Writers Guild of America Awards

The Writers Guild of America Awards is an award for film, television, radio and video game writing, including both fiction and non-fiction categories given by the Writers Guild of America, East and Writers Guild of America, West since 1949. In 2004, the awards show was broadcast on television for the first time.


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.

Lifetime achievement awards

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

Current Categories

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


Current Awards

;Best Original Screenplay
;Best Adapted Screenplay
;Best Documentary Screenplay
;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

added in 2008
;Outstanding Achievement in Video Game Writing