“The Imitation Game” won Best Adapted Screenplay and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” took Best Original Screenplay at the WGA Awards. Does that mean they’re now Oscar frontrunners in those categories? Maybe, but maybe not. (For the complete list of WGA winners, click here.)
Because these kudos only consider screenplays written under the guild’s guidelines or those of several international partners, two of the Oscar contenders were ineligible: the original script for “Birdman” and the adaptation of “The Theory of Everything.”
But “Theory of Everything” actually beat “Imitation Game” at the BAFTAs, while the WGA nominated “Whiplash” as an original script instead of adapted like the academy did, so we won’t know how all three films measure up head-to-head-to-head until the Oscars.
Meanwhile, “Grand Budapest Hotel” still has to face “Birdman” when the academy chooses its favorite original screenplay. While “Birdman” may have been ineligible at the WGA Awards, it won PGA, DGA, and SAG prizes in recent weeks, and well as screenplay honors at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards, so it’s still a force to be reckoned with.
Elsewhere, Best Documentary Screenplay honors went to “The Internet’s Own Boy,” upsetting its Oscar-nominated rivals “Finding Vivian Maier” and “Last Days in Vietnam.” “Internet’s Own Boy” did make the academy’s shortlist for Best Documentary Feature, but didn’t make the final lineup of nominees.
Among the TV winners, Louis C.K. and Pamela Adlon took Best Comedy Series for penning FX’s “Louie.” C.K. was also awarded the Episodic Comedy prize for the standout episode “So Did the Fat Lady,” which also earned him last year’s Comedy Writing Emmy.
“True Detective” was named Best Drama Series, where it beat tough competitors like “Game of Thrones” and “House of Cards,” and Best New Series, defeating recent Golden Globe champs “The Affair” and “Transparent.”
The Longform Adapted prize went to HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge,” beating fellow HBO programs “The Normal Heart” and the pilot episode of “The Leftovers.” Taking the Longform Original category was Lifetime’s “Deliverance Creek.” That was Lifetime’s first ever win at the WGA Awards.
“The Simpsons” prevailed in the animation category for its special Lego episode “Brick Like Me.” The long-running FOX series swept the nominations in that race, taking four of the six slots. The two other contenders were both installments of fellow FOX toon “Bob’s Burgers.”
The Amy Poehler and Tina Fey-hosted “71st Annual Golden Globe Awards” won Comedy/Variety Special, while newcomer “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” overtook beloved long-running shows “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” for Comedy/Variety Series. “Colbert Report” ended last December as Stephen Colbert prepares to take over for David Letterman at CBS’s “Late Show,” while “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart recently announced he would be stepping down from that series later this year.