'Atlanta', 'Moonlight' and 'The Americans' Among Winners of 2017 Writers Guild Awards

The FX comedy picks up two awards, while the Barry Jenkins-directed pic, the spy drama series, 'Arrival' and 'The People vs. O.J. Simpson' land a nod each.

AceShowbiz - As it's getting closer to the Academy Awards, the Writers Guild of America handed out the awards for the best in writing at its annual ceremony on Sunday, February 19. The winners were announced simultaneously at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills and New York City's Edison Ballroom, with %cPatton Oswalt% and %cLewis Black% as the hosts.

Following its big win at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards in January, "Atlanta" took home two prizes at the WGA Awards in New Series and Comedy Series categories. Other triumphant TV shows were "The Americans", "The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story", "BoJack Horseman", "This Is Us", "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" and "Saturday Night Live".

Not surprisingly, "Moonlight" also continued its winning streak by taking home Original Screenplay gong for screenwriter Barry Jenkins. "Arrival", written by Eric Heisserer based on Ted Chiang's "Story of Your Life", won the Adapted Screenplay prize.

L.A. host Patton Oswalt got political when hosting the show as he said, "People here tonight are angry about two things - that 'Deadpool' is nominated for Best Screenplay and that Trump is President. %cDonald Trump%, I want to be very careful about making jokes about. I don't want to be kicked to death tonight by %cJames Woods%."

He continued, "I feel bad for Trump. Here's what happened: They had the [White House] Correspondents' Dinner, Obama went up and made fun of Donald, and Donald said, 'I'm taking his job.' Now he's sitting there saying: 'This job sucks! My life before this was amazing!' ... Donald Trump taking Obama's job would be like if the head of linguistics at Rutgers made fun of David Lee Roth ... and he said, 'I'm the head of linguistics at Rutgers. Bring on the hookers and cocaine!' "

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY "Moonlight", Screenplay by Barry Jenkins, Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney; A24

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY "Arrival", Screenplay by Eric Heisserer; Based on the Story "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang; Paramount Pictures

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY "Command and Control", Telescript by Robert Kenner & Eric Schlosser, Story by Brian Pearle and Kim Roberts; Based on the book "Command and Control" by Eric Schlosser; American Experience Films

DRAMA SERIES "The Americans", Written by Peter Ackerman, Tanya Barfield, Joshua Brand, Joel Fields, Stephen Schiff, Joe Weisberg, Tracey Scott Wilson; FX

COMEDY SERIES "Atlanta", Written by %cDonald Glover%, Stephen Glover, Jamal Olori, Stefani Robinson, Paul Simms; FX

NEW SERIES "Atlanta", Written by %cDonald Glover%, Stephen Glover, Jamal Olori, Stefani Robinson, Paul Simms; FX

ORIGINAL LONG FORM "Confirmation", Written by Susannah Grant; HBO

ADAPTED LONG FORM "The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story", 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

ORIGINAL SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA "The Party" ("The Commute"), Written by Linsey Stewart & Dane Clark; youtube.com

ADAPTED SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA "Part 4" ("Fear the Walking Dead: Passage"), Written by Lauren Signorino & Mike Zunic; amc.com

ANIMATION "Stop the Presses" ("BoJack Horseman"), Written by Joe Lawson; Netflix

EPISODIC DRAMA "The Trip" ("This Is Us"), Written by Vera Herbert; NBC

EPISODIC COMEDY "Kimmy Goes on a Playdate!" ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"), Written by Robert Carlock; Netflix

COMEDY / VARIETY TALK SERIES "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver", Writers: Kevin Avery, Tim Carvell, Josh Gondelman, Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Maurer, %cJohn Oliver%, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner; HBO

COMEDY / VARIETY SKETCH SERIES "Saturday Night Live", Head Writers: Rob Klein, Bryan Tucker Writers: James Anderson, %cFred Armisen%, Jeremy Beiler, Chris Belair, Megan Callahan, Michael Che, %cMikey Day%, Jim Downey, %cTina Fey%, Fran Gillespie, Sudi Green, Tim Herlihy, Steve Higgins, %cColin Jost%, Zach Kanin, Chris Kelly, Erik Kenward, Paul Masella, Dave McCary, Dennis McNicholas, %cSeth 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 SPECIALS "Triumph The Primary Election Special 2016", Written by Andy Breckman, Josh Comers, Raj Desai, David Feldman, R J Fried, Jarrett Grode, Ben Joseph, Matthew Kirsch, Michael Koman, Mike Lawrence, Brian Reich, Craig Rowin, Robert Smigel, Zach Smilovitz, David Taylor, Andrew Weinberg; Additional Materials by Ray James, Jesse Joyce, Jason Reich, Alex Scordelis; Hulu

QUIZ AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION "Hollywood Game Night", Head Writer: Grant Taylor; Writers: Michael Agbabian, Alex Chauvin, Ann Slichter, Dwight D. Smith; NBC

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 EPISODIC "Mel vs. The Night Mare of Normal Street" ("Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street"), Written by Laurie Parres; Amazon Studios

CHILDREN'S LONG FORM "Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas", Written by Geri Cole & Ken Scarborough; HBO

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT - CURRENT EVENTS - TIE "The Choice 2016" (Frontline); Written by Michael Kirk & Mike Wiser; PBS (TIE) "Inside Assad's Syria" (Frontline), Written by Martin Smith; PBS (TIE)

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT - OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS "Jackie Robinson, Part One," Written by David McMahon & Sarah Burns; PBS

TV NEWS SCRIPT - REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT "%cMuhammad Ali%: Remembering a Legend" (48 Hours), Written by Jerry Cipriano, John Craig Wilson; CBS News

TV NEWS SCRIPT - ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY "CBS Sunday Morning Almanac" June 12, 2016 (CBS Sunday Morning), Written by Thomas A. Harris; CBS

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