‘Severance,’ ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ Win Big at WGA Awards: Full Winners List

“Severance,” “Everything Everywhere All at Once” and “Women Talking” took home top prizes at the Writers Guild of America Awards, Hollywood’s final awards ceremony before next week’s 95th Oscars.

But the bigger message that emerged from the night was that the industry’s scribe tribe is engaged and ready to back their guild in the upcoming contract talks for a new master film and TV contract.

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“Welcome to the Writers Guild Awards and strike authorization vote,” said host Janelle James, star of “Abbott Elementary,” at the start of the Los Angeles ceremony, held at the Fairmont Century Plaza hotel. Comedian Michelle Buteau (“First Wives Club,” “The Circle”) led the New York festivities, which ran concurrently at New York’s Edison Ballroom.

In Los Angeles, the evening started with several surprise winners, including Sarah Polley taking the laurel for adapted screenplay for “Women Talking.” Polley thanked one of her early teachers who gave up trying to teach her math and agreed to “let me write stories all day.”

Polley noted that the themes of the “Women Talking” novel by Miriam Toews are similar to the issues the guild is facing in upcoming negotiations. “It is about collective action. It’s about having the hard conversations, about envisioning and taking responsibility for having the vision of a better future. That is the definition of a union.”

Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan, the co-writers of this season’s awards juggernaut “Everything Everywhere,” spoke from the heart about the importance of their offbeat, set-in-the-metaverse film being recognized by their fellow writers. “Writing is confusing and hard, and we felt so lost so often,” Scheinert said. “Thank you to our therapists.”

Kwan called on his fellow union members to get involved in behind-the-scenes preparations for potential work stoppage. He pointed to the WGA strike captain who was sitting at his table and urged members to figure out who they should know when it comes to strike captain organizing

“Every single benefit is something that has been hard fought and hard won,” Kwan said of the guild’s past successes. “The perverse incentives this industry has been boiling in is going to push against you in every single direction unless we stand together.”

The evening included fiery remarks about power in Hollywood from Charlie Kaufman, who was bestowed the guild’s Screenwriting Laurel career achievement award. WGA West president Meredith Stiehm also rallied the troops around what she called “the good sheriff” in the industry.

The writing team behind Amazon Prime Video adult animation series “Undone” were surprise winners in the animated series category, besting higher-profile competition. New series honors went to Apple TV+’s “Severance.” Writer Andrew Colville told the crowd that he would like to say that “the people on this show were like a work family – but I feel like we’ve ruined that phrase.” Later in the night, the “Severance” crew made another trip up to the podium to accept the trophy for best drama series.

The FX dramedy “The Bear” took the win for comedy series – a category decision that even the show’s scribes acknowledged was borderline given the dark material at the show’s core.

“We’ve finally answered the age-old question: Does comedy have to be funny,” said Rene Gube, a “Bear” writer who accepted for the group. “We feel so lucky to write this show. In a lot of ways it felt like we won the Lotto to be here and in a lot of ways we feel like we really earned it.”

Mike White picked up yet another trophy for his HBO dramedy “The White Lotus,” which won for limited series. He disclosed upfront that his career hasn’t always been so smooth – so much so that he has been hospitalized for mental health needs.

“It hasn’t always been like this. This is new to me,” White said. “I’m really appreciative. I love being a writer and I love living a writer’s life.”

The nod for episodic TV drama went to “Better Call Saul” veteran Thomas Schnauz for “Plan and Execution” episode of the AMC drama’s final season (“It’s been an amazing ride,” Schnauz said.)

HBO Max’s “Hacks” prevailed for episodic comedy, for “The One, The Only” installment of the Jean Smart starrer’s sophomore season, penned by creators Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs and Jen Statsky.

David Goodman, former WGA West president who is one of the leaders of the WGA’s negotiating committee, got a big laugh when he won for TV movie for Paramount+’s “Honor Society.” “I can’t believe I have to thank my agent,” Goodman said, a nod to his leadership during the guild’s successful fight with Hollywood’s top agencies that ended in early 2021 with a ban on agents taking packaging fees for assembling TV series and films.

Check out the full list of winners for the 2023 Writers Guild of America Awards below.

Original Screenplay
“Everything Everywhere All at Once”
“The Fabelmans”
“The Menu”

Adapted Screenplay
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”
“She Said”
“Top Gun: Maverick”
“Women Talking”

Documentary Screenplay
“2nd Chance”
“Downfall: The Case Against Boeing”
“Last Flight Home”
“Moonage Daydream”
“¡Viva Maestro!”

Drama Series
“Better Call Saul”
“The Crown”

Comedy Series
“Abbott Elementary”
“The Bear”
“Only Murders in the Building”

New Series
“Abbott Elementary”
“Bad Sisters”
“The Bear”

Limited Series
“The Dropout”
“Fleishman Is in Trouble”
“Pam & Tommy”
“The Staircase”
“The White Lotus”

Episodic Animation
“Girls Just Shauna Have Fun” – “The Simpsons”
“The Pain Garden” – “Tuca & Bertie”
“Pixelated and Afraid” – “The Simpsons”
“Rectify” – “Undone”
“The Sound of Bleeding Gums” – “The Simpsons”

Episodic Drama
“A Hard Way to Go” – “Ozark”
“The End of Everything” – “The Good Fight”
“Plan and Execution” – “Better Call Saul”
“The Prick” – “Bad Sisters”
“Rock and Hard Place” – Better Call Saul
“The We We Are” – Severance

Episodic Comedy
“The Beginning” – “Grace and Frankie”
“Braciole” – “The Bear”
“Private School” – “What We Do in the Shadows”
“The One, The Only” – “Hacks”
“Wide Net” – “Reservations Dogs”

Comedy/Variety Talk Series
“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”
“Hell of a Week With Charlamagne Tha God”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
“Late Night With Seth Meyers”
“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”
“The Problem With Jon Stewart”
“Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning Out the News”

Comedy/Variety Sketch Series
“Inside Amy Schumer”
“Pause With Sam Jay”
“Saturday Night Live”

Comedy/Variety Specials
“The National Memorial Day Concert”
“Stand Out: an LGBTQ+ Celebration”
“The Problem With Jon Stewart: Election Wrap-Up Special”
“Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel”

TV & New Media Motion Pictures
“Heart of the Matter”
“Honor Society”
“Ray Donovan: The Movie”
“Torn Hearts”
“Weird: The Al Yankovic Story”

Quiz and Audience Participation
“Baking It”
“Capital One College Bowl”
“Weakest Link”

Daytime Drama
“Days of Our Lives”

Children’s Episodic, Long Form and Specials
“A Perilous Journey” – “The Mysterious Benedict Society”
“Thursday” – “Life by Ella”
“Pilot” – “Amber Brown”
“Prison or Palace” – “Life by Ella”
“Test Subject Thirteen” – “Circuit Breakers”

Short Form New Media
“Carpool Karaoke: The Series”
“Three Busy Debras”

Documentary Script — Current Events
“Episode Two: Resilience” – “Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness,” PBS
“Inside the Alleged Sexual Assault Cover Up in Charlotte Schools” – “Vice News Tonight”
“Lies, Politics and Democracy” – “Frontline”

Documentary Script — Other Than Current Events
“Episode Two: An American (1775-1790)” – “Benjamin Franklin,” PBS
“Episode One: The Golden Door (Beginnings-1938)” – “The U.S. and the Holocaust,” PBS
“Lucy and Desi”
“Ocean Invaders” – “Nova”
“Pelosi’s Power” – “Frontline”
“Plague at the Golden Gate” – “American Experience,” PBS

News Script — Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin, or Breaking Report
“Massacre in Buffalo” – “CBS Weekend News”
“Shooting at Robb Elementary” – “World News Tonight With David Muir”
“Special Edition: From the Ukraine Border” – “World News Tonight With David Muir”
“The Water Crisis in Jackson, Mississippi” – “CBS Evening News With Norah O’Donnell”

News Script — Analysis, Feature, or Commentary
“Battle for Ukraine” – “20/20”
“City of Lions” – “60 Minutes”
“The Green Jacket – Golf’s Ultimate Prize” – “CBS Saturday Morning”
“Harvest of War” – “60 Minutes”
“The Longest Running Oil Spill” – “60 Minutes”
“Targeting Americans” – “60 Minutes”

Digital News
“America’s Only LGBTQ Historic District Is Falling Apart,” Vice
“How Oregon’s Prison System Retaliated Against Its Most Effective Jailhouse Lawyer,” HuffPost
“I Spent 72 Depraved Hours Searching for the Gnarliest Dive Bar in Las Vegas,” Vice
“The Most Unexpected Consequence of the Texas Abortion Ban,” Slate
“What’s So Scary About a Transgender Child,” Vox

Radio/Audio Documentary
“Dr. GIFT” – “One Year: 1995”
“Like a Lion with No Teeth” – “Crime Show”
“Making Sense: How Sound Becomes Hearing” – “Unexplainable”
“The Most Famous Poet No One Remembers” – “Decoder Ring”
“No Peace” – “Slow Burn: The L.A. Riots”
“The Ultimate Field Trip” – “One Year: 1986”
“The War in Jennifer Weiss” – “Crime Show”

Radio/Audio News Script — Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin or Breaking Report
“CBS World News Roundup”
“Hail And Farewell: Saluting 5 Who Made a Difference,” CBS Radio
“Newsline – 11am 9/9/22,” CBS Radio
“World News This Week – Week of September 9, 2022,” ABC Radio
“World News This Year 2021,” ABC News Radio

Radio/Audio News Script — Analysis, Feature or Commentary
“2021 Law and Justice Year End Reports” – ABC News Radio
“Was the Women’s March Successful?” – “The Waves”
“WCBS Author Talks Summer Reads” – WCBS Radio
“What I Wish I Knew Before I Started IVF” – “The Waves”
“You Will Be Found: The Impact of Dear Evan Hansen” – (“Somalia Suffering From Starvation” – “Perspective”ABC Audio

On-Air Promotion
“Amazon Bessemer Campaign: This Time I’m Voting Yes; Union Difference; Union Yes,” Facebook
“CBS Celebrates Juneteenth,” CBS News

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