‘La La Land’ to take on ‘Moonlight’ at Writers Guild Awards – LA Daily News

This image released by A24 Films shows Alex Hibbert, left, and Mahershala Ali in a scene from the film, "Moonlight."  (David Bornfriend/A24 via AP)

This image released by A24 Films shows Alex Hibbert, left, and Mahershala Ali in a scene from the film, “Moonlight.” (David Bornfriend/A24 via AP)

BEVERLY HILLS >> “La La Land” will look to continue its winning ways Sunday at the 69th annual Writers Guild of America Awards as the musical battles for the guild’s best original screenplay honor with “Hell or High Water,” “Loving,” “Manchester by the Sea” and “Moonlight.”

Competing for best adapted screenplay will be the writers of “Arrival,” “Deadpool,” “Fences,” “Hidden Figures” and “Nocturnal Animals.”

On the television side of the awards, HBO’s awards magnet “Game of Thrones” and Netflix’s popular streaming series “Stranger Things” are among the nominees for drama series writing honors. They will compete with the scribes behind FX’s “The Americans,” AMC’s “Better Call Saul” and HBO’s “Westworld.”

Comedy series writing nominees are FX’s “Atlanta,” Amazon’s “Transparent,” Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and HBO’s “Silicon Valley” and “Veep.”

Nominated for best writing in a new series are “Atlanta,” FX’s “Better Things,” “Stranger Things,” NBC’s “This is Us” and “Westworld.”

The WGA Awards will be presented at The Beverly Hilton in a ceremony hosted by actor-comedian Patton Oswalt. A separate ceremony will be held simultaneously in New York.

During the ceremony, a series of special honors will be presented.

Writer/director Richard Curtis, best known for films such as “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Bridget Jones’ Diary,” will receive the WGA’s Valentine Davies Award for Humanitarian Service, recognizing his work including the co-founding of the Comic Relief anti-poverty crusade.

The late Iranian writer/director Abbas Kiarostami will be awarded the 2017 Jean Renoir Award for International Screenwriting Achievement for a career that includes the films “Taste of Cherry,” “The Wind Will Carry Us” and “Close-Up.”

Veteran television writer Dan Wilcox, best known for his work on the classic series “MASH,” will receive the 2017 Morgan Cox Award in recognition of his “exemplary service” to the union.

Screenwriter Susannah Grant, known for “Erin Brockovich” and “In Her Shoes,” will receive the Paul Selvin Award in honor for her script for HBO’s “Confirmation,” which “best embodies the spirit of constitutional rights and civil liberties.”

Writer/director Oliver Stone will receive the Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement, honoring a career that includes films such as “Platoon,” “Born on the Fourth of July,” “JFK” and “Wall Street.”

Mike Judge, best known for “King of the Hill,” “Beavis and Butt- head” and “Silicon Valley,” will receive the Animation Writing Award for lifetime achievement.

“The West Wing” and “The Newsroom” creator Aaron Sorkin will be honored with the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement.

Here is a complete list of nominees:



• “Hell or High Water,” written by Taylor Sheridan

• “La La Land,” written by Damien Chazelle

• “Loving,” written by Jeff Nichols

• “Manchester by the Sea,” written by Kenneth Lonergan

• “Moonlight,” written by Barry Jenkins, story by Tarell McCraney


• “Arrival,” screenplay by Eric Heisserer; based on the story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang

• “Deadpool,” written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick; based on the “X-Men” comic books

• “Fences,” screenplay by August Wilson, based on his play

• “Hidden Figures,” screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Thoedore Melfi; based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly

• “Nocturnal Animals,” screenplay by Tom Ford; based on the novel “Tony and Susan” by Austin Wright


• “Author: The JT LeRoy Story,” written by Jeff Feuerzeig

• “Command and Control,” telescript by Robert Kenner and Eric Schlosser; story by Brian Pearle and Kim Roberts; based on the book “Command and Control” by Eric Schlosser

• “Zero Days,” written by Alex Gibney


• “The Americans,” Written by Peter Ackerman, Tanya Barfield, Joshua Brand, Joel Fields, Stephen Schiff, Joe Weisberg, Tracey Scott Wilson; FX

• “Better Call Saul,” Written by Ann Cherkis, Vince Gilligan, Jonathan Glatzer, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, Heather Marion, Thomas Schnauz, Gordon Smith; AMC

• “Game of Thrones,” Written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, Dave Hill, D.B. Weiss; HBO

• “Stranger Things,” Written by Paul Dichter, Justin Doble, The Duffer Brothers, Jessica Mecklenburg, Jessie Nickson-Lopez, Alison Tatlock; Netflix

• “Westworld,” Written by Ed Brubaker, Bridget Carpenter; Dan Dietz, Halley Gross; Lisa Joy; Katherine Lingenfelter, Dominic Mitchell, Jonathan Nolan, Roberto Patino, Daniel T. Thomsen, Charles Yu; HBO COMEDY SERIES

• “Atlanta,” Written by Donald Glover, Stephen Glover, Stefani Robinson, Paul Simms; FX

• “Silicon Valley,” Written by Megan Amram, Alec Berg, Donick Cary, Adam Countee, Jonathan Dotan, Mike Judge, Carrie Kemper, John Levenstein, Dan Lyons, Carson Mell, Dan O’Keefe, Clay Tarver, Ron Weiner; HBO

• “Transparent,” Written by Arabella Anderson, Bridget Bedard, Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster, Jessi Klein, Stephanie Kornick, Ethan Kuperberg, Ali Liebegott, Our Lady J, Faith Soloway, Jill Soloway; Amazon Studios

• “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Written by Emily Altman, Robert Carlock, Azie Mira Dungey, Tina Fey, Lauren Gurganous, Sam Means, Dylan Morgan, Marlena Rodriguez, Dan Rubin, Meredith Scardino, Josh Siegal, Allison Silverman, Leila Strachan; Netflix

— “Veep,” Written by Rachel Axler, Sean Gray, Alex Gregory, Peter Huyck, Eric Kenward, Billy Kimball, Steve Koren, David Mandel, Jim Margolis, Lew Morton, Georgia Pritchett, Will Smith, Alexis Wilkinson; HBO NEW SERIES

• “Atlanta,” Written by Donald Glover, Stephen Glover, Stefani Robinson, Paul Simms; FX

• “Better Things,” Written by Pamela Adlon, Louis C.K., Cindy Chupack, Gina Fattore; FX

— “Stranger Things,” Written by Paul Dichter, Justin Doble, The Duffer Brothers, Jessica Mecklenburg, Jessie Nickson-Lopez, Alison Tatlock; Netflix

• “This Is Us,” Written by Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger, Bekah Brunstetter, Dan Fogelman, Vera Herbert, Joe Lawson, Kay Oyegun, Aurin Squire, K.J. Steinberg, Donald Todd; NBC

• “Westworld,” Written by Ed Brubaker, Bridget Carpenter, Dan Dietz, Halley Gross, Lisa Joy, Katherine Lingenfelter, Dominic Mitchell, Jonathan Nolan, Roberto Patino, Daniel T. Thomsen, Charles Yu; HBO LONG FORM ORIGINAL

• “American Crime,” Written by Julie Hebert, Sonay Hoffman, Keith Huff, Stacy A. Littlejohn, Kirk A. Moore, Davy Perez, Diana Son; ABC

• “Confirmation,” Written by Susannah Grant; HBO

• “Harley and the Davidsons,” Written by Seth Fisher, Nick Schenk, Evan Wright; Discovery Channel

• “Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le,” Written by Dianne Houston; Lifetime LONG FORM ADAPTED

• “11.22.63,” Written by Bridget Carpenter, Brigitte Hales, Joe Henderson, Brian Nelson, Quinton Peeples, Based on the novel by Stephen King; Hulu

• “American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson,” Written by Scott Alexander, Joe Robert Cole, D.V. DeVincentis, Maya Forbes, Larry Karaszewski, Wally Wolodarsky, Based on the book The Run of His Life by Jeffrey Toobin; FX

• “Madoff,” Written by Ben Robbins, Inspired by the book The Madoff Chronicles: Inside the Secret World of Bernie and Ruth by Brian Ross; ABC

• “The Night Of,” Written by Richard Price, Steve Zaillian, Based on the BBC Series Criminal Justice Created by Peter Moffat; HBO

• “Roots,” Written by Lawrence Konner, Alison McDonald, Charles Murray, Mark Rosenthal, Based upon the book by Alex Haley; History Channel SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA – ORIGINAL• “Episode 101 (Now We’re Talking),” Written by Tug Coker, Tommy Dewey; go90.com

• “Escape the Room (Life Ends at 30),” Written by Michael Field; vimeo.com

• “Itsy Bitsy Spider, Episode 1 (Thug Passion),” Written by Motrya Tomycz; vimeo.com

— “The Party (The Commute),” Written by Linsey Stewart & Dane Clark; youtube.com SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA – ADAPTED

• “Passage Part 4 (Fear the Walking Dead),” Written by Lauren Signorino & Mike Zunic; amc.com 
– “Under Siege (The Strain),” Written by Bradley Thompson & David Weddle, Based on the novels by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan; fxnetworks.com ANIMATION

• “Barthood (The Simpsons),” Written by Dan Greaney; Fox

• “First Day of Rule (Elena of Avalor),” Written by Craig Gerber; Disney Channel

• “Fish Out of Water (BoJack Horseman),” Written by Elijah Aron & Jordan Young; Netflix

— “A Princess on Lothal (Star Wars Rebels),” Written by Steven Melching; Disney XD

• “Stop the Presses (BoJack Horseman),” Written by Joe Lawson; Netflix EPISODIC DRAMA

• “Gloves Off (Better Call Saul),” Written by Gordon Smith; AMC

• “I Am a Storm (Shameless),” Written by Sheila Callaghan; Showtime

• “Klick (Better Call Saul),” Written by Heather Marion & Vince Gilligan; AMC

• “Switch (Better Call Saul),” Written by Thomas Schnauz; AMC

• “The Trip (This Is Us),” Written by Vera Herbert; NBC

— “The Winds of Winter (Game of Thrones),” Written for television by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss; HBO EPISODIC COMEDY

• “Kimmy Finds Her Mom! (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt),” Written by Tina Fey & Sam Means; Netflix

• “Kimmy Goes on a Playdate! (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt),” Written by Robert Carlock; Netflix

• “Pilot (One Mississippi),” Written by Diablo Cody & Tig Notaro; Amazon Studios

• “R-A-Y-C-Ray-Cation (Speechless),” Written by Carrie Rosen & Seth Kurland; ABC

• “Streets on Lock (Atlanta),” Written by Stephen Glover; FX

• “A Taste of Zephyria (Son of Zorn),” Written by Dan Mintz; Fox COMEDY / VARIETY (INCLUDING TALK) – SERIES

• “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” Writers: Dan Amira, David Angelo, Steve Bodow, Devin Delliquanti, Zach DiLanzo, Travon Free, Hallie Haglund, David Kibuuka, Matt Koff, Adam Lowitt, Dan McCoy, Lauren Sarver Means, Trevor Noah, Joe Opio, Zhubin Parang, Owen Parson, Daniel Radosh, Michelle Wolf; Comedy Central

• “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” Writers: Kevin Avery, Tim Carvell, Josh Gondelman, Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Maurer, John Oliver, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner; HBO

• “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” Writers: Jermaine Affonso, Alex Baze, Bryan Donaldson, Sal Gentile, Matt Goldich, Jenny Hagel, Allison Hord, Mike Karnell, Andrew Law, John Lutz, Aparna Nancherla, Chioke Nassor, Seth Meyers, Ian Morgan, Conner O’Malley, Seth Reiss, Amber Ruffin, Mike Scollins, Mike Shoemaker, Ben Warheit, Michelle Wolf; NBC

• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Writers: Mike Brumm, Nate Charny, Aaron Cohen, Stephen Colbert, Cullen Crawford, Paul Dinello, Eric Drysdale, Ariel Dumas, Glenn Eichler, Gabe Gronli, Barry Julien, Jay Katsir, Daniel Kibblesmith, Matt Lappin, Opus Moreschi, Tom Purcell, Jen Spyra, Brian Stack; NBC COMEDY / VARIETY – SKETCH SERIES

• “Documentary Now!,” Writers: Bill Hader, John Mulaney, Seth Meyers; IFC

• “Inside Amy Schumer,” Writers: Kim Carmele, Kyle Dunnigan, Jessi Klein, Michael Lawrence, Kurt Metzger, Christine Nangle, Claudia O’Doherty, Dan Powell, Tami Sagher, Amy Schumer; Comedy Central

• “Maya and Marty in Manhattan,” Head Writers: Mikey Day, Matt Roberts, Bryan Tucker Writers: Eli Bauman, Jeremy Beiler, Chris Belair, Hallie Cantor, David Feldman, R J Fried, Melissa Hunter, Paul Masella, Tim McAuliffe, John Mulaney, Diallo Riddle, Maya Rudolph, Bashir Salahuddin, Marika Sawyer, Streeter Seidell, Martin Short; Emily Spivey, Steve Young; NBC

• “Nathan For You,” Written by Leo Allen, Nathan Fielder, Adam Locke- Norton, Eric Notarnicola; Comedy Central

• “Saturday Night Live,” Head Writers: Rob Klein, Bryan Tucker Writers: James Anderson, Fred Armisen, Jeremy Beiler, Chris Belair, Megan Callahan, Michael Che, Mikey Day, Jim Downey, Tina Fey, Fran Gillespie, Sudi Green, Tim Herlihy, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Zach Kanin, Chris Kelly, Erik Kenward, Paul Masella, Dave McCary, Dennis McNicholas, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, Josh Patten, Paula Pell, Katie Rich, Tim Robinson, Sarah Schneider, Pete Schultz, Streeter Seidell, Dave Sirus, Emily Spivey, Andrew Steele, Will Stephen, Kent Sublette; NBC COMEDY / VARIETY – MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES – SPECIALS

• “68th Primetime Emmy Awards,” Written by Jack Allison, Tony Barbieri, Jonathan Bines, Joelle Boucai, Robert Cohen, Gary Greenberg, Josh Halloway, Sal Iacono, Eric Immerman, Jimmy Kimmel, Bess Kalb, Jeff Loveness, Jon Macks, Molly McNearney, Danny Ricker, Jeff Stilson, Joe Strazzullo, Alexis Wilkinson; ABC

• “73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards,” Written by Barry Adelman; Special Material Written by Dave Boone, Ricky Gervais, Jon Macks, Matthew Robinson; NBC

• “88th Annual Academy Awards,” Written by Dave Boone, Billy Kimball; Special Material Written by Scott Aukerman, Rodney Barnes, Neil Campbell, Matthew Claybrooks, Lance Crouther, Mike Ferrucci, Langston Kerman, Jon Macks, Steve O’Donnell, Nimesh Patel, Vanessa Ramos, Chris Rock, Frank Sebastiano, Chuck Sklar, Jeff Stilson, Michelle Wolf; CBS

• “Triumph’s Election Special,” Written by Andy Breckman, Josh Comers, David Feldman, R J Fried, Jarrett Grode, Ben Joseph, Matthew Kirsch, Michael Koman, Mike Lawrence, Brian Reich, Craig Rowin, Robert Smigel, Zach Smilovitz, Andrew Weinberg; Hulu QUIZ AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

• “Hollywood Game Night,” Head Writer: Grant Taylor; Writers: Michael Agbabian, Alex Chauvin, Ann Slichter, Dwight D. Smith; NBC

• “Jeopardy!,” Written by John Duarte, Harry Friedman, Mark Gaberman, Deborah Griffin, Michele Loud, Robert McClenaghan, Jim Rhine, Steve D. Tamerius, Billy Wisse; ABC DAYTIME DRAMA

• “General Hospital,” Writers: Shelly Altman, Anna Theresa Cascio, Andrea Archer Compton, Suzanne Flynn, Janet Iacobuzio, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Jean Passanante, Dave Rupel, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Chris Van Etten, Christopher Whitesell; ABC CHILDREN’S SCRIPT – EPISODIC AND SPECIALS

• “Girl Meets Commonism (Girl Meets World),” Written by Joshua Jacobs & Michael Jacobs; Disney Channel

• “Just Add Mom (Just Add Magic),” Written by John-Paul Nickel; Amazon Studios

• “Mel vs. The Night Mare of Normal Street (Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street),” Written by Laurie Parres; Amazon Studios

• “Mucko Polo, Grouch Explorer (Sesame Street),” Written by Belinda Ward; HBO CHILDREN’S SCRIPT – LONG FORM OR SPECIAL

• “Dance Camp,” Teleplay by Nick Turner & Rex New and Cameron Fay, Story by Nick Turner & Rex New; youtube.com

• “Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas,” Written by Geri Cole & Ken Scarborough; HBO

— “R.L. Stine’s Monsterville: Cabinet Of Souls,” Written by Billy Brown & Dan Angel; Freeform DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – CURRENT EVENTS

• “Chasing Heroin (Frontline),” written by Marcela Gaviria; PBS

• “The Choice 2016 (Frontline),” Written by Michael Kirk & Mike Wiser; PBS

• “Inside Assad’s Syria (Frontline),” Written by Martin Smith; PBS DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS

• “American Reds,” Written by Richard Wormser; WPTS Dayton

• “Jackie Robinson, Part One,” Written by David McMahon & Sarah Burns; PBS

• “Netanyahu at War (Frontline),” Written by Michael Kirk & Mike Wiser; PBS NEWS SCRIPT – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT

• “Ambush In Dallas (World News Tonight With David Muir),” Written by David Bloch, Karen Mooney, David Muir, David Schoetz; ABC News

• “Brussels Under Attack (World News Tonight With David Muir),” Written by David Bloch, Karen Mooney, David Muir, David Schoetz; ABC News

• “Muhammad Ali: Remembering A Legend (48 Hours),” Written by Jerry Cipriano, John Craig Wilson; CBS News NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY

• “CBS Sunday Morning Almanac, June 12, 2016 (CBS Sunday Morning),” Written by Thomas A. Harris; CBS RADIO NOMINEES RADIO DOCUMENTARY

• “Chernobyl: 30 Years Later,” Written by Andrew Evans; ABC News Radio


• “6:40am News, November 13, 2015,” Written by Philip Pilato; CBS Radio Network/1010 WINS

• “Legends of the Game,” Written by Thomas A. Sabella; CBS News Radio

• “Muhammad Ali: A Tribute to Greatness,” Written by Gail Lee; CBS Radio Network

• “World News This Week August 26, 2016,” Written by Tara Gimbel Tanis; ABC News Radio RADIO NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY

• “Dishin Digital on WCBS-AM,” Written by Robert Hawley; WCBS-AM Radio

• “Morley Safer: A Journalist’s Life,” Written by Gail Lee; CBS Radio Network

• “Vin Scully,” Written by Jerry Edling; CBS News Radio


• “Big Brother Over The Top Launch & NCIS: Special Agent Tony Dinozzo’s Top Moments,” Written by Erial Tompkins; CBS

• “CBS On-Air Reel,” Written by Brian Retchless; CBS On-Air Promotion

• “The Dollmaker, Halloween,” Written by Jennifer H. Kaas; NBC

• “Limitless Promos 15/16” (CBS), Written by Jessica Katzenstein; CBS On-Air Promotion


• “The Real History of Cinco de Mayo,” (Gawker Media Group), Graphic Animation by Elisa Solinas; youtube.com VIDEOGAME WRITING

• “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare,” written by Brian Bloom

• “Far Cry Primal,” Story by Jean-Sebastien Decant, Ian C. Ryan, Kevin Shortt; lead writers Ian C. Ryan, Kevin Shortt; writers Lynne Kamm, Susan Patrick

• “MR. ROBOT 1.51exfiltratiOn,” Story by Adam Hines, Kor Adana; written by Adam Hines

• “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End,” written by Neil Druckmann, Josh Scherr; additional writing by Tom Bissell, Ryan James


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