Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Eighth Grade are surprise winners at WGA Awards

Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Eighth Grade were the surprise winners at the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards on Sunday night (17Feb19). Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty picked up the Best Adapted Screenplay prize for Can You Ever Forgive Me?, a c…

Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Eighth Grade were the surprise winners at the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards on Sunday night (17Feb19).

Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty picked up the Best Adapted Screenplay prize for Can You Ever Forgive Me?, a comedy-drama inspired by the memoir by late biographer-turned-forger Lee Israel, starring Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant. The Oscar-nominated duo beat the writers of Black Panther, A Star is Born and Oscar frontrunners If Beale Could Talk and BlacKkKlansman.

The big shock of the night was Bo Burnham picking up Best Original Screenplay for Eighth Grade over A Quiet Place and Oscar nominees Roma, Vice and Green Book. The surprise win made Eighth Grade the first film to win the WGA Original Screenplay award without being nominated for an Academy Award since Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine in 2003.

Taking to the stage, Burnham, who also directed the film, joked about being the underdog and praised his young actress, Golden Globe nominee Elsie Fisher.

“To the other nominees in the category – Have fun at the Oscars, losers!” he joked. “No, I prepared nothing. This all belongs to Elsie Fisher who performed the script. No one would care about the script if she hadn’t done it.”

Burham previously won the First-Time Feature Film category at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards and the film is up for four Independent Spirit Awards prizes, but has been largely overlooked at the big award ceremonies.

In the TV categories, The Americans landed the Best Drama Series prize and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel picked up the Comedy Series gong, while The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story was named Best Adapted Longform Series, and the Stephen King-inspired thriller Castle Rock scored the Original Longform Series award.

The awards were handed out in bi-coastal ceremonies. The WGA East held its ceremony at the Edison Ballroom in New York, while the WGA West staged its bash at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

The main list of winners is as follows:

Original Screenplay:

Bo Burnham – Eighth Grade

Adapted Screenplay:

Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Documentary Screenplay:

Ozzy Inguanzo and Dava Whisenant – Bathtubs Over Broadway

TV Drama Series:

The Americans

TV Comedy Series:

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best New Series:

Barry

Longform – Original:

Castle Rock

Longform – Adapted:

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Shortform New Media – Original:

Class of Lies

Shortform New Media – Adapted:

The Walking Dead: Red Machete

Animation:

The Simpsons: Bart’s Not Dead

Episodic Drama:

Homeland: Paean to the People

Episodic Comedy:

Barry

Comedy/Variety Talk Series:

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

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Bill Skarsgard fasted for days to lose weight for Castle Rock

Actor Bill Skarsgard starved himself to appear frail and malnourished for his dramatic new Castle Rock role.The 27-year-old star portrays crazed prisoner The Kid, who is housed in a cage beneath the Shawshank State Penitentiary, in the new TV adaptatio…

Actor Bill Skarsgard starved himself to appear frail and malnourished for his dramatic new Castle Rock role.

The 27-year-old star portrays crazed prisoner The Kid, who is housed in a cage beneath the Shawshank State Penitentiary, in the new TV adaptation of horror author Stephen King’s stories about the eponymous fictional town.

Bill went all out to look scary onscreen by adopting a ketogenic diet, where he limited his foods to low carbs and high fats, and he also fasted before the cameras rolled on set.

“I wanted to lose weight because I wanted the character to be more gaunt and ghostlike and malnourished and look weak,” he told Us Weekly magazine. “I basically did the Keto diet. You get into ketogenesis (a metabolic process where the body consumes its own fat) and you just eat a lot of fat and no carbs. I lose weight quickly. Before scenes, I would not drink water or eat for 24 hours. It does a lot… It changes your face. I think it played real well into the role. It gave off this boney, skeletal look.”

The Swedish star didn’t deprive himself of delicious foods throughout the shoot though, admitting he had a cheat day every now and again, and couldn’t wait to dig his teeth into a burger after filming wrapped.

“We shot a scene in the shower at block five. Even though it was episode one, we shot while shooting episode five so I’m like, ‘Well f**k, I need to stay skinny all the way up to the point,’” the It star recalled. “I didn’t eat for 24 hours. The day before, 24 hours before that, I had like, a salad and didn’t drink any water. So I was f**king skinny and parched. Then after that day of shooting, I wanted a beer and a burger. I didn’t drink for three months, either, so I went to a shady dive bar and it was great.”

The first season of Castle Rock debuts on streaming service Hulu on Wednesday (23Jul18).

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