WGA Awards: 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' and 'Eighth Grade' Among Film Winners

3:22 PM 2/17/2019

by Scott Huver and Hilary Lewis

'Barry' went home with two awards, while 'The Americans,' 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,' 'Homeland' and 'The Simpsons' also were among the TV winners.

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It was a big night at the Writers Guild of America Awards for the films Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Eighth Grade, the television series Barry, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Americans and The Assassination of Gianni Versace; and, though he wasn't nominated in any category, actor-director Ron Howard.

With a week remaining before the Academy Awards signal the end of the awards season, Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty claimed the WGA's trophy for adapted screenplay for Can You Ever Forgive Me?, based on the memoir of the dissembling author Lee Israel, while writer-director Bo Burnham's middle school dramedy Eighth Grade took the honors for original screenplay.

Television trophies went to a string of series that have been frequently honored over the past several months, including FX's spy family drama The Americans, earning the drama series honor for its final season; Amazon's retro darling The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for comedy series; FX's true-crime limited series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story for adapted longform series; and Hulu's Stephen King-inspired thriller Castle Rock for original longform series. Also faring well was HBO's hitman comedy Barry, garnering both the new series and episodic comedy trophies.

As Chelsea Peretti took the podium to host the West Coast ceremony, she started with the kind of knowing self-deprecation Hollywood scribes have become known for, characterizing the gala as having, she offered, "all the glitz and glamour of the Oscars without the pressure of public interest."

"I've been going to so many Hollywood parties, it's refreshing to just look out and remember what regular people look like," Peretti quipped. Indeed, even the evening's biggest winners lived up to the writers' slightly left-of-the-limelight reputation, with a litany of honorees, including Bill Hader to Adam McKay, offering worshipful onstage shout-outs to Howard, who sat stage-side in L.A. awaiting his turn to pay tribute to his frequent screenwriting duo Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel (Happy Days, Night Shift, Splash, Parenthood, as well as films like A League of Their Own and City Slickers), who received the Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement.

"That's been very, very flattering, I have to admit," said Howard when he finally took the stage, likening the experience to seeing the many A-list actors caught on camera in the Academy Awards audience."[But] this is the WGA — you get Ron Howard."

In addition to Ganz and Mandel, the West Coast edition of the awards' other distinctive honorees included writer-director McKay, who received the Paul Selvin Award for his satirical but socially relevant work on Vice; French filmmaker Agnès Varda, who received the Jean Renoir Award for International Screenwriting Achievement; Joan Meyerson, the writer regularly behind the PBS' annually televised National Memorial Day Concert, who received the Morgan Cox Award for her guild service; and showrunner Jenji Kohan, who received the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement for her game-changing work on series including Weeds, Orange Is the New Black and GLOW.

WGAW president David Goodman addressed the audience midway through the L.A. ceremony, noting that "50 percent" of the WGAW board are women, and acknowledged the #MeToo movement, saying: "Our cynicism should temper our hope, but not replace it."

In New York, host Roy Wood Jr. (The Daily Show With Trevor Noah) opened his monologue by introducing himself in an industry-friendly way, joking that he was "hired as a package deal with the caterer and the DJ. We have the same agent. Don't you just love packaging?"

With that, he segued into the WGA's negotiations with Association of Talent Agents and jokingly urged the guild to follow President Trump's lead in negotiating.

"There's a great book that I want to recommend to you. It's called The Art of the Deal. A brilliant author, an amazing author," he joked. "I want you to negotiate with the agents the same way our government has negotiated recently with the Democrats. I want you to stand your ground on the funding you need. If you don't get the funding you need, then you shut down all work, and then return to work and agree to a deal that gets you less money than you would've gotten had you not stopped working in the first place."

He also poked fun at recent political missteps, quipping that the WGA "knew by hiring me there'd be no blackface scandal." And he took aim at Netflix (which "connects storytellers with who knows how many people. Seriously who knows? Netflix wont tell us the ratings"), Amazon ("didn't just cancel shows, they canceled Long Island City") and nominees like If Beale Street Could Talk, Green Book ("about the first racist Uber driver"), A Quiet Place and the man who directed and starred in the final film, John Krasinski.

Marveling at Krasinski's ability to be "funny on The Office, scary in A Quiet Place and sexy in Jack Ryan," Wood Jr. said such a "rare" trifecta should be called a "Krasinski," which he argued "makes an EGOT look like a participation trophy."

Later, Julianna Margulies detailed her 25-year friendship with Tom Fontana as she presented the Oz creator with the Ian McLellan Hunter award for career achievement. Margulies explained that she marveled at his reported 35 Emmy nominations, with Fontana telling her that couldn't confirm that number because he'd lost count. She revealed that he went to bat for her when, prior to ER, she appeared in a pilot for him that prompted ABC to claim that he couldn't cast her as an American nurse. And she recounted how one Sunday morning while working 70-hour weeks for ER, she sat through mass waiting for him to arrive to present him with another award.

Also in New York, Black List founder Franklin Leonard received the Evelyn F. Burkey award, presented by former Focus Features chief James Schamus.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter before the ceremony, Leonard indicated he was truly grateful for the recognition.

"I've always thought of it as the biggest honor of my career to support writers, so to have them think that I have been helpful is definitely the greatest honor of my life," he told THR. "It feels a bit like a dream."

He echoed these same thoughts about appreciating that he'd been helpful to writers onstage — accepting the award after Schamus' introduction and a video tribute featuring JJ Abrams, Chris Terrio and Lena Waithe — and urged the assembled writers to "do more."

"I ask you to tell the stories of people whose stories have not yet been told: The women, the people of color, the poor, the gay, the trans, the people who are all of the above. Find other writers who can and will do so and give them what they need to have so that they can be in this room nominated for the awards that you're nominated for and winning the awards you're receiving tonight," Leonard told the audience. "It is good for business. It is good for the culture and it is good for the world. You writers are the only ones who can. Whatever happens, I and the Black List will be here to help."

A full list of winners follows.

  • Original Screenplay

    Eighth Grade (WINNER)
    Written by Bo Burnham

    Green Book
    Written by Nick Vallelonga & Brian Currie & Peter Farrelly
    Universal Pictures
    A Quiet Place
    Screenplay by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski, Story by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck
    Paramount Pictures
    Written by Alfonso Cuarón
    Written by Adam McKay
    Annapurna Pictures

  • Adapted Screenplay

    Can You Ever Forgive Me? (WINNER)
    Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, Based on the book by Lee Israel
    Fox Searchlight

    Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee, Based on the book by Ron Stallworth
    Focus Features
    Black Panther
    Written by Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole, Based on the Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
    Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
    If Beale Street Could Talk
    Screenplay by Barry Jenkins, Based on the novel by James Baldwin
    Annapurna Pictures
    A Star Is Born
    Screenplay by Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters, Based on the 1954 screenplay by Moss Hart and the 1976 screenplay by John Gregory Dunne & Joan Didion and Frank Pierson, Based on a story by William Wellman and Robert Carson
    Warner Bros.

  • Documentary Screenplay

    Bathtubs Over Broadway (WINNER)
    Written by Ozzy Inguanzo & Dava Whisenant
    Focus Features

    Fahrenheit 11/9
    Written by Michael Moore
    Briarcliff Entertainment
    Generation Wealth
    Written by Lauren Greenfield; Amazon Studios
    In Search of Greatness

    Written by Gabe Polsky; Art of Sport

  • Drama Series

    The Americans (WINNER)
    Written by Peter Ackerman, Hilary Bettis, Joshua Brand, Joel Fields, Sarah Nolen, Stephen Schiff, Justin Weinberger, Joe Weisberg, Tracey Scott Wilson
    FX Networks

    Better Call Saul
    Written by Ann Cherkis, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, Heather Marion, Bob Odenkirk, Thomas Schnauz, Gordon Smith, Alison Tatlock

    The Crown
    Written by Tom Edge, Amy Jenkins, Peter Morgan

    The Handmaid’s Tale
    Written by Yahlin Chang, Nina Fiore, Dorothy Fortenberry, John Herrera, Lynn Renee Maxcy, Bruce Miller, Kira Snyder, Eric Tuchman

    Written by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Jon Brown, Jonathan Glatzer, Anna Jordan, Lucy Prebble, Georgia Pritchett, Tony Roche, Susan Soon He Stanton, Daniel Zelman

  • Comedy Series

    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (WINNER)
    Written by Kate Fodor, Noah Gardenswartz, Jen Kirkman, Sheila Lawrence, Daniel Palladino, Amy Sherman Palladino
    Prime Video

    Written by Ibra Ake, Donald Glover, Stephen Glover, Taofik Kolade, Jamal Olori, Stefani Robinson, Paul Simms
    FX Networks

    Written by Alec Berg, Duffy Boudreau, Bill Hader, Emily Heller, Liz Sarnoff, Ben Smith, Sarah Solemani

    Written by Liz Flahive, Tara Herrmann, Nick Jones, Jenji Kohan, Carly Mensch, Marquita Robinson, Kim Rosenstock, Sascha Rothchild, Rachel Shukert

    The Good Place
    Written by Megan Amram, Christopher Encell, Kate Gersten, Cord Jefferson, Andrew Law, Joe Mande, Kassia Miller, Dylan Morgan, Matt Murray, Rae Sanni, Daniel Schofield, Michael Schur, Josh Siegal, Jen Statsky, Tyler Staessle

  • New Series

    Barry (WINNER)
    Written by Alec Berg, Duffy Boudreau, Bill Hader, Emily Heller, Liz Sarnoff, Ben Smith, Sarah Solemani

    The Haunting of Hill House
    Written by Meredith Averill, Charise Castro Smith, Mike Flanagan, Jeff Howard, Rebecca Leigh Klingel, Scott Kosar, Liz Phang

    Written by Micah Bloomberg, Cami Delavigne, Eli Horowitz, Shannon Houston, Eric Simonson, David Wiener
    Prime Video

    Written by Steven Canals, Brad Falchuk, Todd Kubrak, Janet Mock, Ryan Murphy, Our Lady J
    FX Networks

    Written by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Jon Brown, Jonathan Glatzer, Anna Jordan, Lucy Prebble, Georgia Pritchett, Tony Roche, Susan Soon He Stanton, Daniel Zelman

  • Longform - Original

    Castle Rock (WINNER)
    Writers: Marc Bernardin, Scott Brown, Lila Byock, Mark Lafferty, Sam Shaw, Dustin Thomason, Gina Welch, Vinnie Wilhelm

    My Dinner With Herve
    Teleplay by Sacha Gervasi, Story by Sacha Gervasi & Sean Macaulay

    Written by Debora Cahn and John C. Richards

  • Longform - Adapted

    The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (WINNER)
    Writers: Maggie Cohn, Tom Rob Smith, Based on the book Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth
    FX Networks

    The Looming Tower
    Writers: Bash Doran, Dan Futterman, Alex Gibney, Shannon Houston, Adam Rapp, Ali Selim, Lawrence Wright, Based on the book The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright

    Writers: Nick Cuse, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Amelia Gray, Danielle Henderson, Mauricio Katz, Patrick Somerville, Caroline Williams, Based on the Norwegian television series Maniac by Espen PA Lervaag, Håakon Bast Mossige, Kjetil Indregard and Ole Marius Araldsen

    Sharp Objects
    Writers: Ariella Blejer, Scott Brown, Vince Calandra, Gillian Flynn, Dawn Kamoche, Alex Metcalf, Marti Noxon, Based upon the book written by Gillian Flynn

  • Shortform New Media - Original

    Class of Lies (WINNER)
    Written by Tessa Leigh Williams

    After Forever
    Written by Michael Slade & Kevin Spirtas

    Love Daily
    Written by: Lauren Ciaravalli, Andrew Eisen, Aaron Eisenberg, Will Eisenberg, Alexis Jacknow, Nathaniel Katzman, Yulin Kuang, Nathan Larkin-Connolly, Alexis Roblan, Bennet D. Silverman, Ryan Wood

    West 40s
    Written by Mark Sam Rosenthal & Brian Sloan

  • Shortform New Media - Adapted

    The Walking Dead: Red Machete (WINNER)
    Written by Nick Bernardone

  • Animation

    "Bart’s Not Dead" (The Simpsons) (WINNER)
    Written by Stephanie Gillis

    "Boywatch" (Bob’s Burgers)
    Written by Rich Rinaldi

    "Just One of the Boyz 4 Now for Now" (Bob’s Burgers)
    Written by Lizzie Molyneux & Wendy Molyneux

    "Krusty the Clown" (The Simpsons)
    Written by Ryan Koh

    "Mo Mommy Mo Problems" (Bob’s Burgers)
    Written by Steven Davis

    "Send in Stewie, Please" (Family Guy)
    Written by Gary Janetti

  • Episodic Drama

    "Paean to the People" (Homeland) (WINNER)
    Written by Alex Gansa

    "Camelot" (Narcos: Mexico)
    Written by Eric Newman & Clayton Trussell

    "The Car" (This Is Us)
    Written by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger

    "Episode 407" (The Affair)
    Teleplay by Lydia Diamond and Sarah Sutherland
    Story by Jaquen Tee Castellanos and Sarah Sutherland

    "First Blood" (The Handmaid’s Tale)
    Written by Eric Tuchman

    "The Precious Blood of Jesus" (Ozark)
    Written by David Manson

  • Episodic Comedy

    "Chapter One: Make Your Mark" (Barry) (WINNER)
    Written by Alec Berg & Bill Hader

    "Another Place" (Forever)
    Teleplay by Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard
    Story by Aniz Adam Ansari
    Prime Video

    "Halibut!" (Santa Clarita Diet)
    Written by Victor Fresco

    "Kimmy and the Beest!" (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
    Written by Robert Carlock

    "Pilot" (The Kids Are Alright)
    Written by Tim Doyle

    "Who Knows Better Than I" (Orange Is the New Black)
    Written by Jenji Kohan

  • Comedy/Variety Talk Series

    Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (WINNER)
    Writers: Tim Carvell, Raquel D’Apice, Josh Gondelman, Dan Gurewitch, Jeff Maurer, Daniel O’Brien, John Oliver, Brian Parise, Owen Parsons, Ben Silva, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss, Seena Vali, Juli Weiner

    Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
    Writers: Kristen Bartlett, Samantha Bee, Ashley Nicole Black, Pat Cassels, Mike Drucker, Eric Drysdale, Mathan Erhardt, Joe Grossman, Miles Kahn, Nicole Silverberg, Melinda Taub

    Late Night With Seth Meyers
    Supervising Writers: Sal Gentile, Seth Reiss; Writers: Jermaine Affonso, Alex Baze, Bryan Donaldson, Matt Goldich, Dina Gusovsky, Jenny Hagel, Allison Hord, Mike Karnell, John Lutz, Seth Meyers, Ian Morgan, Amber Ruffin, Mike Shoemaker
    NBC Universal

    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
    Head Writers: Jay Katsir, Opus Moreschi; Writers: Emmy Blotnick, Michael Brumm, Aaron Cohen, Stephen T. Colbert, Cullen Crawford, Paul Dinello, Ariel Dumas, Glenn Eichler, Django Gold, Gabe Gronli, Greg Iwinski, Barry Julien, Daniel Kibblesmith, Matt Lappin, Michael Pielocik, Kate Sidley, Jen Spyra, Brian Stack, John Thibodeaux

  • Comedy/Variety Sketch Series

    Nathan for You (WINNER)
    Writers: Leo Allen, Nathan Fielder, Carrie Kemper, Michael Koman, Adam Locke-Norton, Eric Notarnicola
    Comedy Central

    At Home With Amy Sedaris
    Writers: Cindy Caponera, Paul Dinello, Jodi Lennon, Meredith Scardino, Amy Sedaris

    I Love You, America
    Head Writer: Dave Ferguson; Writers: Glenn Boozan, Leann Bowen, Raj Desai, Kyle Dunnigan, John Haskell, Tim Kalpakis, Opeyemi Olagbaju, Gavin Purcell, Diona Reasonover, Jocelyn Richard, Christopher J. Romano, Sarah Silverman, Beth Stelling, Dan Sterling, Nick Wiger

    Writers: Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Jonathan Krisel, Karey Dornetto, Megan Neuringer, Phoebe Robinson, Graham Wagner

    Saturday Night Live
    Head Writers: Michael Che, Colin Jost, Kent Sublette, Bryan Tucker; Supervising Writers: Fran Gillespie, Sudi Green, Streeter Seidell; Writers: James Anderson, Kristen Bartlett, Megan Callahan, Steven Castillo, Andrew Dismukes, Anna Drezen, Claire Friedman, Alison Gates, Steve Higgins, Sam Jay, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, Nick Kocher, Michael Koman, Alan Linic, Eli Coyote Mandel, Erik Marino, Dave McCary, Brian McElhaney, Dennis McNicholas, Lorne Michaels, Nimesh Patel, Josh Patten, Katie Rich, Simon Rich, Gary Richardson, Marika Sawyer, Pete Schultz, Mitch Silpa, Will Stephen, Julio Torres, Bowen Yang
    NBC Universal

  • Comedy/Variety Specials

    The Fake News With Ted Nelms (WINNER)
    Written by John Aboud, Andrew Blitz, Michael Colton, Ed Helms, Elliott Kalan, Joseph Randazzo, Sara Schaefer
    Comedy Central

    2018 Rose Parade Hosted by Cord & Tish
    Written by Will Ferrell, Jake Fogelnest, Andrew Steele
    Prime Video

    Drew Michael Stand-Up Special
    Written by Drew Michael

    The Oscars 2018
    Written by Dave Boone, Carol Leifer, Jon Macks; Special Material Written by Megan Amram, Tony Barbieri, Jonathan Bines, Joelle Boucai, Gonzalo Cordova, Adam Carolla, Devin Field, Gary Greenberg, Josh Halloway, Sal Iacono, Eric Immerman, Jesse Joyce, Bess Kalb, Jimmy Kimmel, Molly McNearney, Danny Ricker, Joe Strazzullo

  • Quiz and Audience Participation

    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (WINNER)
    Head Writer: Stephen A. Melcher, Jr.; Writers: Kyle Beakley, Tom Cohen, Patricia A. Cotter, Ryan Hopak, Gary Lucy, James Rowley, Ann Slichter, Dylan Snowden
    Disney/ABC Syndication

    Hollywood Game Night
    Head Writers: Ann Slichter, Grant Taylor; Writers: Michael Agbabian, Alexandra Kokesh, Dwight D. Smith

    Written by Matthew Caruso, John Duarte, Harry Friedman, Mark Gaberman, Deborah Griffin, Michele Loud, Robert McClenaghan, Jim Rhine, Steve D. Tamerius, Billy Wisse

    Paid Off With Michael Torpey
    Head Writer: Ethan Berlin; Writers: John Chaneski, Rosemarie DiSalvo, Leigh Hampton, Katie Hartman, Amanda Melson, Larry Owens, Jennie Sutton, Michael Torpey, Jeremy Weiner

  • Daytime Drama

    General Hospital (WINNER)
    Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers: Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O'Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles

    Days of Our Lives
    Head Writer: Ron Carlivati; Writers: Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Joanna Cohen, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine Schock, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits

  • Children's Episodic and Specials

    "The Ersatz Elevator: Part One" (A Series of Unfortunate Events) (WINNER)
    Teleplay by Daniel Handler

    "Carnivorous Carnival: Part One" (A Series of Unfortunate Events)
    Teleplay by Joe Tracz

    "For the Last Time" (Andi Mack)
    Written by Jonathan S. Hurwitz
    Disney Channel

    "Picture Day" (Alexa & Katie)
    Written by Ray Lancon

    "Warehouse Towel Fight" fka "Emil Strikes Back" (Prince of Peoria)
    Written by Marty Donovan

  • Documentary Script - Current Events

    "Trump's Takeover" (Frontline) (WINNER)
    Written by Michael Kirk & Mike Wiser

    "Black Hole Apocalypse" (Nova)
    Written by Rushmore DeNooyer

    "Blackout in Puerto Rico" (Frontline)
    Written by Rick Young

    "The Gang Crackdown" (Frontline)
    Written by Marcela Gaviria

  • Documentary Script - Other Than Current Events

    "The Eugenics Crusade" (American Experience) (WINNER)
    Written by Michelle Ferrari

    "Bitter Rivals: Iran and Saudi Arabia - Part 1" (Frontline)
    Written by David Fanning & Linda Hirsch & Martin Smith

    "The Circus, Part One" (American Experience)
    Written by Sharon Grimberg

    "Into the Amazon" (American Experience)
    Written by John Maggio


  • News Script – Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin or Breaking Report

    "Catastrophe" (60 Minutes) (WINNER)
    Written by Scott Pelley, Katie Kerbstat, Nicole Young
    CBS News

    "Las Vegas Massacre" (CBS Evening News With Anthony Mason)
    Written by Jerry Cipriano and Joe Clines
    CBS News

    "The Spotted Pig" (60 Minutes)
    Written by Anderson Cooper and Oriana Zill de Granados
    CBS News

  • News Script – Analysis, Feature or Commentary

    "Wounds of War" (60 Minutes) (WINNER)
    Written by Scott Pelley, Katie Kerbstat, Nicole Young
    CBS News

    "100,000 Women" (60 Minutes)
    Written by Scott Pelley and Oriana Zill de Granados
    CBS News

    "On Broadway: Rodgers and Hammerstein" (CBS Sunday Morning)
    Written by Mo Rocca and Kay M. Lim
    CBS News

    "War Crime" (60 Minutes)
    Written by Scott Pelley, Katie Kerbstat, Nicole Young
    CBS News

  • Digital News

    "Inside the Culture of Sexism at Riot Games" (WINNER)
    Written by Cecilia D'Anastasio

    "D.C.'s Biggest Homeless Shelter Is About to Close. Will Amazon Take Its Place?"
    Written by Emma Roller

    "How to Not Die in America"
    Written by Molly Osberg

  • Radio/Audio Documentary

    "RFK: 50 Years After Shots Rang Out at the Ambassador Hotel" (WINNER)
    Written by Andrew Evans
    ABC News Radio

    "2017 Year in Review"
    Written by Gail Lee
    CBS News Radio

  • Radio/Audio News Script — Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin, or Breaking Report

    "Remembering The Good, The Bad and the Brilliant" (WINNER)
    Written by Gail Lee
    CBS News Radio

    "5pm CBS News Radio Glor Newscast"
    Written by James Hutton
    CBS News Radio

    "ABC News 6p Hourly 9-27-2018"
    Written by Stephanie Pawlowski
    ABC News Radio

    "World News This Week 9-21-2018"
    Written by Joan B. Harris
    ABC News Radio

  • Radio/Audio News Script – Analysis, Feature or Commentary

    "John McCain: A Life of Service" (WINNER)
    Written by Gail Lee
    CBS News Radio

    "A Tribute to Le Grand Orange"
    Written by Thomas A. Sabella
    CBS Radio News

  • On-Air Promotion (Radio or Television)

    "Tribute to Star Trek for the 2019 Creative Arts Emmys" (WINNER)
    Written by Sean Brogan

    "FBI 2018 Promo Reel"
    Written by Ralph Buado

    "Westworld: Season 2 Promo (Super Bowl Spot)"
    Written by Jonathan Nolan

  • Videogame Writing

    God of War (WINNER)
    Written by Matt Sophos, Richard Zangrande Gaubert, Cory Barlog; Story and Narrative Design Lead Matt Sophos; Story and Narrative Design Richard Zangrande Gaubert; Narrative Design Orion Walker, Adam Dolin
    Sony Interactive Entertainment

    Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
    Associate Narrative Directors Matthew Zagurak, Joel Janisse, James Richard Mittag; Narrative Director Melissa MacCoubrey; Story by Jonathan Dumont, Melissa MacCoubrey, Hugo Giard; Scriptwriters Madeleine Hart, Betty Robertson, Jesse Scoble, Diana Sherman, Kelly Bender, Jojo Chia, Ian Fun, Zachary M. Parris, Ken Williamson, Daniel Bingham, Jordan Lemos, Simon Mackenzie, Katelyn MacMullin, Susan Patrick, Alissa Ralph, Stephen Rhodes; Team Lead Writer Sam Gill; AI Writers Jonathan Flieger, Kimberly Ann Sparks
    Ubisoft Quebec
    Batman: The Enemy Within
    Episode 5-Same Stitch
    Lead Writer James Windeler; Written by Meghan Thornton, Ross Beeley, Lauren Mee; Story by Meghan Thornton, Michael Kirkbride
    Telltale Games
    Marvel’s Spider-Man

    Story Lead Jon Paquette; Writers Benjamin Arfmann, Kelsey Beachum; Co-Written by Christos Gage; Additional Story Contributions by Dan Slott
    Insomniac Games & Sony Interactive Entertainment
    Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
    Narrative Designers Alex Scokel, Eric Fenstermaker, Kate Dollarhyde, Megan Starks, Olivia Veras, Paul Kirsch; Additional Writing Tony Evans, John Schmautz, Casey Hollingshead, Nitai Poddar; Narrative Design Leads Carrie Patel, Josh Sawyer
    Obsidian Entertainment