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WGA Nominations Announced!


Flight, Written by John Gatins; Paramount Pictures
Looper, Written by Rian Johnson; TriStar Pictures
The Master, Written by Paul Thomas Anderson; The Weinstein Company
Moonrise Kingdom, Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola; Focus Features
Zero Dark Thirty, Written by Mark Boal; Columbia Pictures


Argo, Screenplay by Chris Terrio; Based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired Magazine article “The Great Escape” by Joshuah Bearman; Warner Bros. Pictures
Life of Pi, Screenplay by David Magee; Based on the novel by Yann Martel; 20th Century Fox
Lincoln, Screenplay by Tony Kushner; Based in part on the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin; DreamWorks Pictures
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky; Based on his book; Summit Entertainment
Silver Linings Playbook, Screenplay by David O. Russell; Based on the novel by Matthew Quick; The Weinstein Company


The Central Park Five, Written by Sarah Burns and David McMahon and Ken Burns; Sundance Selects
The Invisible War, Written by Kirby Dick; Cinedigm Entertainment Group
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, Written by Alex Gibney; HBO Documentary Films
Searching for Sugar Man, Written by Malik Bendejelloul; Sony Pictures Classics
We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, Written by Brian Knappenberger; Cinetic Media
West of Memphis, Written by Amy Berg & Billy McMillin; Sony Pictures Classics

The Writers Guild will announce their winners some time this morning. Usually those come out around 10am.  This is one of those years where many of the most talked about scripts aren’t eligible for the WGA. And it doesn’t really matter anyway since these nominations won’t have been released in time to effect Oscar votes.


I think it might go (taking this from an earlier piece called WGA Preview):

The strongest contenders for original screenplay are:
Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty (probably for the win)
Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom
Nicolas Jarecki, Arbitrage
Rian Johnson, Looper
John Gatins, Flight
Alt. John Krasinski, Matt Damon, Promised Land

But the Academy might add to original screenplay:
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Michael Haneke, Amour
Ava DuVernay, Middle of Nowhere
Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano, The Intouchables

Predicted Adapted Screenplays:
Tony Kushner, Lincoln
Chris Terrio, Argo
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
David Magee, Life of Pi
Stephen Chbosky, Perks of Being a Wallflower
Alts. Christopher, Jonathan Nolan, the Dark Knight Rises and Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan for Skyfall

And those that aren’t eligible that could squeeze into the adaptation category (but it’s a crowded category already with eligible screenplays):
Benh Zeitlin, Lucy Alibar, Beasts of the Southern Wild
William Nicholson, Les Miserables