Jan 072016
 

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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.

Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies

Sicario

Spotlight

Straight Outta Compton

Trainwreck

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.

 

Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short

Carol

The Martian

Steve Jobs

Trumbo

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.

Feb 182013
 

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The last of the big four guild awards, the Writer’s Guild of America Awards have been announced. The guild celebrates excellence in both film and television writing.

Argo continues its strong Oscar push with another guild win, picking up the adapted screenplay award. The film has now won the major  WGA, DGA and PGA awards; as well as the SAG award for best ensemble cast. According to Indiewire, the last film to win the big four guild awards and not win best picture at the Oscars was Apollo 13.

Zero Dark Thirty was awarded original screenplay; while Searching for Sugar Man took home the documentary writing award.

A complete list of the WGA award winners can be found on the WGA website.

Outstanding Achievement in Writing – Adapted Screenplay
“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

Outstanding Achievement in Writing – Original Screenplay
“Zero Dark Thirty”
Written by Mark Boal

Outstanding Achievement in Writing – Documentary Screenplay
“Searching for Sugar Man”
Written by Malik Bendjelloul

 

By Sam McCosh