Writer's Guild Awards
Photo by Melina Joseph/The Ball Out

Los Angeles, CA — Writers, producers, directors, actors, and actresses from all aspects of media gathered around to celebrate an evening of outstanding achievement during the 2019 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday.

Held at the fancy Beverly Hilton Hotel, the 71st annual ceremony welcomed guests and celebrities onto the famous red carpet before the show began. Stars like comedian Sarah Silverman, actress Jane Lynch, actor Ed Helms, director/producer Ron Howard, journalist and host Chris Hayes were amongst those lined up for the occasion.

Ron Howard walks the red carpet. Video by Melina Joseph/The Ball Out

Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler and producer Joe Robert Cole both appeared on the carpet looking spiffy in their black tuxes. Writer Mike Flanagan, producer Trevor Macy and actress Kate Siegel showed out for their nomination of “The Haunting of Hill House” in Best New Series.

Janet Mock, Nominee, for “Pose”. Photo by Melina Joseph/The Ball Out

Also in attendance were nominees Will Fetters (A Star is Born), Ryan Murphy and Our Lady J (Pose), Liz Flahive and Tara Hermann (Glow), Dorothy Fortenberry and Bruce Miller (The Handmaid’s Tale) and many more.

Award categories included Best in Original Screenplay, Adapted Screenplay, and Documentary Screenplay. Television, New Media, and News Nominees included Best in a Drama Series, Comedy Series, New Series, Original Long Form, Adapted Long Form, Animation and more.

In addition, Radio/Audio, as well as Promotional Writing and Video game also had their own nominated categories like, Best in Radio/Audio Documentary, On-Air Promotion, and Game Writing.

A total of 29 winners were crowned during the 2019 Writer’s Guild Awards. Among the winners were “Eighth Grade” for Original Screenplay, “The Americans” for Drama Series, “Barry for New Series, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” for Comedy/Variety Talk Series, “A Tribute to Star Trek” for the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy’s for On-Air Promotion, and “God of War” for Video game Writing.

Writers Guild Awards
“God of War” writers. Photo by Melina Joseph/The Ball Out

Here is the full list of winners:

FILM WINNERS

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Eighth Grade, Written by Bo Burnham; A24

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, Based on the book by Lee Israel; Fox Searchlight

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

Bathtubs Over Broadway, Writers: Ozzy Inguanzo & Dava Whisenant; Focus Features

TELEVISION AND NEW MEDIA WINNERS

DRAMA SERIES

The Americans, Writers: Peter Ackerman, Hilary Bettis, Joshua Brand, Joel Fields, Sarah Nolen, Stephen Schiff, Justin Weinberger, Joe Weisberg, Tracey Scott Wilson; FX Networks

COMEDY SERIES

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel; Writers: Kate Fodor, Noah Gardenswartz, Daniel Goldfarb, Jen Kirkman, Sheila Lawrence, Daniel Palladino, Amy Sherman Palladino; Prime Video

NEW SERIES

Barry, Writers: Alec Berg, Duffy Boudreau, Bill Hader, Emily Heller, Liz Sarnoff, Ben Smith, Sarah Solemani; HBO

ORIGINAL LONG FORM

Castle Rock, Writers: Marc Bernardin, Scott Brown, Lila Byock, Mark Lafferty, Sam Shaw, Dustin Thomason, Gina Welch, Vinnie Wilhelm; Hulu

ADAPTED LONG FORM

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Writers: Maggie Cohn, Tom Rob Smith, Based on the book Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth; FX Networks

ORIGINAL SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA

Class of Lies, written by Tessa Leigh Williams; Snapchat

ADAPTED SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA

The Walking Dead: Red Machete, written by Nick Bernardone

ANIMATION

“Bart’s Not Dead” (The Simpsons), written by Stephanie Gillis; Fox

EPISODIC DRAMA

“Paean To The People” (Homeland), written by Alex Gansa; Showtime

EPISODIC COMEDY

Chapter One: ‘Make Your Mark’” (Barry), Writers: Alec Berg & Bill Hader; HBO

COMEDY/VARIETY TALK SERIES

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver; Writers: Tim Carvell, Raquel D’Apice, Josh Gondelman, Dan Gurewitch, Jeff Maurer, Daniel O’Brien, John Oliver, Brian Parise, Owen Parsons, Ben Silva, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss, Seena Vali, Juli Weiner; HBO

COMEDY/VARIETY SKETCH SERIES

Nathan For You, Writers: Leo Allen, Nathan Fielder, Carrie Kemper, Michael Koman, Adam Locke-Norton, Eric Notarnicola; Comedy Central

COMEDY/VARIETY SPECIALS

The Fake News with Ted Nelms, Writers: John Aboud, Andrew Blitz, Michael Colton, Ed Helms, Elliott Kalan, Joseph Randazzo, Sara Schaefer; Comedy Central

QUIZ AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Head Writer: Stephen A. Melcher, Jr.; Writers: Kyle Beakley, Tom Cohen, Patricia A. Cotter, Ryan Hopak, Gary Lucy, James Rowley, Ann Slichter, Dylan Snowden; Disney/ABC Syndication

DAYTIME DRAMA

General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers: Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles; ABC

CHILDREN’S EPISODIC AND SPECIALS

“The Ersatz Elevator: Part One” (A Series of Unfortunate Events), Teleplay by Daniel Handler; Netflix

(No nominees for Children’s Long Form this year.)

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – CURRENT EVENTS

“Trump’s Takeover” (Frontline), Writers: Michael Kirk & Mike Wiser; PBS

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS

“The Eugenics Crusade” (American Experience), Written by Michelle Ferrari; PBS

NEWS SCRIPT – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT

“Catastrophe” (60 Minutes), Writers: Scott Pelley, Katie Kerbstat, Nicole Young; CBS News

NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY

“Wounds of War” (60 Minutes), Writers: Scott Pelley, Katie Kerbstat, Nicole Young; CBS News

DIGITAL NEWS

“Inside The Culture Of Sexism At Riot Games,” Written by Cecilia D’Anastasio; Kotaku.com

RADIO/AUDIO DOCUMENTARY

“RFK: 50 Years After Shots Rang Out at The Ambassador Hotel,” Written by Andrew Evans; ABC News Radio

RADIO/AUDIO NEWS SCRIPT—REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT

“Remembering The Good, The Bad and the Brilliant,” Written by Gail Lee; CBS News Radio

RADIO/AUDIO NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY

“John McCain: A Life of Service,” Written by Gail Lee; CBS News Radio

PROMOTIONAL WINNER

ON-AIR PROMOTION (RADIO OR TELEVISION)

“Tribute to Star Trek for the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys,” Written by Sean Brogan; CBS

VIDEOGAME WINNER

VIDEOGAME WRITING

God of War, Writers Matt Sophos, Richard Zangrande Gaubert, Cory Barlog; Story and Narrative Design Lead Matt Sophos; Story and Narrative Design Richard Zangrande Gaubert; Narrative Design Orion Walker, Adam Dolin; Sony Interactive Entertainment

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