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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Bryan Singer ‘honoured’ after Globes win despite backlash surrounding sexual misconduct scandal

Director Bryan Singer ignored the speculation about his sexual misconduct scandal as he expressed his delight over his movie Bohemian Rhapsody’s wins at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night (06Jan19)The film, which tells the story of Queen’s start i…

Director Bryan Singer ignored the speculation about his sexual misconduct scandal as he expressed his delight over his movie Bohemian Rhapsody’s wins at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night (06Jan19)

The film, which tells the story of Queen’s start in the music industry, took home gongs for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for Rami Malek, who plays Freddie Mercury in the movie.

While he was absent from the Los Angeles ceremony himself, Singer, who quit the movie during production and was replaced by Dexter Fletcher, took to his Instagram to share a behind the scenes snap of filming, and wrote: “What an honour. Thank you #HollywoodForeignPress.”

The moviemaker hit headlines in 2017, when it emerged that a Washington man had filed a lawsuit against him, alleging the star sexually assaulted him in 2003 – when he was 17 years old. Singer has denied the accusations.

He was also accused of assault by Michael Egan in 2014, but Egan later confessed his claims were not true and apologised.

While Singer has yet to be arrested or charged with any crimes, it seems many of his peers are struggling to move on from the scandal. Westworld actress Evan Rachel Wood likened the situation to that of Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein – both of whom have been accused of sexual misconduct and assault.

“So we just… we are all still supposed to be pretending we dont know about Bryan Singer? Cause it worked out really well with #Spacey and #Weinstein,” she tweeted.

Meanwhile, Eighth Grade star Elsie Fisher, who was nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for her performance in the breakout movie, found herself under fire after tweeting her delight over Bohemian Rhapsody’s victories.

“IM SO HAPPY RAMI MALEK AND BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY WON GOLDEN GLOBES IM THRILLED TONIGHT IS THE BEST NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” she wrote.

After facing backlash from her followers, Elsie wrote: “Why is everyone being so mean about this? I’m genuinely sorry if I did something wrong.”

The 15-year-old later added: “My thoughts on this – please educate me in the future if I do something problematic. I want to better myself and grow! I was also vaguely aware the director of said film was bad but had no other information as to why he was considered such or what he had done. I know now.

“I’ll continue to be proud of Rami and the supporting cast because they are incredible, but otherwise I will hold back. Understand this though; there are many problematic people in Hollywood, and as someone who is busy frequently I don’t always have time to keep up. So tell me.”

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