Two of this award season’s most unusual contenders triumphed Sunday evening, because the darkish dramedy “Promising Young Woman” and the closely improvised “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” took honors on the Writers Guild of America ceremony.
In the original-screenplay class, the “Promising Young Woman” writer-director Emerald Fennell confronted stiff competitors within the type of 13-time WGA Award nominee Aaron Sorkin, whose “The Trial of the Chicago 7” can be thought-about a prime Oscar contender. But Fennell was nominated for a best-director Oscar whereas Sorkin was snubbed, and the WGA win for “Promising Young Woman” is one other key laurel for that movie because it heads into the homestretch of the season.
In his acceptance speech for “Borat,” Sacha Baron Cohen joked that the improvised film might have gained a screenplay award as a result of it “employed 60 percent of the Writers Guild.” The massive staff of writers included Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer, Peter Baynham, Erica Rivinoja, Dan Mazer, Jena Friedman and Lee Kern, with a narrative by Baron Cohen, Hines, Swimer and Nina Pedrad. Because the film is a sequel primarily based on a pre-existing character, it gained within the tailored screenplay class.
In three of the final 5 years — together with 2020, when “Jojo Rabbit” and “Parasite” triumphed — the 2 movies that gained the WGA Awards additionally went on to win their respective Oscar races. But two years in the past, the guild gave its original-screenplay prize to “Eighth Grade,” a script that Oscar voters had didn’t even nominate.
And slender guidelines of guild eligibility usually preclude Oscar front-runners from participating within the WGA Awards in any respect: This 12 months, “Nomadland,” “Minari” and “The Father” had been all dominated ineligible, since they weren’t written below a bargaining settlement from the WGA or its sister guilds. Still, if Fennell and the “Nomadland” author Chloé Zhao go on to win the unique and tailored screenplay Oscars, it is going to be the primary 12 months when each script races had been gained by ladies who had been the only credited writers of their movies.
WGA nominees had been requested to ship acceptance speeches forward of time; solely the winner’s can be performed through the ceremony, which was pretaped and hosted by Kal Penn. Here are a number of the evening’s different prime winners:
Documentary screenplay: “The Dissident,” Mark Monroe, Bryan Fogel
Drama sequence: “The Crown,” Peter Morgan, Jonathan Wilson
Comedy sequence: “Ted Lasso,” Jane Becker, Leann Bowen, Brett Goldstein, Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly, Bill Lawrence, Jamie Lee, Jason Sudeikis, Phoebe Walsh, Bill Wrubel. (“Ted Lasso” additionally gained finest new sequence.)
Original lengthy type: “Mrs. America,” Tanya Barfield, Joshua Griffith, Sharon Hoffman, Boo Killebrew, Micah Schraft, April Shih, Dahvi Waller
Adapted lengthy type: “The Queen’s Gambit,” Scott Frank, Allan Scott, primarily based on the novel by Walter Tevis