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Writers Guild of America Awards 2017

70th WGA Awards
Presented by:
Writers Guild of America, East and
Writers Guild of America, West

February 11, 2018

The 70th Writers Guild of America Awards honored the best in film, television, radio and video-game writing of 2017. Winners were announced on February 11, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, California and the Edison Ballroom, New York City, New York.[1][2] The nominations for Television, New Media, Radio, News and Promotional Writing were announced on December 7, 2017,[3] the Theatrical and Documentary Screenplay nominees were announced on January 4, 2018,[4] and the Videogame Writing nominees were announced on January 11, 2018.[5]

The West Coast show was hosted by Patton Oswalt and the East Coast show was hosted by Amber Ruffin.[6][7]



Best Original Screenplay

Get Out (Universal Pictures) – Jordan Peele

Best Adapted Screenplay

Call Me by Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics) – James Ivory; based on the novel by André Aciman

Best Documentary Screenplay

Jane (National Geographic) – Brett Morgen


Drama Series

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) – Ilene Chaiken, Nina Fiore, Dorothy Fortenberry, Leila Gerstein, John Herrera, Lynn Maxcy, Bruce Miller, Kira Snyder, Wendy Straker Hauser, Eric Tuchman

Comedy Series

Veep (HBO) – Rachel Axler, Sean Gray, Alex Gregory, Peter Huyck, Eric Kenward, Billy Kimball, Steve Koren, David Mandel, Jim Margolis, Lew Morton, Georgia Pritchett, Will Smith, Alexis Wilkinson

New Series

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) – Ilene Chaiken, Nina Fiore, Dorothy Fortenberry, Leila Gerstein, John Herrera, Lynn Maxcy, Bruce Miller, Kira Snyder, Wendy Straker Hauser, Eric Tuchman

Long Form – Original

Flint (Lifetime) – Barbara Stepansky

Long Form – Adapted

Big Little Lies (HBO) – David E. Kelley, Based on the novel by Liane Moriarty

Short Form New Media – Adapted

"Starboy" – Zac & Mia ( – Allen Clary and Andrew Rothschild, Based on the novel by A.J. Betts


"Time's Arrow" – BoJack Horseman (Netflix) – Kate Purdy

Episodic Drama

"Chicanery" – Better Call Saul (AMC) – Gordon Smith

Episodic Comedy

"Rosario's Quinceanera" – Will & Grace (NBC) – Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally

Comedy/Variety – Talk Series

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) – Tim Carvell, Josh Gondelman, Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Maurer, John Oliver, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner, Ben Silva, Seena Vali

Comedy/Variety - Sketch Series

Saturday Night Live (NBC) – Chris Kelly, Sarah Schneider, Bryan Tucker; Writers: James Anderson, Kristen Bartlett, Jeremy Beiler, Neal Brennan, Zack Bornstein, Megan Callahan, Michael Che, Anna Drezen, Fran Gillespie, Sudi Green, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, Nick Kocher, Michael Koman, Dave McCary, Brian McElhaney, Dennis McNicholas, Drew Michael, Lorne Michaels, Josh Patten, Katie Rich, Pete Schultz, Streeter Seidell, Will Stephen, Kent Sublette, Julio Torres

Comedy/Variety (Music, Awards, Tributes) – Specials

39th Kennedy Center Honors (CBS) – Dave Boone

Quiz and Audience Participation

Hollywood Game Night (NBC) – Head Writer: Grant Taylor; Writers: Michael Agbabian, Alex Chauvin, Ann Slichter and Dwight D. Smith

  • Jeopardy! (ABC) – Matthew Caruso, John Duarte, Harry Friedman, Mark Gaberman, Deborah Griffin, Michele Loud, Robert McClenaghan, Jim Rhine, Steve D. Tamerius, Billy Wisse
Daytime Drama

General Hospital (ABC) – Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Jean Passanante; Writers: Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O'Connor, Dave Rupel, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Christopher Van Etten, Christopher Whitesell

  • Days of Our Lives (NBC) – Ron Carlivati, Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits
Children's Script – Episodic and Specials

"An American Girl Story – Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance" – American Girl (Amazon) – May Chan

  • "American Girl – Summer Camp, Friends for Life" – American Girl (Amazon) – Alison McDonald and Caron Tschampion
  • "Just Add 1965" – Just Add Magic (Amazon) – Lauren Thompson
  • "Meet Julia" – Sesame Street (HBO) – Belinda Ward
  • "The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special" (HBO) – Raye Lankford, Jessica Carleton, Ken Scarborough


Documentary Script – Current Events

Confronting ISIS – Frontline (PBS) – Martin Smith

Documentary Script – Other than Current Events

The Great War "Part II" – American Experience (PBS) – Stephen Ives


TV News Script – Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin, or Breaking Report

"White Helmets" – 60 Minutes (CBS News) – Scott Pelley, Nicole Young, Katie Kerbstat

TV News Script – Analysis, Feature, or Commentary

"Chief of Chobani" – 60 Minutes (CBS) – Steve Kroft, Oriana Zill de Granados

Digital News

"The Super Predators" ( – Melissa Jeltsen, Dana Liebelson

  • "At the Capitol With Those for Whom Last Night Mattered the Most" ( – Emma Roller
  • "Becoming Ugly" ( – Madeleine Davies
  • "Why Did Politicon Make Me Want To Die?" ( – Libby Watson


Radio Documentary

"CBS Radio 90th Anniversary" (CBS Radio News) – Dianne E. James

Radio News Script – Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin, or Breaking Report

"World News This Week: June 9, 2017" (ABC News Radio) – Tara Gimbel Tanis

  • "Hugh Hefner: A Social Revolutionary in Silk Pajamas" (CBS Radio News) – Gail Lee
  • "World News This Week: November 18, 2016" (ABC News Radio) – Joan B. Harris
Radio News Script – Analysis, Feature, or Commentary

"Dishin Digital on WCBS-AM" (WCBS-AM Radio) – Robert Hawley

  • "Chuck Berry" (KNX) – Jerry Edling
  • "Holiday Stories" (CBS Radio News) – Gail Lee
  • "One Nation, Overdosed: An Investigative Report" (ABC News Radio) – Tara Gimbel Tanis

Promotional WritingEdit

On-Air Promotion – Television or Radio

"CBS Comedy" (CBS) – Dan Greenberger

  • "The Good Fight" (CBS) – Brian Retchless

Videogaming WritingEdit

Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing

Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games) – Narrative Director: John Gonzalez; Lead Writer: Benjamin McCaw; Writers: Ben Schroder, Anne Toole; Additional Writing: Dee Warrick, Meg Jayanth


  1. ^ "2017-2018 Awards Timeline". Writers Guild of America. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  2. ^ "The 70th Writers Guild Awards". Writers Guild of America East. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  3. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (December 7, 2017). "Writers Guild Award TV Nominations: 'The Americans,' 'Handmaid's Tale,' 'GLOW' Grab Multiple Mentions". Variety. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  4. ^ Lewis, Hilary (January 4, 2018). "WGA Awards: 'Get Out,' 'Logan,' 'The Big Sick' Among Film Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  5. ^ "2018 Writers Guild Awards: Videogame Writing Nominations Announced". WGA. January 11, 2018. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  6. ^ "Patton Oswalt Returns to Host 2018 Writers Guild Awards L.A. Ceremony". WGA. December 5, 2017. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  7. ^ "Amber Ruffin to Host 70th Annual Writers Guild Awards Ceremony in New York". Writers Guild of America East. December 4, 2017. Retrieved February 16, 2018.

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