Patton Oswalt to Return as Host for WGA Awards

The Hollywood Reporter

Patton Oswalt will return to host the Writers Guild of America's L.A. awards show.

"Writing is the goodest thing for movies when you watch the movies the writing is what makes the actors go I like writing," said the Emmy-winning comedian in an intentionally convoluted statement. 

Hugh Fink will be back for his third consecutive year as executive producer of the awards.

The former SNL writer added: "Despite Patton Oswalt's brilliant performance hosting last year's Awards, FiveThirtyEight predicted there was a less than 20 percent chance that he would agree to host this year's show. Fortunately, Patton has proved all the pundits wrong and will make the Writers Guild Awards Great Again."

As last year's host, Oswalt opened the ceremony by welcoming the audience to "four hours of cringing" and went on to make political jokes including his notable statement, "I'm not making any jokes about the worst Supreme Court Justice in America. …. Anton Scalia was born in 1936 and stayed there. No word from the Game of Thrones table who is going to replace him."

Oswalt, whose TV credits include Veep, Agents of SHIELD, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, released a stand-up special, Talking for Clapping, with Netflix in April and was recently seen in the big-screen comedy Keeping Up With the Joneses.

Oswalt is a previous WGA Awards nominee, for co-writing (and hosting) the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards. 

Most recently, the comedian took home the 2016 Emmy for writing for a variety special for his Netflix special Talking for Clapping.

During his time writing for SNL, Fink received one Emmy nomination, one Emmy win for writing for a variety, music or comedy program and three WGA nominations. His portfolio of work includes writing and producing work on fall's Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe, Comedy Central's The Showbiz Show With David Spade, NickMom's Parental Discretion, The Drew Carey Show, A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa and The ESPY Awards.

Each year, the awards honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio, promotional and graphic animation and are presented at simultaneously occurring ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles.

The WGA Awards' L.A. ceremony will take place Feb 19, 2017, in at the Beverly Hilton, while the New York City ceremony will take place concurrently at the Edison Ballroom.