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"Parasite," "Jojo Rabbit" Take Top Feature Honors At Writers Guild Awards
HBO's "Succession," "Barry," "Watchmen" among marquee television winners
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) --

“Parasite” has continued its march through Hollywood’s awards season by winning the best original screenplay honor at Saturday’s Writers Guild Awards.

The Nazi satire “Jojo Rabbit” took home the best adapted screenplay honor. 

The Writers Guild Awards were roughly a week before the Academy Awards, where both films will compete in the best picture category.

The “Parasite” win went to Bong Joon Ho, who is also the film’s director, and Han Jin Won. Taika Waititi won for “Jojo Rabbit,” a film he also directed and starred in.

HBO swept the top television awards, winning the drama category for “Succession,” the comedy category for “Barry” and the best new series honor of “Watchmen.” 

The premium cable network’s limited series also won the original long form prize, while FX’s “Fosse/Verdon” won the adapted long form award.

Saturday’s awards were handed out in concurrent ceremonies in New York and Beverly Hills, California. 

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

FILM WINNERS
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Parasite, Screenplay by Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won, Story by Bong Joon Ho; Neon

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Jojo Rabbit, Screenplay by Taika Waititi, Based on the book Caging Skies by Christine Leunens; Fox Searchlight

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, Written by Alex Gibney; HBO Documentary Films

TELEVISION AND NEW MEDIA WINNERS
DRAMA SERIES

Succession, Written by Jesse Armstrong, Alice Birch, Jon Brown, Jonathan Glatzer, Cord Jefferson, Mary Laws, Lucy Prebble, Georgia Pritchett, Tony Roche, Gary Shteyngart, Susan Soon He Stanton, Will Tracy; HBO

COMEDY SERIES
Barry, Written by Alec Berg, Duffy Boudreau, Bill Hader, Emily Heller, Jason Kim, Taofik Kolade, Elizabeth Sarnoff; HBO

NEW SERIES
Watchmen, Written by Lila Byock, Nick Cuse, Christal Henry, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Cord Jefferson, Jeff Jensen, Claire Kiechel, Damon Lindelof, Janine Nabers, Stacy Osei-Kuffour, Tom Spezialy, Carly Wray; HBO

ORIGINAL LONG FORM
Chernobyl, Written by Craig Mazin; HBO

ADAPTED LONG FORM
Fosse/Verdon, Written by Debora Cahn, Joel Fields, Ike Holter, Thomas Kail, Steven Levenson, Charlotte Stoudt, Tracey Scott Wilson, Based on the book Fosse by Sam Wasson; FX Networks

ORIGINAL SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA
Special, Written by Ryan O’Connell; Netflix

ANIMATION
“Thanksgiving of Horror” (The Simpsons), Written by Dan Vebber; Fox

EPISODIC DRAMA
“Tern Haven” (Succession), Written by Will Tracy; HBO

EPISODIC COMEDY
“Pilot” (Dead to Me), Written by Liz Feldman; Netflix

COMEDY/VARIETY TALK SERIES
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Senior Writers: Dan Gurewitch, Jeff Maurer, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner Writers: Tim Carvell, Daniel O’Brien, John Oliver, Owen Parsons, Charlie Redd, Joanna Rothkopf, Ben Silva, Seena Vali; HBO

COMEDY/VARIETY SPECIALS
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Presents: Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner Part 2, Head Writer Melinda Taub, Writing Supervised by Joe Grossman, Nicole Silverberg, Writers Samantha Bee, Kristen Bartlett, Pat Cassels, Sean Crespo, Mike Drucker, Mathan Erhardt, Lewis Friedman, Miles Kahn, Sahar Rizvi, Special Material by Allison Silverman; TBS

COMEDY/VARIETY SKETCH SERIES
I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson, Writers: Jeremy Beiler, Zach Kanin, Tim Robinson, John Solomon; Netflix

QUIZ AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?, Head Writer Bret Calvert, Writers Seth Harrington, Rosemarie DiSalvo; Nickelodeon

DAYTIME DRAMA
The Young and the Restless, Writers: Amanda L. Beall, Jeff Beldner, Sara Bibel, Matt Clifford, Annie Compton, Christopher Dunn, Sara Endsley, Janice Ferri Esser, Mellinda Hensley, Lynn Martin, Anne Schoettle, Natalie Minardi Slater, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS

CHILDREN’S EPISODIC, LONG FORM AND SPECIALS
“Remember Black Elvis?” (Family Reunion), Written by Howard Jordan, Jr.; Netflix

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – CURRENT EVENTS
“Trump’s Trade War” (Frontline), Written by Rick Young; PBS

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS
“Right To Fail” (Frontline), Written by Tom Jennings; PBS

NEWS SCRIPT – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT
“Terror in America: The Massacres in El Paso and Dayton” (Special Edition of the CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell), Written by Jerry Cipriano, Joe Clines, Bob Meyer; CBS News

NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY
“Fly Like An Eagle” (60 Minutes), Written by Katie Kerbstat Jacobson, Scott Pelley, Nicole Young; CBS News

DIGITAL NEWS
“Stories About My Brother,” Written by Prachi Gupta, Jezebel.com

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

“Hail and Farewell: Remembering Some Headline Makers,” Written by Gail Lee; CBS News Radio

RADIO/AUDIO NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY
“The Enduring Legacy of Jackie Kennedy Onassis,” Written by Dianne E. James, Gail Lee; CBS News Radio

PROMOTIONAL WINNER
ON-AIR PROMOTION

“Star Trek: Picard” and “All Rise Promos,” Written by Jessica Katzenstein; CBS

SPECIAL HONORS
Writers Guild of America West presented several honorary special achievement and service awards at its West Coast ceremony. This year’s honorees included: Trailblazing screenwriter-director Nancy Meyers ("Private Benjamin," "Something’s Gotta Give," "It’s Complicated"), who received WGAW’s Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement; Emmy-winning, pioneering TV comedy writer Merrill Markoe ("The David Letterman Show," "Late Night with David Letterman"), who received WGAW’s Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement); television creator-director-producer Brad Falchuk ("The Politician," "Glee," "Pose"), who received WGAW’s Valentine Davies Award, in recognition of his positive impact on young writers to increase literacy and promote self-esteem through arts education in schools; and Writers Guild and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Charles Randolph ("The Big Short"), who received WGAW’s Paul Selvin Award for his "Bombshell" screenplay, an incisive retelling of Fox News’ sexual harassment scandal in the #MeToo era.

The Writers Guild of America, East presented three honorary awards at the New York ceremony. Richard Price, the Academy Award-nominated writer of "The Color of Money," the co-creator of "The Night Of," and a writer for "The Wire" and "The Deuce," was presented with the Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement. Writer and actress Paula Pell, who has won five Writers Guild Awards and received another nine nominations for her work at "Saturday Night Live," in addition to writing credits for "30 Rock," "A.P. Bio" and the feature film "Sisters," was presented with the Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence and Mentorship. And writer, WGAE Council member and co-chair of the WGAE Committee for Inclusion and Equity Lisa Takeuchi Cullen ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") was presented the Richard B. Jablow Award for Devoted Service to the Guild.

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