UPDATED with all winners: Jordan Peele’s Get Out and James Ivory’s Call Me By Your Name won the marquee film awards tonight at the 70th annual WGA Awards, in concurrent shows in New York and Los Angeles. It puts both screenplays on the frontrunner list for the Oscars.

The Handmaid's Tale WGA Awards
“The Handmaid’s Tale” writers on Sunday
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On the TV side, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale won twice – in the Best Drama category and for New Series, joining drama series wins for the Emmys and the Globes, while HBO’s Veep won Best Comedy. Last year, FX’s Atlanta pulled off the double-win feat too, taking Comedy and New Series.

Also tonight NBC won three awards, including for Variety/Sketch series (Saturday Night Live), Episodic Comedy (Will & Grace) and Quiz and Audience and Participation (Hollywood Game Night). AMC’s Better Call Saul won for Episodic Drama,  and HBO’s Big Little Lies continued its awards dominance with a Long Form Adapted win.

The WGA awarded the year’s best writing in TV, documentary, radio, video games and advertising in 28 total categories, along with honorary awards on both coasts for the likes of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, James L. Brooks, Alison Cross, Dustin Lance Black and the screenwriters behind this year’s The Post.

Here is the list of winners followed by how we saw it in the twin ceremonies — in New York at the Edison Ballroom hosted by Late Night With Seth Meyers scribe Amber Ruffin, and in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton with Patton Oswalt as emcee:

FILM

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Get Out
Written by Jordan Peele; Universal Pictures

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Call Me by Your Name
Screenplay by James Ivory; Based on the Novel by André Aciman; Sony Pictures Classics

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

Jane
Written by Brett Morgen; National Geographic

TELEVISION

DRAMA SERIES

The Handmaid’s Tale
Written by Ilene Chaiken, Nina Fiore, Dorothy Fortenberry, Leila Gerstein, John Herrera, Lynn Renee Maxcy, Bruce Miller, Kira Snyder, Wendy Straker Hauser, Eric Tuchman; Hulu

COMEDY SERIES

Veep
Written by Gabrielle Allan, Rachel Axler, Ted Cohen, Jennifer Crittenden, Alex Gregory, Steve Hely, Peter Huyck, Erik Kenward, Billy Kimball, David Mandel, Ian Maxtone-Graham, Dan Mintz, Lew Morton, Georgia Pritchett, Will Smith; HBO

NEW SERIES

The Handmaid’s Tale
Written by Ilene Chaiken, Nina Fiore, Dorothy Fortenberry, Leila Gerstein, John Herrera, Lynn Renee Maxcy, Bruce Miller, Kira Snyder, Wendy Straker Hauser, Eric Tuchman; Hulu

LONG FORM ORIGINAL

Flint
Written by Barbara Stepansky; Lifetime

LONG FORM ADAPTED

Big Little Lies
Teleplay by David E. Kelley, Based on the Novel by Liane Moriarty; HBO

COMEDY/VARIETY TALK SERIES

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

COMEDY/VARIETY SKETCH SERIES

Saturday Night Live
Head Writers: Chris Kelly, Sarah Schneider, Bryan Tucker; Writers: James Anderson, Kristen Bartlett, Jeremy Beiler, Neal Brennan, Zack Bornstein, Joanna Bradley, Megan Callahan, Michael Che, Anna Drezen, Fran Gillespie, Sudi Green, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, Nick Kocher, Michael Koman, Dave McCary, Brian McElhaney, Dennis McNicholas, Drew Michael, Lorne Michaels, Josh Patten, Katie Rich, Pete Schultz, Streeter Seidell, Will Stephen, Kent Sublette, Julio Torres; NBCUniversal

EPISODIC DRAMA

“Chicanery” (Better Call Saul)
Written by Gordon Smith; AMC

EPISODIC COMEDY

“Rosario’s Quinceanera” (Will & Grace)
Written by Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally; NBC

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – CURRENT EVENTS

“Confronting ISIS” (Frontline)
Written by Martin Smith; PBS

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS

“The Great War” Part II (American Experience)
Written by Stephen Ives; PBS

SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA ADAPTED

“Starboy” (Zac & Mia)
Teleplay by Allen Clary and Andrew Rothschild, based on the novel Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts; go90.com

ANIMATION

“Time’s Arrow” (BoJack Horseman)
Written by Kate Purdy; Netflix

DAYTIME DRAMA

General Hospital
Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Jean Passanante
Writers: Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Dave Rupel, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Christopher Van Etten, Christopher Whitesell; ABC

CHILDREN’S EPISODIC AND SPECIALS

“An American Girl Story – Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance” (American Girl)
Written by May Chan; Amazon

QUIZ AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

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

PROMOTIONAL WRITING

ON-AIR PROMOTION (RADIO OR TELEVISION)

“CBS Comedy”
Written by Dan Greenberger; CBS Television

TV NEWS

NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY

“Chief of Chobani” (60 Minutes)
Written by Steve Kroft, Oriana Zill de Granados; CBS News

NEWS SCRIPT – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT

“White Helmets” (60 Minutes)
Written by Scott Pelley, Nicole Young, Katie Kerbstat; CBS News

RADIO/AUDIO

RADIO/AUDIO DOCUMENTARY

“CBS Radio 90th Anniversary”
Written by Dianne E. James, Gail Lee; CBS News Radio

RADIO/AUDIO NEWS SCRIPT – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT

“World News This Week: June 9, 2017″
Written by Tara Gimbel Tanis; ABC News Radio

RADIO/AUDIO NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY

“Dishin’ Digital on WCBS-AM”
Written by Robert Hawley; WCBS

DIGITAL NEWS

“The Super Predators”
Written by Melissa Jeltsen, Dana Liebelson; Huffingtonpost.com

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VIDEOGAME WRITING

Horizon Zero Dawn
Narrative Director John Gonzalez; Lead Writer Benjamin McCaw; Writing by Ben Schroder, Anne Toole; Additional Writing by Dee Warrick, Meg Jayanth; Guerrilla Games

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We’re about five minutes from the start of the awards show. Be updating you shortly.

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The show begins with a skit using footage of Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Why are there two WGA shows? (One on each coast)? “Time after time poll after poll says nobody cares about this issue” Huckabee Sanders says.

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Patton Oswalt hits the stage in LA: “Good evening fellow Disney employees! So nice to be here amongst the least worst people in Hollywood….and also James Woods”

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That last joke is met by shocked silence

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“I’m the host, or as Guillermo del Toro calls me, ‘the Shape of Pudding'”

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It’s Oswalt’s third year as host…”just 97 more and I get syndication”

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“Hosting an awards show this year is like hosting the worst murder mystery dinner ever…one of you is a murderer and that’s not even the bad news. Tough to believe the actors and producers who yell at you every year turn out to be bad people. Can you believe it?”

Dade Hayes February 11, 20185:07 pm

Feeling very NYC as the East Coast show gets set to start — The Edison Ballroom, an Art Deco landmark where the Broadway musical “Oh! Calcutta!” once ran for 13 years,, is done up in shades of black, tight quarters at the tables. Loud din of voices as we wait for showtime.

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Oswalt: “I don’t want to get all maudlin, but the world right now needs writers more than ever”

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Oswalt recalls, “A gaping shit shoot known as The Apprentice and like a malignant growth began the unchecked ascent of Donald Trump”

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Oswalt welcomes some Handmaids on stage dressed in signature red robes and white hoods

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For some reason, we’re listening to a violin performance from “Schindler’s List;” Oswalt deadpans — if the award winners go over 30 seconds you’re anti-semitic. 

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Wanda Sykes is on stage: “I know what you’re thinking. Every time a black woman gets on stage you’re expecting some uplifting speech like ‘Boy! She’s running for President. Well guess what? A new day is on the horizon!” (Laughs)

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Gordon Smith winner thanks the Guild. “I’m so proud to be part of a strong union that represents the rights of all of us. I thank Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan for letting me play in their sandbox….my partner in crime Jen Carroll. This episode was dedicated to my mom who died before we started working on it and I’m currently wearing boxers she gave me for luck so I guess it works. Thanks mom.”

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Brooklyn 99 star Chelsea Peretti takes the stage, thanks, “My husband god — there’s a coma there.” And even though my publicist is on hiatus, thanks girl. 

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20185:17 pm

WINNER: TV Episodic Drama – “Chicanery” (Better Call Saul), Written by Gordon Smith

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WINNER: Children’s Episodic – “American Girl – Ivy & Julie” (American Girl), May Chan

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May Chan, winner says: “Thanks to my crazy family for inspiring me”

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WINNER: Children’s Episodic and Specials – “American Girl – Ivy & Julie” (American Girl), written by May Chan; Amazon

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The GH writers would like to thank the guild for this honor. Thanks to the GH staff, cast and crew. 

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20185:23 pm

WINNER: Daytime Drama — General Hospital – Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Jean Passanante; Writers: Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Dave Rupel, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Christopher Van Etten, Christopher Whitesell; ABC

Dade Hayes February 11, 20185:26 pm

The salmon and beef are tasty, but we are hungry for awards. Showtime is supposed to be a couple of minutes away. We impatient New Yorkers aren’t accustomed to following anyone!

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Dustin Lance Black accepts the honor of the Valentine Davies Award: “First and foremost, I have to thank Dee Rees sitting right there, who brought her truth. Thank you so much Dee!!!!”

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Lance Black: “I made a promise on a really big Oscars stage to fight for equality and I went off and did that…I put it in front of a different audience, I put it in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to make sure we can marry the people we love no matter what state we live in.””

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“The real prize on the other side of understanding our uniqueness is to find our intersections…and beat back the powers of fear and indivision”

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“Right now what we need isn’t just resistance, what we need is vision…the world needs your visions right now. The vision of an equal world where there’s enough….”

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“Rise up, resist, but paint that picture of a brighter future please…get out there and dream”

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20185:32 pm

Dustin Lance Black tonight:

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Patton Oswalt introduces Greta Gerwig. “There is so much great TV on right now, ” Gerwig says, “how are we supposed to keep up…and finally read Infinite Jest.”

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20185:34 pm

WINNER: TV Episodic Comedy – “Rosario’s Quinceanera” (Will & Grace), written by Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally; NBC

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Jon Kinnally winner: “We really didn’t think we were going to win”

“And we’re a network!” says co-winner Tracy Poust

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Glenn Close comes up on stage to honor the work of Alison Cross. She quotes Colonel Margaretha Cammermeyer, who wrote to Close about Cross’ “Truth and integrity” in telling the story of Serving in Silence – which “demystified homosexuals in society and in the military”

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20185:38 pm

Glenn Close and WGAW Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement winner Alison Cross.

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Cross comes up on stage to accept. “I wouldn’t be receiving this award without the heroes who took a chance on me.”

Dade Hayes February 11, 20185:42 pm

An announcement here at Edison Ballroom says the show will start “in a few minutes” — local time is 8:40PM, 10 minutes past the planned start, though few in the convivial crowd seem to mind.

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Cross: “Depth doesn’t take a lot of pages, it takes a lot of thought, and writing faster doesn’t mean thinking faster….I’ve been a working writer since I was 17.”

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“Writing is all I’ve ever done and I realized that I always managed to keep writing about the same thing, and that’s the fight for fairness”

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“Now more than ever we need to keep fighting for the truth word by word, scene by scene, day by day.”

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“May our next pages always be our best pages! Thank you”

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U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff , a vocal opponent of the Trump Administration, gets a shout-out at the WGA’s and robust applause. 

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Oswalt: Adam as you know has written the hottest spec script…and seriously save us!”

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Host Amber Ruffin takes the stage and the NY show is under way. 

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Bradley Whitford comes on stage: “My name is Bradley Cooper”

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Ruffin: “I’m your host … Diversity.”

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20185:49 pm

WINNER: Quiz and Audience Participation – Hollywood Game Night; Head Writer: Grant Taylor; Writers: Michael Agbabian, Alex Chauvin, Ann Slichter, Dwight D. Smith; NBC

Dade Hayes February 11, 20185:49 pm

Biggest Ruffin laugh line yet: “If you think there has been too much focus on minorities and women these past few months, you’re about to have a bad time.”

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We are utterly confused about what’s happening. Is the WGA actually honoring the best on-air promotion? Maybeee

Dade Hayes February 11, 20185:52 pm

Sesame Street just finished taping its 49th season, “and it’s more relevant than ever,” Ruffin jokes. “Preparing children for a future where they’re living in garbage cans.”

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Dan Greenberger winner also used to be Bradley Whitford’s college room mate! Go figure….

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Ok YouTube celebrity Puddles Pity Party takes the stage in Los Angeles. For those who are unfamiliar, he’s wearing a clown costume with an amazing voice. Too bad you’re missing this.

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Amber Ruffin gets howls and laughs with long bit (hard to recap here, but basically a roll call of “woke” late night hosts) that ends with “And Bill Maher …. go f*ck yourself.”

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He’s doing the In Memoriam song ‘Tears in Heaven’

Dade Hayes February 11, 20185:56 pm

Ruffin caps her monologue with a musical number befitting the Edison, longtime Off Bway theatre and supper club. “It’s the Joke I Shouldn’t Tell.”

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This doesn’t happen every day: Washington Post editor Marty Baron takes the stage to acknowledge Josh Singer and Liz Hannah, writers of The Post, which tells the story of the Pentagon Papers.

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Rousing cheers for Ruffin, who exits and the vibe shifts drastically as Jane Pauley takes the stage.

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Baron says, perhaps speaking of Richard Nixon,  “Those who practice free expression need to stand up to intimidation even if it emanates from the most powerful person on earth.”

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“In their riveting screenplay for The Post, Liz and Josh gave us another model, the model of the extraordinary Katherine Graham…she serves also as a model for men because we will more often do the right thing if we listen better.”

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Hannah thanks Marty Baron for “doing the amazing work every day”

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“As a journalist as a citizen and as today’s beneficiary of the good and fearless acts of Katherine Graham and Washington Post Ben Bradlee” Baron expressed gratitude to the writers of The Post.

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20185:59 pm

Amber Ruffin:

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“I joined the Writers Guild in March off of this movie so just shouting that out!” Hannah says to laughs.

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“We realized we were writing about the past to tell the story of our present,” said Hannah. “That your voice can be heard and your voice has value.”

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“We need journalists now more than ever…everyday under the current administration the truth is under attack”

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20186:01 pm

The Post‘s Liz Hannah and Josh Singer:

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“It starts with writers” Hannah says as Singer comes to the mic. “It’s hard to be in this room and not be inspired,” he says. 

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20186:02 pm

WINNER: News Script – Analysis, Feature or Commentary – “Chief of Chobani” (60 Minutes), Written by Steve Kroft, Oriana Zill de Granados; CBS News

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“Of course the incomparable Steven Spielberg” Singer says, “We were lucky enough to spend a couple of days onset with that guy and it is a masterclass. I recommend it.”

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20186:03 pm

WINNER: News Script – Analysis, Feature or Commentary – “Chief of Chobani” (60 Minutes), Written by Steve Kroft, Oriana Zill de Granados; CBS News

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“I want to thank the Post and the Times for getting this story right way back wen, in the 45 and 46 years since, the way so many journalists have done whatever they can to get the story,”  Singer said from LA. 

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20186:04 pm

WINNER: News – Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin or Special Report – “White Helmets” (60 Minutes), Written by Scott Pelley, Nicole Young, Katie Kerbstat; CBS News

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“I have some good news, we are halfway through the show right now and none of you are trending!!” Oswalt says.

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Sarah Silverman takes the stage, wearing a low-cut red dress. “Guys come on. My eyes are not down here.” 

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20186:09 pm

WINNER: Drama Series – The Handmaid’s Tale. Written by Ilene Chaiken, Nina Fiore, Dorothy Fortenberry, Leila Gerstein, John Herrera, Lynn Renee Maxcy, Bruce Miller, Kira Snyder, Wendy Straker Hauser, Eric Tuchman; Hulu

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Silverman starts singing “wait until they get here..they’re excited to get here” because they’re taking so long to get onstage

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“Thank you very much, especially Adam Schiff. There is nothing as special to me as the writer’s room. It’s the happiest place I know,” says John Herrera, who acknowledges Hulu, Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood. 

Dade Hayes February 11, 20186:09 pm

Antonia, lots of pregnant pauses here in NY too as winners weave their way to the stage.

Dade Hayes February 11, 20186:10 pm

Short and straightforward speeches thus far at the NY show — “60 Minutes” has grabbed two early awards, General Hospital, “Better Call Saul.”

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20186:11 pm

WINNER: Documentary Screenplay – Jane, Written by Brett Morgen; National Geographic

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Brett Morgen takes the stage acknowledging the Writers Guild. “Writing Jane was exhilarating because it allowed me to live inside the magical world of Jane Goodall for three amazing years.”

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Morgen says they looking for a “real-life wonderwoman” for their film

Dade Hayes February 11, 20186:12 pm

“House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon onstage extolling the hard work of the WGA.

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He also says it’s important for young boys to see these women “so they can grow up in a culture of respect and appreciation”

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From LA, we get a self-deprecating message from Christopher Plummer, jokingly saying, “I can step into any part. Seriously, I can do anything. As an actor I truly have extraordinary range. So keep it up Hollywood. And don’t worry there’s nothing I, Christopher Plummer, can’t do.”

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In LA WGA West president David A Goodman hits the stage admitting he’s never heard the president’s speech before because it’s when he usually goes to the bathroom 

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He talks about “our internal sense of what’s right and what’s wrong, this has led us as a community for too long to accept the unacceptable”

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“To me the only lasting solutions lie in changing the culture of men,” says Goodman.

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“Rather than being educated it’s better that they’re scared. Many are scared now, but we can’t rely on the internet and social media to be the judge and jury…”

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He says the Guild will not allow mistreatment and inequality. “I don’t like making promises but this is one we will keep”

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In LA: “One last thought, in this day and age, I am tired of the president of the Writers Guild being a white Jewish man. I ran for this position unopposed. It’s not because I’m beloved,” deadpans Goodman, adding, the board is 50% women.

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20186:19 pm

WINNER: Long Form Adapted – Big Little Lies, Teleplay by David E. Kelley, Based on the Novel by Liane Moriarty; HBO

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In LA, Goodman continues: “If you’re tired of being led by a guy who sounds like Ray Romano (So true!) and looks like the guy from the Subway commercials (also possibly a little bit true!) get involved, stay involved and lead!”

Dade Hayes February 11, 20186:21 pm

In NY, Ken Burns gets a hearty cheer when he comes onstage to present a career achievement honor to longtime collaborator Geoffrey C. Ward.

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From LA, Kathy Griffin steps on stage with a radically short hairdo, and declares, “I got a haircut.”  She is still angry about that decapitated Trump photo, and the lack of support, calling it a cautionary tale: “I want you to learn from my experience because honestly, it can happen to you.”

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In LA Griffin rails a little against the union, saying she can’t get in. She talks about the struggles of those who don’t make it into the union and is clearly unhappy about this. “So there’s my pitch” she says.

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In LA, Griffin to the writers: “You guys have an actual skillset and shit”

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20186:25 pm

WINNER: TV Animation – “Time’s Arrow” (BoJack Horseman), Written by Kate Purdy; Netflix

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In LA, Kate Purdy accepting says: “I haven’t received a trophy since 4th grade soccer, that’s when I physically and emotionally peaked.”

Dade Hayes February 11, 20186:26 pm

In NY, Ken Burns says frequent collaborator Geoffrey C. Ward has written “some of the best sentences I have ever read. … almost as interested in the intervals between the words as the words themselves,” as in music.  

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Jane Lynch is up in LA, talking about The Hollywood 10, who resisted the efforts of the House UnAmerican Committee and the blacklist. 

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The rise of the Cold War gave Americans a new group of enemies to confront — Liberals. (Sound familiar?)

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20186:30 pm

Kathy Griffin in L.A.:

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The Hollywood 10 stood against HUAC. Their employers gathered at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel to vow they’d never hire a “communist or subversive.” These 10 were sentenced to contempt. The toll included prison and suicide.

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The Writer’s Guild has restored credits on 95 films written by those on the blacklist. 

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In LA Lynch says, “Today we find ourselves facing a challenge..when popular news is listed as fake and..silent protests when taking a knee is labelled as treason”

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In LA, writer Norma Barzman gets a standing ovation. She wounded up on McCarthy’s blacklist. 

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In LA: Seated next to Norma Barzman is actress Marsha Hunt. She also gets a standing O!

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In LA: Marsha Hunt was an outspoken critic and a member of the committee for the first amendment. She was blacklisted for ten years. Lynch says, “Marsha has spent her life championing humanitarian causes.”

Dade Hayes February 11, 20186:34 pm

In NY a welcome meditative spell is cast by a long reel of career achievement honoree Geoffrey C. Ward’s work on 150-some PBS docs/episodes, including “Jazz” and “Vietnam.” The words really propel these finely calibrated sequences.

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In LA: Oswalt explains this will be the very first award to honor the writers’ assistants in Television.

Dade Hayes February 11, 20186:36 pm

In NY, a warm ovation for Geoffrey C. Ward, recipient of the Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement. “I must be the luckiest history lover in the country.”

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In LA: Minnie Driver hits the stage. Of Call Me By Your Name she says, “I was actually up for the lead. I campaigned but I didn’t get it, because you know, sexism!”

Dade Hayes February 11, 20186:38 pm

In NY, more Ward: “I’m 77 now and reading the NY Times and Washington Post every day it seems every progressive achievement in my lifetime … is under serious assault. Sadly, the lessons history is supposed to teach us provide no immediate comfort.”

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20186:39 pm

WINNER: Call Me by Your Name, Screenplay by James Ivory; Based on the Novel by André Aciman; Sony Pictures Classics

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In LA: James Ivory, accepting says, “I’m astonished by all this! I just wanted to go and make a film in Italy again”

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20186:39 pm

WINNER: Call Me by Your Name, Screenplay by James Ivory; Based on the novel by André Aciman; Sony Pictures Classics

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20186:40 pm

James Ivory:

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NY host Amber Ruffin back onstage to give notes to various shows/films.

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In LA, Ivory thanks, “My neighbors in upstate New York Peter Spears and his partner, who brought me into the project with Luca Guadagnino”

Dade Hayes February 11, 20186:42 pm

NY host Ruffin gives mock-notes: “The Americans” should be a prequel to “Felicity”; “Lady Bird” should live up to its title and be about a character who is “half-lady, half-bird” 

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In LA, presenter Terry Crews takes the stage and starts talking about his role as President Camacho in Idiocracy, “Which predicted a future where they people elected the loudest most confident idiot they could find.” Who woulda guessed?

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20186:44 pm

WINNER: Comedy/Variety Specials – 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, Written by Dave Boone; CBS

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Dave Boone winner, could not be there, so Terry Crews accepted on his behalf

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20186:45 pm

WINNER: Short Form New Media Adapted – “Starboy” (Zac & Mia), Teleplay by Allen Clary and Andrew Rothschild, Based on the novel Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts; go90.com

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In LA, Clary hefts the award and declares, “This is for all the Zacs and Mias out there. The Real Ones.”

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In LA, Rothschild, accepting, adds: “Thanks mom and dad for not screwing me up any more than was artistically useful”

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In LA, The Daily Show’s Rob Riggle says when he heard that the WGA Awards wouldn’t be televised, he declared, “Hells yeah.” “I don’t have to wear spanx.”

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20186:50 pm

WINNER: Comedy/Variety Sketch Series – Saturday Night Live, Head Writers: Chris Kelly, Sarah Schneider, Bryan Tucker, Writers: James Anderson, Kristen Bartlett, Jeremy Beiler, Neal Brennan, Zack Bornstein, Joanna Bradley, Megan Callahan, Michael Che, Anna Drezen, Fran Gillespie, Sudi Green, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, Nick Kocher, Michael Koman, Dave McCary, Brian McElhaney, Dennis McNicholas, Drew Michael, Lorne Michaels, Josh Patten, Katie Rich, Pete Schultz, Streeter Seidell, Will Stephen, Kent Sublette, Julio Torres; NBCUniversal

Dade Hayes February 11, 20186:54 pm

NY previews the industry of tomorrow, giving the Nicole Landau the 2018 Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting. She delivers a short and gracious thank-you to family and friends.

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In LA, we’ve moved on to a tribute for James L. Brooks, who’s receiving the Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement. His body of work speaks for itself: Terms of Endearment, Broadcast News, As Good As It Gets. 

Dade Hayes February 11, 20186:55 pm

In NY, Julie Klausner comes onstage to present children’s TV awards, preceding it with a graphic sex joke that kills.

Antonia Blyth February 11, 20187:00 pm

In LA, James L. Brooks comes on stage to accept the Laurel Award for screenwriting achievement: “Let’s see if beta blockers work”

Dade Hayes February 11, 20187:01 pm

In NY, when Saturday Night Live is acknowledged in the comedy/sketch category, it is noted that 4 of the show’s 28 writers attended the WGA East Show. Most are in LA.

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in LA, Brooks: “To begin with , it took me years, truly years, before when someone asked me what I did for a living, I’d say ‘I’m a writer'”

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In LA, Brooks says, “I’d like to think if someone came in this room right now and shouted, ‘Quick we have to evacuate the frauds,’ I wouldn’t be heading out the door alone. Because to me being a writer is simply too good to be true.”

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In LA, Brooks calls writing “a great cause: stopping that damn cursor from blinking at you”

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In LA, Brooks observes, “It is a common through that writers are difficult to live with. I personally think that living with someone who bounces between omnipotent and self-hatred sounds like fun.”

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The host of Jim Jeffries Show is up in LA, dude with an interesting Australian accent, talking about his arrival at WGA West. “Now that I’ve been here I get it. I don’t have to come here again. Why the fuck were we force-fed a meal at 4 pm?”

Dade Hayes February 11, 20187:05 pm

In NY, Hamilton Nolan, longtime Gawker writer (now Splinter) writer, is getting the Richard B. Jablow Award for Devoted Service to the Guild. He led the successful union push at Gawker, which has been followed at Vice, HuffPost and other outlets. 

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In LA, Jeffries continues his comedic rant: “There’s been a definite lack of diversity in the presenters — me and Minnie Driver are the only foreign people. And let’s face it. We don’t look that diverse.”

Dade Hayes February 11, 20187:07 pm

In NY, honoree Hamilton Nolan dedicates the WGA award to DNA Info and Gothamist, whose sites were shut down after a unionization drive, but “the next day came out and said joining the union was still the right thing to do.”

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20187:07 pm

WINNER: Long Form Original – Flint, Written by Barbara Stepansky; Lifetime

Dade Hayes February 11, 20187:07 pm

In NY, Nolan notes that 90% of Americans do not have the option to join a labor union.

Antonia Blyth February 11, 20187:09 pm

In LA: Barbara Stepansky, accepting: “Above all I really want to thank the Flint residents and the activists…they would like you to know that the Flint water crisis is now at the 1500th day….it’s probably great for us because we will make the sequel.” Bizarre thing to say

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In LA, Jeffries deadpans, “Well, I care about the people of Flint — even if no one else does.” He’s presenting a second category “because I’m an immigrant, I have to do twice as much.”

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20187:11 pm

WINNER: Digital News – “The Super Predators,” Written by Melissa Jeltsen, Dana Liebelson; Huffingtonpost.com

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In LA, David E. Kelley accepting: “Sitting with me tonight and sitting with me the last 25 years of my life is Michelle” – the camera pans to his wife Michelle Pfeiffer sitting at the table smiling.

Dade Hayes February 11, 20187:13 pm

Anthony Atamaniuk onstage presenting, insists “I am not rooting for a second term” for Trump.

Antonia Blyth February 11, 20187:13 pm

Puddles Pity Party is back on stage in LA! Singing an intro to Best Video Game Writing’ (!)

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20187:15 pm

WINNER: Outstanding Achievement in Video Game Writing – Horizon Zero Dawn. Narrative Director John Gonzalez; Lead Writer Benjamin McCaw; Writing by Ben Schroder, Anne Toole; Additional Writing by Dee Warrick, Meg Jayanth; Guerrilla Games

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Horizon Zero Dawn Narrative Director John Gonzalez says “it’s incredibly exciting for us to be receiving this award in the company of writers we respect and admire.” 

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20187:17 pm

WINNER: Radio/Audio News Script Analysis, Feature or Commentary – “Dishin’ Digital on WCBS-AM,” Written by Robert Hawley; WCBS

Antonia Blyth February 11, 20187:17 pm

In LA, Oswalt introduces Alison Brie from GLOW

Dade Hayes February 11, 20187:18 pm

In NY, “President Show” star Anthony Atamanuik has good-natured (mostly) fun roasting the radio winners. The first of them couldn’t accept in person “because he has a new job,” Atamanuik reported. “That’s true.”

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20187:18 pm

WINNER: Radio/Audio News Script, Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin, or Breaking Report – “World News This Week: June 9, 2017,” Written by Tara Gimbel Tanis; ABC News Radio

Antonia Blyth February 11, 20187:18 pm

In LA, Brie says she imagines creating a show is: “like giving birth, it’s painful, it’s messy and in the end you have a beautiful baby and you pray you get a second season. I am not a mother.”

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20187:20 pm

WINNER: New Series – The Handmaid’s Tale, Written by Ilene Chaiken, Nina Fiore, Dorothy Fortenberry, Leila Gerstein, John Herrera, Lynn Renee Maxcy, Bruce Miller, Kira Snyder, Wendy Straker Hauser, Eric Tuchman; Hulu

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John Herrara accepting in LA: “I’d like to thank Jenji Kohan who taught me a ton about writing . I would’t be here without her.”

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20187:21 pm

WINNER: Radio/Audio Commentary – “CBS Radio 90th Anniversary,” Written by Dianne E. James, Gail Lee; CBS News Radio

Antonia Blyth February 11, 20187:21 pm

In LA: Herrera says he is “one penis over the limit” for adapting a Margaret Atwood book like Handmaid’s Tale.

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Next up in LA, Sir Patrick Stewart. 

Dade Hayes February 11, 20187:22 pm

After Anthony Atamanuik scored the night’s biggest laughs with good-natured mockery of radio, winner Gail Lee gives the night’s most heartfelt speech, calling radio “magical.” She added: “Go ahead, even though we’re old media. Support an old-media writer, turn the radio on in the car or listen on the internet!”

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It might take a while to review all the nominees for best comedy/variety series writers. It takes a village.

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20187:27 pm

WINNER: Comedy/Variety Talk Series – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Writers: Tim Carvell, Josh Gondelman, Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Maurer, John Oliver, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner, Ben Silva, Seena Vali; HBO

Antonia Blyth February 11, 20187:27 pm

In LA, Sir Patrick: “I’m embarrassed for them, but they couldn’t be here tonight, so I’m accepting the award on their behalf”

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In LA, Bob Odenkirk reviews the nominees for comedy series. 

Dade Hayes February 11, 20187:29 pm

Up next in NY, Tracy Morgan onstage presenting the Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence to Tina Fey and Robert Carlock.

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20187:30 pm

WINNER: Comedy Series – Veep, Written by Gabrielle Allan, Rachel Axler, Ted Cohen, Jennifer Crittenden, Alex Gregory, Steve Hely, Peter Huyck, Erik Kenward, Billy Kimball, David Mandel, Ian Maxtone-Graham, Dan Mintz, Lew Morton, Georgia Pritchett, Will Smith; HBO

Dade Hayes February 11, 20187:31 pm

In NY, Rachel Dratch comes onstage after Tracy Morgan does a short bit as a character named (sp?) Draconious. 

Dade Hayes February 11, 20187:31 pm

Morgan asks the Question of the Night about the bi-coastal, not-quite-simultaneous WGA Awards: “They do TWO of these??”

Dade Hayes February 11, 20187:33 pm

In NY, Rachel Dratch to Tina Fey: “Your brain is a magic joke machine.” 

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In NY, more Dratch: “What can I say about Robert Carlock? He looks like he should be in an Illuminati meeting at Goldman Sachs … but thankfully for all of us, he somehow ended up in comedy.” 

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In LA Oswalt says he will present the last award. “Carrot Top cancelled so it’s down to me”

Dade Hayes February 11, 20187:36 pm

In NY Dratch lists all of Carlock and Fey’s credits, including  “a line of very flammable athleisure wear for JC Penney.”

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In LA, Veep’s David Mendel, “It has been a crazy year for obvious reasons. I cannot do this show without all these writers.” He notes one person couldn’t be at the awards show tonight, Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who “I’m sure you know Julia has cancer.” But quipped she wouldn’t be here anyway, “because the show’s not televised.”

Patrick Hipes February 11, 20187:36 pm

WINNER: Original Screenplay – Get Out, Written by Jordan Peele; Universal Pictures

Antonia Blyth February 11, 20187:36 pm

Jordan Peele accepting in LA: “If I was really, really afraid of white people this would be like the scariest moment of my life, it would be like standing in front of a pit of snakes”

Dade Hayes February 11, 20187:37 pm

In NY, Morgan offers a serious note of thanks to Carlock and Fey for “coming to see me after the accident.” But then adds, “I love you so much, I want to take you around the back of the middle school and get you pregnant.”

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In LA, Peele continues: “I started writing in in 2008 and there were a lot of ups and downs.” He said he would explain the premise and people would think he was nuts. “I’d like to thank my wife Chelsea,” he says, looking into the audience. “I’m looking at another woman because I don’t have my glasses on”

Antonia Blyth February 11, 20187:39 pm

In LA, more from Peele: “Everyone in this room that is a writer, keep taking chances, take big risks, put your love into it, it really does pay off….our voices really do matter.”

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Oswalt concludes the ceremony in LA, “That’s it for another and for probably half a dozen men in the audience, goodbye forever.” 

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Final joke, the show plays The Rolling Stone “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Sassy.

Dade Hayes February 11, 20187:41 pm

Meanwhile, here in NY, still going … and going.

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Heartiest standing O of the night goes to Tina Fey and Robert Carlock.

Dade Hayes February 11, 20187:46 pm

Carlock leads off: “It’s late …. no one wants to be here. But you have to wait for Tina to talk.”

Dade Hayes February 11, 20187:47 pm

More Carlock: “Tina Fey should be on a postage stamp, and not just because that would mean she’d be dead …. and I could take a break.”

Dade Hayes February 11, 20187:49 pm

“I have to contractually thank Lorne Michaels, even though he’s done very little.”

Dade Hayes February 11, 20187:50 pm

Fey with an incredible callback to a radio award from earlier in the night that had the crowd chanting “Gail! Gail! Gail!” … “I feel like I am the Gail Lee of comedy.”

Dade Hayes February 11, 20187:51 pm

Fey cracks, “I have worked so hard to get out of this room” … but, like the end of “Lady Bird,” she realizes that “this room will always be the best part of me.”

Dade Hayes February 11, 20187:52 pm

Shouting out Herb Sargent, who is memorialized in the WGA comedy excellence award, Tina Fey notes his pioneering work creating SNL Weekend Update.

Dade Hayes February 11, 20187:55 pm

Fey: “When you have a meeting with Robert, he will never be ‘just getting out of the shower.’ … That’s just how low the bar is now.”

Dade Hayes February 11, 20188:02 pm

Cast member Ann Dowd, accepting on behalf of the “Handmaid’s Tale” writers, says of showrunner Bruce Miller: “I can picture him right now out in LA.” So can we, Ann. So can we.

Dade Hayes February 11, 20188:05 pm

Accepting for “Get Out” screenplay winner Jordan Peele: Tracy Morgan. “How long did it take you to figure out I’m not Jordan?”

Dade Hayes February 11, 20188:12 pm

Bucking the night’s trend, a large group of writers — just like at the Emmys!” troop onstage to accept the late-night win by Last Week Tonight

Dade Hayes February 11, 20188:13 pm

Host Amber Ruffin comes back to sign off here in NY, ending on a sincere note. “Diversity only makes our shows better. If you want the world to watch your show, then your show should look like the world.”

Dade Hayes February 11, 20188:15 pm

And it is finally a wrap in NYC. Congrats to the winners … and to all of us who bore witness.