Get Out triumphs at Writers Guild of America awards

Jordan Peele’s smash-hit horror film and the gay coming-of-age movie Call Me By Your Name take top prizes at Oscars bellwether

Get Out and Call Me By Your Name took the top prizes at the Writers Guild of America awards, in one of the final major awards-season bellwethers before next month’s Oscars.

Get Out, the smash-hit satirical horror written and directed by Jordan Peele, triumphed in the best original screenplay category, beating I, Tonya, Lady Bird, The Big Sick and current Oscar best picture favourite The Shape of Water. However, another best picture frontrunner, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, was ineligible at the WGAs because it did not meet the organisation’s signatory rules.

Call Me By Your Name took home the best adapted screenplay prize. The film, a gay coming-of-age drama adapted by veteran screenwriter James Ivory from André Aciman’s novel, won the award ahead of Logan, The Disaster Artist, Molly’s Game and Mudbound. Brett Morgen’s account of the work of wildlife expert Jane Goodall, titled Jane, won best documentary screenplay.

Timothée Chalamet, left, and Armie Hammer in Call Me By Your Name, which took home best adapted screenplay at the WGA awards.
Timothée Chalamet, left, and Armie Hammer in Call Me By Your Name, which took home best adapted screenplay at the WGA awards. Photograph: Sony Pictures Classics/Sundance

In the TV section, The Handmaid’s Tale continued its strong awards season showing, picking up best drama series and best new series. The dystopian drama, which stars Elisabeth Moss, was also a big winner at the Golden Globe and Emmy awards. Best comedy series went to the political satire Veep and Big Little Lies picked up the long-form adapted prize. Better Call Saul and Will & Grace picked up episodic drama and episode comedy awards respectively, while Last Week Tonight With John Oliver won the comedy/variety talk series prize, and Saturday Night Live took home the comedy/variety sketch series prize.

Select list of winners


Original screenplay
Get Out

Adapted screenplay
Call Me By Your Name

Documentary Screenplay


Drama series
The Handmaid’s Tale

Comedy series

New series
The Handmaid’s Tale

Long-form original programme

Long-form adapted programme
Big Little Lies

Comedy/variety talk series
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Comedy/variety sketch series
Saturday Night Live

Episodic drama
Better Call Saul (Chicanery)

Episodic comedy
Will & Grace (Rosario’s Quinceanera)

Documentary script (current events)
Frontline (Confronting Isis)

Documentary script (other than current events)
American Experience: The Great War Part II

Screen Laurel award (for screenwriting achievement)
James L Brooks

Paddy Chayefsky Laurel award (for television writing achievement)
Alison Cross

Paul Selvin award
Liz Hannah and Josh Singer (The Post)

Valentine Davies award (for civil and human rights efforts)
Dustin Lance Black

Guardian film

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