In the latest boost to ascendant campaigns, Emerald Fennell and Sacha Baron Cohen have won top honours at the Writers Guild Of America’s (WGA) awards.
Promising Young Woman writer-director Fennell took the original screenplay award at the virtual 73rd Writers Guild Awards on Sunday (March 21), less than a week after the Focus Features release earned five Oscar nominations including recognition in writing and directing categories.
Baron Cohen led the writing team on Amazon Studios’ Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, whose WGA adapted screenplay win follows Oscar nods for that category and supporting actress.
The Dissident written by Mark Monroe and Bryan Fogel explores the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and took the award for best documentary screenplay.
Like every other nominee in this category, The Dissident is not nominated for an Oscar, although it is in the running for a Bafta. Briarcliff Entertainment distributes in the US.
In the television categories two from Netflix saw The Crown written by Peter Morgan and Jonathan Wilson win best drama series, while the prize for adapted longform went to The Queen’s Gambit written by Scott Frank and Allan Scott based on the novel by Walter Tevis.
Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso won best comedy and best new series.
The original longform prize went to FX Networks’ Mrs. America, written by Tanya Barfield, Joshua Griffith, Sharon Hoffman, Boo Killebrew, Micah Schraft, April Shih, and Dahvi Waller.
Judas And The Black Messiah
Screenplay: Will Berson and Shaka King
Story: Will Berson, Shaka King, Kenny Lucas, and Keith Lucas
Screenplay: Andy Siara
Story: Andy Siara and Max Barbakow
Promising Young Woman
Written by Emerald Fennell
Sound Of Metal
Screenplay: Darius Marder and Abraham Marder
Story: Darius Marder and Derek Cianfrance
The Trial Of The Chicago 7
Written by Aaron Sorkin
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Screenplay: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer, Peter Baynham, Erica Rivinoja, Dan Mazer, Jena Friedman, and Lee Kern
Story: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer, and Nina Pedrad
Based on Characters Created by: Sacha Baron Cohen
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Screenplay: Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Based on the play written by August Wilson
News Of The World
Screenplay: Paul Greengrass and Luke Davies
Based upon the novel by Paulette Jiles
One Night In Miami
Screenplay: Kemp Powers
Based on the stage play One Night In Miami by Kemp Powers
The White Tiger
Screenplay: Ramin Bahrani
Based on the book The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
All In: The Fight For Democracy
Written by Jack Youngelson
Written by Mark Monroe and Bryan Fogel
Herb Alpert Is…
Written by John Scheinfeld
Written by Gabe Polsky
Totally Under Control
Written by Alex Gibney.