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In keeping with the current mood of Hollywood’s creative community, the 2018 Writers Guild of America West Awards was largely focused on rewarding projects that flexed the power of using a voice to either shed light and understanding on subjects too long dismissed, ignored or marginalized, or to critique, satirize or allegorize unjust social conditions or political agendas.
The proudly defiant sentiment resulted in big wins for perspective-rich projects such as Get Out (original screenplay) Call Me by Your Name (adapted screenplay), The Handmaid’s Tale (drama series and new series), Veep (comedy series), Flint (original longform program), Big Little Lies (adapted longform Program), Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (comedy/variety talk series) and Saturday Night Live (comedy/variety sketch series)
Along the way, there was plenty of both playful and pointed jabs at the rapidly changing entertainment industry itself, beginning with L.A. host Patton Oswalt’s opening line to the assembled screenwriters, producers, directors and actors in the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s International Ballroom, in a nod to the current wave of corporate mega-consolidation: “Good evening, fellow Disney employees.” (The WGA Awards were handed out Sunday night at simultaneous ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles.) …