“Feud: Bette and Joan” may finally shed its bridesmaid status. Ryan Murphy and his writing team on the FX anthology series will win Best Long Form Original at Sunday’s Writers Guild Awards, per our latest predictions, for the show’s first big victory all season. “Feud” has 2/13 odds to take home the prize, ahead of “Godless” (16/1 odds), “American Horror Story: Cult” (40/1 odds), “Manhunt: Unabomber” (66/1 odds) and “Flint” (80/1 odds).
Outside of a handful of makeup and hairstyling awards, “Feud” has come up short at all the major awards shows, having the misfortune of going up against the behemoth that is “Big Little Lies.” It lost all the limited series prizes to the HBO hit when going head-to-head, while its lead stars Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, and supporting players Alfred Molina, Stanley Tucci, Jackie Hoffman and Judy Davis have fallen to “Big Little Lies”‘ Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgard and Laura Dern, respectively.
Even when “Big Little Lies” out of the way “Feud” couldn’t come through: The Producers Guild Awards shifted the former to the drama series race, but “Black Mirror” ended up beating “Feud” for Best Long-Form Television. Luckily for Murphy & Co., they don’t have to deal with “Black Mirror” at WGA. There is, however, an Oscar nominee in their midst: “Godless” creator Scott Frank, who’s also up at WGA for co-writing “Logan.”
If “Feud” still can’t win here, it may just have to pull a Joan Crawford on stage.