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WGA Awards: ‘Moonlight’ & ‘Arrival’ Win Top Film Prizes; FX’s ‘Atlanta’ & ‘The Americans’ Lead TV – Complete Winners List


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… Read


Oliver Stone’s Critique Of America: It’s Not Just Donald Trump, “But A System” – WGA Awards

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Writers Guild Awards, Show, Los Angeles, USA - 19 Feb 2017

In presenting Oliver Stone with the WGA West’s Laurel Award tonight, Salvador actor James Woods said, “Oliver had the temerity to ask me once, ‘Do you think I should just retire?’ I said, ‘Are you f*cking kidding me? Trump just got elected. You can go forever now.’" Rather than verbally punch the current Commander in Chief, which was the vogue of tonight’s WGA Awards ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles, Stone’s message in his acceptance speech was not unlike the one he… Read


WGA Awards Ceremony Rips Donald Trump So Much, He (Sort Of) Makes An Appearance

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James Woods and Patton Oswalt
Writers Guild Awards, Show, Los Angeles, USA - 19 Feb 2017

Trump dumping was in full force tonight at the dual WGA Awards ceremonies. At previous awards shows this season – from the Golden Globes to the DGAs – winners, honorees and presenters made impassioned speeches against the current administration’s offensive policies and, at times in their protests, even refused to mention President Donald Trump by name. But tonight was a full-fledged roast of the Commander in Chief. L.A. host Patton Oswalt obviously set the table this… Read


Is TV Writers Income In Decline? Fact-Checking WGA Leaders’ Claims In Pre-Negotiations Manifesto

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As negotiations between the WGA and the studios draw near, the drumbeat for a writers strike intensifies. As part of the union's preparations for tough bargaining with the producers and a potential walkout, leaders of the WGA East and WGA West last week sent a letter to members, outlining top battleground issues including improving the union's ailing health fund, getting paid family leave, raising compensation in new media, closing the pay gap between basic cable and… Read


Tom Brady Book & Movie Coming From ‘The Finest Hours’ Writing Team

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EXCLUSIVE: A new book and feature film project about Tom Brady, who has won more Super Bowls than any quarterback in NFL history, is on its way. Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, the writers behind Disney’s The Finest Hours who were nominated for an Oscar for The Fighter, and New York Times bestselling author Casey Sherman are reteaming. Joining up with them is Boston journalist Dave Wedge, who was Sherman’s co-author on Boston Strong. Tamasy and Johnson used the book as part… Read


Awash With 6 Oscar Noms, How ‘Manchester By The Sea’ Navigated Storms But Didn’t Capsize

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The road to Best Picture for independent films is usually filled with uncertainty and adversity. Only in hindsight does it seem like some beneficent movie god plotted the course, and that calamities along the way would in retrospect seem like big breaks. Manchester by the Sea might be defined by its rapturous 2016 Sundance premiere, followed hours later by a $10 million Amazon Studios deal that christened its long voyage to the Oscars. But it was an exhausting journey to… Read


‘Moonlight’ Wins USC Scripter Award For Adapted Screenplay; ‘People Vs OJ’ & ‘The Night Manager’ Tie For TV

Barry Jenkins arrives at the 89th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Moonlight screenwriter Barry Jenkins and author Tarell Alvin McCraney took home the big prize tonight at the 29th annual USC Libraries Scripter Awards. And in a tie, FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski and author Jeffrey Toobin shared the TV adaptation win with AMC's The Night Manager screenwriter David Farr and author John le Carré. The winners were  announced at a black-tie gala at the Edward L… Read


‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins Embraces The Personal Journey Of His Ode To Love


Barry Jenkins does not want me to call him a romantic. "I am a craftsman," he insists. His declaration comes a little while after I wonder whether he considers Chiron—the young hero of Jenkins' Moonlight, who suffers through many injustices of life on the streets of urban Miami as he grapples with his sexuality—to be, at heart, a romantic. After all, people keep talking about the hope of possibility offered by Moonlight‘s touching final scenes. "Man, nah," Jenkins… Read


UCLA Reveals Winners Of Its 2016 Television Pilot Competition

UCLA 2016 Television Pilot Competition Winners

UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television's Professional Programs today announced the winners of its Television Pilot Competition. The awards were determined by industry professionals and UCLA alumni, and winners received a monetary prize. Here are the winners and honorable mentions and their projects: Stephanie Berger won the Comedy Pilot Competition Award for Badger News. In News, after a mental breakdown (and a court order), an overachieving high school girl must… Read


Constanza Romero Wilson On Her Late Husband August Wilson’s Oscar Nomination

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Of the writers in competition at the 2017 OscarsFences playwright August Wilson is singular in multiple respects. The only writing nominee to win a Pulitzer, Wilson is also of course the only posthumous nominee — the first writer granted a posthumous nomination since Bridget O'Connor for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy in 2011. Wilson died in 2005, bu his wife, artist and theater designer Constanza Romero Wilson, spoke with Deadline about her husband's legacy and what… Read

Awards News

Richard Curtis To Receive WGA West’s Top Humanitarian Award


Richard Curtis, one of the industry's greatest humanitarians and one of its most gifted writers of romantic comedies, will be this year's recipient of the WGA West's Valentine Davies Award in recognition of his charitable and humanitarian endeavors. His writing credits include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually – which he also directed – and Bridget Jones' Diary. His charitable efforts include serving as vice-chair of Comic Relief, which he co-founded in 1985… Read


‘Bitch’ Stars Jason Ritter, Jaime King and Marianna Palka On The Making Of Their Feminist Midnight Pic — Sundance Studio


From writer/director Marianna Palka and Company X—the production banner of Elijah Wood, alongside Josh Waller, Daniel Noah, and Lisa Whalen—Bitch is a film shaking up Sundance’s Midnight audiences like none other. Marking Palka’s return to the festival following 2008’s Good Dick—featuring an earlier collaboration with Jason RitterBitch follows a trapped housewife and mother (Palka)’s descent into insanity. Ignored by her philandering executive husband Bill (Ritter)… Read