‘Borat,’ ‘Promising Younger Girl’ win at Writers Guild Awards

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NEW YORK (AP) — Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” was partly improvised and scripted by 9 writers, but it surely nonetheless walked away Sunday evening with one of many Writers Guild Awards’ prime honors, finest tailored screenplay.

On the guild’s digital, pre-recorded 73rd annual awards, the largest winners have been a pair of awards-season darkish horses. Finest authentic screenplay went to the script for the feminist revenge thriller “Promising Younger Girl,” by writer-director Emerald Fennell. The movie, which is nominated for 5 Oscars together with finest image, triumphed over Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” together with “Sound of Metallic,” “Judas and the Black Messiah” and “Palm Springs.”

The “Borat” sequel win came to visit “Ma Rainey’s Black Backside,” “Information of the World,” “One Evening in Miami” and “The White Tiger.” As a result of guild rules, a number of of this 12 months’s best-picture nominees on the Academy Awardsweren’t nominated, together with “Mank,” “Nomadland,” “Minari” and “The Father.”

Baron Cohen and his fellow eight credited writers for the movie’s screenplay and story accepted the award by Zoom.

“Thanks for this unbelievable award, although I can’t assist pondering we received it as a result of 60% of the Writers Guild labored on this film,” mentioned Baron Cohen. “A movie like that is extraordinarily arduous to jot down partly as a result of it stars actual individuals whose conduct is totally unpredictable. Nicely, aside from Rudy Giuliani who did all the things we hoped for.”

Kal Penn hosted the present, streamed privately for invitees, from his lounge. He started wearing a tuxedo and resulted in his pajamas.

Finest documentary screenplay went to the Jamal Khashoggi documentary “The Dissident,” written by director Bryan Fogel and Mark Monroe. The movie, which streaming companies have been too timid to accumulate, Fogel has argued, missed out on an Oscar nomination.

Different awards included “Ted Lasso” for comedy collection; “The Crown” for drama collection; “The Nice” for episodic comedy; and “Ozark” for episodic drama.

The guild’s awards got here after the conclusion of a two-year battle with expertise companies over potential conflicts of curiosity as representatives of movie and TV writers. Final month, WME grew to become the ultimate huge company to signal the guild’s settlement over an business observe often called “packaging.”

“Our company marketing campaign has made us true companions once more with our company representatives,” mentioned David Goodman, president of the WGA West.

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