‘Parasite,’ ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Among Top Winners (Updating Live)


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The Writers Guild of America handed out its top awards of the year in concurrent ceremonies on both the East and West Coasts on Saturday night, with big winners including “Parasite” and “Jojo Rabbit” on the film side, and “Barry” and “Succession” in TV.

Bong Joon-Ho and Han Jin Won won the award for original screenplay for “Parasite,” winning out over nominees such as Noah Baumbach for “Marriage Story.” Bong expressed his gratitude to WGA members for reading his script in translation. “You understood the structure of our story and the nuance of our dialogue — it’s amazing,” he said.

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In English, Bong made a reference to President Donald Trump’s polarizing political agenda by observing: “Some people make the barriers higher. We writers, we love to destroy the barriers.”

The other major film winner was “Jojo Rabbit” by Taika Waititi, which won over competitors including Todd Phillips and Scott Silver for “Joker.”

Waititi kept his time at the podium brief. He made a crack about his “obligation” to mention the author of the “JoJo Rabbit” novel, Christine Leunens. He also expressed gratitude to his mother “for introducing me to the book and making me read the book. That’s it.”

Besides “Parasite,” “Marriage Story” and “Joker,” other top film nominees included Greta Gerwig for “Little Women,” which were all also nominated for Oscars. The movie nominations did deviate from this year’s Oscar nominations in a couple of key ways: the WGA gave nods to “Booksmart” over Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” in the original screenplay race, and “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” in the adapted category over “The Two Popes.”

On the TV side, WGA favorites including Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Netflix’s “The Crown” and the final season of HBO’s “Veep” all made it into nominations this year. The Writers Guild also honored some newcomers, however, in the form of Netflix’s “Russian Doll,” Hulu’s “Pen15” and HBO’s “Watchmen.”

Last year, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and “Eighth Grade” won the top film prizes, while “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and the last season of “The Americans” scored in the TV categories. The awards ceremony comes just a week before Oscar winners are announced, and after a slew of guild awards that included the Directors Guild, Producers Guild and Screen Actors Guild, in addition to the Golden Globes.

See the full list of WGA Award nominations below, updated live as winners are announced.


Original Screenplay
“1917,” Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Universal Pictures)
“Booksmart,” Emily Halpern & Sarah Haskins and Susanna Fogel and Katie Silberman (United Artists Releasing)
“Knives Out,” Rian Johnson (Lionsgate)
“Marriage Story,” Noah Baumbach (Netflix)
>>WINNER: “Parasite,” screenplay by Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won, story by Bong Joon Ho (Neon)

Adapted Screenplay
“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster, Inspired by the Article “Can You Say…Hero?” by Tom Junod (TriStar Pictures)
“The Irishman,” Steven Zaillian, Based upon the Book “I Heard You Paint Houses” by Charles Brandt (Netflix)
>>WINNER: “Jojo Rabbit,” written by Taika Waititi, based on the book “Caging Skies” by Christine Leunens (Fox Searchlight)
“Joker,” Todd Phillips & Scott Silver, Based on Characters from DC Comics (Warner Bros. Pictures)
“Little Women,” Greta Gerwig, Based on the Novel by Louisa May Alcott (Sony Pictures)

Documentary screenplay
“Citizen K,” Alex Gibney (Greenwich Entertainment)
“Foster,” Mark Jonathan Harris (HBO Documentary Films)
>>WINNER: “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley,” written by Alex Gibney (HBO Documentary Films)
“Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People,” Robert Seidman & Oren Rudavsky (First Run Features)
“The Kingmaker,” Lauren Greenfield (Showtime Documentary Films)


Drama series
“The Crown” (Netflix)
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
“Mindhunter” (Netflix)
>>WINNER: “Succession,” written by Jesse Armstrong, Alice Birch, Jon Brown, Jonathan Glatzer, Cord Jefferson, Mary Laws, Lucy Prebble, Georgia Pritchett, Tony Roche, Gary Shteyngart, Susan Soon He Stanton, Will Tracy (HBO)
“Watchmen” (HBO)

Comedy series
>>WINNER: “Barry,” written by Alec Berg, Duffy Boudreau, Bill Hader, Emily Heller, Jason Kim, Taofik Kolade, Elizabeth Sarnoff (HBO)
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon Prime)
“PEN15” (Hulu)
“Russian Doll” (Netflix)
“Veep” (HBO)