Robert Carlock; Netflix

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From WGA East Awards Ceremony

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Winner:

COMEDY
/ VARIETY – MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES – SPECIALS

Triumph’s Election Special”
Written by Andy Breckman,
Josh Comers, David Feldman, R J Fried, Jarrett Grode, Ben Joseph, Matthew
Kirsch, Michael Koman, Mike Lawrence, Brian Reich, Craig Rowin, Robert Smigel,
Zach Smilovitz, Andrew Weinberg; Hulu

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“I’m just so honored to be part of the proud tradition of Asian Americans in Hollywood, which includes, most recently, Tilda Swinton in Doctor Strange.” — Randall Park, Fresh off the Boat

Nellie Andreeva February 19, 20175:47 pm

‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ co-creator Robert Carlock also won the Episodic Comedy category in 2010 for ’30 Rock.’

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(Jeremy Gerard) Michael Koman accepting says we wrote planning to lose so ‘we have a lot of work to do.”

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Triump the Insult Comic Dog is set to be a presenter tonight as well.

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“Robert Smigel told us to do a bit where we talk in a Triumph voice, but I don’t think I want to do that and make an ass of myself.” — Triumph writer

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(Jeremy Gerard) Alex Wagner says, “Newswriting is real writing done under incredible pressure and dealing with facts.” See gives the award to Muhammad Ali, Remembering A Legend”

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Here is video of Patton Oswalt’s opening monologue:

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(Jeremy Gerard) Steve Young gives the Herb Sargent Award to Steve O’Donnell.
“When he hired me at Late Night, he saw a glimmer and helped me along the rocky path of getting better.”

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(Jeremy Gerard) Letterman is in full Aanta beard, with rows of basketballs. “I wish I could be there but at my new job I’m working at Dix.”

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Trump impersonator on stage on the West Coast right now

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Fake Trump: “Billy Bush is reduced to doing shows no one else will do, which is why I saw him here. What a dig, right? What a dig. The Writers Guild is bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, and they’re bringing awful spec scripts of 2 Broke Girls.”

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Fake Trump: “All you people who use Final Draft – total disaster. Complete disaster. I’m going to build a firewall around Final Draft and Movie Magic is going to pay for it…What a nerd joke.”

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Fake Trump: “I love the blacks. Here we go, let’s get tense. Can someone here set up a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus? Where are the writers from Black-ish?” 

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Fake Trump: “George Jefferson – what a great businessman. What a credit to his race. It took a whole lot of trying to get up that hill. Good times, good times- aren’t we lucky we got him?”

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Fake Trump: “Donald Glover, this guy never ages. He was incredible in Lethal Weapon, and the fact that he’s still working playing someone so young…”

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Fake Trump: “Zero Days. a Hell of a documentary about how long I can go without grabbing pussy. Forget Hidden Figures. How about Hidden Fingers?  I’m a pig president.”

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Winner:

LONG FORM ADAPTED

The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Written by Scott Alexander, Joe Robert Cole, D.V. DeVincentis,


Maya Forbes, Larry Karaszewski, Wally Wolodarsky, Based on the book The Run of His Life by Jeffrey Toobin; FX

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Fake Trump: “What I want to say is I’m a straight menace, but the people who surround me are far more dangerous than I could ever be. Don’t lose sight of those in the shadows. God bless Russia, and all hail the Third Reich!”

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Winner:

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VIDEOGAME WRITING
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
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(Jeremy Gerard) Here’s Lewis Black again: “I’d be remiss if I didn’t do this, but I worked for 20 years on The Daily Show. I want to take a moment to thank all of the folks who worked on Back In Black.”

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Winner:

SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA – ORIGINAL
“The Party” (The Commute)
Written by Linsey Stewart & Dane Clark; youtube.com

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“We want to give a big shoutout to the fine folks at Jeopardy. Jeopardy is a national treasure. They employ 9 writers 52 weeks out of the year, and because they’re guild, we’re guild.” — Ann Slichter, Hollywood Game Night

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Winner:

QUIZ AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

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

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More of Worst Career Advice

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Winner:

COMEDY
SERIES

Atlanta, Written by Donald Glover,
Stephen Glover, Stefani Robinson, Paul Simms; FX

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Paul Selvin Award – Susannah Grant — presented by Kerry Washington

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Another big win for ‘Atlanta’, which has emerged as the breakout comedy of 2016 and won a Golden Globe for best comedy series. Too bad fans have to wait awhile for a second season because of creator/star Donald Glover’s role in the Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ movie. 

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Washington: “I can think of no more important award to bestow on a writer in this country right now.”

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Washington references the award as a recognition of “free writers everywhere”

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Washington: “I didnt want to make a propaganda film. I grew up in a household where my father faced a lifetime of prejudice. I thought, how in the world could I be part of a film that was a compassionate exploration but also had a solid point of view? Who could make that happen? Enter Susannah Grant,” the actress says, regarding HBO film Confirmation

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Washington: “The true hero of the film is something Susannah created – these ringing telephones. Those phone calls were American citizens whose voices required themselves to be heard. Every person who works in Washington works for us.”

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Grant: “I’m honored to be getting this, but  what makes me prouder is to be part of an organization that makes a commitment to the defense of civil liberties. Sometimes, it’s very, very important, and now is one of those times.”

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Grant: “It’s very important that we look at ourselves carefully. These hearings [from Confirmation] wouldn’t have happened at all if it weren’t for two essential institutions – one is the free press. The other essential ingredient is the American public. They stood up, they did their jobs. We should never undervalue the power of that and use it whenever we need to—like now.”

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Kumail Nanjiani calls out Richard Curtis’ film contributions from the stage as he presents, cites the importance of the director’s work to his life.

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“Thank you. I made it so awkward. It was so sincere and then I kept talking. That’s what being a comedian is like.” — Nanjiani

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Nanjiani: “I will say the most preposterous idea is that anyone would want to arrive on earth right now,” the actor joked with reference to Arrival. “We forgot to clean up and put away the racism. Nazis are back. On the up side, it’s the first time in my life i can fight Nazis without an Xbox.”

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Winner:

RADIO
DOCUMENTARY

“Chernobyl: 30 Years Later,” Written by Andrew Evans; ABC News
Radio

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“Arrival’s great, but we need is a linguist who can help Americans talk to other Americans.” – Nanjiani

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20176:34 pm

(Jeremy Gerard) Andrew Evans says, “Finally, a win for Russia.”

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“Wow. This confirms a long held suspicion of mine that you’re all sci-fi nerds.” — Eric Heisserer

Nellie Andreeva February 19, 20176:35 pm

Hulu nabbed its first ever WGA Award for Triumph’s Election Special. Hulu became the second streaming service to date to win a WGA Award after Netflix.

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Heisserer: “Some words from the kids: Stay curious. Keep asking questions. It’s how science prevails.”

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“It’s a wonder that some piece of me doesn’t get enough of that [applause]. Isn’t that fucking crazy? I’m stunned by it, and surprised by it. And I want it.” — Norman Lear, presenting

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Winner:

RADIO NEWS SCRIPT—REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT
“World News This Week” August 26, 2016
Written by Tara Gimbel Tanis; ABC News Radio

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Lear recalls being asked to join the TV Hall of Fame

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Lear’s mother: “Listen, if that’s what they want to do, who am I to say?”

Nellie Andreeva February 19, 20176:39 pm

A small geography note on the “Finally, a win for Russia” comment re: the win for the Chernobyl radio documentary. The nuclear disaster city is in Ukraine, not Russia.

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“I’ve spent most of my life laughing, with writers, sitting around a table, always adding a split second to my life, I’m sure. I am so aware that this moment, it has taken me 94 years, a number of weeks, hours, days to get to this split second. Every split second of my life, to get to this, and it’s taken every single one of you every moment you’ve ever lived to get here to hear me say that. Isn’t this a moment we have to hug? It’s just the fact of our lives.” – Lear

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Winner:

RADIO NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY

 “Morley Safer: A Journalist’s Life”
Written by Gail Lee; CBS Radio Network

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Atlanta writer thanks Black-ish, “for not being nominated.”

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20176:44 pm

(Jeremy Gerard) Lowell Peterson says, “We need to translate the enormous profits into meaningful gains for writers.”

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WGAW President Howard Rodman on stage

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(Jeremy Gerard) In NY, Peterson was accompanied by digital screens emblazoned with one word: RESIST.

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Rodman: “We at times enabled this circus of horrors, and the people who will be bearing the most weight are not the people in the creative community”

matthewgrobar February 19, 20176:48 pm

Rodman: “It’s time for us to remember once more that the words we write can expand an ocean of justice.”

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20176:49 pm

Winner:

LONG
FORM ORIGINAL

Confirmation, Written by Susannah Grant;
HBO

 

matthewgrobar February 19, 20176:49 pm

Rodman: “Writers cannot write if they’re incapable of empathy, if they’re incapable of imagining what another thinks, feels and sees. This is a room full of extraordinary writers whose imagination and power is beyond compare. Let us remind ourselves of the crucial role we play in shaping the imagination and  offering refuge. What we can do is assert again and again that you are not alone. What we do matters. Let’s acknowledge it. Thank you.”

matthewgrobar February 19, 20176:50 pm

“Last year I did this show because my publicist said it would be good exposure. I got two things out of that: jack, and shit. Really, Vince Gilligan? Jill Soloway? I’ve known you for 30 years. Not a phone call. Why am I back here again? Why do I do anything a second time? Spite and boredom.” — David Koechner

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20176:50 pm

matthewgrobar February 19, 20176:51 pm

Koechner: “This show used stream on latimes.com, and then it stopped. Who gets cancelled from the internet? There are videos of people brushing their hair online.”

matthewgrobar February 19, 20176:52 pm

Koechner: “I just want to get cast in some big movies, if anyone is casting. I’m good at sequels. I’m talking to you, Moonlight.”

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20176:53 pm

Winner:

NEW
SERIES

Atlanta, Written by Donald Glover,
Stephen Glover, Stefani Robinson, Paul Simms; FX

matthewgrobar February 19, 20176:54 pm

“First off, we should probably say thank you, we’re from Canada. Thank you for letting us into your country tonight.” — Linsey Stewart

matthewgrobar February 19, 20176:55 pm

Koechner: “I decided to do another category to increase my chances, Moonlight. If you need a middle-aged black guy, he stands before you right here.”

Nellie Andreeva February 19, 20176:55 pm

Expected sweep for ‘Atlanta,’ which is cementing its status as the hottest comedy series at the moment and a big challenger to two-time defending comedy series Emmy winner ‘Veep’ at the Emmys. 

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20176:56 pm

Winner:

SHORT
FORM NEW MEDIA – ADAPTED

“Passage” Part
4 (Fear the Walking Dead),
Written by Lauren Signorino & Mike Zunic; amc.com

matthewgrobar February 19, 20176:57 pm

“I grew up on animation. My parents never paid a dime on babysitting. It was never necessary.” — Tony Hale, presenting

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20176:58 pm

(Jeremy Gerard) David Simon comes on to introduce John Waters: “He is the great modern master of self-effacement and self-parody. … The late 1970s was so long ago that we forget where we were on the continuum of (free expression) for fighting the Maryland state censor.”

Nellie Andreeva February 19, 20176:58 pm

Expected sweep for ‘Atlanta,’ which is cementing its status as the hottest comedy series at the moment and a big challenger to two-time defending comedy series Emmy winner ‘Veep’ at the Emmys. This is the first comedy winner in the new series category since HBO’s ‘Girls’ in 2012. 

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20177:00 pm

(Jeremy Gerard) From Simon: “The real gift fro a great storyteller is this: Fuck normal. Normal’s a lie. a locked gate, a wall, a fascistic sentiment.”

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20177:01 pm

ANIMATION

“Stop the Presses” (BoJack Horseman)
Written by Joe
Lawson; Netflix

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20177:02 pm

(Jeremy Gerard) Also from Simon: “We are all of us at least two standard deviations from the mean.”

matthewgrobar February 19, 20177:03 pm

Morgan Cox Award – Dan Wilcox

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20177:03 pm

(Jeremy Gerard) From Simon: “The real gift fro a great storyteller is this: Fuck normal. Normal’s a lie. a locked gate, a wall, a fascistic sentiment.”

Nellie Andreeva February 19, 20177:03 pm

This is the first time since the animation award was launched in 2002 that it has not gone to a series that airs on Fox or originated on Fox, ending a 14-year streak.  

matthewgrobar February 19, 20177:03 pm

Howard Gould, presenting, recalls terribly boring task of serving on writers’ committee

matthewgrobar February 19, 20177:04 pm

Per Gould, Dan Wilcox is always the one raising his hand for mundane service opportunities and “thankless jobs”

matthewgrobar February 19, 20177:05 pm

Gould: “Every career reaches a point where they don’t care so much that you’re a wonderful, witty, whimsical writer. Every one of us has to look in the mirror and start asking existential questions. Dan started asking, how can I help?”

Nellie Andreeva February 19, 20177:06 pm

This is the first time since the animation award was launched in 2002 that it has not gone to a series that airs on Fox or originated on Fox, ending a 14-year streak. ‘The Simpsons’ has won a staggering 11 times, ‘Futurama’ twice and ‘Bob’s Burgers’ once last year. 

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20177:07 pm

Netflix, Amazon and Hulu all have one win each tonight — same as the combined total for FX. HBO, ABC and NBC have two apiece.

matthewgrobar February 19, 20177:09 pm

“I gotta tell you, it feels odd to get an award for doing something that I loved. I didn’t do guild service to get a statuette. I did it to stay useful as I got older. I got to do some of the most satisfying work of my life. To have an award added to that is kind of overwhelming. I want to add something – this award is for service to our union, and unions, look around. We’re in jeopardy nowadays. However it shakes out, we can all be sure it will be an anti-labor Department of Labor. This union is on notice. We’re going to have to battle just to stay alive. Every union’s strength is its membership. Our guild needs us. Opportunities are going to present themselves.” — Dan Wilcox

matthewgrobar February 19, 20177:10 pm

Chelsea Handler presenting, flipping Patton Oswalt off as she comes out…

matthewgrobar February 19, 20177:10 pm

for saying there’s no more vodka and scotch left in the hotel

matthewgrobar February 19, 20177:10 pm

…for saying there’s no more vodka and scotch left in the hotel

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20177:10 pm

(Jeremy Gerard) John Waters starts with an obscenity and says thanks for celebrating the “lunatic fringe” of filmmaking.

matthewgrobar February 19, 20177:11 pm

Handler calls out an error in a Manchester by the Sea plot point involving alcohol and cocaine. 

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20177:11 pm

(Jeremy Gerard) More from Waters: :Every morning I get up at 6 a.m. and try to think of something fucked up, and in the afternoon go out and try to sell it. Isn’t that what all writers do?”

matthewgrobar February 19, 20177:11 pm

Handler: “Remember not to get a big head because there are millions of illegal voters in California. So don’t get fucking full of yourselves.”

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20177:14 pm

(Jeremy Gerard) More from Waters: “I was afraid of the Writers Guild of America — what other union can demand you fly first class? A few new demands; Lt’s stop these movie stars from ad-libbing. Say the lies as written! Say the LINES as written!”

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20177:14 pm

matthewgrobar February 19, 20177:14 pm

“After winning this second one, I’m jaded already. This town’s not that great.”— Stephen Glover, accepting award for Best New Series

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20177:15 pm

(Jeremy Gerard) Waters is going off: “Say your fuckin’ lines and join the Writers Guild. And let’s attach some of the editor’s salary when they cut our lines without permission.”

matthewgrobar February 19, 20177:15 pm

 Fred Armisen, presenting, is reciting his credit card number. “It’s a visa.”

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20177:16 pm

(Jeremy Gerard) More from Waters: “I was afraid of the Writers Guild of America — what other union can demand you fly first class? A few new demands; Let’s stop these movie stars from ad-libbing. Say the lies as written! Say the LINES as written!”

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20177:17 pm

(Jeremy Gerard) Waters ends with, “I’d like to close with a line I wrote for Patty Hearst: ‘Make a list of all the people you fucked and apologize to their parents.’ See? I got an award for writing that line.”

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20177:18 pm

(Jeremy Gerard) Clearly, there’s no fear of the F-bomb at this untelevised ceremony…

matthewgrobar February 19, 20177:21 pm

Larry Karaszewski pays homage to Oliver Stone in his acceptance speech for Long Form Adapted, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20177:22 pm

Winner:

DOCUMENTARY
SCRIPT – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS

 “Jackie Robinson, Part One,” Written by
David McMahon & Sarah Burns; PBS

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20177:25 pm

Winner:

DOCUMENTARY
SCRIPT – CURRENT EVENTS

(tie)


 “The Choice 2016” (Frontline), Written by Michael Kirk & Mike Wiser;
PBS


and


“Inside Assad’s
Syria” (Frontline), Written by Martin Smith; PBS

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20177:32 pm

(Jeremy Gerard) Triumph the Insult Comic Dog makes an appearance: “The only way this show could be longer and more awkward is if Donald Trump were shaking its hand.”

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20177:33 pm

(Jeremy Gerard) Also from Triumph: “We’re going to out-important the shit out of the SAG Awards.”

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20177:36 pm

(Jeremy Gerard) Triumph continued — he is presenting award for children’s show scripts, of course:

“I have nothing but respect for children’s programming. We shot an adult spinoff called Where in n the world is Carmen San Diego’s g-spot.”

“WGA wanted a foul-mouthed puppet but Sean Sicer wasn’t available.”

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20177:37 pm

(Jeremy Gerard) Triumph just made a rude reference to the union demanding the dignity accorded to Scott Rudin’s Nobu delivery boy.

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20177:42 pm

Winner:

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY
Command and Control
Telescript by Robert Kenner and Eric Schlosser, Story by
Brian Pearle and Kim Roberts; Based on the book Command and Control by Eric
Schlosser; 

matthewgrobar February 19, 20177:43 pm

“We thought these weapons were going to make us safer, but we realized they also make us much more dangerous. Today with Donald Trump as President, the great irony is he wouldn’t even be allowed in a silo.” — Command and Control writer

matthewgrobar February 19, 20177:46 pm

Wendi McLendon-Covey doing a gag with Patton Oswalt narrating behind her, à la The Goldbergs

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20177:46 pm

(Jeremy Gerard) Micheal Winship says it’s his last swards as WGA East president. “Deepened my love for Walter Bernstein, the trusted wise man to whom I turned when I needed counsel.”

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20177:47 pm

(Jeremy Gerard) Winship is presenting the Walter Bernstein Award to Jelani Cobb and salutes the great writer of conscience and resistance
salutes for whom the award is named.

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20177:49 pm

Winner:

DRAMA SERIES

The Americans
Written by Peter Ackerman, Tanya Barfield, Joshua Brand, Joel Fields, Stephen Schiff, Joe Weisberg, Tracey
Scott Wilson; FX

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20177:50 pm

If The Americans isn’t the best show on TV, it’s top 3. New season starts March 7. Look out, Game of Thrones — your Emmy run might be numbered.

Nellie Andreeva February 19, 20177:52 pm

This is the first WGA Award for ‘The Americans’, a long-time critics favorite that finally is getting major awards recognition. Also, first win in the top drama category for FX. Save for ‘Lost’s triumph in 2005, the year the category was launched, every best drama series award in the past 10 years had gone to HBO and AMC.

Nellie Andreeva February 19, 20177:53 pm

This is the first WGA Award for ‘The Americans’, a long-time critics favorite that finally is getting major awards recognition. Also, first win in the top drama category for FX. Save for ‘Lost’s triumph in 2005, the year the category was established, every best drama series award in the past 10 years had gone to HBO and AMC.

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20177:56 pm

Winner:

COMEDY/ VARIETY (INCLUDING TALK) – SERIES

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Writers: Kevin Avery, Tim Carvell, Josh Gondelman, Dan Gurewitch, Geoff
Haggerty, Jeff Maurer, John Oliver, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss, Juli
Weiner; HBO

Nellie Andreeva February 19, 20177:59 pm

This is John Oliver’s third consecutive WGA Award after taking home the award for its freshman season. Last year, it was Oliver’s HBO colleague, Bill Maher, who topped the category, proving the weekly format more appealing to WGA voters.

matthewgrobar February 19, 20177:59 pm

Only one category left – Original Screenplay

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20178:01 pm

matthewgrobar February 19, 20178:02 pm

“Thank you very much. I’ve been in this room a lot, but I’ve only been up here one time. It’s nice to be back up here.”— Barry Jenkins

matthewgrobar February 19, 20178:02 pm

Jenkins recalls having dinner with Billy Ray, who encouraged him to “write outside the rules”

matthewgrobar February 19, 20178:02 pm

I think that covers everything for tonight. 

matthewgrobar February 19, 20178:03 pm

Oswalt: “Apparently Trump just tweeted, ‘All the puppies are dead.’ And there’s an emoji of a rocket ship. Goodnight.”

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20178:04 pm

Winner:

COMEDY
/ VARIETY – SKETCH SERIES

Saturday Night Live, Head Writers: Rob Klein,
Bryan Tucker Writers: James Anderson, Fred Armisen, Jeremy Beiler, Chris
Belair, Megan Callahan, Michael Che, Mikey Day, Jim Downey, Tina Fey, Fran
Gillespie, Sudi Green, Tim Herlihy, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Zach Kanin,
Chris Kelly, Erik Kenward, Paul Masella, Dave McCary, Dennis McNicholas, Seth
Meyers, Lorne Michaels, Josh Patten, Paula Pell, Katie Rich, Tim Robinson,
Sarah Schneider, Pete Schultz, Streeter Seidell, Dave Sirus, Emily Spivey,
Andrew Steele, Will Stephen, Kent Sublette; NBC

Nellie Andreeva February 19, 20178:06 pm

A red-hot season of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ boosted by the presidential election and the Donald Trump presidency, is also getting awards recognition with the veteran show’s fourth WGA Award in the category and first since 2010.  

Anthony D'Alessandro February 19, 20178:28 pm

Patton Oswalt’s final sign-off: “Trump just tweeted ‘All the puppies are dead.’ And there’s an emogi of a rocket!”

Erik Pedersen February 19, 20178:29 pm

Thanks for following our live blogs. See you in a week for Oscar Night.

Nellie Andreeva February 20, 20177:33 am

Big bight for FX, which absolutely dominated with wins in the best drama, comedy, new and limited series categories.