Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s original screenplay for award-season juggernaut Everything Everywhere All At Once and Sarah Polley’s adapted screenplay for Women Talking won the marquee awards at the WGA Awards.
The WGA, which handed out its trophies for the year’s best writing in dual ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City, also gave Apple TV+’s Severance wins for Drama Series and New Series, and FX’s The Bear for Comedy Series. HBO’s The White Lotus won for Limited Series, and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver won for Comedy Variety Talk Series.
Everything Everywhere completed its sweep of the major guild awards with the win, which comes after triumphs at PGAs, DGAs and the SAG Awards, as well as Saturday in the category at the Spirit Awards. It has 11 Oscar nominations including Original Screenplay.
Other small-screen WGA winners tonight included Better Call Saul (Episodic Drama), Hacks (Episode Comedy), Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy/Variety Series), Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel (Comedy/Variety Special), Rectify (Animation) and Three Busy Debras (Shortform).
The WGA West presented honorary awards to Charlie Kaufman (Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement), screenwriter Rebecca Lenkiewicz (Paul Selvin Award) and Yvette Lee Bowser (Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award). The WGA East feted Spike Lee with the Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement.
This year’s WGA Awards came as the union and the industry brace for a potential writers strike against the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers. The sides will begin negotiations March 20, and their current three-year deal expires May 1.
Janelle James and Michelle Buteau hosted the respective Los Angeles and New York events, which honoured outstanding writing in film, television, new media, broadcast and digital news, radio/audio and promotional categories.