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Congratulations to the WGA Nominees

Before approaching the Writers Guild Nominations with Oscary enthusiasmbe forewarned: only guild members are eligible for these prizes which discounts a good chunk of the movies one might otherwise expect to see honored each year. Hollywood isn't nearly as averse to working with non-guild writers as they are about non-unionized actors (Beasts of the Southern Wild was the only significant "ineligible" situation when the SAG nominees were announced a month ago). One of the reasons for this is surely the prevalence of writer/directors who are often members of the DGA without being members of the WGA.

The benefit of this is that by their script eligibility rules they are forced to award films that have been largely ignored in the grand scheme of year end hoopla. The curse is that when you are nominated from a smaller field of potentials it might not feel as notable.

  • 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 (ARTICLE

not eligible and therefore unsnubbed so you could still see them on Oscar's list
Django Unchained, Seven Psychopaths, Amour, Your Sister's Sister, Take This Waltz, The Intouchables, Middle of Nowhere, Rust & Bone and The Impossible 

Typically we only here of what's been declared ineligible so it's tough to know what other films were competing although I'd feel worse for actor/screenwriter Reid Carolin's absence for Magic Mike above if he'd also played one of the Cock-Rocking Kings of Tampa. That'd be putting it all on the line for your movie!

  • Argo, Screenplay by Chris Terrio; Based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the WiredMagazine 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 Lincolnby Doris Kearns Goodwin; DreamWorks Pictures
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky; Based on his book; Summit Entertainment (LOGAN LERMAN INTERVIEW)
  • Silver Linings Playbook, Screenplay by David O. Russell; Based on the novel by Matthew Quick; The Weinstein Company

not eligible and therefore unsnubbed:
Les Miz, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Anna Karenina, The Deep Blue Sea, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The nominee list for the WGA is highly plausible as the final Oscar list in this category too, don't you think?


  • 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 

Sugar Man, Mea Maxima and The Invisible War continue to show real strength in the oncoming Oscar Best Documentary race.


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Reader Comments (10)

That adapted screenplay list has four of the five nominees at least. Perks could easily get replaced by Les Miz, Beasts or Deep Blue Sea, though it's not an inconceivable surprise.
The original screenplay list, though? On that list, Zero Dark Thirty is assured, and Moonrise is a near lock. Beyond that, I'd say the ineligible Django and Amour WILL get nominated and the final slot is a toss up between Looper and The Master.

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

I'm rooting for One Life to Live to win the Best Daytime Drama Series writing award. ABC is already regretting cancelling it. Superlative writing on this series.

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

Why was Anna Karenina ineligible?

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChelsea

Rust & Bone is adapted from the short story by Craig Davidson.

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert G

I'm so afraid that PERKS might be replaced come Oscar time. I'm really rooting for PERKS and LOOPER.

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

Not sure why Perks was such a fav. Got very bogged down and meandering. Didn't see Looper. The Master was a great film that will barely get reflection

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnton

Mad Men only got one episode nominated. I guess it's official that the love affair is over.

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Agree that PERKS is vulnerable come Oscar nomination morning, but I'm really hoping to see it there. It's the only chance the movie will get the title "Oscar Nominated" in front of it. However I hope Ezra Miller get nominated, he doesn't stand a chance. So screenplay is the movie's only hope.
Original screenplay will usually include a foreign film if it is universally acclaimed and beloved. A Separation got it, so did some of the Pedro Almodovar's movies. So I'm guessing Amour will show up, maybe even paired up with another director nom.

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPJ

"Looper" was a very clever script with some surprising emotional pull for a sci-fi action picture.
I still think "Flight" is more Movie of the Week problem drama than Oscar material. "Argo" deserves the nomination.

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

Just had to say that I finally watched The Paperboy last night and I was heavily disturbed by it and REALLY liked it.

Once again, the low scores from the Metacritics AMAZE ME.

I think it was not only Kidman; the whole cast was on fire and they are much more worthy of SAG ensemble nod that most of the actual nominees.

January 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYavor

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