Amy Schumer Among 2016 Writers Guild Awards Nominees

Amy Schumer

Last year was a “Trainwreck” for Amy Schumer. The hit summer comedy that she penned has earned the comedienne a Writers Guild Award nomination for outstanding achievement in screenwriting.

Playing opposite “Saturday Night Live” alum Bill Hader, many of the howlers in “Trainwreck” were improvised, but most of its humor comes from the Queen of Crass herself. In a previous interview with Made in Hollywood Hader praised his onscreen love interest’s screenplay. “It was a great time,” he said. “And it was fun just because she wrote such a great script, you know.”

Schemer’s nod stands out among the dramas nominated in her category, of which “Bridge of Spies,” “Sicario,” “Spotlight” and “Straight Outta Compton” will vie for the Outstanding Screenplay award.

Scribes for “The Big Short,” “Carol,” “The Martian,” “Steve Jobs” and “Trumbo,” received nods for Adapted Screenplay, and Documentary Screenplay nominees include “Being Canadian,” “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” and “Prophet’s Prey.”

Winners will be announced at simultaneous ceremonies in New York and LA on Feb. 13. Comedian Michael Ian Black will host the program in New York.

Below, see full list of WGA Awards screenwriter credits.


Bridge of Spies, Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen; DreamWorks Pictures

Sicario, Written by Taylor Sheridan; Lionsgate

Spotlight, Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy; Open Road Films

Straight Outta Compton, Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by
S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff; Universal Pictures

Trainwreck, Written by Amy Schumer; Universal Pictures


The Big Short, Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay; Based on the Book by Michael Lewis; Paramount Pictures

Carol, Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy; Based on the Novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith; The Weinstein Company

The Martian, Screenplay by Drew Goddard; Based on the Novel by Andy Weir; Twentieth Century Fox

Steve Jobs, Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin; Based on the Book by Walter Isaacson; Universal Pictures

Trumbo, Written by John McNamara; Based on the Biography by Bruce Cook; Bleecker Street Media


Being Canadian, Written by Robert Cohen; Candy Factory Films

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Written by Alex Gibney; HBO Documentary Films

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, Written by Brett Morgen; HBO Documentary Films

Prophet’s Prey, Written by Amy J. Berg; Showtime Documentary Films