Moonlight, Arrival bag WGAs for best screenplay

Barry Jenkins’s script for Moonlight won the Writers Guild Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Eric Heisserer’s script for science-fiction saga Arrival won for Best Adapted Screenplay at the recently concluded awards show.

The awards were announced on February 19 at concurrent ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles and the Edison Ballroom in New York.

Moonlight – a tale in three sections of a boy, teenager, and man coming of age in 1990s Miami -- topped Taylor Sheridan’s

Hell or High Water, Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, Jeff Nichols’s Loving, and Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea, reports

“This confirms a long-held suspicion of mine that you all are sci-fi nerds,” Heisserer said in his acceptance speech in Beverly Hills. FX swept the major TV awards as Atlanta won Best New Series and top comedy series and the network’s The Americans won for the drama series.

Robert Carlock won the award for Best TV Comedy Series episode for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for the ‘Kimmy Goes on a Playdate’ script. Vera Herbert won the WGA Award for Best TV Drama Series episode for ‘The Trip’ episode of NBC’s This Is Us. Triumph’s Election Special took the comedy/variety special award.

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver won the comedy/variety (including talk) series award. Saturday Night Live won the comedy/variety (including sketch) trophy.

Oliver Stone received the WGA’s Screen Laurel Award and gave a serious acceptance speech about the need to stop going to war. “I’ve fought people who practice war all my life. Never give up in your struggle for peace, decency, and telling the truth,” he concluded.