"The Holdovers," "American Fiction" Take Top Feature Honors At The Writers Guild Awards
In this scene from "The Holdovers" are (l-r) Dominic Sessa, Paul Giamatti and Da'Vine Joy Randolph (photo by Seacia Pavao/courtesy of Focus Features)
Television winners include "Succession," "The Bear," "The Last of Us" and "Beef"
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Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) and Writers Guild of America East (WGAE) unveiled the winners of the 2024 Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for film, television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional categories during concurrent ceremonies on Sunday evening (4/14).

On the feature front, David Hemingson topped the Original Screenplay category for The Holdovers while Cord Jefferson won for Adapted Screenplay on the strength of American Fiction, a film he also directed. Jefferson additionally received the Guild’s Paul Selvin Award for American Fiction, which marked his feature debut. The Selvin Award is given to the script that best embodies the spirit of the constitutional and civil rights and liberties that are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere.

Also scoring a feature honor was Errol Morris for The Pigeon Tunnel, which took the Documentary Screenplay category.

Major TV category winners included Succession for Drama Series, The Bear for Comedy Series, The Last of Us for New Series, and Beef for Limited Series.

Here’s a rundown of the evening’s winners.

 

SCREENPLAY WINNERS

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Holdovers, Written by David Hemingson; Focus Features

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
American Fiction, Screenplay by Cord Jefferson, Based upon the novel Erasure by Percival Everett; Amazon MGM Studios

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY
The Pigeon Tunnel, Written by Errol Morris; Apple Original Films

 

 

TELEVISION, NEW MEDIA, AND NEWS WINNERS

DRAMA SERIES
Succession, Written by Will Arbery, Jesse Armstrong, Miriam Battye, Jon Brown, Jamie Carragher, Ted Cohen, Nate Elston, Francesca Gardiner, Carrie Hersheway, Lucy Prebble, Georgia Pritchett, Tony Roche, Susan Soon He Stanton, Will Tracy; HBO | Max

COMEDY SERIES
The Bear, Written by Karen Joseph Adcock, Joanna Calo, Kelly Galuska, Rene Gube, Sofya Levitsky-Weitz, Stacy Osei-Kuffour, Alex Russell, Catherine Schetina, Christopher Storer; FX Networks

NEW SERIES
The Last of Us, Written by Neil Druckmann, Craig Mazin; HBO | Max    

LIMITED SERIES
Beef, Written by Joanna Calo, Bathsheba Doran, Jean Kyoung Frazier, Niko Gutierrez-Kovner, Lee Sung Jin, Alice Ju, Carrie Kemper, Mike Makowsky, Marie Hanhnhon Nguyen, Kevin Rosen, Alex Russell; Netflix

TV & NEW MEDIA MOTION PICTURES
Quiz Lady, Written by Jen D’Angelo; Hulu

ANIMATION
“Carl Carlson Rides Again” (The Simpsons), Written by Loni Steele Sosthand; Fox

EPISODIC DRAMA
“Living+” (Succession), Written by Georgia Pritchett & Will Arbery; HBO | Max

EPISODIC COMEDY
“Escape From Shit Mountain” (Poker Face), Written by Nora Zuckerman & Lilla Zuckerman; Peacock

COMEDY/VARIETY TALK SERIES 
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Senior Writers Daniel O’Brien, Owen Parsons, Charlie Redd, Joanna Rothkopf, Seena Vali Writers Johnathan Appel, Ali Barthwell, Tim Carvell, Liz Hynes, Ryan Ken, Mark Kramer, Sofia Manfredi, John Oliver, Taylor Kay Phillips, Chrissy Shackelford; HBO | Max

COMEDY/VARIETY SKETCH SERIES  
I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson, Writers Tim Robinson, Zach Kanin, John Solomon, Gary Richardson, Reggie Henke, Brendan Jennings, Patti Harrison; Netflix

COMEDY/VARIETY SPECIALS
Sarah Silverman: Someone You Love, Written by Sarah Silverman; HBO | Max

QUIZ AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION
The Chase, Head Writer David Levinson Wilk Writers Erik Agard, Kyle Beakley, Micki Boden, Megan Broussard, Jonathan Daly, Brian Greene, Robert King, Jason Lundell, Sierra Mannie, Amy Ozols, Bobby Patton, Ellen Teitel, Ari Yolkut; ABC

DAYTIME DRAMA
Days of Our Lives, Head Writer Ron Carlivati Creative Consultant Ryan Quan Writers Sonja Alarr, Jazmen Darnell Brown, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Cheryl Davis, Kirk Doering, Christopher Dunn, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Henry Newman, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock; Peacock

CHILDREN’S EPISODIC, LONG FORM AND SPECIALS 
“Romance Dawn” (One Piece), Written by Matt Owens & Steven Maeda; Netflix

SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA
Carpool Karaoke: The Series, Written by Casey Stewart, David Young; Apple TV+

 

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – CURRENT EVENTS
“Episode One: Blood Memory” (The American Buffalo), Written by Dayton Duncan; PBS

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS 
“Episode Two: An American (1775 - 1790)” (Benjamin Franklin), Written by Dayton Duncan; PBS

NEWS SCRIPT – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT
“Surprise Attack!” (CBS Weekend News), Written by J. Craig Wilson, Ambrose Raferty; CBS News

NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY 
“Healing and Hope” (60 Minutes), Written by Scott Pelley, Nicole Young, Kristin Steve; CBS News

DIGITAL NEWS
“The Persuaders: A 5-Part Investigation into the Union-Busting Industry,” Written by Dave Jamieson; HuffPost

 

 

RADIO/AUDIO NOMINEES

RADIO/AUDIO DOCUMENTARY
“The Call” (This American Life), Written by Mary Harris; Slate

RADIO/AUDIO NEWS SCRIPT – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT 
“World News This Week - Week of March 17, 2023,” Written by Joy Piazza; ABC News Radio

RADIO/AUDIO NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY 
“The Diagnosis Was Fatal. She Couldn’t Get an Abortion” (What Next), Written by Madeline Ducharme and Mary Harris; Slate

 

 

PROMOTIONAL WRITING 

ON AIR PROMOTION 
“WCBS AM Promos” Written by Bill Tynan; WCBS Newsradio 880

 

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