Horizon Zero Dawn Wins Writers Guild Award

Horizon Zero Dawn beats Madden NFL 18 and all is right with the world.

The winners of this year’s Writers Guild of America awards have been announced, rewarding movies, video games and TV categories for their writing.

Guerilla Games’ Horizon: Zero Dawn won the WGA for best video game writing, beating Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, Madden NFL 18: Longshot, and Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow.

When it came to TV and film, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale won both the Best Drama and New Series categories. Veep won Best Comedy Series, and Bojack Horseman’s “Time’s Arrow” episode won in the Animation category. Jordan Peele’s Get Out won the award for Best Original Screenplay.

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“As writers who care deeply about the craft of telling stories, it’s incredibly exciting for us to be receiving this award in the company of so many other writers whose work we admire and appreciate,” said narrative director, John Gonzalez, who accepted the award on behalf of Guerilla Games along with lead writer Benjamin McCaw, reports GamesIndustry.biz.

“We want to dedicate this award to two women who did not live to see this tonight. Our mothers, Ann Gonzalez and Susan McCaw,” Gonzalez said as he accepted the award. “It is no coincidence that their sons went on to write an epic with a strong female protagonist in which human love in general, and maternal love in particular loomed so large. We learned that from them. This is for them. Thank you, they are not forgotten.”

Below is a selected list of nominees and winners in the main categories. Winners are marked in red:

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Original Screenplay
  • The Big Sick
  • Get Out – WINNER
  • I, Tonya
  • Lady Bird
  • The Shape of Water
Adapted Screenplay
  • Call Me by Your Name – WINNER
  • The Disaster Artist
  • Logan
  • Molly’s Game
  • Mudbound
Documentary Screenplay
  • Betting on Zero
  • Jane – WINNER
  • No Stone Unturned
  • Oklahoma City
Drama Series
  • The Americans
  • Better Call Saul
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Handmaid’s Tale – WINNER
  • Stranger Things
Comedy Series
  • Curd Your Enthusiasm
  • GLOW
  • Master of None
  • Silicon Valley
  • Veep – WINNER
New Series
  • American Vandal
  • The Deuce
  • GLOW
  • The Handmaid’s Tale – WINNER
  • Ozark
Long Form Original
  • Big Little Lies – WINNER
  • Fargo
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • The Wizard of Lies
  • Brunchsquatch (Bob’s Burgers)
  • A Father’s Watch (The Simpsons)
  • Ruthie (BoJack Horseman)
  • The Serfsons (The Simpsons)
  • Time’s Arrow (BoJack Horseman) – WINNER
Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing
  • Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
  • Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn – WINNER
  • Madden NFL 18: Longshot

Shabana is a freelance writer who enjoys JRPGs, wine, and not finishing games. Follow her on Twitter.