United States.- The movie CODA: Signs of the Heart adds one more victory in his career towards the Oscar by taking one of the two main awards in the Writers Guild Awards, the one of the category Adapted Scriptwhile don’t look up took the one from Best screenplay this Sunday at the 74th Annual Writers Guild Awards.
The victories for the titles of AppleTV+ (CODA) and Netflix (Don’t Look Up), are produced exactly one week before the gala number 94 of the Academy Awards, to be held on March 27.
“Congratulations to the winners of the Writers Guild of America Awards for Adapted Screenplay: CODA, by Siân Heder, based on the original film “La Famille Belier” directed by Eric Lartigau, written by Victoria Bedos, Stanislas Carree de Malberg, Eric Lartigau and Thomas Bidegain,” read a Twitter message from the WGA.
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The Writers Guild of America (its name in English), as a precaution due to the pandemic, put together its ceremony this year in a virtual format, with several categories presented by actress and writer Ashley Nicole Black.
The leaders of both guilds, WGA West President Meredith Stiehm and WGA East President Michael Winship, made a brief video appearance assuring that the Writers Guild Awards will return in person next year.
Adam McKay, director of Don’t Look Up, singled out journalist David Sirota, who helped spawn the idea for the climate change apocalyptic comedy with an all-star cast.
“If this comes across, it’s a real, legitimate emotion,” McKay joked in his acceptance speech.
In the television section, the HBO Max platform remained firm. HBO’s Succession picked up a handful more awards, taking home the Drama Series and Episodic Drama trophies; meanwhile, Hacks, also from HBO Max, continued his streak of success with wins on Comedy Series and New Series.
- Original Screenplay: “Don’t Look Up”, Screenplay by Adam McKay / Story by David Sirota
- Adapted Screenplay: “CODA: Signs of the Heart”, by Siân Heder
- Documentary Script: “Exposing Muybridge”, by Marc Shaffer
- Drama Series: “Succession,” Writers: Jesse Armstrong, Jon Brown, Jamie Carragher, Ted Cohen, Francesca Gardiner, Lucy Prebble, Georgia Pritchett, Tony Roche, Susan Soon He Stanton, and Will Tracy
- Comedy Series: “Hacks,” Writers: Lucia Aniello, Joanna Calo, Jessica Chaffin, Paul W. Downs, Cole Escola, Janis E. Hirsch, Ariel Karlin, Katherine Kearns, Andrew Law, Joe Mande, Pat Regan, Samantha Riley, Michael Schur and Jen Statsky
- New Series: “Hacks,” Writers: Lucia Aniello, Joanna Calo, Jessica Chaffin, Paul W. Downs, Cole Escola, Janis E. Hirsch, Ariel Karlin, Katherine Kearns, Andrew Law, Joe Mande, Pat Regan, Samantha Riley, Michael Schur and Jen Statsky.
- Long Form Original Series: “Mare of Easttown” by Brad Ingelsby
- Adapted Long Form Series: “Maid”, songwriters: Bekah Brunstetter, Marcus Gardley, Michelle Denise Jackson, Colin McKenna and Molly Smith Metzler / Inspired by the book of the same name by Stephanie Land
- Animation:”Planteau”, from the series “Tuca & Bertie”, written by Lisa Hanawalt