“Big Little Lies” will bring David E. Kelley one big award he’s missing from his trophy case: the Writers Guild Award. The 11-time Emmy winner is the 1/10-odd favorite to win Best TV Long Form Adapted at Sunday’s ceremony, according to our latest predictions. “Fargo” (20/1 odds), “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” (66/1 odds) and “The Wizard of Lies” (66/1 odds) round out the four-nominee field.
A previous eight-time nominee, including five for “L.A. Law,” Kelley has never won a competitive WGA Award, but he has received two honorary awards: the Paul Selvin Award for “Picket Fences” in 1996 and the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award in 2003.
Kelley has already garnered an Emmy, Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Award as a producer on “Big Little Lies.” Kelley received an Emmy nomination for his scripts as well but lost to “Black Mirror.” Ironically, the prolific wordsmith has not won a writing Emmy since 1991 for “L.A. Law.”
This is the last award “Big Little Lies” can win as a limited series. It will compete as a drama series after its upcoming second season, which includes Meryl Streep. (The Producers Guild Awards already shifted it over to drama, where it lost to “The Handmaid’s Tale” last month.) Kelley will once again write all seven episodes.