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'Get Out' wins big at Writers Guild Awards

Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' was the big winner at the 2018 Writers Guild Awards, taking home the Original Screenplay prize, and 'Call Me by Your Name' took the gong for Adapted Screenplay.

Writer/actor/director Jordan Peele poses with 'Original Screenplay' award for 'Get Out' during the 2018 Writers Guild Awards L.A. Ceremony at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on 11 February 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.Picture: AFP

LOS ANGELES - Get Out was the big winner at the 2018 Writers Guild Awards (WGAs).

The Jordan Peele-written horror-comedy movie took home the prize for Original Screenplay at the ceremony, which was simultaneously held in both New York City and Los Angeles on Sunday.

Peele said in his acceptance speech: "This was a passion project. It was something that I put my love into, I put my soul into, so getting this from you means so much."

James Ivory's script for Call Me By Your Name took the gong for Adapted Screenplay, and the writer admitted he was shocked by the victory.

He said: "I'm astonished by all this. I just wanted to go and make a film in Italy again."

The Handmaid's Tale was also among the big winners on the night, with the Hulu show beating off competition from the likes of Game of Thrones, Better Call Saul and Stranger Things to take the Drama Series prize.

The show also outdid American Vandal, The Deuce, Ozark and GLOW in the New Series category.

Will & Grace - which returned to screens last year for a ninth series, 12 years after its eighth season ended in 2005 - picked up the Episodic Comedy accolade for Rosario's Quinceanera, which was penned by Tracy Poust and Jon Kinnally.

Veep lost out in that category but had a huge prize to celebrate when the political satire show picked up the Comedy Series award.

Better Call Saul had two nods in the Episodic Drama category and prevailed with Gordon Smith's Chicanery episode.

The WGAs award the best writing in film, TV, video games and advertising. Amber Ruffin hosted the ceremony in New York and Patton Oswalt presented in Los Angeles.

Writers Guild Awards 2018 winners:

Original Screenplay: Get Out

Adapted Screenplay: Call Me by Your Name

Documentary Screenplay: Jane

Drama Series: The Handmaid's Tale

Comedy Series: Veep

New Series: The Handmaid's Tale

Long Form Original: Flint

Long Form Adapted: Big Little Lies

Animation: Time's Arrow

Episodic Drama: Chicanery

Episodic Comedy: Rosario's Quinceanera

Comedy/Variety Talk Series: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Comedy/Variety Sketch Series: Saturday Night Live

Comedy/Variety Specials: 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors

Quiz and Audience Participation: Hollywood Game Night

Daytime Drama: General Hospital

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