After being shut out at the Emmys for its first season, “Fleabag” is now the front-runner to win Best Comedy Writing for its second season premiere by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Zach Laws explains to me and our fellow Gold Derby contributor Luca Giliberti in a special slugfest that we recorded live, “This was the show that everybody was talking about and that’s going to manifest itself in some wins somewhere. Maybe it’s going to be in Comedy Actress for Phoebe Waller-Bridge; maybe it’s going to be in Comedy Series, but likely, it’s going to be in a Writing win.” Giliberti adds, “The writers’ branch loves British writers,” alluding to a penchant that has continually taken prognosticators by surprise, especially in the Best Movie/Limited Writing category, where Brits upset in 2017 (“Black Mirror”), 2014 (“Sherlock”) and 2013 (“The Hour”).
A British writing team won for “Veep” four years ago and that show is nominated now for its series finale by David Mandel. “It’s the last season,” Laws explains about why “Veep” ranks second in our odds before cautioning, “That doesn’t always work out — it was four years ago when ‘Mad Men’ went off the air, we were all predicting Matt Weiner to get a final farewell prize for writing the finale and instead, they went with ‘Game of Thrones’.”
I am going out on a limb by predicting the “ronny/lily” episode of “Barry” by Bill Hader and Alec Berg, which Giliberti expects “will be recognized for the directorial achievement more than it will be recognized for its script,” to which I counter that “Game of Thrones” proves that directorial achievements can win for their writing. “It also just won two WGA Awards, so it is a favorite among the writers,” I add.
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