Borat Subsequent Moviefilm and Promising Young Woman received greatest tailored screenplay and greatest unique screenplay, respectively.
Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat Subsequent Moviefilm was partly improvised and scripted by 9 writers, however it nonetheless walked away Sunday evening with one of many Writers Guild Awards’ prime honours, greatest tailored screenplay.
At the guild’s digital, pre-recorded 73rd annual awards, the largest winners have been a pair of awards-season darkish horses. Best unique screenplay went to the script for the feminist revenge thriller Promising Young Woman, by writer-director Emerald Fennell. The movie, which is nominated for 5 Oscars together with greatest image, triumphed over Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, together with Sound of Metal, Judas and the Black Messiah and Palm Springs.
The Borat sequel win came visiting Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, News of the World, One Night in Miami and The White Tiger. Due to guild laws, a number of of this yr’s best-picture nominees on the Academy Awards weren’t nominated, together with Mank, Nomadland, Minari and The Father.
Cohen and his fellow eight credited writers for the movie’s screenplay and story accepted the award by Zoom.
“Thank you for this incredible award, though I can’t help thinking we won it because 60% of the Writers Guild worked on this movie,” stated Cohen. “A film like this is extremely hard to write partly because it stars real people whose behavior is completely unpredictable. Well, apart from Rudy Giuliani who did everything we hoped for.”
Kal Penn hosted the present, streamed privately for invitees, from his front room. He started wearing a tuxedo and resulted in his pajamas.
Best documentary screenplay went to the Jamal Khashoggi documentary “The Dissident,” written by director Bryan Fogel and Mark Monroe. The movie, which streaming companies have been too timid to amass, Fogel has argued, missed out on an Oscar nomination.
Other awards included “Ted Lasso” for comedy sequence; “The Crown” for drama sequence; “The Great” for episodic comedy; and “Ozark” for episodic drama.
The guild’s awards got here after the conclusion of a two-year battle with expertise companies over potential conflicts of curiosity as representatives of movie and TV writers. Last month, WME grew to become the ultimate large company to signal the guild’s settlement over an business apply referred to as “packaging.”
“Our agency campaign has made us true partners again with our agency representatives,” stated David Goodman, president of the WGA West.
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