Can You Ever Forgive Me? Winner of Writers Guild of America (WGA) Best Adapted Screenplay

Can You Ever Forgive Me? has won the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Best Adapted Screenplay Award for Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty.

Bo Burnham has won the Original Screenplay Award for Eighth Grade.

Based on the memoir of the late Lee Israel, Can You Ever Forgive Me? won over competition from “Black Panther,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “A Star Is Born,” and “BlacKkKlansman.”

Though the script for the comedy-drama–the story of how Israel discovered her talent for forgery–has received an Oscar nomination, “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “BlacKkKlansman” were regarded as front-runners.

It could be that the tale of the travails of writing resonated strongly with Hollywood writers.

“I want to thank Lee,” Holofcener (who’s also known as indie director on her own right) said in her acceptance. “She’d probably be sitting in the room judging all of us.  She thought she was the smartest person in the room and she probably was.”

A stunned Burnham credited star Elsie Fisher for his winning the WGA award.

Burnham won over Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” Adam McKay’s “Vice,” Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, and John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place,” and Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, and Brian Currie’s “Green Book.”

“Roma,” “Vice” and “Green Book” are all nominated for Academy Awards, but “Eight Grade” isn’t nominated for an Oscar.

“Eighth Grade,” which stars Fisher as an awkward teen dealing with the final week of eighth grade, also has won the Directors Guild of America Award for First Film for Burnham on February 3.

“Have fun at the Oscars, losers!” Burnham joked in his acceptance. “This is all due to Elsie Fisher.”