Writers Guild of America Award

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The Writers Guild of America Awards for outstanding achievements in film, television, radio, and videogames (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

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

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

Award Categories

Note that this is a very incomplete list; also that certain categories have been added or changed, over the years.

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

1940s

Best Written Film Concerning Problems with the American Scene

Best Written Western

Best Written Musical

Best Written Drama

Best Written Comedy

1950s

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

Best Written Musical

Best Written Drama

Best Written Comedy

Best Original Screenplay

1970s

Best Original Drama

Best Adapted Drama

Best Original Comedy

Best Adapted Comedy

1980s

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

Best Original Screenplay

Best Adapted Screenplay

Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

2000s

Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

Original Screenplay

Adapted Screenplay

Outstanding Achievement In Videogame Writing

2010s

Original Screenplay

Adapted Screenplay

Outstanding Achievement In Videogame Writing

See also

References

  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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