The 2016 Writers Guild Awards Announced!

The Big Short Teaser PosterAs the Academy Awards voting closes this weekend, the last of the major American Awards ceremonies is happening as we speak – The Writers Guild Awards. Though the ceremony crosses film, television and gaming, tonight’s results doesn’t give any clearer a picture on who is the hot favourite for the Best Picture gong at the Oscars on Feb 28, 2016 as both Spotlight and The Big Short claimed nods. Rise of the Tomb Raider took out best game writing and Silicon Valley scooped two TV gongs!  Outside of that, as we all know, everything starts with the written word and here are the winners of the 2016 Writers Guild Awards:

WINNER – EPISODIC DRAMA – “Uno,” Better Call Saul – Vince Gilligan & Peter Gould

WINNER – CHILDREN’S EPISODIC – “Gortimer, Ranger and Mel vs. The Endless Night” (Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street), Written by Gretchen Enders & Aminta Goyel; Amazon Studios

WINNER – CHILDREN’S LONG FORM – Josann McGibbon & Sara Parriott; Disney Channel

WINNER – LONG FORM ADAPTED TV – FARGO SEASON TWO

WINNER – BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY – SPOTLIGHT – TOM McCARTHY & JOSH SINGER

WINNER – ADAPTED SCREENPLAY – THE BIG SHORT – CHARLES RUDOLPH & ADAM McKAY

WINNER – DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT TV – AMERICAN TERRORIST – THOMAS JENNINGS

WINNER – DOCUMENTARY OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS TV – GREAT MATH MYSTERY, NOVA

WINNER – PADDY CHAYEFSKY LAUREL AWARD FOR TELEVISION WRITING – MARTA KAUFFMAN (FRIENDS)

WINNER – BEST EPISODIC COMEDY – “SAND HILL SHUFFLE” CLAY TARVER’S EPISODE FROM HBO’S SILICON VALLEY

WINNER – DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY – Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Written by Alex Gibney; HBO Documentary Films

WINNER – ANIMATION – BOB’S BURGERS

WINNER – BEST EPISODIC SERIES – SILICON VALLEY, HBO

WINNER – BEST NEW SERIES – MR. ROBOT

WINNER – VALENTINE DAVIES AWARD – JOHN AUGUST

WINNER – OUTSTANDING VIDEO GAME WRITING – RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER

WINNER – QUIZ AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION – HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT

WINNER – COMEDY VARIETY SPECIAL – Jimmy Kimmel Live: 10th Annual After The Oscars Special

WINNER – ADAPTED SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA – “Chapter Two: Phoebe” (Heroes Reborn), Written by Zach Craley

WINNER – ON-AIR PROMOTION (TV, NEWS MEDIA, RADIO) – “The McCarthys and Under the Dome Promos,” Written by Erial Tompkins; CBS