Promising Young Woman and Borat Subsequent MovieFilm were the two big winners in the main film categories at this evenings Writers Guild of America awards.
Promising Young Woman, written by the film’s director Emerald Fenning, took home the trophy for Best Original Screenplay. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm nabbed top honors in the Best Adapted Screenplay category.
Mark Monroe and Bryan Fogel were awarded the WGA’s prize for Best Documentary Screenplay for their film The Dissident, beating out All In: The Fight for Democracy, Herb Alpert Is, Red Penguins and Totally Under Control.
The WGAs are often a bellwether for how the corresponding Best original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay could play out at the Academy Awards next month. (The Academy does not have a category for Documentary Screenplay.) Four out of the five nominees in the Best Original Screenplay category were also nominated in the Oscar race.
Fennell’s win comes against some strong competition against the likes of Aaron Sorkin (The Trial Of The Chicago 7), who was generally seen as a frontrunner. Promising Young Woman, which has a total of fgive nominations including a second one for Fennell as Best Director, is now better positioned going into the homestretch of the Oscar race.