SSN Awards Roundup: WGA Winners, Final Voting Days, Documentary Shorts, ‘Fantastic Beasts’ and Prod. Design

SSN Awards Roundup

With Oscar voting ballots due by 5 p.m. PT on Tuesday, February 20th, SSN rounds up a few of our favorite contender articles for review.  Happy voting!

WGA Awards: ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Arrival’ Win For Best Screenplay, ‘Atlanta’ Wins Twice

Barry Jenkins’ script for coming-of-age story “Moonlight” won the Writers Guild of America award for best original screenplay and Eric Heisserer’s script for science-fiction saga “Arrival”  won for best adapted screenplay. (VAR)

Oscars: Is ‘Moonlight’ Poised To Make History After WGA Original Screenplay Win?

For only the third time since 1984, the Writers Guild and the Oscars are possibly going to have two different winners in the Original and Adapted Screenplay categories. They are both likely to have Moonlight as a shared winner – but in two different writing categories. (DH)

Oscars: Contenders Make Closing Arguments Throughout Stressed-Out City Of Stars

THR’s awards analyst summarizes where and how nominees are courting votes in the final days before Oscar ballots are due. (THR)

The Oscar Nominees Most Likely To Break Your Heart

A busy week of five pre-Oscar Little Gold Men episodes kicks off with a look at the documentary shorts and an interview with nominee Roger Ross Williams. (VF)

‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’: Designing The Immigrant Experience

Created in London, the Oscar-contending production and costume design of the Harry Potter standalone emphasizes New York’s historical diversity. (IW)

‘Lion’ Writer Breaks Down Nicole Kidman’s Most Emotional Scene

Lion may be the story of a young man, Saroo Brierley and his quest to find his birth family in India after being separated from them as a child, but writer Luke Davies and director Garth Davis found its heart elsewhere. (EW)

Will ‘La La Land’ Fatigue Keep The Musical From Dominating At The Oscars?

When the movie stormed the scene, brimming with award season potential and the overwhelming charm of Ryan Gosling, it was pure industry blasphemy to even think that it might be a little bit over-the-top. (EO)

Are We Underestimating ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ For Oscars Sound Awards Sweep?

In the audio categories typically the loudest film wins. There’s one film that would fit this typical rule: Mel Gibson’s WWII drama Hacksaw Ridge, whose second half takes place during a battle. (GD)

Oscars Week 2017: The Complete Party (and Protest) Guide

From the Spirit Awards and the Night Before Party to Elton John’s major milestone and Vanity Fair, get the scoop on all the A-list parties happening in Hollywood to celebrate all things Oscar. (THR)