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Get Out and The Handmaid's Tale win at the Writers Guild Awards

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Feb 12, 2018

As awards season winds down, with the Oscars just around the corner, the winning streaks of certain genre titles continue with their unstoppable barrage of accolades. One film and one TV show, in particular, have built on their hype from day one — and have now scored key victories at the 2018 Writers Guild Awards.

On Sunday, Jordan Peele's Get Out won for Original Screenplay for movies, while on the TV side The Handmaid’s Tale won Best Drama Series and Best New Drama Series.

Get Out, the horror satire about race relations, reinvigorated the genre while providing a stark commentary about today's social milieu. Meanwhile, The Handmaid’s Tale, the feminist dystopia adapted from Margaret Atwood's acclaimed classic, has been an unstoppable critical and social force, sweeping up trophies from the Emmys to the Golden Globes and even inspiring activists to invoke it in their protests.

Get Out still has one more derby on its slate before wrapping up the season: It's up for Best Original Screenplay at this year's Academy Awards, along with Best Picture, among others.

The WGA Awards were revealed at a joint awards ceremony held in Beverly Hills and New York City. Among other genre hopefuls, Guillermo del Toro's celebrated The Shape of Water was also up for Original Screenplay.