Los Angeles – The Writers Guild of America West has announced the initial talent line-up of presenters scheduled to appear at the 2018 Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony hosted on Sunday, February 11, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.
In addition to this year’s previously announced show host – Emmy-winning actor-writer-comedian Patton Oswalt (Happy!, Annihilation, Talking for Clapping, Veep), who returns to host the Writers Guild Awards – presenters slated to appear at the WGAW’s L.A. show include Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Glenn Close (Damages, Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story), Golden Globe-nominated actress Alison Brie (GLOW, The Post, The Disaster Artist), Emmy-nominated Better Call Saul star, The Post co-star, and Emmy-winning writer Bob Odenkirk, Speechless co-star Minnie Driver, Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor Sir Patrick Stewart (Logan, Blunt Talk), Emmy-nominated actress and Emmy-winning writer Wanda Sykes (black-ish), Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-star Terry Crews, The Jim Jefferies Show star Jim Jefferies, LA to Vegas star and Golden Globe-winning actor Dylan McDermott, The Goldbergs co-star Wendi McClendon-Covey (Bridesmaids), Emmy-winning comedian-actress-writer Sarah Silverman (Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles, Bob’s Burgers), Emmy-winning comedian-actress Kathy Griffin (Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List), Emmy nominees Tim Meadows (The Goldbergs, Bob’s Burgers, SNL) and Rob Riggle (Angie Tribeca, Modern Family, SNL), singer-entertainer Puddles Pity Party, and producer Douglas Wick (Divergent franchise, Gladiator).
This year’s honorees include Writers Guild and Academy Award-winning screenwriter-director-producer James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment, Broadcast News, As Good As It Gets), who will receive the WGAW’s Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement; Emmy-winning writer-producer Alison Cross (Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story, Roe vs. Wade, S.W.A.T.), who will receive the WGAW’s Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement; Writers Guild and Academy Award-winning screenwriter and LGBTQ rights activist Dustin Lance Black (Milk, When We Rise), who will receive the WGAW’s Valentine Davies Award, and The Post screenwriters Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, who will receive the WGAW’s Paul Selvin Award for their Post screenplay which embodies the spirit of constitutional and civil rights and liberties, including the First Amendment and freedom of the press.
Emmy winner Hugh Fink returns as Executive Producer of the Writers Guild Awards L.A. show, along with Producers Joselyn Allen and Tara Power (Decoupage Productions), Co-Producer Kelly Brock, Director Nick Murray, Head Writer Joe O’Brien and Writers Fink, Danielle Koenig, Ed Lee, Janine Brito, Mike Drucker, Gerry Duggan, Matt Oswalt, with Creative Consultant Shelly Goldstein.
The WGAW’s Awards Committee includes Guild members Karen Harris (chair), Steve Chivers, Patrick J. Doody, Shelly Goldstein, and Scott Saltzburg.
The Writers Guild Awards honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio, promotional, and graphic animation categories. The 2018 Writers Guild Awards (70th Annual) will be presented at concurrent ceremonies on Sunday, February 11, 2018, in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton and in New York City at the Edison Ballroom. For more information about the 2018 Writers Guild Awards, please visit www.wga.org or www.wgaeast.org.
The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) are labor unions representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media, and broadcast news. The Guilds negotiate and administer contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of their members; conduct programs, seminars, and events on issues of interest to writers; and present writers’ views to various bodies of government. For more information on the Writers Guild of America West, visit www.wga.org. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, East, visit www.wgaeast.org.