The Writers Guild of America this morning announced their nominees for Best Original and Adapted Screenplay, and the selections are strong and diverse. As usual, Oscar prognosticators shouldn’t get too excited about these nominees because there are some major films ineligible for consideration, but it has made the race even more interesting.
Bridge of Spies
Straight Outta Compton
Not eligible for the nominations were genuine Oscar chances Inside Out, The Hateful Eight, Ex Machina and Son of Saul, but one would expect that Bridge of Spies and Spotlight will almost certainly be recognised by the Academy. Sicario and Straight Outta Compton follow up their PGA nominations with more recognition here, which makes their chances much stronger than they were a week ago.
The Big Short
Not eligible were Room, Brooklyn, Anomalisa and 45 Years, but I can only see one of these making it into the Oscar field. The Big Short, Carol, Steve Jobs and The Martian seem like sure things now, with either Brooklyn or Room (depending on which scores a Best Picture nomination, and that is looking more like Brooklyn at the moment) joining them. Trumbo has been favoured, scoring multiple SAG nominations, and can’t be discounted for a Best Picture nomination either.
The Writers Guild of America Awards will be held February 13.