CODA and Succession were among the winners at the 2022 Writers Guild Awards Sunday, which was held in a virtual ceremony.
Ashley Nicole Black, a 36-year-old writer on Ted Lasso and A Black Lady Sketch Show, hosted the event, which also featured honorary awards for Dick Cavett and Barry Jenkins.
CODA, which was written and directed by Sian Heder, took the win for the Adapted Screenplay.
The latest: CODA was among the winners at the 2022 Writers Guild Awards Sunday, which was held in a virtual ceremony. The film, which which was written and directed by Sian Heder and features Marlee Matlin and Troy Kotsur (pictured) took the win for the Adapted Screenplay
The motion picture, which details the story of a hearing daughter of a deaf couple forced to make a difficult life decision, was nominated against Dune (Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve and Eric Roth), Nightmare Alley (Guillermo del Toro and Kim Morgan), West Side Story (Tony Kushner) and Tick, Tick…Boom! (Steven Levenson).
CODA, which stars Emilia Jones, Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur and Daniel Durant, is coming off wins at the Producers Guild and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The Power of the Dog and The Lost Daughter, which are both nominated for Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay, were not eligible for the awards under Writers Guild rules.
Succession took the honors in the Drama Series category, marking a win for writers Jesse Armstrong, Jon Brown, Jamie Carragher, Ted Cohen, Francesca Gardiner, Lucy Prebble, Georgia Pritchett, Tony Roche, Susan Soon He Stanton and Will Tracy.
Succession, starring Brian Cox, took the honors in the Drama Series category, as well as Episodic Drama for its episode Retired Janitors of Idaho
Succession actor Nicholas Braun was a presenter in the virtual ceremony
Ashley Nicole Black, a 36-year-old writer on Ted Lasso and A Black Lady Sketch Show, hosted the virtual ceremony from Los Angeles
The HBO series was nominated against The Handmaid’s Tale, Loki, The Morning Show, and Yellowjackets.
Succession also prevailed in the category for Episodic Drama for its episode Retired Janitors of Idaho, which was written by Tony Roche and Susan Soon He Stanton.
It was nominated against the 1883 episode 1883; This Is Us’s Birth Mother; The Morning Show’s La Amara Vita; New Amsterdam’s The New Normal; and The Handmaid’s Tale’s Testimony.
The Netflix film Don’t Look Up, written by Adam McKay with story by McKay and David Sirota, won the honors for Original Screenplay.
It won against a field that included Being the Ricardos (written by Aaron Sorkin); The French Dispatch of the Liberty Kansas Evening Sun (screenplay by Wes Anderson with story by Anderson, Roman Coppola, Hugo Guinness and Jason Schwartzman); King Richard (written by Zach Baylin); and Licorice Pizza (written by Paul Thomas Anderson).
The Netflix film Don’t Look Up, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence, won the honors for Original Screenplay
Don’t Look Up was written by Adam McKay (pictured) with story by McKay and David Sirota
HBO’s Hacks claimed the honors for Comedy Series. The show is written by Genevieve Aniello, Lucia Aniello, Joanna Calo, Jessica Chaffin, Paul W. Downs, Jess Dweck, Cole Escola, Janis Hirsch, Ariel Karlin, Katherine Kearns, Andrew Law, Joe Mande, Pat Regan, Samantha Riley, Michael Schur and Jen Statsky.
Hacks also took the honors in the category for New Series.
In the category for Original Long Form, HBO’s Mare of Easttown, written by Brad Ingelsby, claimed the honors.
Netflix’s Maid won the award for Adapted Long Form, as it was written by Bekah Brunstetter, Marcus Gardley, Michelle Denise Jackson, Colin McKenna and Molly Smith Metzler, and inspired by the book by Stephanie Land.
Netflix’s I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson – written by Zach Kanin, Tim Robinson and John Solomon – won the award for Comedy/Variety Sketch Series.
HBO’s Hacks, starring Hannah Einbinder and Jean Smart, claimed the honors for Comedy Series and New Series
TBS’s Conan took the award for Comedy/Variety Talk Series. The show’s head writer is Matt O’Brien and writing staff includes Jose Arroyo, Glenn Boozan, Daniel Cronin, Andres du Bouchet, Jessie Gaskell, Skyler Higley, Brian Kiley, Laurie Kilmartin, Todd Levin, Levi MacDougall, Conan O’Brien, Andy Richter, Frank Smiley and Mike Sweeney.
In the category for Episodic Comedy, Hulu’s The Great episode Alone At Last, which was written by Tony McNamara, won the honors.
In the category for Comedy/Variety Specials, TBS’s Full Frontal Wants to Take Your Guns was named the winner. The special’s head writers were Kristen Bartlett and Mike Drucker, with a writing staff including Samantha Bee, Pat Cassels, Sean Crespo, Miles Kahn, Chris Thompson, Holly Walker and Alison Zeidman. Supervisors were Joe Grossman and Sahar Rizvi, while Michael Rhoa contributed special material.
In the category for Documentary Script – Current Events, PBS’s The Healthcare Divide, written by Rick Young, was named the winner.
For On Air Promotion, CBS’s Celebrating Powerful Female Leads: Trailers for The Equalizer & Why Women Kill, written by Molly Neylan, won the category.
NBC host Seth Meyers presented the Edward F. Burkey Award to Dick Cavett
Cavett was seen in February of 2020 in NYC
Days of Our Lives, with head writer Ron Carlivati and writers Lorraine Broderick, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock and Elizabeth Snyder, won the category for Daytime Drama.
Inside Out Media’s Exposing Muybridge, written by Marc Shaffer, won the honors for Documentary Screenplay.
Slate Podcasts’s One Year: 1977: The Miracle Cure, which was written by Evan Chung, won in the category for Radio/Audio Documentary.
Men’s Rights Asians’ Think This Is Their Moment, written by Aaron Mak for Slate.com, was the winner of the Digital News award.
60 Minutes’ Handcuffed to the Truth, which was written by Katie Kerbstat Jacobson, Scott Pelley and Nicole Young, took the honors in the category for News Script – Analysis, Feature, Or Commentary. The show also prevailed in the category for News Script – Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin, Or Breaking Report for The Unequal Recession, written by Jacobson, Pelley and Young.
In the category for Radio/Audio News Script – Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin, Or Breaking Report, CBS News Radio’s Surfside Condo Collapse for CBS World News Roundup Late Edition, written by Kathleen M. Biggins, won the honors.
In the category for Radio/Audio News Script – Analysis, Feature, Or Commentary, the podcast Decoder Ring’s The Tasmanian Devil Tattoo, written by Benjamin Frisch, claimed the top honor.
Actor Colman Domingo presented the Paul Selvin Award to Barry Jenkins
Jenkins was pictured on Saturday at the Producers Guild Awards in LA
In the category for Children’s Episodic, Long Form And Specials, Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark?’s episode The Tale of the Midnight Magic, penned by JT Billings and Alex Ebel, was named the winner.
Peacock’s Baking It, written by Neil Casey, Jessica McKenna, Zach Reino, Niccole Thurman, won the award in the category of Quiz And Audience Participation.
In the category for TV Animation, the Cartoon Network’s Tuca & Bertie’s episode Planteau, written by Lisa Hanawalt, won the honors.
Prime Video’s Debunking Borat, written by Robyn Adams, Paul Hogan and Jack Youngelson, won in the category for Adapted Short Form New Media.
Jenkins was awarded with the Paul Selvin Award for his efforts on the series The Underground Railroad. In accepting the honors, which are aimed at scripts that focus on constitutional and civil rights and liberties, Jenkins said he considered the honor ‘an affirmation to keep working the way we are,’ according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Jenkins, who was presented with the honors by Colman Domingo, said, ‘We have to do the work to find what’s true about humanity and human experiences and put them into our stories to share our version of reality that can’t be denied.’
Cavett was presented with the Evelyn F. Burkey Award – which commemorates those who have helped boost writers – by Seth Meyers.
The late Bob Saget was also honored in a memorial segment paying tribute to the actor-comedian with clips of him at the event in past years.
Star Trek icon George Takei was among the presenters on hand at the ceremony
Actress Jaylen Barron presented the Digital News Award at the ceremony
Actor David Koechner presented the award for Radio/Audio News Script: Analysis, Feature, or Commentary