Writers Guild of America Award

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The Writers Guild of America Awards for outstanding achievements in film, television, radio, and video games (added in 2008) writing, including both fiction and non-fiction categories, have been presented annually by the Writers Guild of America, East and Writers Guild of America, West since 1949. In 2004, the awards show was broadcast on television for the first time.

Eligibility[edit]

The screen awards are for films that were exhibited theatrically in the Los Angeles area during the preceding calendar year. The television awards are for series that were produced and aired between December 1 and November 30, regardless of how many episodes aired during this time period.

Additionally, scripts must be produced under the jurisdiction of the WGA or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.K.[1]

Lifetime Achievement Awards[edit]

Each year at the awards, two lifetime achievement awards are presented. One is for screenwriting and the other is for TV writing:

Award Categories[edit]

Note: This is an incomplete list and certain categories have been added or changed over the years.

A * denotes a film that also went on to win an Academy Award for Writing.

1940s[edit]

Best Written Film Concerning Problems with the American Scene
Best Written Western
Best Written Musical
Best Written Drama
Best Written Comedy

1950s[edit]

Best Written Film Concerning Problems with the American Scene
Best Written Western
Best Written Musical
Best Written Drama
Best Written Comedy
Best Written Low-Budget Film

1960s[edit]

Best Written Musical
Best Written Drama
Best Written Comedy
Best Original Screenplay

1970s[edit]

Best Original Drama
Best Adapted Drama
Best Original Comedy
Best Adapted Comedy

1980s[edit]

Best Original Drama
Best Adapted Drama
Best Original Comedy
Best Adapted Comedy

The following categories are recognized annually:

Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay

1990s[edit]

Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

2000s[edit]

Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay
Outstanding Achievement In Videogame Writing

2010s[edit]

Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay
Outstanding Achievement In Videogame Writing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McNary, Dave (3 Dec 2013). "'12 Years a Slave,' 'Fruitvale Station' Excluded From WGA Awards". Variety. Retrieved 21 Jan 2014. 

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External links[edit]

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