The Writers Guild Honors Promising Young Woman And, For Some Unfathomable Reason, Borat


The Writers Guild of America has announced their picks for the best written films and TV shows of 2020.  Below are the three film awards.  I’m happy to see Promising Young Woman won for Best Original Screenplay.  As for Borat winning for Best Adapted Screenplay …. yeah, okay.  The WGA can honor whoever they want but just don’t pretend like Borat won for any reason other than the whole Rudy Guiliani thing.  (Does it really take a lot of effort and skill to make Rudy Guiliani look foolish?)  That Borat beat both One Night In Miami and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is embarrassing.

Anyway, here’s the winners:

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Judas and the Black Messiah – Screenplay by Will Berson & Shaka King, Story by Will Berson & Shaka King and Kenny Lucas & Keith Lucas (Warner Bros.)
Palm Springs – Screenplay by Andy Siara, Story by Andy Siara & Max Barbakow (Hulu)
Promising Young Woman – Written by Emerald Fennell (Focus Features)
Sound of Metal – Screenplay by Darius Marder & Abraham Marder, Story by Darius Marder & Derek Cianfrance (Amazon Studios)
The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Written by Aaron Sorkin (Netflix)

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm – Screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Swimer & Peter Baynham & Erica Rivinoja & Dan Mazer & Jena Friedman & Lee Kern, Story by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Swimer & Nina Pedrad, Based on Characters Created by Sacha Baron Cohen (Amazon Studios)
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – Screenplay by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Based on the Play Written by August Wilson; (Netflix)
News of the World – Screenplay by Paul Greengrass and Luke Davies, Based upon the Novel by Paulette Jiles (Universal Pictures)
One Night in Miami – Screenplay by Kemp Powers, Based on the Stage Play “One Night in Miami” by Kemp Powers (Amazon Studios)
The White Tiger – Screenplay by Ramin Bahrani, Based on the Book “The White Tiger” by Aravind Adiga (Netflix)

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY
All In: The Fight for Democracy – Written by Jack Youngelson (Amazon Studios)
The Dissident – Written by Mark Monroe and Bryan Fogel (Briarcliff Entertainment)
Herb Alpert Is… – Written by John Scheinfeld (Abramorama)
Red Penguins – Written by Gabe Polsky (Universal Pictures)
Totally Under Control – Written by Alex Gibney (Neon)

3 responses to “The Writers Guild Honors Promising Young Woman And, For Some Unfathomable Reason, Borat

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  2. Just to argue the toss about it, I can see why Borat 2 would win; it’s packed with comic invention, but also relates directly to modern times, something few awards films do. While the intention is to look improvised and spontaneous, there’s lots of creative lines and well-developed characters. Sure, the Guliani stuff is the big draw, but I was impressed by the way this film was put-together to build up to such an accessible, news-friendly coup.

    Promising Young Woman was the best written film I’ve seen for a while, but both One Night and Ma Rainey betray their theatrical origins, and that weakens their cases….

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