Writers Guild Awards 2016: ‘Spotlight’ & ‘The Big Short’ win Best Screenplay honors

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As expected, “The Big Short” won Best Adapted Screenplay and “Spotlight” took Best Original Screenplay at the Writers Guild Awards. Does that mean they’ll win Oscars in those categories next? They are already the frontrunners according to our racetrack odds, but WGA is limited as an Oscar predictor. (For the complete list of WGA winners, click here.)

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Because these kudos only consider screenplays written under the guild’s guidelines or those of several international partners, four of the Oscar contenders were ineligible: the original scripts for “Inside Out” and “Ex Machina” and the adaptations of “Brooklyn” and “Room.” So if there are upsets brewing at the Oscars, it could come from those films.

Elsewhere, Best Documentary Screenplay honors went to the Scientology expose “Going Clear,” which also won Best Documentary and Best Nonfiction Writing at the Emmys last fall. It was snubbed for an Oscar nomination, but none of the five Oscar nominees were in contention at this event.

Among the TV winners, AMC’s “Mad Men” won Best Drama Series for its final episodes, while HBO’s “Veep” took the award for Best Comedy Series. Different shows that won the episodic prizes, which honored the best individual episodes of TV programming, but they went to the same networks. AMC’s “Better Call Saul” won Best Episodic Drama for the episode “Uno,” while HBO’s “Silicon Valley” claimed Best Episodic Comedy for “Sand Hill Shuffle.”

USA’a acclaimed hacking drama “Mr. Robot” took the award for Best New Series, and the two Long-Form awards went to the miniseries “Saints and Strangers” (Original) and the anthology “Fargo” (Adapted).

The variety awards included major surprises. Though “Inside Amy Schumer” took Best Variety Sketch Series as anticipated, “Real Time with Bill Maher” surprised Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon in the Variety Talk race. And the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Oscar special defeated the “Saturday Night Live” 40th anniversary and Amy Schumer‘s “Live at the Apollo” special for Variety Special.

Bob’s Burgers” had two episodes in the running for the Best Animation award and prevailed for “Housetrap” over the Netflix series “BoJack Horseman” and three episodes of “The Simpsons.”

ABC’s lone surviving soap opera “General Hospital” prevailed in the Daytime Drama category, where the only other nominee was CBS’s “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

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Photo credits: “Spotlight” by Open Road Films; “The Big Short” by Paramount Pictures

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