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Writers Guild of America Awards 2018

71st WGA Awards
Presented by:
Writers Guild of America, East and
Writers Guild of America, West

February 17, 2019

The 71st Writers Guild of America Awards honored the best in film, television, radio and video-game writing of 2018. Winners were announced on February 17, 2019 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 6, 2018.[3] The Theatrical, Documentary Screenplay and Videogame Writing nominees were announced on January 7, 2019.[4]


Winners and nomineesEdit


Best Original Screenplay

Eighth Grade (A24) – Bo Burnham

Best Adapted Screenplay

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Fox Searchlight) – Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty; based on the book by Lee Israel

Best Documentary Screenplay

Bathtubs Over Broadway (Focus Features) – Ozzy Inguanzo & Dava Whisenant


Drama Series

The Americans (FX) – Peter Ackerman, Hilary Bettis, Joshua Brand, Joel Fields, Sarah Nolen, Stephen Schiff, Justin Weinberger, Joe Weisberg, Tracey Scott Wilson

Comedy Series

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Prime Video) – Kate Fodor, Noah Gardenswartz, Jen Kirkman, Sheila Lawrence, Daniel Palladino, Amy Sherman-Palladino

New Series

Barry (HBO) – Alec Berg, Duffy Boudreau, Bill Hader, Emily Heller, Liz Sarnoff, Ben Smith, Sarah Solemani

Long Form – Original

Castle Rock (Hulu) – Marc Bernardin, Scott Brown, Lila Byock, Mark Lafferty, Sam Shaw, Dustin Thomason, Gina Welch, Vinnie Wilhelm

Long Form – Adapted

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX) – Maggie Cohn and Tom Rob Smith; Based on the book Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth

Short Form New Media – Original

Class of Lies (Snapchat) – Tessa Leigh Williams

  • After Forever (Vimeo) – Michael Slade and Kevin Spirtas
  • Love Daily (go90) – Lauren Ciaravalli, Andrew Eisen, Aaron Eisenberg, Will Eisenberg, Alexis Jacknow, Nathaniel Katzman, Yulin Kuang, Nathan Larkin-Connolly, Alexis Roblan, Bennet D. Silverman, Ryan Wood
  • West 40s ( – Mark Sam Rosenthal and Brian Sloan
Short Form New Media – Adapted

The Walking Dead: Red Machete ( – Nick Bernardone


"Bart's Not Dead" – The Simpsons (Fox) – Stephanie Gillis

Episodic Drama

"Paean to the People" – Homeland (Showtime) – Alex Gansa

Episodic Comedy

"Chapter One: Make Your Mark" – Barry (HBO) – Alec Berg and Bill Hader

Comedy/Variety – Talk Series

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) – Tim Carvell, Raquel D'Apice, Josh Gondelman, Dan Gurewitch, Jeff Maurer, Daniel O'Brien, John Oliver, Brian Parise, Ben Silva, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss, Seena Vali, Juli Weiner

Comedy/Variety – Sketch Series

Nathan For You (Comedy Central) – Leo Allen, Nathan Fielder, Carrie Kemper, Adam Locke-Norton, Eric Notarnicola

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

The Fake News with Ted Nelms (Comedy Central) – John Aboud, Andrew Blitz, Michael Colton, Ed Helms, Elliott Kalan, Joseph Randazzo, Sara Schaefer

Quiz and Audience Participation

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney/ABC Syndication) – Head Writer: Stephen A. Melcher Jr.; Writers: Kyle Beakley, Tom Cohen, Patricia A. Cotter, Ryan Hopak, Gary Lucy, James Rowley, Ann Slichter, Dylan Snowden

  • Hollywood Game Night (NBC) – Head Writers: Ann Slichter, Grant Taylor; Writers: Michael Agbabian, Alexandra Kokesh, 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
  • Paid Off with Michael Torpey (truTV) – Head Writer: Ethan Berlin; Writers: John Chaneski, Rosemarie DiSalvo, Leigh Hampton, Katie Hartman, Amanda Melson, Larry Owens, Jennie Sutton, Michael Torpey, Jeremy Weiner; truTV
Daytime Drama

General Hospital (ABC) – Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers: Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O'Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles

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

"The Ersatz Elevator: Part One" – A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix) – Daniel Handler


Documentary Script – Current Events

"Trump's Takeover" – Frontline (PBS) – Michael Kirk and Mike Wiser

  • "Black Hole Apocalypse" – Nova (PBS) – Rushmore DeNooyer
  • "Blackout in Puerto Rico" – Frontline (PBS) – Rick Young
  • "The Gang Crackdown" – Frontline (PBS) – Marcela Gaviria
Documentary Script – Other than Current Events

"The Eugenics Crusade" – American Experience (PBS) – Michelle Ferrari


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

"Catastrophe" – 60 Minutes (CBS) – Scott Pelley, Katie Kerbstat, Nicole Young

TV News Script – Analysis, Feature, or Commentary

"Wounds of War" – 60 Minutes (CBS) – Scott Pelley, Katie Kerbstat, and Nicole Young

Digital News

"Inside the Culture of Sexism at Riot Games" ( – Cecilia D'Anastasio

  • "D.C.'s Biggest Homeless Shelter is About to Close. Will Amazon Take Its Place?" (Splinter) – Emma Roller
  • "How to Not Die in America" (Splinter) – Molly Osberg


Radio Documentary

"RFK: 50 Years After Shots Rang Out at the Ambassador Hotel" (ABC News Radio) – Andrew Evans

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

"Remembering The Good, The Bad and the Brilliant" (CBS Radio News) – Gail Lee

  • "5pm CBS News Radio Glor Newscast" (CBS Radio News) – James Hutton
  • "ABC News 6p Hourly 9-27-2018" (ABC News Radio) – Stephanie Pawlowski
  • "World News This Week: 9-21-2018" (ABC News Radio) – Joan B. Harris
Radio News Script – Analysis, Feature or Commentary

"John McCain: A Life of Service" (CBS Radio News) – Gail Lee

  • "A Tribute to Le Grand Orange" (CBS Radio News) – Thomas A. Sabella

Promotional WritingEdit

On-Air Promotion – Television or Radio

"Tribute to Star Trek for the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys" (CBS) – Sean Brogan

  • "FBI 2018 Promo Reel" (CBS) – Ralph Buado
  • "Westworld: Season 2 Promo (Super Bowl spot)" (HBO) – Jonathan Nolan

Videogame WritingEdit

Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing

God of War (Sony Interactive Entertainment) – Matt Sophos, Richard Zangrande Gaubert, Cory Barlog; Story and Narrative Design Lead: Matt Sophos; Story and Narrative Design: Richard Zangrande Gaubert; Narrative Design: Orion Walker, Adam Dolin

  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec) – Associate Narrative Directors: Matthew Zagurak, Joel Janisse, James Richard Mittag; Narrative Director: Melissa MacCoubrey; Story by Jonathan Dumont, Melissa MacCoubrey, Hugo Giard; Scriptwriters: Madeleine Hart, Betty Robertson, Jesse Scoble, Diana Sherman, Kelly Bender, Jojo Chia, Ian Fun, Zachary M. Parris, Ken Williamson, Daniel Bingham, Jordan Lemos, Simon Mackenzie, Katelyn MacMullin, Susan Patrick, Alissa Ralph, Stephen Rhodes; Team Lead Writer: Sam Gill; AI Writers: Jonathan Flieger, Kimberly Ann Sparks
  • Batman: The Enemy Within, Episode 5 - Same Stitch (Telltale Games) – Lead Writer: James Windeler; Written by Meghan Thornton, Ross Beeley, Lauren Mee; Story by: Meghan Thornton, Michael Kirkbride
  • Marvel's Spider-Man (Insomniac Games and Sony Interactive Entertainment) – Story Lead: Jon Paquette; Writers: Benjamin Arfmann, Kelsey Beachum; Co-Written by Christos Gage; Additional Story Contributions by Dan Slott
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (Obsidian Entertainment) – Narrative Designers: Alex Scokel, Eric Fenstermaker, Kate Dollarhyde, Megan Starks, Olivia Veras, Paul Kirsch; Additional Writing: Tony Evans, John Schmautz, Casey Hollingshead, Nitai Poddar; Narrative Design Leads: Carrie Patel, Josh Sawyer

Special awardsEdit

Paul Selvin Award

ViceAdam McKay

Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement

Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel

Laurel Award for TV Writing Achievement

Jenji Kohan


  1. ^ "2019 Awards Timeline". Writers Guild of America. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  2. ^ "The 71st Writers Guild Awards". Writers Guild of America East. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  3. ^ McNary, Dave (December 6, 2018). "Writers Guild Awards Announces 2019 TV Nominees". Variety. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  4. ^ Pedersen, Erik (December 6, 2018). "Writers Guild Film Nominations: 'Roma', 'Black Panther', 'Eighth Grade' & More". Variety. Retrieved January 7, 2019.

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