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Her, Captain Phillips, Stories We Tell win WGA Awards

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WRITERS GUILD AWARDS Best Original Screenplay Her, Written by Spike Jonze Best Adapted Screenplay Captain Phillips, Written by Billy Ray Best Documentary Screenplay Stories We Tell, Written by Sarah Polley Best New Series House of Cards Comedy Series Veep Drama Series Breaking Bad

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WGA Preview, Predictions and Contest

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WGA PREDICTION CONTEST It is sometimes the case that scripts that are ineligible for the WGA can go on to win the Oscar.   It depends on whether that film is a Best Picture frontrunner or not, like The King’s Speech for instance.  The general rule of thumb with screenplay, of course, is that the hotter the Best Picture contender the more likely it is to win for its screenplay,…

Zero Dark Thirty and Argo win WGA Awards

Zero Dark Thirty and Argo win WGA Awards

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ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Zero Dark Thirty, Written by Mark Boal; Columbia Pictures ADAPTED SCREENPLAY 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 DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY Searching for Sugar Man, Written by Malik Bendjelloul; Sony Pictures Classics

WGA Preview

WGA Preview

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4,500 PGA members, 100,000 SAG members and 14,500 DGA members went ass over elbow for Argo.  It hardly seems likely that the WGA will do any differently. Funny how uniform this has all become. It didn’t used to be that way. But a consensus vote is a consensus vote and the voters have decided that Argo is the best picture of 2012.  It is no doubt a bittersweet success because…

WGA Nominations Announced!

WGA Nominations Announced!

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ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY 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 ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Argo, Screenplay by Chris Terrio; Based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired Magazine…

WGA Preview

WGA Preview

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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…

Amour, Django, Les Miserables, Beasts, Middle of Nowhere not Eligible for WGA

Amour, Django, Les Miserables, Beasts, Middle of Nowhere not Eligible for WGA

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A juicy exclusive by Kris Tapley over at In Contention pointing out this year’s WGA drop-offs – Beasts of the Southern Wild, Middle of Nowhere, Amour, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Rust and Bone and more. It happens every year, which is part of the reason why the WGA doesn’t predict Oscar for nominees. Most of the time, the winners do end up matching, though obviously not all – as Tapley…

Writers Guild Announces TV Nominees

Writers Guild Announces TV Nominees

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TELEVISION NOMINEES DRAMA SERIES Boardwalk Empire, Written by Dave Flebotte, Diane Frolov, Chris Haddock, Rolin Jones, Howard Korder, Steve Kornacki, Andrew Schneider, David Stenn, Terence Winter; HBO Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC Game of Thrones, Written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, George R. R. Martin, Vanessa Taylor, D.B. Weiss; HBO Homeland, Written by Henry Bromell, Alexander…

WGA Nominations!

WGA Nominations!

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ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY 50/50, Written by Will Reiser; Summit Entertainment Bridesmaids, Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig; Universal Studios Midnight in Paris, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics Win Win, Screenplay by Tom McCarthy; Story by Tom McCarthy & Joe Tiboni; Fox Searchlight Young Adult, Written by Diablo Cody; Paramount Pictures ADAPTED SCREENPLAY The Descendants, Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash; Based on the novel…

WGA Predictions

WGA Predictions

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The WGA will announce some time tomorrow.  And the Scripter too. The following scripts are ineligible: The Artist, Shame, Martha Macy, Albert Nobbs, Drive, Margin Call, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, The Iron Lady and My Week with Marilyn all ineligible. That happens every year and it is the main reason you don’t have a perfect match-up with Oscar.  At any rate, my predictions – Ryan will add his a bit…