Monday Movie Report: Writers Guild winners

One of this award season’s biggest shockers took place Sunday night during the Writers Guild of America award ceremony.

At the annual event, “Eighth Grade,” written (and directed) by Bo Burnham, won the prize for Best Original Screenplay from the WGA. The win was a major upset, beating out the likes of “Green Book” and “Roma.”

Making the win even more surprising was the fact that “Eighth Grade” wasn’t even nominated for the same category by the Academy Awards.

Another winner on the night was “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” which earned the best Adapted Screenplay award. It was another unexpected result, as “BlackKklansman” was seen as the frontrunner. With the victory, a three-film race has been set up for the Adapted Screenplay Oscar with “BlackKklansman,” “Forgive Me” and “If Beale Street Could Talk” all having a chance.

The WGA also honored “Bathtubs over Broadway” with the award for best Documentary Screenplay.

In other awards season news, “Bohemian Rhapsody” took home the Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing award from the Cinema Audio Society over the weekend. In other categories, “Isle of Dogs” won in the animation section and “Free Solo” received the top honor for documentaries.


At the box office, this holiday weekend saw the anime adaptation “Alita: Battle Angel” win No. 1. However, despite a strong marketing campaign, the sci-fi blockbuster only made $27.8 million. Moving forward, it will likely have to rely on a major foreign market to be a success.

The full top five this weekend was:

1. Alita: Battle Angel – $27,800,000
2. The LEGO Movie 2 – $21,215,000
3. Isn’t it Romantic – $14,210,000
4. What Men Want – $10,920,000
5. Happy Death Day 2U – $9,816,000

For the upcoming weekend, meanwhile, the major top release is the animated sequel “How To Train Your Dragon 3.”

As for the small screen, releases coming to home video include:

  • A Star is Born, my rating: 4.3 out of 5 (2018 Top 10), Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 4.46 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 90%.
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?, my rating: 4.25 out of 5 (2018 Top 10), Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 4.06 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 98%.
  • Overlord, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 3.67 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 80%.
  • Robin Hood, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 2.17 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 14%.

Author: Matthew Liedke

I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, and I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2009 graduate of Rainy River College and a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead. At MSU, I studied journalism and film. Outside of movies, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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