News ID: 239056
Published: 0343 GMT February 18, 2019

'Eighth Grade', 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' win big at 2019 WGA

'Eighth Grade', 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' win big at 2019 WGA

The Writers Guild of America has named its top screenplays of 2018.

On the film side, 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' starring the Oscar-nominated Melissa McCarthy won the trophy for best-adapted screenplay while 'Eighth Grade', the terrific dramedy about an introverted teenage girl in her final middle school days, won best original screenplay, wrote.

In ceremonies held concurrently in New York and Los Angeles Sunday night, the 3,700-strong industry union handed out its annual awards for the best screenplays of the year in both film and television. Chelsea Peretti hosted on the West Coast while Roy Wood Jr. kept the show moving in New York.

The FX drama 'The Americans' earned another farewell award, while scribes from 'General Hospital', 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel', and 'Barry' were given more pats on the back.

Among the Original Screenplay nominees, only WGA nominees 'Roma', 'Vice', and 'Green Book' crossed over to receive Oscar nods, with 'Eighth Grade' and 'A Quiet Place' failing to make the jump despite significant crossover membership between both organizations. On the adapted side, the Academy nominated all four of the WGA's respective nominees, though it swapped Black Panther's script for 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs'.

Since 2008, eight of the WGA's Original Screenplay winners have gone on to win the corresponding Oscar. That number holds at eight among the Adapted Screenplay set.

As is the case every year, several of the current season's weightier contenders were ineligible to receive WGA recognition due to the guild's stipulations, which require contenders to be made under WGA watch while adhering to the group's Minimum Basic Agreement bargaining accord. Yorgos Lanthimos' 'The Favourite' — written by Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara — was among the ineligible titles this year, though it still received an Oscar nomination in the Original Screenplay category.

Elsewhere on the awards circuit, the precursor industry guilds have all split their top winners (the Directors Guild chose 'Roma', the Screen Actors Guild went with 'Black Panther', and the Producers Guild heralded 'Green Book'), making it difficult to predict the Academy's choice for Best Picture as the February 24 Oscars ceremony approaches.


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