'Get Out,' 'Call Me by Your Name' and 'Handmaid's Tale' earn top honors at WGA Awards

PHOTO: Jordan Peele speaks onstage during the 2018 Writers Guild Awards L.A. Ceremony at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Feb. 11, 2018 in Beverly Hills. PlayEmma McIntyre/Getty Images
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Jordan Peele and James Ivory were the big winners at the 70th annual Writers Guild Awards Sunday night, making them the frontrunners for next month's Academy Awards.

Peele, 38, earned the award for best original screenplay for "Get Out," which he also directed. Ivory, 89, scored the best adapted screenplay for "Call Me by Your Name."

The ceremony also awarded writers from the small screen.

The "Handmaid's Tale" was honored twice, winning best new series and best drama. Other shows including "Big Little Lies," "Saturday Night Live," "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver" and "Will & Grace" also were recognized.

PHOTO: Jordan Peele speaks onstage during the 2018 Writers Guild Awards L.A. Ceremony at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Feb. 11, 2018 in Beverly Hills. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images
Jordan Peele speaks onstage during the 2018 Writers Guild Awards L.A. Ceremony at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Feb. 11, 2018 in Beverly Hills.

It was an emotional night for some, as comedians Tracy Morgan and Rachel Dratch honored comedy icon Tina Fey and her writing partner Robert Carlock.

The pair, who have known each other for two decades, are responsible for shows such as “30 Rock” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” as well as films including “Mean Girls” and “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.”

PHOTO: James Ivory receives his award at the 70th Annual Writers Guild Awards Show, Feb. 11, 2018 in Los Angeles. David Buchan/REX/Shutterstock
James Ivory receives his award at the 70th Annual Writers Guild Awards Show, Feb. 11, 2018 in Los Angeles.

Fittingly, the two were given the Herb Sergeant Award. Sergeant pioneered the original Weekend Update segment on “SNL.” That’s where Carlock and Fey met.

“Long before there was a 'Daily Show,' long before [host] Trevor Noah batted his beautiful doe-eyes, Herb was ... carving out the fake news format,” Fey said onstage Sunday. “I wish that Herb had trademarked the term ‘fake news’ because his family would be so rich.”

PHOTO: This image released by Hulu shows Elisabeth Moss as Offred in a scene from, The Handmaids Tale,. George Kraychyk/Hulu/AP
This image released by Hulu shows Elisabeth Moss as Offred in a scene from, "The Handmaid's Tale,".

Morgan, who was seriously injured after a truck hit his limousine in 2014, gave a heartfelt thank you to both writers for their support during that time.

“Robert came to see me after the accident and Tina did too and I love you so much for that. Thank you so much,” Morgan said.

PHOTO: Writer-producer Bruce Miller and the writers of The Handmaids Tale, winners of the Drama Series award, pose during the 2018 Writers Guild Awards L.A. Ceremony Feb. 11, 2018 in Beverly Hills.Charley Gallay/Getty Images
Writer-producer Bruce Miller and the writers of 'The Handmaid's Tale', winners of the Drama Series award, pose during the 2018 Writers Guild Awards L.A. Ceremony Feb. 11, 2018 in Beverly Hills.

“It has been one of the best relationships of my life. They will do anything for you. Although they won’t give you a kidney,” he quipped.

The WGA Awards held two ceremonies concurrently in New York with "Late Night" writer Amber Ruffin hosting and in Los Angeles with Patton Oswalt as host.

Check out the full list of winners below:

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • "Get Out," written by Jordan Peele

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • "Call Me by Your Name," screenplay by James Ivory; based on the Novel by André Aciman

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

  • "Jane, written by Brett Morgen; National Geographic

DRAMA SERIES

  • "The Handmaid’s Tale"

COMEDY SERIES

  • "Veep"

NEW SERIES

  • "The Handmaid’s Tale"

LONG FORM ORIGINAL

  • "Flint"

LONG FORM ADAPTED

  • "Big Little Lies"

COMEDY/VARIETY TALK SERIES

  • "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver"

COMEDY/VARIETY SKETCH SERIES

  • "Saturday Night Live"

DAYTIME DRAMA

  • "General Hospital"

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