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 â€œParasiteâ€ and â€œJojo Rabbitâ€ on the film side, and â€œBarryâ€ and â€œSuccessionâ€ in TV.
Bong Joon-Ho and Han Jin Won won the award for original screenplay for â€œParasite,â€ winning out over nominees such as Noah Baumbach for â€œMarriage Story.â€ Bong expressed his gratitude to WGA members for reading his script in translation. â€œYou understood the structure of our story and the nuance of our dialogue â€” itâ€™s amazing,â€ he said.
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In English, Bong made a reference to President Donald Trumpâ€™s polarizing political agenda by observing: â€œSome people make the barriers higher. We writers, we love to destroy the barriers.â€
The other major film winner was â€œJojo Rabbitâ€ by Taika Waititi, which won over competitors including Todd Phillips and Scott Silver for â€œJoker.â€
Waititi kept his time at the podium brief. He made a crack about his â€œobligationâ€ to mention the author of the â€œJoJo Rabbitâ€ novel, Christine Leunens. He also expressed gratitude to his mother â€œfor introducing me to the book and making me read the book. Thatâ€™s it.â€
Besides â€œParasite,â€ â€œMarriage Storyâ€ and â€œJoker,â€ other top film nominees included Greta Gerwig for â€œLittle Women,â€ which were all also nominated for Oscars. The movie nominations did deviate from this yearâ€™s Oscar nominations in a couple of key ways: the WGA gave nods to â€œBooksmartâ€ over Quentin Tarantinoâ€™s â€œOnce Upon a Time in Hollywoodâ€ in the original screenplay race, and â€œA Beautiful Day in the Neighborhoodâ€ in the adapted category over â€œThe Two Popes.â€
On the TV side, WGA favorites including Huluâ€™s â€œThe Handmaidâ€™s Tale,â€ Amazonâ€™s â€œThe Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,â€ Netflixâ€™s â€œThe Crownâ€ and the final season of HBOâ€™s â€œVeepâ€ all made it into nominations this year. The Writers Guild also honored some newcomers, however, in the form of Netflixâ€™s â€œRussian Doll,â€ Huluâ€™s â€œPen15â€ and HBOâ€™s â€œWatchmen.â€
Last year, â€œCan You Ever Forgive Me?â€ and â€œEighth Gradeâ€ won the top film prizes, while â€œThe Marvelous Mrs. Maiselâ€ and the last season of â€œThe Americansâ€ scored in the TV categories.Â 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.
â€œ1917,â€ Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Universal Pictures)
â€œBooksmart,â€ Emily Halpern & Sarah Haskins and Susanna Fogel and Katie Silberman (United Artists Releasing)
â€œKnives Out,â€ Rian Johnson (Lionsgate)
â€œMarriage Story,â€ Noah Baumbach (Netflix)
>>WINNER: â€œParasite,â€ screenplay by Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won, story by Bong Joon Ho (Neon)
â€œA Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,â€ Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster, Inspired by the Article â€œCan You Sayâ€¦Hero?â€ by Tom Junod (TriStar Pictures)
â€œThe Irishman,â€ Steven Zaillian, Based upon the Book â€œI Heard You Paint Housesâ€ by Charles Brandt (Netflix)
>>WINNER: â€œJojo Rabbit,â€ written by Taika Waititi, based on the book â€œCaging Skiesâ€ by Christine Leunens (Fox Searchlight)
â€œJoker,â€ Todd Phillips & Scott Silver, Based on Characters from DC Comics (Warner Bros. Pictures)
â€œLittle Women,â€ Greta Gerwig, Based on the Novel by Louisa May Alcott (Sony Pictures)
â€œCitizen K,â€ Alex Gibney (Greenwich Entertainment)
â€œFoster,â€ Mark Jonathan Harris (HBO Documentary Films)
>>WINNER: â€œThe Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley,â€ written by Alex Gibney (HBO Documentary Films)
â€œJoseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People,â€ Robert Seidman & Oren Rudavsky (First Run Features)
â€œThe Kingmaker,â€ Lauren Greenfield (Showtime Documentary Films)
â€œThe Crownâ€ (Netflix)
â€œThe Handmaidâ€™s Taleâ€ (Hulu)
>>WINNER: â€œSuccession,â€ 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)
>>WINNER: â€œBarry,â€ written by Alec Berg, Duffy Boudreau, Bill Hader, Emily Heller, Jason Kim, Taofik Kolade, Elizabeth Sarnoff (HBO)
â€œThe Marvelous Mrs. Maiselâ€ (Amazon Prime)
â€œRussian Dollâ€ (Netflix)