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‘Call Me By Your Name’ is Heading to Oscar Glory

The film’s screenplay won two big awards over the weekend, while ‘Get Out’ was also honored.
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By  · Published on February 12th, 2018

The film’s screenplay won two big awards over the weekend, while ‘Get Out’ was also honored.

Leading up to the Academy Awards, there are some predictors to keep an eye on. The Writers Guild of America Awards often align with the Oscars picks for screenplay awards, but recently they’ve shown a trend of lining up with the Best Picture winner as well. If history repeats itself this would mean Call Me By Your Name or Get Out could seriously challenge for the Best Picture Oscar come March 4th.

Last year, the WGA awarded Moonlight Best Original Screenplay and Arrival Best Adapted Screenplay. The Oscars classified Moonlight as an adapted screenplay and awarded it this honor, along with Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor. The previous year, WGA winners Spotlight and The Big Short went on to win Oscars for Original and Adapted Screenplay, respectively, with the former also winning Best Picture.

This year, Call Me By Your Name took home the award for Best Adapted Screenplay and Get Out was awarded Best Original Screenplay. These wins were not big surprises when announced during the ceremony held last night, but Call Me By Your Name in particular does come out of this weekend more on track for a screenplay win at the Oscars than Get Out.

On Saturday night, Call Me By Your Name also picked up the USC Scripter Award for Adapted Screenplay. The last seven Scripter winners have gone on to win the Oscar in the same category and it would be shocking if James Ivory‘s script, which is adapted from the novel by André Aciman, didn’t follow suit. Recent Scripter wins that also went on to win Best Picture include Moonlight and 12 Years a Slave, so Call Me By Your Name will be in good company if it wins the top award in addition to a screenplay honr at the Oscars following its Scripter win.

Although Get Out won at the WGA Awards, its biggest competitor for Best Original Screenplay, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, was ineligible for the award. Had Three Billboards been nominated, there’s a good chance it could have won, but this wouldn’t have been guaranteed. Jordan Peele‘s screenplay has beaten Martin McDonagh’s when the two were in the same category before, including at last month’s Critics’ Choice Awards. Get Out isn’t a shoo-in for Best Original Screenplay the way Call Me By Your Name is with Best Adapted Screenplay just yet, but it is certainly picking up some momentum heading to the Academy Awards.

As last year’s Oscars proved, no matter how much research goes into predictions and how much time is spent speculating, surprises happen. Right now, The Shape of Water still looks like the frontrunner for Best Picture with Three Billboards following close behind it. But with Oscar balloting still happening, don’t put it past Call Me By Your Name or Get Out to shake things up next month and take home more than just screenplay awards.

On the TV side of things at the WGA Awards, The Handmaid’s Tale and Big Little Lies both continued their dominance with the former picking up awards for Best Drama Series and Best New Series and the latter taking home the award for Long Form Adapted Series. With Big Little Lies adding Meryl Streep for season two to air in 2019 and The Handmaid’s Tale set to return April 25th with an exploration beyond the world of the first season, both shows stand a good chance of impressing at award shows for years to come.

See the full list of nominees from the WGA Awards with the winners in bold below.



The Big Sick
Written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani

Get Out
Written by Jordan Peele

I, Tonya
Written by Steven Rogers

Lady Bird
Written by Greta Gerwig

The Shape of Water
Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor; Story by Guillermo del Toro



Call Me by Your Name
Screenplay by James Ivory
Based on the Novel by André Aciman

The Disaster Artist
Screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
Based on the Book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell

Screenplay by Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green; Story by James Mangold;
Based on Characters from the X-Men Comic Books and Theatrical Motion Pictures

Molly’s Game
Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
Based on the Book by Molly Bloom

Screenplay by Virgil Williams and Dee Rees;
Based on the Novel by Hillary Jordan



Betting on Zero
Written by Theodore Braun

Written by Brett Morgen

No Stone Unturned
Written by Alex Gibney

Oklahoma City
Written by Barak Goodman




The Americans
Written by Peter Ackerman, Tanya Barfield, Joshua Brand, Joel Fields, Stephen Schiff, Joe Weisberg, Tracey Scott Wilson

Better Call Saul
Written by Ann Cherkis, Vince Gilligan, Jonathan Glatzer, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, Heather Marion, Thomas Schnauz, Gordon Smith

Game of Thrones
Written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, Dave Hill, D.B. Weiss

The Handmaid’s Tale
Written by Ilene Chaiken, Nina Fiore, Dorothy Fortenberry, Leila Gerstein, John Herrera, Lynn Maxcy, Bruce Miller, Kira Snyder, Wendy Straker Hauser, Eric Tuchman

Stranger Things
Written by Paul Dichter, Justin Doble, The Duffer Brothers, Jessica Mecklenburg, Jessie Nickson-Lopez, Alison Tatlock



“The Book of Nora” (The Leftovers)
Teleplay by Tom Perrotta & Damon Lindelof, Story by Tom Spezialy & Damon Lindelof

“Chicanery” (Better Call Saul)
Written by Gordon Smith

“The Heart Attack is the Best Way” (Good Behavior) Written by Chad Hodge

“Homecoming” (The OA)
Written by Brit Marling & Zal Batmanglij

“Slip” (Better Call Saul)
Written by Heather Marion

“The Soviet Decision” (The Americans)
Written by Joe Weisberg & Joel Fields



Curb Your Enthusiasm
Written by Larry David, Jon Hayman, Justin Hurwitz, Jeff Schaffer

Written by Kristoffer Diaz, Liz Flahive, Tara Herrmann, Nick Jones, Jenji Kohan, Carly Mensch, Emma Rathbone, Sascha Rothchild, Rachel Shukert

Master of None
Written by Aziz Ansari, Andrew Blitz, Zoe Jarman, Cord Jefferson, Sarah Peters, Sarah Schneider, Michael Schur, Leila Strachan, Gene Stupnitsky, Lakshmi Sundaram, Lena Waithe, Jason Woliner, Alan Yang

Silicon Valley
Written by Alec Berg, Donick Cary, Adam Countee, Jonathan Dotan, Mike Judge, Carrie Kemper, John Levenstein, Dan Lyons, Carson Mell, Dan O’Keefe, Clay Tarver; Aaron Zelman

Written by Rachel Axler, Sean Gray, Alex Gregory, Peter Huyck, Erik Kenward, Billy Kimball, Steve Koren, Dave Mandel, Jim Margolis, Lew Morton, Georgia Pritchett, Will Smith, Alexis Wilkinson



“The Burglary” (Grace and Frankie)
Written by Brendan McCarthy & David Budin

“Intervention” (The Carmichael Show)
Written by Willie Hunter

“Judge” (Veep)
Written byTed Cohen

“Rosario’s Quinceanera” (Will & Grace)
Written by Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally

“The Verdict” (Trial & Error)
Written by Jeff Astrof



American Vandal
Written by Seth Cohen, Lauren Herstik, Dan Lagana, Kevin McManus, Matthew McManus, Jessica Meyer, Dan Perrault, Amy Pocha, Mike Rosolio, Tony Yacenda

The Deuce
Written by Megan Abbott, Marc Henry Johnson, Lisa Lutz, George Pelecanos, Richard Price, Will Ralston, David Simon, Chris Yakaitis

Written by Kristoffer Diaz, Liz Flahive, Tara Herrmann, Nick Jones, Jenji Kohan, Carly Mensch, Emma Rathbone, Sascha Rothchild, Rachel Shukert

The Handmaid’s Tale
Written by Ilene Chaiken, Nina Fiore, Dorothy Fortenberry, Leila Gerstein, John Herrera, Lynn Maxcy, Bruce Miller, Kira Snyder, Wendy Straker Hauser, Eric Tuchman

Written by Whit Anderson, Bill Dubuque, Ryan Farley, Alyson Feltes, Paul Kolsby, David Manson, Chris Mundy, Mark Williams, Ning Zhou, Martin Zimmerman



American Horror Story: Cult
Written by Brad Falchuk, John J. Gray, Joshua Green, Todd Kubrak, Crystal Liu, Tim Minear, Ryan Murphy, Adam Penn, James Wong

Feud: Bette and Joan
Written by Jaffe Cohen, Tim Minear, Ryan Murphy, Gina Welch, Michael Zam

Written by Barbara Stepansky

Written by Scott Frank

Manhunt: Unabomber
Written by Jim Clemente, Tony Gittelson, Max Hurwitz, Steven Katz, Nick Schenk, Andrew Sodroski, Nick Towne



Big Little Lies
Teleplay by David E. Kelley, Based on the Novel by Liane Moriarty

Written by Monica Beletsky, Bob DeLauren, Noah Hawley, Ben Nedivi, Matt Wolpert, Based on the film Fargo

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Teleplay by Peter Landesman and Alexander Woo and George C. Wolfe, Based on the book written by Rebecca Skloot

The Wizard of Lies
Teleplay by Sam Levinson and John Burnham Schwartz and Samuel Baum, Based on the Book Written by Diane B. Henriques and Truth and Consequences by Laurie Sandell



Head Writer: Matt O’Brien, Writers: Jose Arroyo, Daniel Cronin, Andres du Bouchet, Jessie Gaskell, Michael Gordon, Brian Kiley, Laurie Kilmartin, Leah Krinsky, Stephen Kutner, Todd Levin, Levi MacDougall, Conan O’Brien, Paul Richter, Frank Smiley, Mike Sweeney

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Writers: Samantha Bee, Ashley Nicole Black, Pat Cassels, Eric Drysdale, Mathan Erhardt, Travon Free, Joe Grossman, Jo Miller, Jason Reich, Melinda Taub

Jimmy Kimmel Live
Writers: Jimmy Kimmel, Tony Barbieri, Jonathan Bines, Joelle Boucai, Gonzalo Cordova, Devin Field, Gary Greenberg, Josh Halloway, Sal Iacono, Eric Immerman, Jesse Joyce, Bess Kalb, Jeff Loveness, Molly McNearney, CeCe Pleasants, Danny Ricker, Joe Strazzullo

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Writers: Tim Carvell, Josh Gondelman, Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Maurer, John Oliver, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner, Ben Silva, Seena Vali

Late Night with Seth Meyers
Writers: Jermaine Affonso, Alex Baze, Bryan Donaldson, Sal Gentile, Matt Goldich, Dina Gusovsky, Jenny Hagel, Allison Hord, Mike Karnell, John Lutz, Seth Meyers, Ian Morgan, Seth Reiss, Amber Ruffin, Mike Scollins, Mike Shoemaker, Ben Warheit

Real Time with Bill Maher
Writers: Scott Carter, Adam Felber, Matt Gunn, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Chris Kelly, Bill Maher, Billy Martin, Bob Oschack, Danny Vermont

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Writers: Dan Amira, David Angelo, Steve Bodow, Kashana Cauley, Devin Delliquanti, Zach DiLanzo, Hallie Haglund, David Kibuuka, Matt Koff, Adam Lowitt, Dan McCoy, Trevor Noah, Joseph Opio, Zhubin Parang, Owen Parsons, Daniel Radosh, Lauren Sarver-Means, Michelle Wolf

The Jim Jefferies Show
Head Writer: Jason Reich, Writers: Jim Jefferies, Subhah Agarwal, Kevin Avery, Curtis Cook, Lucas Kavner, Matt Kirshen, Bryan Olsen, Laura Willcox, JJ Whitehead, Scott Y. Zabielski; Comedy Central



Nathan For You
Writers: Leo Allen, Nathan Fielder, Carrie Kemper, Michael Koman, Adam Locke-Norton, Eric Notarnicola

Writers: Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Karen Kilgariff, Jonathan Krisel, Graham Wagner

Saturday Night Live
Head Writers: Chris Kelly, Sarah Schneider, Bryan Tucker, Writers: James Anderson, Kristen Bartlett, Jeremy Beiler, Neal Brennan, Zack Bornstein, Joanna Bradley, Megan Callahan, Michael Che, Anna Drezen, Fran Gillespie, Sudi Green, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, Nick Kocher, Michael Koman, Dave McCary, Brian McElhaney, Dennis McNicholas, Drew Michael, Lorne Michaels, Josh Patten, Katie Rich, Pete Schultz, Streeter Seidell, Will Stephen, Kent Sublette, Julio Torres

The President Show
Writers: Emily Altman, Anthony Atamanuik, Emmy Blotnick, Neil Casey, Mike Drucker, Noah Garfinkel, John Gemberling, Peter Grosz, Mitra Jouhari, John Knefel, Alison Leiby, Christine Nangle, John Reynolds, Jason Ross, Rae Sanni, Evan Waite

Weekend Update Summer Edition
Writers: Megan Callahan, Michael Che, Mikey Day, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Dennis McNicholas, Josh Patten, Katie Rich, Pete Schultz, Streeter Seidell, Kent Sublette, Brian Tucker



39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors
Written by Dave Boone

89th Annual Academy Awards
Written by Billy Kimball, Jon Macks; Special Material Written by Jack Allison, Tony Barbieri, Jonathan Bines, Joelle Boucai, Gonzalo Cordova, Gary Greenberg, Josh Halloway, Sal Iacono, Eric Immerman, Bess Kalb, Jimmy Kimmel, Jeff Loveness, Molly McNearney, Danny Ricker, Joe Strazzullo

AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Diane Keaton
Written by Bob Gazzale, Jon Macks

Michael Bolton’s Big, Sexy, Valentine’s Day Special
Written by Scott Aukerman, Dave Ferguson, Mike Hanford, Tim Kalpakis, Joe Saunders, Akiva Schaffer; Additional Material Written by Zach Kanin, Claudia O’Doherty, Tim Robinson

Nathan For You: A Celebration
Written by Leo Allen, Nathan Fielder, Carrie Kemper, Michael Koman, Adam Locke-Norton, Eric Notarnicola



Hollywood Game Night
Head Writer: Grant Taylor; Writers: Michael Agbabian, Alex Chauvin, Ann Slichter, Dwight D. Smith

Written by Matthew Caruso, John Duarte, Harry Friedman, Mark Gaberman, Deborah Griffin, Michele Loud, Robert McClenaghan, Jim Rhine, Steve D. Tamerius, Billy Wisse



General Hospital
Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Jean Passanante; Writers: Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Dave Rupel, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Christopher Van Etten, Christopher Whitesell

Days of Our Lives
Writers: Ron Carlivati, Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits



“Brunchsquatch” (Bob’s Burgers)
Written by Lizzie Molyneux & Wendy Molyneux

“A Father’s Watch” – (The Simpsons)
Written by Simon Rich

“Ruthie” – (BoJack Horseman)
Written by Joanna Calo
“The Serfsons” – (The Simpsons)
Written by Brian Kelley
“Time’s Arrow” – (BoJack Horseman)
Written by Kate Purdy



“An American Girl Story – Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance” – (American Girl)
Written by May Chan

“American Girl – Knowledge is Power” – (American Girl)
Written by Alison McDonald and Caron Tschampion

“Just Add 1965” – (Just Add Magic)
Written by Lauren Thompson

“Meet Julia” – (Sesame Street)
Written by Belinda Ward

The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special
Written by Raye Lankford, Jessica Carleton, Ken Scarborough


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