Award – New “Borat” film wins script award from the US authors’ guild
Posted On March 22, 2021
A thriller full of black humor and an over-the-top political satire on the United States under Donald Trump won awards for the best scripts of the year on Sunday. Screenwriter and director Emerald Fennell received the Writers Guild Awards (WGA) for Best Original Screenplay for her debut “Promising Young Woman”. The team behind the story and screenplay of “Borat Anschluss Moviefilm” received the award for the best adapted screenplay.
The award for the best book in a documentary film was given to “The Dissident” about the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In the series categories, “The Crown” – a Netflix production about the British royal family – and the warm-hearted soccer series “Ted Lasso” won the awards for best drama and best comedy series. The screenwriters of “Ted Lasso” also received an award for the best new series, while the chess drama “The Ladies Gambit” received an award for the best adapted long format and the women’s rights series “Mrs. America” received an award for the best original long format got.
Forecasting power for the Oscar
“Promising Young Woman” and Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Borat” are also nominated for an Oscar on April 25th in the same categories. The authors’ guild has different criteria for which films are eligible than the Oscar Academy. Therefore, among others, the three Oscar favorites “Nomadland”, “The Father” and “Minari” could not be nominated.
The WGA Awards have mixed results when it comes to predicting the world’s most important film award. In recent years, scripts other than those at the Oscars have often received awards. In 2020, the same films won both awards with “Parasite” and “Jojo Rabbit”. In 2019, however, “Eighth Grade” and “Can You Ever Forgive Me” won the WGA Awards, while “BlacKkKlansman” and “The Green Book – A Special Friendship” won the Oscars. (apa / dpa)