Veep, The Big Short, Inside Amy Schumer, Silicon Valley, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Jimmy Kimmel Live Win at WGA Awards
HBO is on a roll per usual.
Between, Silicon Valley, Veep, and Real Time with Bill Maher, HBO garnered four Writers Guild of America Awards this year. This is probably one of the few awards this awards season where the premium cable network didn’t have a streaming service like Netflix or Amazon challenging its critical acclaim supremacy.
Also, Inside Amy Schumer makes yet another victory lap with its win for “Comedy/Variety-Sketch Series”.
Here are the rest of the comedy winners announced last night:
Adapated Screenplay–The Big Short-Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay; Based on the Book by Michael Lewis; Paramount Pictures
Comedy Series–Veep-Written by Simon Blackwell, Jon Brown, Kevin Cecil, Roger Drew, Peter Fellows, Neil Gibbons, Rob Gibbons, Sean Gray, Callie Hersheway, Armando Iannucci, Sean Love, Ian Martin, Georgia Pritchett, David Quantick, Andy Riley, Tony Roche, Will Smith
Episodic Comedy–Silicon Valley-Clay Tarver
Animation–Bob’s Burgers-Dan Fybel
Comedy/Variety (including Talk)-Series–Real Time with Bill Maher-Writers: Scott Carter, Adam Felber, Matt Gunn, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Chris Kelly, Bill Maher, Billy Martin, Danny Vermont; HBO
Comedy/Variety-Music, Awards, Tributes-Specials-Jimmy Kimmel Live: 10th Annual After The Oscars Special-Written by Jack Allison, Tony Barbieri, Jonathan Bines, Joelle Boucai, Greg Dorris, Gary Greenberg, Josh Halloway, Sal Iacono, Eric Immerman, Jimmy Kimmel, Bess Kalb, Jeff Loveness, Molly McNearney, Danny Ricker, Joe Strazzullo, Bridger Winegar; ABC
Comedy/Variety-Sketch Series–Inside Amy Schumer-Head Writer: Jessi Klein Writers: Hallie Cantor, Kim Caramele, Kyle Dunnigan, Jon Glaser, Kurt Metzger, Christine Nangle, Dan Powell, Tami Sagher, Amy Schumer; Comedy Centraland Jimmy Kimmel Live: 10th Annual After The Oscars Special won for Comedy/Variety Special.
Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement-Elaine May
The full list of WGA Awards winners are here.
“Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Guardians of The Galaxy” Get Writers Guild Awards Nominations
Of all the nominations that have been announced in this current awards season, it seems the Writers Guild Awards has gone a somewhat different and refreshing direction. Already, they have Transparent, Last Week Tonight, and Inside Amy Schumer nominated for TV.
Grand Budapest Hotel is an awards front runner and gets a nod here, but Guardians of The Galaxy, a big budget studio comic book space adventure with plenty of comedy injected throughout, also gained a nomination from the WGA for Adapted Screenplay today.
Guardians of The Galaxy isn’t nominated in such a category in any other awards so far. Maybe, that will change now and other movies that are more readily described as “fun” will be taken more seriously by various academies and associations?