73rd Writers Guild of America Awards

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73rd WGA Awards
DateMarch 21, 2021
Organized byWriters Guild of America, East and the Writers Guild of America West

The 73rd Writers Guild of America Awards honored the best writing in film, television and radio of 2020. Nominees for television and radio were announced on February 3, 2021,[1][2] while nominees for film were announced on February 16, 2021. The winners were announced in a virtual ceremony on March 21, 2021.

Winners and Nominees


Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Documentary Screenplay


Drama Series
Comedy Series
New Series
  • Ted Lasso (Apple TV+) – Jane Becker, Leann Bowen, Brett Goldstein, Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly, Bill Lawrence, Jamie Lee, Jason Sudeikis, Phoebe Walsh, Bill Wrubel
    • Dave (FX) – Dave Burd, Vanessa McGee, Saladin Patterson, Luvh Rakhe, Alex Russell, Jeff Schaffer, Max Searle, Yamara Taylor
    • The Flight Attendant (HBO Max) – Kara Lee Corthron, Michael Foley, Ryan Jennifer Jones, Ticona S. Joy, Meredith Lavender, Jess Meyer, Daniele Nathanson, Marcie Ulin, Ian Weinreich, Steve Yockey
    • The Great (Hulu) – Vanessa Alexander, Tony McNamara, Tess Morris, Amelia Roper, Gretel Vella, James Wood
    • Lovecraft Country (HBO) – Misha Green, Shannon Houston, Jonathan Kidd, Kevin Lau, Ihuoma Ofordire, Wes Taylor, Sonya Winton
Long Form – Original
Long Form – Adapted
Short Form New Media – Original
Episodic Drama
Episodic Comedy
Comedy/Variety – Talk Series
Comedy/Variety – Specials
  • Stephen Colbert's Election Night 2020: Democracy's Last Stand: Building Back America Great Again Better 2020 (Showtime) – Head Writers: Ariel Dumas, Jay Katsir Writers: Delmonte Bent, Michael Brumm, River Clegg, Aaron Cohen, Stephen T. Colbert, Nicole Conlan, Paul Dinello, Glenn Eichler, Django Gold, Gabe Gronli, Barry Julien, Michael Cruz Kayne, Eliana Kwartler, Matt Lappin, Felipe Torres Medina, Opus Moreschi, Asher Perlman, Tom Purcell, Kate Sidley, Brian Stack, John Thibodeaux, Steve Waltien
Comedy/Variety – Sketch Series
Quiz and Audience Participation
  • Weakest Link (NBC) – Head Writer: Ann Slichter Writers: Chip Dornell, Paul Greenberg, Joyce Ikemi, Stuart Krasnow, Jon Macks, Mona Mira, Scott Saltzburg, Aaron Solomon, Chris Sturgeon, Grant Taylor
    • Hollywood Game Night (NBC) – Head Writers: Ann Slichter, Grant Taylor Writers: Michael Agbabian, Allie Kokesh, Dwight D. Smith
    • Jeopardy! (ABC) – Writers: Matthew Caruso, John Duarte, Harry Friedman, Mark Gaberman, Debbie Griffin, Michele Loud, Robert McClenaghan, Jim Rhine, Billy Wisse
    • Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Celebrity Season (Disney/ABC Syndication) – Head Writer: Bobby Patton Writers: Alan Bailey, Josh Halloway, Seth Harrington, Shawn Kennedy
Daytime Drama
  • Days of Our Lives (NBC) – Head Writer: Ron Carlivati; Writers: Lorraine Broderick, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, David Kreizman, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock, Elizabeth Snyder
    • General Hospital (ABC) – Head Writers: Dan O'Connor, Christopher Van Etten; Associate Head Writer: Anna Theresa Cascio; Writers: Barbara Bloom, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, David Rupel, Lisa Seidman, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles


Children's Script – Episodic, Long form and Specials
  • "The Sleepover" (Netflix) – Written by Sarah Rothschild
    • "Countdown" – The Astronauts (Nickelodeon) – Written by Dan Knauf
    • "Mo Willems And The Storytime All Stars Present: Don't Let The Pigeon Do Storytime" (HBO Max) – Written by Mo Willems, Based on the children's books and published by Hyperion: Leonard the Terrible Monster; Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale; A Busy Creature's Day Eating!; Elephant and Piggy's Waiting is Not Easy!; and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
    • "The Not Too Late Show with Elmo" (HBO Max) – Writers: Geri Cole, Scott Gray, Benjamin Lehmann, Wendy Marston, Andrew Moriarty, Ken Scarborough, Moujan Zolfaghari
    • "The Power of We: A Sesame Street Special" (HBO Max) – Written by Geri Cole
    • "Speaking of Cancer" – Alexa and Katie (Netflix) – Written by Leo Chu & Eric S. Garcia & Julia Miranda


Documentary Script – Current Events
Documentary Script – Other than Current Events
  • "Opioids, Inc." – Frontline (PBS) – Written by Tom Jennings
    • "The Poison Squad" – American Experience (PBS) – Written by John Maggio
    • "The Violence Paradox" – Nova (PBS) – Written by Michael Bicks and Anna Lee Strachan


News Script – Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin, or Breaking Report
  • "Anger in America" – World News Tonight with David Muir (ABC News) – Written by Dave Bloch, David Muir, Karen Mooney, David Schoetz
    • "Critical Condition" – 60 Minutes (CBS News) – Written by Katie Kerbstat Jacobson, Scott Pelley, Nicole Young
    • "Gale Sayers Obit" (WCBS-TV) – Written by Joe McLaughlin
    • "The Wild West of Covid Testing" – 60 Minutes (CBS News) – Written by Sharyn Alfonsi, Oriana Zill de Granados
News Script – Analysis, Feature, or Commentary
  • "Juneteenth: A Celebration of Overcoming" (ABC News) – Written by Dave Bloch
    • "Exhume the Truth" – 60 Minutes (CBS News) – Written by Katie Kerbstat Jacobson, Scott Pelley, Nicole Young
    • "The African Basketball Trail" – 60 Minutes (CBS News) – Written by Oriana Zill de Granados
Digital News
  • "The Store That Called the Cops on George Floyd" (Slate.com) – Written by Aymann Ismail
    • "Pornhub Doesn't Care" (Vice.com) – Written by Samantha Cole and Emanuel Maiberg
    • "This Week Has Happened Before" (Slate.com) – Written by Julia Craven
    • "Why Did the Government Separate This Family?" (Slate.com) – Written by Jeremy Stahl


Radio News Script – Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin, or Breaking Report
  • "Changemakers: Leaders Who Made a Difference" (CBS News Radio) – Written by Gail Lee
    • "CBS News on the Hour with Norah O'Donnell, March 10, 2020″ (CBS News Radio) – Written by James Hutton
    • "World News This Week, November 13, 2020″ (ABC News Radio/WNTW Podcasts) – Written by Joan Harris
Radio News Script – Analysis, Feature, or Commentary
  • "Against Those Thugs: Delores Tucker and Bill Bennett" (Slow Burn) (Slate Podcasts) – Written by Joel Anderson, Christopher Johnson
    • "The Gist: Spiel, April 3, 2020″ (Slate Podcasts) – Written by Mike Pesca
    • "Instrument of Hope" (ABC News Radio) – Written by Christopher Barry

Promotional writing

On-Air Promotion – Television or Radio
  • "Get Out The Vote – Check Out Those Moves" (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube) – Written by Meghana Reddy and Angad Bhalla
    • "Can You See It?" (Facebook) – Written by Meghana Reddy and Angad Bhalla
    • "Launch Trailers" (CBS All Access) – Written by Molly Neylan


  1. ^ Hipes, Patrick (February 3, 2021). "WGA Awards TV Nominations: 'Better Call Saul', 'Ted Lasso' & 'The Great' Lead Way". Deadline. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  2. ^ Lewis, Hillary (February 3, 2021). "WGA Awards: 'Better Call Saul' Scores Leading 5 Noms as TV, New Media, News Categories Unveiled". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 4, 2021.

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