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Awards Race: Writers Guild Award announces TV nominees, Women in Film & Television Awards honor The Good Place star

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Dec 7, 2018

As we barrel toward the Oscars and Emmys, there are about a thousand smaller awards that can bolster a favorite TV show or movie's chances or set them back in the minds of voters with their absence. SYFY WIRE will be helping fans keep track of what's gaining traction, what's earning awards, and what the endgame looks like until all the little golden men are handed out.

After the Golden Globes set a weird precedent (as it always does), the guilds and critics' organizations are the next steps in the awards process. First up to bat is the Writers Guild, which recently announced its nominations for the best-written TV moments of 2018.

In a release, the professional organization named some expected awards veterans and some surprise newcomers — with almost every category showing off some genre love.

The Handmaid’s Tale, after being stifled at the Golden Globes, saw nominations for best drama series and best drama episode with “First Blood.” Mind and time-bending drama Homecoming earned a nomination for best new series alongside Netflix’s horror heavy hitter The Haunting of Hill House, while the streaming service’s Maniac was nominated for best adapted longform. The Stephen King universe-exploring Castle Rock was nominated for original longform, while The Walking Dead universe only saw recognition for the web short The Walking Dead: Red Machete.

Comedy was a different story, with GLOW and The Good Place seeing best series nods while Bob’s Burgers dominated the animated category. Some interesting, unique developments showed up deeper in the nominations, with zombie comedy Santa Clarita Diet’s “Halibut!” earning an episodic nomination while “Carnivorous Carnival: Part One” and “The Ersatz Elevator: Part One” from A Series of Unfortunate Events were nominated in the children’s category.

An examination of Riot Games’ culture was nominated for best in digital news, and even a few commercials got recognized: one for Westworld and one for Star Trek. Even the ads are full of genre. The winners of the WGA awards will be announced on Feb. 17. But fans won’t have to wait for a few specific awards already named by the Women in Film & Television Awards.

According to Deadline, Killing Eve creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge and The Good Place’s Jameela Jamil won big at the UK-based awards, which gave out the ScreenSkills Writing Award and the ITV Studios Achievement of the Year Award, respectively. Aside from these two, whose shows have seen awards love already, there was Rungano Nyoni, writer/director of I Am Not a Witch, who was awarded the Netflix New Talent Award.

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