Two Academy Awards favorites emerged at Sunday night’s Writer’s Guild Awards, while FX celebrated a big night in the television categories.
The Writers Guild awarded the trophy for Best Original Screenplay for a film to “Moonlight,” which is nominated for eight Academy Awards. Along with being a nominee for Best Picture at the Oscars, “Moonlight,” with a screenplay by Barry Jenkins and story by Tarell Alvin McCraney, is nominated in the Adapted Screenplay category at the Oscars, where it is considered a front-runner.
Another eight-time Oscar nominee, “Arrival,” with a screenplay written by Eric Heisserer, was honored with the WGA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. “Arrival” and “Moonlight” will go head to head at the Oscars in the Adapted Screenplay category, not to mention Best Picture and other categories.
On the TV side, the Writers Guild honored FX with many of the most important prizes, including Drama Series (“The Americans”), Comedy Series (“Atlanta”), New Series (“Atlanta”) and Adapted Long Form (“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”). HBO won the award for Original Long Form for “Confirmation.”