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On Thursday, January 3rd, the Producers Guild, Art Directors Guild and Writers Guild all announce their nominees. It is he same day as Oscar ballots are due.  The Writers Guild is a fairly good indicator of Best Picture at the Oscars usually.  This is a year where a lot of the best screenplays, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere are all ineligible. That means we could see something similar to last year’s Original Screenplay category where only two made it through to the Oscars.  Everything is ass-backwards this year because usually these nominations are released before the Academy’s ballot deadline, thus, the WGA, DGA, PGA will not be the guidepost for Oscar voters.

That means you can’t get a bump from a screenplay that might have been snubbed by the WGA.  As you can see by the charts below, the WGA and Oscars match quite often for wins, particularly in the original screenplay category.  As the date for Oscar has been pushed back (circa 2003), those matches were somewhat more rare.  After that, you can see how closely they matched.  That’s because there is simply less time for contemplation. Everyone votes roughly at the same time, so what wins one place tends to win another.

If a script is eligible for the WGA and is a strong Best Picture contender it has a great chance to win the WGA and the Oscar, like last year’s Midnight in Paris and The Descendants. It’s extremely rare that a screenplay wins without a Best Picture nomination, though it can happen. Usually the writing category, like the editing category and directing categories, and even the acting categories, tend to be the supports that hold up the Best Picture, so you have a better chance of winning if your film is is nominated for Picture, Director, etc.

The WGA is made up of 20,000 or so writers.  The writing branch is just under 400.   So you really have two completely different demographics there, which accounts for the occasional differences in choices for nominees.

According to Variety, the high profile scripts that are eligible are:

Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master,” David Chase’s “Not Fade Away,” Woody Allen’s “To Rome with Love” and Mark Boal’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” Judd Apatow’s This is 40.”  Notable adaptations that are eligible include Chris Terrio’s “Argo,” Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” David Magee’s “Life of Pi,” Tony Kushner’s “Lincoln,” David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook.”

The strongest contenders for original screenplay are:
Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty (probably for the win)
Nicolas Jarecki, Arbitrage
Rian Johnson, Looper
John Gatins, Flight
Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
Judd Apatow, This is 40
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

The strongest contenders for adapted screenplay are:
Tony Kushner, Lincoln
Chris Terrio, Argo
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
David Magee, Life of Pi
Christopher, Jonathan Nolan, the Dark Knight Rises

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

The rest of the eligible original screenplays are:

 “10 Years,” “Act of Valor,” “Any Day Now,” Arbitrage,” ‘As Luck Would Have It,” “The Bay,” “The Cabin in the Woods,” “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” “Chasing Mavericks,” “Chronicle,” “Crooked Arrows,” “Damsels in Distress,” “Darling Companion,” “The Dictator,” “The Divide,” “Downtown Express,” “End of Watch,” “The First Time,” “The Five Year Engagement,” “Flight,” “For a Good Time Call,” “For Greater Glory,” “Friends with Kids,” “Fun Size,” “The Good Doctor,” “The Guilt Trip,” “Haywore,” “Hit & Run,” “Hope Springs,” “House at the End of the Street,” “Jeff, Who Lives at Home,” “Keep the Lights On,” “Lola Versus,” “Looper,” “The Magic of Belle Isle,” “Monday Morning,” “Nobody Walks,” “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” “The Oranges,” “Parental Guidance,” “People Like Us,” “Phantom,” “The Possession,” “Promised Land,” “The Raven,” “Ruby Sparks,” “Safe,” “Safe House,” “Safety Not Guaranteed,” “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” “Smashed,” “Stand Up Guys,” “Ted,” “This Means War,” “Touchback,” Trouble with the Curve,” “Wanderlust,” “The Watch,” “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” “Woman Thou Art Loosed” and “Won’t Back Down.”

And adapted:

Other adapted candidates: “360,” “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “The Avengers,” “Bachelorette,” “Being Flynn,” “Bernie,” “The Bourne Legacy,” “The Bronx Bull,” Cloud Atlas,” Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days,” “The Expendables 2,” “The Grey,” “Hitchcock,” “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “The Hunger Games,” “Jack Reacher,” “KIller Joe,” “Killing them Softly,” “Lawless,” “Men In Black 3,” “Mirror Mirror,” “On the Road,” “One for the Money,” “The Paperboy,” “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” “Pitch Perfect,” “Promotheus,” “Red Tails,” “Savages,” “The Sessions,” “Skyfall,” “Sleepwalk with Me,” “Snow White and the Huntsman,” “Sparkle,” “Taken 2″ and “Twlight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2.”

won WGA | won Oscar

2011: Original Original
Win Win The Artist*
Bridesmaids Bridesmaids
50 50 Margin Call
Young Adult A Separation
Midnight in Paris Midnight in Paris*
Adapted Adapted
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo The Ides of March
Moneyball Moneyball*
The Help Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
The Descendants The Descendants*
Hugo Hugo*
2010 2010
Original WGA Oscars
Black Swan The King’s Speech+
Please Give Another Year
The Fighter The Fighter*
The Kids Are All Right The Kids Are All Right*
Inception Inception*
Adapted WGA Oscars
The Social Network The Social Network*
127 Hours 127 Hours*
True Grit True Grit*
I Love You Philip Morris Winter’s Bone*
The Town Toy Story 3*
2009 2009
Original WGA Oscars
The Hurt Locker The Hurt Locker+
A Serious Man A Serious Man*
500 Days of Summer Up*
The Hangover The Messenger
Avatar Inglourious Basterds*
Adapted WGA Oscars
Up in the Air Up in the Air*
Crazy Heart In the Loop
Star Trek District 9*
Precious Precious*
Julie & Julia An Education*
2008
Original WGA Oscars
Milk Milk*
Burn After Reading Frozen River
The Visitor Happy-Go-Lucky
The Wrestler In Bruges
Vicky Cristina Barcelona Wall-E
Adapted WGA Oscars
Slumdog Millionaire Slumdog Millionaire+
Doubt Doubt
Frost/Nixon Frost/Nixon*
Benjamin Button Benjamin Button*
The Dark Knight The Reader*
2007
Original WGA Oscars
Diablo Cody, Juno* Diablo Cody, Juno*
Tony Gilroy, Michael Clayton Tony Gilroy, Michael Clayton*
Tamara Jenkins, The Savages Tamara Jenkins, The Savages
Nancy Oliver, Lars and the Real Girl Nancy Oliver, Lars and the Real Girl
Judd Apatow, Knocked Up Brad Bird, Ratatouille
Adapted WGA Oscars
Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood*
Joel, Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men Joel, Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men+
Ronald Harwood, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Ronald Harwood, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Sean Penn, Into the Wild Sarah Polley, Away from Her
James Vanderbilt, Zodiac Christopher Hampton Atonement*
2006
Original WGA Oscars
Babel Babel*
The Queen The Queen *
Stranger than Fiction Letters from Iwo Jima*
Little Miss Sunshine Little Miss Sunshine *
United 93 Pan’s Labyrinth
Adapted WGA Oscars
The Departed The Departed+
Thank You for Smoking Notes on a Scandal
Little Children Little Children
Borat Borat
Devil Wears Prada Children of Men
2005
Original WGA Oscars
40 Year Old Virgin Syriana
Crash+ Crash+
Cinderella Man Match Point
Good Night, and Good Luck Good Night *
Squid and the Whale Squid and the Whale
Adapted WGA Oscars
Brokeback Mountain Brokeback Mountain*
Capote Capote*
Constant Gardener Constant Gardener
History of Violence History of Violence
Syriana Munich*
2004
Original WGA Oscars
The Aviator The Aviator*
Eternal Sunshine Eternal Sunshine
Garden State Vera Drake
Hotel Rwanda Hotel Rwanda
Kinsey The Incredibles
Adapted WGA Oscars
Before Sunset Before Sunset
Mean Girls Finding Neverland*
Million Dollar Baby Million Dollar Baby+
Sideways Sideways*
Motorcycle Diaries Motorcycle Diaries
2003
Original WGA Oscars
Bend it Like Beckham The Barbarian Invasions
Dirty Pretty Things Dirty Pretty Things
In America In America
Lost in Translation Lost in Translation*
The Station Agent Finding Nemo
Adapted WGA Oscars
American Splendor American Splendor
Cold Mountain City of God
ROTK ROTK*
Mystic River Mystic River *
Seabiscuit Seabiscuit*
2002
Original WGA Oscars
Far From Heaven Far From Heaven
Gangs of New York Gangs of New York*
Antwone Fisher Talk to Her
My Big Fat Greek Wedding Greek Wedding
Bowling for Columbine Y Tu Mama Tambien
Chicago Chicago+
The Hours The Hours*
About Schmidt The Pianist*
Adaptation Adaptation
About a Boy About a Boy
2001
Original WGA Oscars
Gosford Park* Gosford Park*
The Man Who Wasn’t There Amelie
Monster’s Ball Monster’s Ball
Moulin Rouge Memento
The Royal Tenenbaums The Royal Tenenbaums
Adapted WGA Oscars
A Beautiful Mind A Beautiful Mind+
Black Hawk Down Shrek
Bridget Jones’s Diary In the Bedroom*
Ghost World Ghost World
The Fellowship of the Ring Fellowship of the Ring*
2000
Original WGA Oscars
Erin Brockovich Erin Brockovich*
Almost Famous Almost Famous
Best In Show Gladiator+
Billy Elliot Billy Elliot
You Can Count On Me You Can Count On Me
Adapted WGA Oscars
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon*
Chocolat Chocolat*
High Fidelity O Brother Where Art Thou?
Traffic Traffic*
Wonder Boys Wonder Boys
1999
Original WGA Oscars
American Beauty American Beauty+
Being John Malkovich Being John Malkovich
Magnolia Magnolia
The Sixth Sense The Sixth Sense*
Three Kings Topsy-Turvy
Adapted WGA Oscars
The Cider House Rules The Cider House Rules*
Election Election
The Insider The Insider*
October Sky The Green Mile*
The Talented Mr. Ripley The Talented Mr. Ripley
1998
Original WGA Oscars
Bulworth Bulworth
The Opposite of Sex Life Is Beautiful *
Shakespeare In Love* Shakespeare In Love+
Saving Private Ryan Saving Private Ryan*
The Truman Show The Truman Show
Adapted WGA Oscars
Gods and Monsters Gods and Monsters
A Civil Action The Thin Red Line*
Primary Colors Primary Colors
A Simple Plan A Simple Plan
Out Of Sight* Out Of Sight

 

WINNERS CHART

+Won Best Picture *nominated for Best Pic

WGA | OSCAR

 

2011: Midnight in Paris Midnight in Paris
The Descendants The Descendants
2010 – Inception The King’s Speech+
The Social Network The Social Network*
2009: The Hurt Locker The Hurt Locker+
Up in the Air* Precious*
2008: Slumdog Millionaire Slumdog Millionaire+
Milk Milk*
2007: No Country for Old Men No Country for Old Men+
Juno Juno*
2006: The Departed The Departed+
Little Miss Sunshine Little Miss Sunshine*
2005:Brokeback Mountain Brokeback Mountain*
Crash Crash+
2004: Eternal Sunshine Eternal Sunshine
Sideways Sideways*
2003: Lost in Translation Lost in Translation*
American Splendor Return of the King+
2002: The Hours* The Pianist*
Bowling for Columbine Talk to Her
2001: A Beautiful Mind A Beautiful Mind+
Gosford Park Gosford Park*
2000: Traffic Traffic*
You Can Count on Me Almost Famous
1999: American Beauty American Beauty+
Election The Cider House Rules*
1998:Shakespeare in Love Shakespeare in Love+
Out of Sight Gods and Monsters
1997: L.A. Confidential L.A. Confidential*
As Good as it Gets Good Will Hunting*
1996: Sling Blade Sling Blade
Fargo Fargo*
1995: Braveheart The Usual Suspects
Sense and Sensibility Sense and Sensibility*
1994: Forrest Gump Forrest Gump+
Four Weddings/Funeral Pulp Fiction*
1993: Schindler’s List Schindler’s List+
The Piano The Piano*
1992: The Crying Game The Crying Game *
The Player Howards End*
1991: The Silence of the Lambs The Silence of the Lambs+
Thelma and Louise Thelma and Louise
1990: Dances with Wolves Dances with Wolves+
Avalon Ghost*
1989: Driving Miss Daisy Driving Miss Daisy+
Crimes and Misdemeanors Dead Poets Society*
1988: Dangerous Liaisons Dangerous Liaisons*
Bull Durham Rain Man+
1987: Roxanne The Last Emperor+
Moonstruck Moonstruck*
1986: A Room with a View A Room with a View*
Hannah and Her Sisters Hannah and her Sisters*
1985: Witness Witness*
Prizzi’s Honor Out of Africa+
1984: The Killing Fields Amadeus+
Broadway Danny Rose Places in the Heart*
1983: Tender Mercies Tender Mercies*
Reuben, Reuben Terms of Endearment+
1982: Missing Missing*
Tootsie Gandhi+
1981: Reds Chariots of Fire+
On Golden Pond On Golden Pond *
Rich and Famous
Arthur
1980:Ordinary People Ordinary People+
Airplane, Private Benjamin
Melvin and Howard Melvin and Howard
1979: Kramer vs. Kramer Kramer Vs. Kramer+
Breaking Away Breaking Away*
The China Syndrome, Being There
1978: Midnight Express Midnight Express*
Coming Home Coming Home*
Heaven Can Wait
Movie, Movie
1977: Annie Hall Annie Hall+
Julia Julia*
The Turning Point, Oh, God
1976: All the President’s Men All The President’s Men*
Network Network*
Pink Panther Strikes Again
1975: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest+
Dog Day Afternoon Dog Day Afternoon*
The Sunshine Boys
Shampoo
1974: Godfather Part II Godfather Part II+
Chinatown Chinatown*
Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
Blazing Saddles
1973: A Touch of Class The Exorcist*
Save the Tiger, Paper Moon The Sting+
Serpico
1972: The Godfather The Godfather+
The Candidate The Candidate
What’s Up, Doc? Cabaret
1971: The French Connection The French Connection+
The Hospital The Hospital
Kotch; Sunday, Bloody, Sunday
1970: Patton Patton+
M*A*S*H M*A*S*H*
I Never Sang for My Father, The Out-of Towners
1969: Midnight Cowboy Midnight Cowboy+
Butch Cassidy Butch Cassidy/Sundance Kid *
Goodbye, Columbus; Bob, Ted, Carol and Alice
1968:Lion in Winter The Lion in Winter*
The Producers The Producers
Funny Girl, Odd Couple
1967: The Graduate In the Heat of the Night+
Bonnie and Clyde Guess Who’s Coming… *
Thoroughly Modern Millie
1966: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe? A Man for All Seasons+
The Russians are Coming A Man and a Woman
1965: A Thousand Clowns Dr. Zhivago*
The Sound of Music, The Pawnbroker Darling*
1964: Becket Becket
Dr. Strangelove, Mary Poppins Father Goose
1963: Hud Tom Jones+
Lillies of the Field How the West Was Won
1962: The Kill a Mockingbird To Kill a Mockingbird *
That Touch of Mink, Music Man Divorce Italian Style
1961: the Hustler Judgment at Nuremberg
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, West Side Story Splendor in the Grass
1960: The Apartment The Apartment+
Elmer Gantry Elmer Gantry
The Bells are Ringing
1959: The Diary of Anne Frank Room at the Top *
Some Like it Hot, Five Pennies Pillow Talk
1958: Gigi Gigi+
The Defiant Ones The Defiant Ones
Me and the Colonel
1957: 12 Angry Men Bridge on the River Kwai+
Love in the Afternoon Designing Women
Les Girls
1956: Around world/80 Days Around world/80 Days+
The King and I The red Balloon
Friendly Persuasion
1955: Marty Marty+
Mr. Roberts Interrupted Melody
Love Me/Leave Me
1954: On the Waterfront On the Waterfront+
Sabrina, Seven Brides/Seven Bros. The Country Girl
1953: From Here to Eternity From Here to Eternity+
Lili, Roman Holiday Titanic
1952: High Noon, The Quiet Man Lavender Hill Mob
Singing in the Rain Bad and Beautiful
1951: An American in Paris An American in Paris+
A Place in the Sun A Place in the Sun*
Father’s Little Dividend
1950: All About Eve All About Eve+
Sunset Boulevard Sunset Boulevard *
Broken Arrow, Annie Get Your Gun
1949: All the King’s Men All the King’s Men+
A Letter to Three Wives, on the Town Battleground*
1958: The Snake Pit Treasure of the Sierra Madre*
Sitting Pretty, Easter Parade

23 Comments on this Post

  1. My WGA Predictions

    ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

    Michael Haneke, Amour
    Rian Johnson, Looper
    Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
    Judd Apatow, This is 40
    Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty

    ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

    Chris Terrio, Argo
    David Magee, Life of Pi
    Tony Kushner, Lincoln
    Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

    Maybe they can give a nom to Quentin Tarantino, for one more recycled screenplays.

    Therés two adaptations of “young movies” and great box offices who deserved a monination: “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Hunger Games”. These incredible screenplays make this two movies so much deeper than other genre movies.

  2. Considering the piss poor reviews I can’t see Judd Apatow picking up a nomination for This is 40.

  3. I would think The Perks of Being a Wallflower has a good shot at an Adapted nomination. Will be disappointed if it doesn’t happen.

  4. I checked the WGA website and their timetable says they announce on Friday the 4th. Not sure if that’s a mistake though.

  5. The WGA does love Judd Apatow, though, Matt. He got in for both The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, although they were much more successful than This Is 40 has been thus far.

  6. Central Ohio Film Critics Association has announced its 2012 nominations. Daniel Day-Lewis is missing from their five favourite leading actor nominations of the year. Bradley Cooper isn’t!

    #bokeinthesink

    http://screenonscreen.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/central-ohio-film-critics-association.html#more

  7. Still can’t comment in Chrome. Testing in Safari

  8. I also think Chbosky has a decent shot at an adapted screenplay nod, from the WGA and even the Academy.

  9. Central Ohio Film Critics Association snubbed Day-Lewis.
    It’s funny!
    GO, PHOENIX, GO!!!!!
    :)

  10. ORIGINAL:
    1. Zero Dark Thirty
    2. The Master
    3. Moonrise Kingdom
    4. Looper
    5. Promised Land

    ADAPTED:
    1. Lincoln
    2. Argo
    3. Silver Linings Playbook
    4. Life of Pi
    5. This is 40

  11. Linc4jess

    I am thinking that since OSCAR voters will be voting before their yearly guides have voted as to how they mark their ballots this year will be much like how America voted to re-elect Obama. Not for rewarding positive accomplishments but just because he was more liked than the other guy. I suspect that the OSCAR nods will be much the same. Could be wrong but we shall see.

  12. I think it’ll be:

    Original:
    -Zero Dark Thirty
    -Moonrise Kingdom
    -The Master
    -Amour
    -Looper

    Adapted:
    -Argo
    -Lincoln
    -Silver Linings Playbook
    -Life of Pi
    -The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    Those may very well translate to Oscar, but I think Django Unchained and Beasts of the Southern Wild could end up replacing Looper and Perks, respectively.
    Also, This is 40 is considered an Adapted Screenplay since its leading characters are taken from an existing movie (Knocked Up)

  13. rufussondheim

    I really hope Silver Linings Playbook gets the snub. When you watch that movie and The Perks of Being a Wallflower back to back, you realize how weak SLP really is. By the end of that movie it felt like every piece of dialogue was written to get a reaction from the audience, no matter how unlikely the character would actually say those words. And the gimmicks and the manipulation and the cliches and the awfulness are just too much to bear.

  14. When you watch Silver Linings Playbook and The Perks of Being a Wallflower back to back, you realize how weak SLP really is.

    Exactly what I said in the podcast Sasha, Craig and I recorded Sunday night.

    Plus, it’s a lot more interesting to watch kids trying to figure out how to grow up than it is to watch grown-ups trying to figure out how to grow up.

  15. rufussondheim

    Yeah, Ryan, ultimately what makes SLP so bad is that it starts out being a film about mental illness but as the movie progresses talk of mental illness fades away until it’s a non-issue and is never discussed.

    I don’t think this movie is bad, I think it’s dangerously bad in that it takes a serious issue that affects millions of people and turns it into a plot devize. “Hey, all you need to do to get better is to perform in a dance contest!” Yeah, I wish.

  16. If you know the novel then you know how much Russell trivialized the original mental illness aspect. In the movie Pat has been away on a humorous little rehab retreat for a few months. In the novel he’s been institutionalized/incarcerated for over 4 years on charges that have been plea-bargained down from attempted murder. He’s been gone so long he’s not even sure what year it is anymore.

    The movie never indicates any of those troubled characters ever gets better. Tiffany is still behaving like an unstable mess right up to the final 15 minutes. So it’s handy that the movie ends during a brief moment of rationality — it ends just before Pat flips out again in jealous rage and kills someone.

  17. rufussondheim

    Egads, that sounds awful. And it’s in a novel colled “Silver Linings Playbook?” The title alone implies a happy ending. Reading the novel must seem like a real bait and switch.

  18. ha, oh, I didn’t mean that there’s a bloodbath at the end of the novel. But it doesn’t end with Pat and Tiffany cuddled on the La-Z-boy recliner either.

    Nope, nobody dies at the end of the novel — I’m just extrapolating one of the many open-ended chain of events that I suspect could soon transpire.

    There’s no gambling away the family business in the novel. There’s no scoring of the dance teams, and all the other teams are misfit amateur partners too. Pat’s whole family hates Tiffany after they find out she’s been fucking with his head by writing about 40 or 50 of those fake letters from his ex. They manage to forgive her and there’s an uneasy friendship, but Pat is still falling for those bogus letters, he never figures out she’s lying to him. She does eventually confess. He’s not hooked up with Tiffany at the end — Pat’s brother has threatened to kill her — though it’s hinted Pat might be open to the idea. But all you can think is, um, right, start dating the pathological liar. Perfect partner for a guy with schizophrenic trust issues.

  19. THAT’S what happens in the novel?!? :O

    Fucking hell, I went from vaguely liking / resenting Silver Linings Playbook (the film) to vaguely hating it.

  20. At least the novel has a sense of squirmy realism. It’s written in first-person unreliable narrator voice, as if Pat’s telling us his story. He never realizes how seriously messed up he is. In the novel Tiffany never reels off all those football scores to win Pat’s family over to liking her. (How lame would that be in real-life, anyway? Exploit the silly superstitions of a delusional father in order to charm the parents into accepting her? Yikes.) That scene never happens in the book because none of the gambling away the family business ever happens. From that moment onwards, the entire final 40 minutes of the film bears no relation to original author’s intent. Russell did the standard Hollywoodification on the whole ending.

  21. I found the film’s treatment of mental illness irreverent and insensitive, and Bradley Cooper’s performance devoid of even the most basic understanding of those aspects of his character. It baffles me that he was been winning awards for such offensively thin work, and just as much that David O. Russell has also been winning awards for what I now (better) understand is a crass, commercialised adaptation.

  22. The Japanese Viewer

    I wonder why Tarantino has never applied, I presume, for WGA Membership. I mean, if any, from a viewer standpoint, not to mention myself a fan of his signatory cool verbosity, at least he could have had a fair chance for his films to be considered for its awards; I would love to see it happen, if any, in terms of being nominated, for that would mean fair and square a chance for him and other scribes for that matter. . . .

    Anyway, thanks for the charts, Sasha.

  23. Goodvibe61

    The biggest sin by a country mile would be if Django doesn’t get a nod. It’s THE definition of ORIGINAL; nobody is making films quite like Tarantino. The dialogue is consistently superb from scene to scene. But the key to me is the development of what feels like a genre all its own. They’re not just “meta” movies; they’re gripping stories that are both extremely successful with the public AND have something unique to say about the nature of narrative. The idea of This is 40, or Promised Land, getting a nod instead seems absurd.

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