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Get Out and Call Me By Your Name win big at the 2018 WGA Awards

The Writers Guild of America announced the winners of the 2018 WGA Awards in both L.A. and New York City last night, with the guild honoring Get Out (Jordan Peele) and Call Me By Your Name (James Ivory) for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay respectively.

Other winners on the night included Jane (Best Adapted Screenplay), The Handmaid’s Tale (Best Drama Series and Best New Series), Veep (Best Comedy Series), Big Little Lies (Best Adapted Long Form), Better Call Saul (Best Episodic Drama), Will & Grace (Best Episodic Comedy), BoJack Horseman (Best Animation) and Horzion Zero Dawn (Best Achievement in Videogame Writing).

Here’s a full list of the winners, via Variety

Feature Film Nominees

Original Screenplay:

The Big Sick,” Written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani; Amazon Studios

Get Out,” Written by Jordan Peele; Universal Pictures (Winner)

“I, Tonya,” Written by Steven Rogers; Neon

“Lady Bird,” Written
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WGA Winners: Tina Fey, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Flint,” and More

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Offred’s story is still striking a chord. The 70th annual Writers Guild of America Awards took place over the weekend, and Emmy, Golden Globe, and DGA winner “The Handmaid’s Tale” took home two trophies: Drama Series and Best New Series. Women penned five of 10 episodes in the dystopian series’ debut season.

Tracy Poust and Jon Kinnally received the award for Episodic Comedy thanks to “Will & Grace” episode “Rosario’s Quinceanera,” and Kate Purdy’s writing for “BoJack Horseman” ep “Time’s Arrow” was honored in the Animation category.

Other women-penned winners include May Chan’s “An American Girl Story — Ivy and Julie 1976: A Happy Balance” (Children’s Episodic and Specials), about a Chinese-American girl negotiating her cultural identities, and Barbara Sepansky’s Flint water crisis drama, “Flint” (Long Form Original).

Tina Fey and her “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” co-creator and frequent
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'Get Out', 'Call Me By your Name' win at 2018 Writers Guild Awards

'Get Out', 'Call Me By your Name' win at 2018 Writers Guild Awards
The Handmaid’s Tale takes home two prizes in TV category.

Jordan Peele won best original screenplay at the 2018 Writers Guild Awards for Get Out, while James Ivory won the adapted screenplay award for Call Me by Your Name.

The Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America, East handed out the prizes at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York last night (11 February).

Get Out boosted its Oscar chances by triumphing in a strong field including Lady Bird, The Shape Of Water, The Big Sick and I, Tonya. Martin McDonaugh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which made the Oscar shortlist in this category, was not eligible for a WGA award.

The adapted screenplay nominees mirrored the Oscar list, and included Molly’s Game, The Disaster Artist, Logan and Mudbound.

Jane Goodall documentary Jane won the documentary screenplay award.

On the TV side
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WGA Awards: Jordan Peele, James Ivory Win for ‘Get Out,’ ‘Call Me by Your Name’

WGA Awards: Jordan Peele, James Ivory Win for ‘Get Out,’ ‘Call Me by Your Name’
Jordan Peele’s horror-comedy “Get Out” has won the Writers Guild of America’s award for original screenplay and James Ivory’s script for coming-of-age drama “Call Me by Your Name” has won the award for best adapted screenplay.

“This was a passion project. It was something that I put my love into, I put my soul into, so getting this from you means so much,” Peele said in his acceptance, noting he began working on the script in 2008.

Hulu’s dystopian “The Handmaid’s Tale” won the top drama series and new series awards from the Writers Guild of America to go along with its Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. “Mostly this goes to Margaret Atwood for her novel. She is the mother of us all,” showrunner Bruce Miller said.

The awards were presented by “trophy maids,” two women dressed in costume from the dystopian thriller.

HBO’s “Veep” won the comedy series award. Showrunner [link=nm
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WGA Awards: The Complete Winners List

WGA Awards: The Complete Winners List
The Writers Guild of America Awards were handed out at the Beverly Hills Hilton and Edison Ballroom on Sunday, with “Get Out” nabbing the top prize for best original screenplay for Jordan Peele, and “Call Me by Your Name” earning James Ivory the best adapted screenplay award.

The awards show took place simultaneously in L.A. and New York, with “Late Night With Seth Meyers” writer Amber Ruffin hosting the New York awards show while Patton Oswalt hosts the West Coast event.

Screenplay Nominees

Original Screenplay:

The Big Sick,” Written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani; Amazon Studios

Get Out,” Written by Jordan Peele; Universal Pictures (Winner)

“I, Tonya,” Written by Steven Rogers; Neon

“Lady Bird,” Written by Greta Gerwig; A24

“The Shape of Water,” Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor; Story by Guillermo del Toro; Fox Searchlight

Adapted Screenplay:

“Call Me by Your Name,” Screenplay by James Ivory; Based on the Novel by André Aciman; [link
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WGA Awards: The Complete Winners List

WGA Awards: The Complete Winners List
The Writers Guild of America Awards were handed out at the Beverly Hills Hilton and Edison Ballroom on Sunday, with “Get Out” nabbing the top prize for best original screenplay for Jordan Peele, and “Call Me by Your Name” earning James Ivory the best adapted screenplay award.

The awards show took place simultaneously in L.A. and New York, with “Late Night With Seth Meyers” writer Amber Ruffin hosting the New York awards show while Patton Oswalt hosts the West Coast event.

Screenplay Nominees

Original Screenplay:

The Big Sick,” Written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani; Amazon Studios

Get Out,” Written by Jordan Peele; Universal Pictures (Winner)

“I, Tonya,” Written by Steven Rogers; Neon

“Lady Bird,” Written by Greta Gerwig; A24

“The Shape of Water,” Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor; Story by Guillermo del Toro; Fox Searchlight

Adapted Screenplay:

“Call Me by Your Name,” Screenplay by James Ivory; Based on the Novel by André Aciman; [link
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‘Veep’ Boss on the Final Season, Sitting out the Emmys, and Selina for President

‘Veep’ Boss on the Final Season, Sitting out the Emmys, and Selina for President
“Veep” showrunner David Mandel is not upset that his HBO comedy’s winning streak at the Emmys is going to come to an end this September after taking home the trophy for the past three years.

“Obviously the circumstances are horrific, but the good news is that I had coffee with her, and she’s doing great, so that just does my heart good,” Mandel tells Variety about executive producer and star Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ battle with breast cancer.

“Veep’s” sixth season aired during the 2017 Emmy eligibility window (and brought home five trophies, including comedy series and comedy actress for Louis-Dreyfus), but the seventh and final season has not aired yet. Louis-Dreyfus recently underwent chemotherapy treatments, and Mandel is confident she will be ready to shoot again soon.

Mandel says it is “nice” to be able to take a break from all of the work that goes into campaigning for an Emmy and just be a part
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'Veep,' 'West Wing' Showrunners on How Political TV Accidentally Became Aspirational

Executive producer David Mandel thinks Veep is an aspirational TV show. That might come as a surprise to many viewers, who have known Veep as a satire bent on capturing the worst instincts in politics. After all, the show featured an entire plot point in which a political campaign used secret childhood mortality information in order to court recently bereaved parents.

Yet in the world of Veep, there have been two female presidents. "They’re two ahead of us," Mandel told The Hollywood Reporter at the Saban Media Center Wednesday night, before an event exploring how actors and producers represent politics on...
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‘Veep,’ ‘Good Fight,’ ‘Madam Secretary’ Bosses on the Importance of Aspiration in Political Shows

‘Veep,’ ‘Good Fight,’ ‘Madam Secretary’ Bosses on the Importance of Aspiration in Political Shows
Just as the state of politics has changed in the real world recently, the state of politics on television has had to adjust as well.

“This show was aspirational,” director Thomas Schlamme said of “The West Wing” at a Television Academy panel about “Penning Pennsylvania Avenue” in Los Angeles on Wednesday. “[Creator Aaron Sorkin and I] both are patriots, and we thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to do a Valentine to public service?’”

Given the current state of the world, Schlamme said, “aspirational’s not so bad right now.”

But many current shows that are set in the world of politics — including HBO’s “Veep,” CBS’ “Madam Secretary” and CBS All Access’ “The Good Fight,” which were all represented on the TV Academy panel — take different approaches.

“The show has always been, dare I say, in response to ‘The West Wing’ — going, ‘That’s not what these guys are really like! This is what
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2018 PGA Awards: All the nominees in the 3 film and 9 TV categories for Producers Guild of America prizes

The Producers Guild of America hands out its awards on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. That is the night before the Screen Actors Guild does the same. Unlike, the latter, which will air on TNT and TBS, the PGA ceremony is not televised. However, it is an equally important stop on the road to the Oscars.

The PGA Awards has an enviable track record at presaging the eventual Best Picture winner at the Academy Awards. The guild and the academy have agreed on 19 of the most recent 28 Best Picture champs. Last year, all nine Oscar nominees for Best Picture numbered among the 10 PGA contenders; only “Deadpool” was snubbed by the academy. The PGA prize went to “La La Land” while the Oscar was (eventually) won by “Moonlight.”

Discuss All the Oscar contenders with Hollywood insiders in our notorious forums

Nominees for the 29th annual edition of the PGA awards in the three film
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Veep Season 7 Production Postponed for Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Cancer Treatment, Ep Confirms

Veep Season 7 Production Postponed for Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Cancer Treatment, Ep Confirms
Veep won’t continue its time in office until its leading lady is ready to do so, an executive producer for the HBO comedy said Wednesday.

Speaking during Sirius Xm’s Press Pool, Ep Frank Rich mentioned that production on the series was scheduled to have started by now, but that work on the seventh and final season wouldn’t move forward until star Julia Louis-Dreyfus was ready — confirming what TVLine reported in September after Louis-Dreyfus revealed that she’d been diagnosed with breast cancer.

RelatedVeep to End With Season 7

“The good news is that I have the most
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Returns To Work Amid Cancer Battle As ‘Veep’ Co-Stars Show Her Love In Heartfelt Video

She’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus, hear her roar! The 56-year-old actress announced last month that she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but on Thursday, she was back to work. Sharing a tweet from showrunner David Mandel that showed the script for the first episode of the final season of “Veep”, Louis-Dreyfus wrote: “It was a fantastic script read by an amazing […]
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Returns to Work Amid Cancer Battle as 'Veep' Co-Stars Show Her Love in Heartfelt Video

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Returns to Work Amid Cancer Battle as 'Veep' Co-Stars Show Her Love in Heartfelt Video
She's Julia Louis-Dreyfus, hear her roar!

The 56-year-old actress announced last month that she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but on Thursday, she was back to work.

Sharing a tweet from showrunner David Mandel that showed the script for the first episode of Veep's final season, Louis-Dreyfus wrote: "It was a fantastic script read by an amazing cast. Huge comfort and joy!"

The eight-time Emmy winner showed just how much "comfort and joy" she was receiving at work by posting a video of her co-stars, Tony Hale and Timothy Simons, doing an interpretive dance of sorts to Katy Perry's song, "Roar."

"My name is Tony and I will be playing the role of Julia Louis-Dreyfus," Hale says in the heartfelt, hilarious video.

More: Julia Louis-Dreyfus' 'Seinfeld' Co-Star Jason Alexander Tweets Support for Actress After Cancer Diagnosis

Simons chimes in, "Hello, Julia, my name is Tim and I will be playing the role of
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Says Veep Cast and Crew Are a 'Huge Comfort and Joy' After Cancer Diagnosis

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Says Veep Cast and Crew Are a 'Huge Comfort and Joy' After Cancer Diagnosis
The cast and crew of Veep are back to work.

On Wednesday, the cast of the HBO hit series did a table read for the first episode of the upcoming — and final — season. Executive producer and showrunner David Mandel later posted a picture of the script’s front page on Twitter, saying they had a “pretty fun day.”

“It was a fantastic script read by an amazing cast,” responded star Julia Louis- Dreyfus. “Huge comfort and joy!”

It was a fantastic script read by an amazing cast. Huge comfort and joy! https://t.co/VX57gmiegb

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) October 20, 2017

The 56-year-old actress,
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‘Veep’ Showrunner Regrets ‘Not Booing and Walking Out’ on Sean Spicer’s Emmys Gag

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‘Veep’ Showrunner Regrets ‘Not Booing and Walking Out’ on Sean Spicer’s Emmys Gag
Some people found Sean Spicer’s self-deprecating skit at the Emmys to be funny. “Veep” showrunner David Mandel was not one of them. “I’m mad at myself for not booing and walking out,” he told EW. “I found it disgusting. Being in a comedy bit does not make him innocent of his crimes … He was up there making light of lies he told the American people.” Mandel’s star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who on Sunday won her record sixth Emmy award (in six tries) for playing Selina Meyer, saw it the same way. “I don’t think it’s cute,
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‘The Mayor’ Review: ‘Hamilton’ Alum’s Trump-Adjacent Political Sitcom Gets Off to an Inspiring Start

‘The Mayor’ Review: ‘Hamilton’ Alum’s Trump-Adjacent Political Sitcom Gets Off to an Inspiring Start
Veep” is the best comedy on television, as attested by the 2017 Emmys and confirmed by IndieWire’s substantial critical authority, and its quickly approaching series finale will mark a great loss to television. The way in which David Mandel and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ sword-swinging satirical attack on our corrupt national leaders stabs and skewers every last power-hungry politician is a service of the utmost importance when anger is running high.

But in addition to a series that satisfies American bloodlust for the blowhards on Capital Hill, those same viewers need to believe in politicians. We need a show to encourage that belief, and the current climate — which can be described as tumultuous at best — only emphasizes said point.

Enter ABC’s “The Mayor,” a comedy built around inspiring characters who not only serve as the inverse to HBO’s emotionally deadened D.C. politicos, but who remind us there is still good in this world,
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Emmys: 'Veep' Boss' $1,000 Bet and More Inside References Explained

Why does Veep boss David Mandel owe Silicon Valley executive producer Alec Berg $1,000? Does the Emmy statuette really hold an atom of boron? What's the connection between Andre Braugher and Sterling K. Brown? Why did Dave Chappelle shout out D.C. public schools? What's South Asian Youth Action? And who is Hiro Murai?

These are just some of the questions that Emmy viewers, especially ones who don't work in or closely follow the entertainment industry, may have had as host Stephen Colbert, presenters and winners made references to lesser-known facts and public figures.

Read on to find out the stories...
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Emmys 2017 Acceptance Speeches: Were Certain Winners Cut Off Too Soon? Analyzing the Numbers

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Emmys 2017 Acceptance Speeches: Were Certain Winners Cut Off Too Soon? Analyzing the Numbers
One of the more eyebrow-raising moments of the 69th annual Emmy Awards came when Sterling K. Brown, accepting the award for Best Actor in a Drama (the first time the Emmy had gone to an African-American man since Andre Braugher in 1998, whom Brown name-checked), was cut off mid-speech. It’s a pattern familiar to those who watch awards shows, especially given that the award was one of the last of the night. But exactly how long had Brown been talking at that point? And how did the length of his speech compare to others of the evening?

IndieWire crunched the numbers and has the answers. We clocked the runtimes for each acceptance speech (as hosted on CBS’s official YouTube page), beginning our timer with the first word or “Ummmm” spoken into the microphone, listing them in ascending order of length. There’s no explicit pattern to why a speech
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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Breaks the Emmy Awards Streaming Barrier, One of Several Records Shattered This Year

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Breaks the Emmy Awards Streaming Barrier, One of Several Records Shattered This Year
The streaming TV biz passed the ultimate Emmy threshold on Sunday night, as Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” made history.

“Handmaid’s Tale” picked up the win for outstanding drama series, which represents the first time a streaming service had one won of the top Emmy series prizes. It was just four years ago, in 2013, that Netflix became the first streaming platform to win an Emmy, as “House of Cards” picked up a handful of victories.

“Streaming has arrived, and we’re here to say what a wonderful journey,” said “Handmaid’s Tale” executive producer Warren Littlefield. Added exec producer Bruce Miller: “The way Hulu handled our show, they were bold and behind us and committed to making something interesting.”

The fact that Hulu was the first to land a top Emmy series prize, rather than Netflix, is a bit surprising, as Netflix came into this year’s
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‘Veep’ Sees Third Comedy Series Emmy Win in Penultimate Season

‘Veep’ Sees Third Comedy Series Emmy Win in Penultimate Season
Comedy legends Norman Lear and Carol Burnett presented Emmy award for best comedy series, which went for the third time to “Veep” — a comedy legend in its own right.

HBO’s political satire sealed its third consecutive best comedy series win. The series stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the scheming, amoral politician Selina Meyer, a former vice president and president, and her coterie of handlers and political strategists.

“I’m out of a job,” said “Veep” showrunner David Mandel, referring to the fact that the show will end after its seventh season in 2018.

Mandel also said the show had considered an impeachment storyline, but were afraid “somebody else might get to it first.”

Mandel brought the show’s massive team and cast onstage, and also thanked the show’s creator and former showrunner Armando Iannucci.

Louis-Dreyfus also set a new Emmy record with six consecutive wins for the same role.

Veep” was this year’s most nominated comedy
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