Trophy Talk

The 2021 Writers Guild Awards Winners: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Promising Young Woman, Ted Lasso Win Big

Check out the full winners of the 2021 WGAs and see what the awards tell us about the Oscar race.

by | March 21, 2021 | Comments

Tonight the Writers Guild of America (WGA) announced the winners of their awards for outstanding screenwriting in 2021. The awards have a dubious track record when it comes to indicating who might win Best Picture at the Oscars, but they tend to be an apt predictor of the Best Original and Best Adapted Screenplay winners. Last year, Parasite and Jojo Rabbit won the Original and Adapted Screenplay honors before going on to take home the Oscar Prizes in those categories, too.

So who won this year? Sequel Borat Subsequent Moviefilm took home the Best Adapted Screenplay award (much to the shock of many), while Emerald Fennell won Best Original Screenplay for her debut screenplay Promising Young Woman; Fennell beat writing icon Aaron Sorkin’s Trial of the Chicago 7 screenplay to do so. On the television side, Jason Sudeikis’s Ted Lasso was the big winner with two awards for Best Comedy and Best New Series, while The Crown won for Best Drama.

Read on for the full list of the Writers Guild of America’s Television and Film winners.


[movie_link_apple id=771506851 tmeter=true][/movie_link_apple]

Written by Emerald Fennell

[movie_link_apple id=771535560 tmeter=true][/movie_link_apple]

Written by Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer, Peter Baynham,  Erica Rivinoja, Dan Mazer, Jena Friedman, Lee Kern. Story by Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer, Nina Pedrad. Based on Characters Created by Sacha Baron Cohen.

[movie_link_apple id=771517640 tmeter=true][/movie_link_apple]

Written by Mark Monroe and Bryan Fogel


[tv_season_link_apple id=91397 tmeter=true][/tv_season_link_apple]

Written by Jane Becker, Leann Bowen, Brett Goldstein, Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly, Bill Lawrence, Jamie Lee, Jason Sudeikis, Pheobe Wals, Bill Wrubel

[tv_season_link_apple id=59565 tmeter=true][/tv_season_link_apple]

Written by Peter Morgan and Jonathan Wilson

[tv_season_link_apple id=91397 tmeter=true][/tv_season_link_apple]

Written by Jane Becker, Leann Bowen, Brett Goldstein, Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly, Bill Lawrence, Jamie Lee, Jason Sudeikis, Pheobe Wals, Bill Wrubel

Original Long Form

Mrs. America
Written by Tanya Barfield, Joshua Griffith, Sharon Hoffman, Boo Killebrew, Micah Schraft, April Shih, Dahvi Waller; FX Networks

Adapted Long Form

The Queen’s Gambit
Written by Scott Frank, Allan Scott, Based on the novel by Walter Tevis; Netflix

Original & Adapted Short Form New Media

Written by Marc Maurino; Quibi


“Xerox of a Xerox” (BoJack Horseman)
Written by Nick Adams; Netflix

Episodic Drama

“Fire Pink” (Ozark)
Written by Miki Johnson; Netflix

Episodic Comedy

“The Great” (The Great)
Written by Tony McNamara; Hulu

Comedy/Variety Talk Series

Desus & Mero
Writers: Daniel “Desus Nice” Baker, Claire Friedman, Ziwe Fumudoh, Josh Gondelman, Robert Kornhauser, Joel “The Kid Mero” Martinez, Heben Nigatu, Mike Pielocik, Julia Young; Showtime

Comedy/Variety Specials

Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand: Building Back America Great Again Better 2020
Head Writers: Ariel Dumas, Jay Katsir Writers: Delmonte Bent, Michael Brumm, River Clegg, Aaron Cohen, Stephen T. Colbert, Nicole Conlan, Paul Dinello, Glenn Eichler, Django Gold, Gabe Gronli, Barry Julien, Michael Cruz Kayne, Eliana Kwartler, Matt Lappin, Felipe Torres Medina, Opus Moreschi, Asher Perlman, Tom Purcell, Kate Sidley, Brian Stack, John Thibodeaux, Steve Waltien; Showtime

Comedy/Variety Sketch Series

At Home with Amy Sedaris
Writers: Jeremy Beiler, Cole Escola, Peter Grosz, Amy Sedaris; truTV

Quiz And Audience Participation

Weakest Link
Head Writer: Ann Slichter Writers: Chip Dornell, Paul Greenberg, Joyce Ikemi, Stuart Krasnow, Jon Macks, Mona Mira, Scott Saltzburg, Aaron Solomon, Chris Sturgeon, Grant Taylor; NBC

Daytime Drama

Days of Our Lives
Head Writer: Ron Carlivati Writers: Lorraine Broderick, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, David Kreizman, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock, Elizabeth Snyder; NBC

Children’s Episodic, Long Form, and Specials

The Sleepover
Written by Sarah Rothschild; Netflix

Documentary Script – Current Events

Agents of Chaos, Part II
Written by Alex Gibney & Michael J. Palmer; HBO Documentary Films

Documentary Script – Other Than Current Events

Opioids, Inc.
Written by Tom Jennings; PBS

News Script – Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin, Or Breaking Report

Anger in America 
Written by Dave Bloch, David Muir, Karen Mooney, David Schoetz; ABC News

News Script – Analysis, Feature, Or Commentary

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Overcoming
Written by Dave Bloch; ABC News

Digital News

The Store That Called the Cops on George Floyd
Written by Aymann Ismail;


Radio Audio News Script – Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin, Or Breaking Report

Changemakers: Leaders Who Made a Difference
Written by Gail Lee; CBS News Radio

Radio Audio News Script – Analysis, Feature, Or Commentary

Against Those Thugs: Delores Tucker and Bill Bennett 
Written by Joel Anderson, Christopher Johnson; Slate Podcasts


On-Air Promotion

Get Out The Vote – Check Out Those Moves
Written by Meghana Reddy and Angad Bhalla; Facebook, Instagram, YouTube

Thumbnail image by Amazon Studios 

On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.

Are you as obsessed with awards as we are? Check out our Awards Leaderboard for 2019/2020.

Tag Cloud

Ghostbusters PBS Bravo Brie Larson Western asian-american Exclusive Video cancelled television children's TV independent Avengers strong female leads festival best docudrama 72 Emmy Awards Oscars Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt GLAAD political drama President The Arrangement all-time Super Bowl police drama 99% New York Comic Con golden globe awards cancelled toronto revenge cops chucky singing competition Comedy blaxploitation Ovation breaking bad 71st Emmy Awards award winner Paramount Network MTV Music crossover sequel Starz Chernobyl kong E! Pop TV First Look Nat Geo Tomatazos Countdown cults Action 2016 jamie lee curtis Paramount Plus Nominations Comics on TV dragons french TV renewals worst movies classics documentary what to watch HBO Max crime drama TV stop motion cinemax Superheroes ghosts DC streaming service Amazon Prime Video werewolf movies Superheroe Shudder natural history nature Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Academy Awards finale italian Fall TV diversity Spectrum Originals spain Paramount Marvel Television binge Musicals BET Fox Searchlight superhero hollywood zombie scorecard Dark Horse Comics YA SundanceTV PlayStation video screenings Awards talk show facebook Set visit dceu ratings joker Reality indiana jones X-Men Quiz christmas movies james bond Mudbound Hallmark TNT Black Mirror prank reboot Disney Plus high school discovery Crunchyroll Trivia ABC Signature aliens NBC politics Columbia Pictures football Pride Month Mystery series Tarantino Comic Book zombies Arrowverse social media 4/20 BBC America Turner Disney streaming service Opinion mockumentary stoner movie Premiere Dates Election Sundance Now 2017 rom-coms Logo game of thrones worst Rom-Com Lucasfilm jurassic park CBS Hallmark Christmas movies comic books Sneak Peek Television Critics Association The CW die hard Classic Film Lifetime Christmas movies WGN Marvel sag awards Mary Poppins Returns Binge Guide Disney Channel DC Comics slashers saw women Fox News canceled TV shows ABC Disney Turner Classic Movies DGA CMT news 93rd Oscars parents FX Character Guide renewed TV shows franchise Amazon Film Festival MCU twilight comiccon Tumblr Marathons cancelled TV series Interview WarnerMedia docuseries USA Network halloween anthology hispanic Adult Swim critics cartoon YouTube Premium Britbox Pirates spanish language Drama animated Peacock ITV Cosplay justice league 45 Hear Us Out transformers zero dark thirty TCA 2017 YouTube Red vampires Watching Series laika Disney+ Disney Plus Certified Fresh Captain marvel directors NYCC indie See It Skip It dc Ellie Kemper sequels kids 2018 Endgame heist movie documentaries doctor who period drama nbcuniversal MSNBC serial killer ViacomCBS Masterpiece films Freeform Fantasy razzies Shondaland Black History Month golden globes thriller robots Family Esquire Food Network Stephen King Lifetime scary movies BBC casting OWN halloween tv game show HBO Go CNN Best and Worst Travel Channel PaleyFest Baby Yoda true crime deadpool LGBTQ APB San Diego Comic-Con cooking VICE Film Red Carpet pirates of the caribbean rotten Lionsgate 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Writers Guild of America 21st Century Fox 24 frames Star Wars rotten movies we love TruTV American Society of Cinematographers crime stand-up comedy hidden camera trailers Rocky DC Universe Star Trek space composers Sci-Fi a nightmare on elm street TCA Awards king kong First Reviews Country Warner Bros. Biopics TCM australia Elton John A24 2015 travel Universal GoT venice CW Seed Valentine's Day E3 Kids & Family 2020 mission: impossible dogs festivals anime Extras hist Crackle cars boxing psycho Schedule Apple TV Plus TLC Alien war disaster Marvel Studios Thanksgiving Spring TV batman History comic japanese TCA AMC Broadway theme song Cartoon Network nfl comedies medical drama Spike Teen USA Polls and Games archives GIFs HBO DirecTV Apple Showtime Pixar ESPN boxoffice miniseries sports Animation cats streaming Mindy Kaling based on movie 2019 Box Office Song of Ice and Fire supernatural Acorn TV canceled Awards Tour Rocketman Year in Review Holidays adaptation new star wars movies Rock Mary poppins TBS The Witch versus book telelvision green book romantic comedy Holiday TIFF Netflix Christmas movies TV One Pet Sematary psychological thriller SDCC television Comedy Central spanish rt archives romance harry potter Christmas Reality Competition mutant RT21 Creative Arts Emmys Walt Disney Pictures foreign The Walt Disney Company crime thriller spider-man BET Awards VH1 Apple TV+ Toys richard e. Grant Women's History Month TV Land universal monsters FOX The Purge cancelled TV shows superman Nickelodeon biography Amazon Studios ID fresh Grammys Martial Arts satire elevated horror National Geographic reviews Mary Tyler Moore Trophy Talk Epix screen actors guild Hulu Syfy Amazon Prime FX on Hulu FXX latino Sundance TV Photos book adaptation popular RT History Anna Paquin free movies spinoff YouTube Legendary technology unscripted fast and furious CBS All Access child's play Heroines dark emmy awards Calendar kaiju comics Video Games spy thriller Trailer SXSW dramedy concert quibi Emmy Nominations sitcom Funimation Discovery Channel A&E Tubi The Academy witnail VOD science fiction Sony Pictures criterion Netflix remakes BBC One blockbusters Podcast ABC Family south america video on demand tv talk Pop obituary historical drama 20th Century Fox Infographic Winter TV El Rey 007 The Walking Dead monster movies Summer Emmys teaser BAFTA adventure Sundance godzilla LGBT OneApp Winners black 2021 Cannes Television Academy IFC Vudu Musical blockbuster name the review TCA Winter 2020 toy story IFC Films Horror