Saturday, June 15, 2024

“Parasite,” “Jojo Rabbit” Win Writers Guild Award Among Movies That Were Eligible, “Young and Restless” Wins for Soaps


The 2020 Writers Guild West has just made its two biggest awards of the season. This follows “1917” winning Best Director for Sam Mendes.

Original screenplay went to “Parasite,” which beat “Booksmart,” “1917,” “Marriage Story,” and “Knives Out.”

Adapted screenplay went to “Jojo Rabbit,” which was considered better than “Joker,” “Irishman,” “Little Women,” and “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” This despite Taika Waititi adding several Nazi characters and completely changing the novel the movie was based on.

Not eligible: Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” which should win Original Screenplay at the Oscars. QT is not a member of WGAW.

On the TV side, “The Young and the Restless” won for soap operas. More TV winners coming…keep refreshing…

HBO cleans up in drama and comedy.

Episodic Drama: “Succession” HBO
Episodic Comedy: “Barry” HBO
Best Long Form Drama, Adapted: “Fosse/Verdon” F/X
Best Long Form Drama, Original: “Chernobyl” HBO

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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