“Promising Young Woman” and “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” continue to pull in the award plaudits this season, taking the top movie screenplay prizes at the Writers Guild Awards Sunday night.
At Sunday’s virtual ceremony, Sacha Baron Cohen accepted the best adapted screenplay for “Borat 2,” which is nominated for a screenplay Oscar. The comedy beat out “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “News of the World,” “One Night in Miami” and “The White Tiger” for the WGA honor.
Writer-director Emerald Fennell accepted the best original screenplay for “Promising Young Woman,” which triumphed over Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” along with “Sound of Metal,” “Judas and the Black Messiah” and “Palm Springs.”
The drama, starring Carey Mulligan, is nominated for five Oscars, including for screenplay and for best picture.
The Academy Awards take place April 25.
“The Dissident,” which chronicles the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the ensuing investigation that implicates the Saudi royal family, took the award for best documentary screenplay. The film by writer-director Bryan Fogel and Mark Monroe was not nominated for best documentary at the Oscars.
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Due to WGA regulations, several of this year’s best-picture nominees at the Academy Awards weren’t nominated, including ” “Nomadland,” “Minari” and “The Father.”
AppleTV’s “Ted Lasso” topped the TV award winners, winning best comedy series and best new series. Netflix’s “The Crown” won best drama series.
In a writing awards surprise, “Desus & Mero” beat out reigning comedy/variety talk series winner “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.”
Stephen Colbert’s 2020 election special, “Democracy’s Last Stand: Building Back America Great Again Better 2020,” won the WGA award for best comedy/variety special.
In the animation category, where four out of the six episodes nominated were from “The Simpsons,” the winner turned out to be “BoJack Horseman” and its episode “Xerox of a Xerox.”
In the Daytime Drama category, “Days of Our Lives” beat out the writers of “General Hospital.”