WGA

In lieu of a Writers Guild preview, or contest, let’s do a quick No Guts, No Glory, for the fun of it. The nominees will be announced, it is said, around 10am tomorrow morning (Producers Guild hit around 7am, Pacific). I’m going to do a rough, for the hell of it, predictions and No Guts for you. Feel free to join the party. No pressure. I have a feeling we will see some oddball choices since so many of the scripts that will be nominated for Oscar (Another Year, Blue Valentine, The King’s Speech, Toy Story 3, etc) are out.

Here are mine.

Original Screenplay
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The Kids Are All Right
Animal Kingdom

No Guts, No Glory: Four Lions Somewhere

Adapted:

The Social Network
True Grit
The Town
127 Hours
Shutter Island (a No Guts in its own right)

No Guts, No Glory: Fair Game

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Steve Pond reports that several scripts are now not eligible for the WGA, according to their online balloting:

“The King’s Speech,” “Winter’s Bone,” “Toy Story 3,” “Blue Valentine” and “Another Year” may be among the most acclaimed film scripts of the year, and they may well become contenders in the writing categories at the Oscars, but you won’t hear any of their names called when the WGA Awards nominations are announced on January 4.

Also missing from the WGA ballot: “The Ghost Writer,” “Nowhere Boy,” “The Way Back,” “Never Let Me Go,” “Love & Other Drugs,” “Made in Dagenham,” “Green Zone,” “Biutiful” and “Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World.”

So there you have it. It happens that films that aren’t nominated for WGA’s win but it is extremely rare. I think the one I can recall off the top of my head was Talk To Her, which won the Oscar for original screenplay but was not nominated for a WGA. For a Best Picture contender like The King’s Speech, it happens but it’s rare. For example, the last time a film won Best Picture without a WGA was when Gladiator won in 2000. It did eventually get a screenplay nomination at the Oscars, which The King’s Speech is expected to do. On the plus side, at least they’re not qualified, which is different from being snubbed.

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It’s hard to imagine that the Producers Guild and Directors Guild nominations are just around the corner. The PGA should help clarify something about the Best Picture race, while the WGA could give us an indication as to where the original and adapted screenplays will be headed.

Last year was the first year for the PGA to go up to ten, and of those, only two were swapped out with AMPAS – Star Trek and Invictus became The Blind Side and A Serious man. Interesting choices there.

This year, how do you think it will go? We’ll probably post a nominee contest for the PGA and the DGA (announcing Jan. 10). But I would be very surprised if these weren’t on the list:

The Social Network
The King’s Speech
Toy Story 3
Inception
True Grit
Black Swan
The Kids Are All Right
Winter’s Bone
The Fighter

And then maybe either The Town or 127 Hours.

The WGA is a bit more tricky. Last year was a wash-out because there were so many ineligible films, like Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds.

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2011 WRITERS GUILD AWARDS

Los Angeles and New York – The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced that the 2011 Writers Guild Awards will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York to honor outstanding writing in film, television, news, radio, promotional, and graphic animation awards categories.

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