Jan 082015

This morning the Writer’s Guild of America announced the nominees in their annual awards. Like the Screen Actor’s Guild, Producer’s Guild and Director’s Guild, the nominees at the Writer’s Guild are often represented again at Oscars. However, there are often scripts not eligible for consideration here. This year there were several: Birdman, The Theory of Everything, Selma, The Lego Movie and Mr Turner notably.


Best Original Screenplay, as if often the case, has a lot of strong contenders even with several aforementioned exclusions. Whiplash, Nightcrawler and Foxcatcher are all challenging for nominations in several categories, but one (or more) will likely miss out on a Oscar writing nomination. Adapted is a lot weaker. Gone Girl and The Imitation Game look like the only locks, with The Theory of Everything a likely player. American Sniper is again recognised here, but Paul Thomas Anderson’s beguiling adaptation of Thomas Punchon’s Inherent Vice was not.
You can see all of the nominees after the jump.

Original Screenplay

Boyhood, Written by Richard Linklater
Foxcatcher, Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
Nightcrawler, Written by Dan Gilroy
Whiplash, Written by Damien Chazelle


Adapted Screenplay

American Sniper, Written by Jason Hall; Based on the book by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice
Gone Girl, Screenplay by Gillian Flynn; Based on her novel.
Guardians of the Galaxy, Written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman; Based on the Marvel comic by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
The Imitation Game, Written by Graham Moore; Based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
Wild, Screenplay by Nick Hornby; Based on the book by Cheryl Strayed


Documentary Screenplay

Finding Vivian Maier, Written by John Maloof & Charlie Siskel
The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, Written by Brian Knappenberger
Last Days in Vietnam, Written by Mark Bailey & Kevin McAlester
Red Army, Written by Gabe Polsky


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