In what might be a glimpse into the upcoming Academy Awards, Jordan Peele’s Get Out and James Ivory’s Call Me by Your Name took home the top film writing awards at last night’s Writers Guild of America Awards.
Peele’s Get Out won for the best original screenplay, and during his acceptance speech he said “This was a passion project. It was something that I put my love into, I put my soul into, so getting this from you means so much.” The film has already surprised many by receiving Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay. By winning the WGA, Get Out puts itself in a good position to win the Oscar as well. Get Out won over Greta Gerwig’s for Lady Bird, Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor’s The Shape of Water, Emily Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani’s The Big Sick, and Steven Rogers for I, Tonya. The only film nominated for a writing Oscar that wasn’t nominated for a WGA was Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which was ineligible.
James Ivory’s Call Me By Your Name is based on Andre Aciman’s 2007 novel, and after winning the 89-year-old said “I’m astonished by all this! I just wanted to go and make a film in Italy again.” His competition was Aaron Sorkin’s Molly’s Game, Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber’s The Disaster Artist, Dee Rees and Virgil Williams’ Mudbound, and Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green for Logan. All five films will once again face off at the Oscars as well.
On the TV side of things it was The Handmaid’s Tale taking the top awards for drama series and new series awards, while Veep won the comedy series award. David E. Kelly won for best longform adapted script for HBO’s Big Little Lies.