Jan 052013

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The Writers Guild of America have announced the nominations for their annual awards which recognise the best in writing for the screen.

I was extremely happy to see a favourite of mine, The Perks of Being a Wallflower receive a nomination in the adapted screenplay category, alongside Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook and Argo. Chris will no doubt be happy that Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master picked up a well-deserved nomination in the original screenplay category.  In the documentary screenwriting category, Searching for Sugar Man continues its strong Oscar push with a WGA nomination.

It is important to note however, that due to strict WGA guidelines  a number of potential Oscar nominees were not eligible for WGA nominations. These include: Django Unchained, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Amour, Rust & Bone and Les Misérables.

The award winners will be announced on February 17th. Full list of nominations below:


Flight, Written by John Gatins
Looper, Written by Rian Johnson
The Master, Written by Paul Thomas Anderson
Moonrise Kingdom, Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty, Written by Mark Boal


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
Life of Pi, Screenplay by David Magee; Based on the novel by Yann Martel
Lincoln, Screenplay by Tony Kushner; Based in part on the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky; Based on his book
Silver Linings Playbook, Screenplay by David O. Russell; Based on the novel by Matthew Quick


The Central Park Five, Written by Sarah Burns and David McMahon and Ken Burns
The Invisible War, Written by Kirby Dick
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, Written by Alex Gibney
Searching for Sugar Man, Written by Malik Bendejelloul
We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, Written by Brian Knappenberger
West of Memphis, Written by Amy Berg & Billy McMillin
By Sam McCosh

  3 Responses to “Awards: Writers Guild of America Award Nominations Announced”

  1. Do you know what the rules are that preclude, for eg, Django?

  2. Thanks.

    I have also now read an article (see below) at Chicago Film Snob that says that in Tarantino’s case it’s because he isn’t a member of the guild. I understand that they also don’t consider screenplays for animated cinema either.

    However, they also seem to have some vague criteria, and won’t always says exactly why they have disqualified some from consideration (eg Amour).

    More here: http://thechicagofilmsnob.com/2012/12/18/is-the-wga-stacking-the-deck-for-the-best-screenplay-award-oscars/

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