The Writers Guild of America has just finished handing out their awards for 2017, resulting in James Ivory ("Call Me by Your Name") and Jordan Peele ("Get Out") taking top honors for Adapted and Original Screenplays, respectively.
This would seem to officially eliminate "Lady Bird" and "The Shape of Water" from the Best Picture competition, for if they aren't even the favorite to win Original Screenplay at the WGA Awards, then they don't have much hope of winning the same category at the Oscars. However, given the WGA's asinine rules for eligibility, this means that "Get Out" still must go up against Martin McDonagh's incredible "Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri," which is considered by many to be the frontrunner. One thing's for sure, after winning the Scripter last night and the Adapted Screenplay WGA Award tonight, James Ivory is a lock to win the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for "Call Me by Your Name."
One week from today sees the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) handing out their yearly awards, which will hopefully give us a clearer look at who will be taking Original Screenplay come Oscar night (their last two winners in the category went on to win the Oscar), which will subsequently tell us who the next Best Picture winner shall be. Will "Three Billboards" triumph there as most expect it too (or at the very least, win Original Screenplay)? We'll just have to wait until next week to find out. Be sure to check back to see the winners.
In the meantime, please see below for a list of tonight's WGA Award winners:
Original Screenplay: Jordan Peele, Get Out Adapted Screenplay: James Ivory, Call Me by Your Name Documentary Screenplay: Brett Morgen, Jane
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