'Eighth Grade' wins big at WGA Awards

Bo Burnham has won the original screenplay award from the Writers Guild of America.
Bo Burnham has won the original screenplay award from the Writers Guild of America.

In a stunning upset, comedian and filmmaker Bo Burnham has won the original screenplay award for "Eighth Grade" from the Writers Guild of America.

Burnham credited star Elsie Fisher for his victory. Burnham won over Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma"; Adam McKay's "Vice"; Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, and John Krasinski's "A Quiet Place"; and Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, and Brian Currie's "Green Book."

"Eighth Grade," which stars Fisher as an awkward teen dealing with the final week of eighth grade, also won the first-time Directors Guild of America Award for Burnham on February 3.

Elsewhere, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" won the comedy series award for Kate Fodor, Noah Gardenswartz, Jen Kirkman, Sheila Lawrence, Daniel Palladino and Amy Sherman Palladino, having won last year's Emmy for best comedy series.

The final season of "The Americans" took the drama series award for Peter Ackerman, Hilary Bettis, Joshua Brand, Joel Fields, Sarah Nolen, Stephen Schiff, Justin Weinberger, Joe Weisberg and Tracey Scott Wilson.

Bill Hader and Alec Berg won the episodic comedy award for the opening segment of HBO's "Barry," "Chapter One: Make Your Mark" ("Barry").

Stephanie Gillis won the animated award for the "Bart's Not Dead" episode and Alex Gansa took the episodic drama award for the "Paean To The People" segment of "Homeland."

"Bathtubs Over Broadway" took the documentary award.

Hulu's "Castle Rock" won the long-form original award and "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" took the adapted long-form trophy.

Chelsea Peretti hosted the West Coast ceremonies while Roy Wood Jr. was the emcee in New York. "All the glitz and glamour of the Oscars without the pressure of public interest," Peretti said in her intro.

The awards are decided in voting by the 17,000 members of the WGA.

Australian Associated Press