A Night of Surprises at the 2019 Writers Guild Awards

This year’s awards season is almost over, and we’re at the point where nothing can surprise us anymore – but the list of winners at the Writers Guild Awards somehow managed to do so. Despite all odds, Eighth Grade and Can You Ever Forgive Me? managed to snag top honors at this ceremony.

Bo Burnham won the best original screenplay award with his first feature film Eighth Grade, beating the likes of several front-runners, including Green Book and Roma.

Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty also managed to pull an upset in the best-adapted screenplay category, and come up victorious despite going against the writers of BlacKkKlansman and A Star Is Bor.

The winners of the TV categories proved to be much more predictable, and the top awards went to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (best comedy) and The Americans (best drama), while HBO’s dark comedy Barry took home the award for best new series.



Adapted Screenplay
Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Original Screenplay
Eighth Grade

Documentary Screenplay
Bathtubs Over Broadway


Comedy Series
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Drama Series
The Americans

New Series

Episodic Drama
“Paean To The People” (Homeland)

Episodic Comedy
“Chapter One: Make Your Mark” (Barry)

Long Form Adapted
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Long Form Original
Castle Rock

Comedy/Variety Talk Series
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Comedy/Variety Sketch Series
Nathan For You

Comedy/Variety Specials
The Fake News with Ted Nelms

“Bart’s Not Dead” (The Simpsons)

Daytime Drama
General Hospital

Quiz and Audience Participation
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

Children’s Episodic and Specials
“The Ersatz Elevator: Part One” (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

Short Form New Media Original
Class of Lies

Documentary Script – Current Events
“Trump’s Takeover” (Frontline)

Documentary Script – Other Than Current Events
“The Eugenics Crusade” (American Experience)

News Script – Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin, or Breaking Report
“Catastrophe” (60 Minutes)

News Script – Analysis, Feature, or Commentary
“Wounds of War” (60 Minutes)