Predict the WGA Awards February 16, 2017 0 Comments Ryan Adams Posted in Guilds-SocietiesWGA The 69th Writers Guild of America Awards winners will be announced Sunday night, February 19, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Take a swing at predicting their choices. Predict the WGA Award for Original Screenplay Moonlight, by Barry Jenkins Manchester by the Sea, by Kenneth Lonergan Loving, by Jeff Nichols La La Land, by Damien Chazelle Hell or High Water, by Taylor Sheridan View Results Loading ... Predict the WGA Award for Adapted Screenplay Nocturnal Animals, by Tom Ford Hidden Figures, by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi Fences, by August Wilson Deadpool, by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick Arrival, by Eric Heisserer View Results Loading ... Predict the WGA Award for Documentary Screenplay Zero Days, Written by Alex Gibney Command and Control, by Robert Kenner & Eric Schlosser AAuthor: The JT LeRoy Story, by Jeff Feuerzeig View Results Loading ... 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Wayman Wong I never understood how ”Moonlight” could be anything BUT an adaptation. Even its earliest reviews from the Toronto Film Festival mentioned that it was based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play ”In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.” McCraney says the script began as part of a drama-school application. At some point, Jenkins got a hold of the script through mutual friends in Miami. Jenkins says he hoped that McCraney could adapt his play into a screenplay, but McCraney was too busy, so Jenkins did it himself. Jenkins says ”Moonlight” wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for McCraney’s play. Anyway, I don’t know how the WGA ever ruled it an original. Did they use the criteria that the play hadn’t been produced? Even so, Jenkins’ screenplay would STILL be an adaptation of McCraney’s material. (For the record, ”Casablanca” is based on an unproduced play, too, and the Academy ruled it as adaptation, and it won.) The ironic thing is that the Academy ruled correctly, putting ”Moonlight” in Adapted, where it rightfully belongs (and probably stands a better shot at winning, besides). thatpj It was in Original because Jenkins wanted McCraney to get a Story By credit. Pretty sure McCraney can’t win an Oscar if Jenkins only gets credit for adapting his work. Paddy Mulholland ASC was an easier get for La La Land than WGA is though. Paddy Mulholland He can. Both are credited. I guess the Academy made an exception. Paddy Mulholland The entire third act is Jenkins’ own work though. McCraney’s play was unfinished. Crediting both, it functions effectively as an original work, and that’s what even the Academy has done placing it in Adapted Screenplay. Feli Mejía Triple win for La La land. Gustavo I’m going with MbtS and Hidden Figures (riding a wave of popularity). jasonmovieguy This is a poll. How do we predict? Unless I’m missing it from my phone. Joseph Original: Manchester by the sea Adapted: hidden figures JasonMovieGuy PREDICTIONS – Jason Travis (I don’t see an official form to fill out so consider these my predictions for the contest, thank you) Original Screenplay: La La Land Adapted Screenplay: Hidden Figures Documentary Screenplay: Zero Days Sammy The King’s Speech was also based on an unproduced play, right? Khazija Predictions for WGA: Moonlight for Original Screenplay Fences for Adapted Screenplay I really would be devastated if La La Land and Hidden Figures won here instead. It would not be shocking to see Manchester by the Sea winning either. I know there was this anti-Moonlight vendetta with the strategic voting for the guilds by camp La La Land and their alliances. Wayman Wong Even if Jenkins wrote the entire third act, his work is still based on McCraney’s pre-existing script (which began life as a play). Of course, the amount of work can vary: from August Wilson’s ”Fences” (which is faithfully, and essentially, his stage play) to Eric Heisserer’s ”Arrival” (which had to be greatly expanded, since it was based on Ted Chiang’s short story). I’m glad the Academy put ”Moonlight” in Adapted, while crediting Jenkins, plus McCraney’s work as the source material. Wayman Wong The origins are tricky. David Seidler conceived of it as a play and started doing some research on the speech therapist, Lionel Logue. Logue’s son, Valentine, asked Seidler to contact the Queen Mother to get her permission to tell the story. The Queen Mother said she didn’t want the story told until she had died. She died in 2002. In 2005, Seidler picked up the project and then wrote ”The King’s Speech” as a screenplay. But his wife, who liked it, recommended that he rewrite it as a play, so it would focus on the king and Logue. In time, it landed with a production company that wanted it rewritten for the screen. In 2012, ”The King’s Speech” finally made its debut as a stage play. However, it failed to capture the same kind of attention it had as a film. P.S. ”Beasts of the Southern Wild” is based on an unproduced play. Do not miss 0 Comments Guilds-SocietiesNewsSAG SAG Awards 2018: Stars React To SAG Nominations.