Writers and Directors Guilds Nominate Creators of Color for Awards

By Sameer Rao Jan 08, 2019

The Writers and Directors Guilds of America (WGA, DGA) announced nominations for their award programs this week. The screenwriters’ union named nominees for feature and documentary films, as well as video games, yesterday (January 7). The directors’ association announced television and documentary contenders yesterday, then dropped its feature film group today (January 8). 

Each association recognized a few acclaimed works that deal with identity—and the creators of color behind them. WGA named Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole ("Black Panther"), Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee ("BlacKkKlansman"), and Barry Jenkins ("If Beale Street Could Talk") Best Adapted Screenplay candidates. Alfonso Cuarón ("Roma") competes for Best Original Screenplay, while Ozzy Inguanzo ("Bathtubs Over Broadway") is in the running for Best Documentary Screenplay."

DGA nominated RaMell Ross ("Hale County This Morning, This Evening") and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin ("Free Solo") in its documentary category. "Atlanta" writers and directors Donald Glover ("FUBU") and Hiro Murai ("Teddy Perkins") face each other in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series group. On the film side, Lee and Cuarón each received nominations for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, while Carlos López Estrada ("Blindspotting") and Boots Riley ("Sorry to Bother You") compete for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in First-Time Feature Film.

See the full lists of nominees at DGA.org and WGA.org. The DGA and WGA award ceremonies take place on February 2 and 17, respectively.