Writers Guild of America Awards

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Writers Guild Awards
Current: 76th Writers Guild of America Awards
The trophy
Awarded forWriting achievements in film and other media
CountryUnited States
Presented by
First awarded1949; 75 years ago (1949)

The Writers Guild of America Awards is an award for film, television, and radio writing including both fiction and non-fiction categories given by the Writers Guild of America, East and Writers Guild of America West since 1949.


The screen awards are for films that were exhibited theatrically during the preceding calendar year. The television awards are for series that were produced and aired between December 1 and November 30, regardless of how many episodes aired during this time period.

Additionally, scripts must be produced under the jurisdiction of the WGA or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.[1]

Lifetime achievement awards[edit]

Each year at the awards, two lifetime achievement awards are presented. One is for screenwriting, and the other is for TV writing:


(As of 2023)


In 2004, the awards show was broadcast on television for the first time.

In the years 2008 through 2018, the awards also included video game writing.

Discontinued categories[edit]



A * denotes a film that also went on to win an Academy Award.


Current awards[edit]

Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Documentary Screenplay

Discontinued categories[edit]

Best Written Drama
Best Original Drama
Best Adapted Drama
Best Written Comedy
Best Original Comedy
Best Adapted Comedy
Best Written Musical
Best Written Film Concerning Problems with the American Scene
Best Written Western


Video games[edit]

The video game category was first added in 2008, but discontinued after the 2019 awards.[2][3]

Outstanding Achievement in Video Game Writing

See also[edit]


  1. ^ McNary, Dave (December 3, 2013). "'12 Years a Slave,' 'Fruitvale Station' Excluded From WGA Awards". Variety. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  2. ^ "Videogame Writers Caucus". www.wga.org. Retrieved 2021-03-27.
  3. ^ Blake, Vikki (October 6, 2019). "The Writers Guild of America drops games writing category from its 2020 awards". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2021-03-27.

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