Jordan Peele Scores Writers Guild Awards Nod for ‘Get Out’

By Sameer Rao Jan 05, 2018

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) recognized several screenwriters of color behind some of 2017’s most acclaimed films with award nominations. 

The professional association for television and movie writers announced nominees for original, adapted and documentary screenplay awards via a statement yesterday (January 4).

"Get Out" director and writer Jordan Peele earned a nod in the Original Screenplay category. He competes against fellow comic actor Kumail Nanjiani, who shares a nomination for "The Big Sick" with his wife, Emily V. Gordon. The WGA also nominated Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and his "The Shape of Water" co-writer Vanessa Taylor in the same group.

Dee Rees earned an Adapted Screenplay nomination for "Mudbound," which she and co-nominee Virgil Williams adapted from Hillary Jordan’s novel of the same name. No writer of color received a Documentary Screenplay nod.

The WGA will announce the winners at its two concurrent 2018 ceremonies, which take place in Los Angeles and New York City on February 11.