The nominees for the 73rd Writers Guild of America Awards (WGA) have finally been announced with movies and TV projects like ‘Judah and the Black Messiah’, ‘The Mandalorian’, ‘The Crown’, ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ getting nominated for the prestigious accolade.
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The organization unveiled the movie and television nominations for its 2021 WGA Awards, honoring outstanding achievement for original and adapted screenplays and documentary films during 2020.
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The ceremony is being held since 1949 and plays an important role in getting the viewers an idea of how the aforementioned categories could pan out during the Academy Awards. Winners will be announced on March 21, 2021, in a virtual ceremony.
What are the Writers Guild of America Awards?
The Writers Guild of America Awards, also known as WGA, is the biggest award ceremony for the writers who penned some of the finest screenplays and stories for various television shows and movies. The star-studded event honors outstanding achievement for original and adapted screenplays and documentary films. It is often reported that the movies that are crowned winners during the event often go on to win an Oscar in the same category.
The Writers Guild of America Awards trophy (Getty Images)
The inaugural ceremony took place in 1949, but the awards show was broadcast on television for the first time in 2004. Movies like ‘Bonnie and Clyde’, ‘Thelma & Louise’, ‘The Silence of the Lambs’, ‘Fargo’, ‘American Beauty’, ‘Brokeback Mountain’, ‘Inception’, ‘Parasite’ and more have been recognized at the WGA Awards over the years.
Where and when?
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is still wreaking havoc all around the world due to which a lot of award ceremonies have pushed back their dates back and forth, including the Oscars. As soon as The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced that it will postpone the telecast of the highly-anticipated awards show due to the virus situation, all the other associations had to change their dates as well.
WGA announced that the ceremony has been scheduled for March 21, 2021, and will be held virtually. The guild followed the footsteps of the Golden Globes, DGA Awards, SAG Awards, and BAFTA Film Awards, which have all pushed their dates and eligibility periods amid the global health crisis.
Who are the presenters?
The initial set of presenters have not been announced as of yet. But it is reported that some of the stars from the movies and television that have been nominated at the event might be attending the event.
Sienna Miller attends the 2020 Sundance Film Festival - "Wander Darkly" Premiere at Library Center Theater on January 25, 2020, in Park City, Utah. (Getty Images)
Last year, stars such as Kevin Bacon, Samantha Bee, Tony Gilroy, Sam Heughan, Sunny Hostin, Dominique Jackson, Natasha Lyonne, Sienna Miller, Tim Blake Nelson, Amy Poehler, Amber Ruffin and Ramy Youssef.
The host for the 2021 edition has not been announced and now that the ceremony is set to take place virtually, it will be interesting to see if there would more than one host for the high-class event. In 2020, comedian and host John Fugelsang hosted the Writers Guild Awards' New York ceremony.
How to live stream?
There is no information about the streaming of the 2021 Writers Guild of America Awards. However, it might get streamed on the WGA’s official website or its social media channels. We will update the story once the information is available.
Have the nominations been announced?
The nominations for the 73rd WGA Awards have been unveiled by the organization across various categories. Movies and TV shows like ‘News of the World’, ‘The Crown’, ‘Mank’, ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’, ‘Better Call Saul’ have garnered nominations at the event.