Writers Guild Awards Keep Up The Momentum For ‘CODA’, ‘Don’t Look Up’
A sudden Oscar favorite and dark horse contender took top honors at the Writers Guild Awards on Sunday night, as the heartwarming “CODA” and satirical “Don’t Look Up” prevailed in the adapted and original screenplay categories, respectively. .
“It’s real, legitimate excitement,” “Don’t Look Up” writer-director Adam McKay said in a pre-recorded speech. Although several award shows have moved back to in-person gatherings, the WGA ceremony was virtual and nominees were asked to send in their acceptance speeches in advance. Only that of the winner was played during the ceremony.
Several major films were ineligible for WGAs this year because they were not written under a negotiation agreement with the WGA or its sister guilds. Thus, “Belfast” and “The worst person in the world” (in the original screenplay category) and “The power of the dog” and “The lost girl” (in the adaptation category) were not in the running. And because it drastically reduced the number of top contenders, most pundits expected writer-director Sian Heder’s ‘CODA’, based on the 2014 French film ‘La Famille Bélier’, to win. with the Writers Guild, though “Don’t Look Up” still faced stiff competition from Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Licorice Pizza.”
Can the WGA winners also win their Oscar runs now that ‘Belfast’ has lost its awards mojo and ‘CODA’ has beaten ‘The Power of the Dog’ at this weekend’s influential Producers Guild Awards ? In a recent screenplay competition at the BAFTAs, “CODA” picked up another surprise win over “The Power of the Dog,” its biggest Best Picture rival. Since the path to the top Oscar almost always goes through the screenplay categories, an Adapted Screenplay win for “CODA” on Oscar night could foreshadow the film’s ultimate fate.
And while “Don’t Look Up” has a tougher path to the Best Picture Oscar, with no notable awards season win so far, the WGA victory at least suggests that the race for the original screenplay will remain to be monitored.
Here are some of the other WGA winners:
Documentary: “Expose Muybridge”
Drama series: “Succession”
Comedy series: “Hacks”
New Serie : “Hacks”
Original long series: “Easttown Mare”
Suitable long series: “Maid”