The Writers Guild of America announced its nominations for best original and adapted movie screenplays this afternoon, giving Oscar prognosticators a sense of the writing nominees that may wind up on Academy Award ballots later this month.
Update: Actually, as Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter notes, many of the Oscar-eligible screenplays did not qualify for WGA consideration due to the Guild’s award guidelines. For example, films like “The Artist” and “Drive” are not eligible because they were not created by WGA members. So while some of the nominations below will likely dovetail with the Oscars, they may not be the best gauge of what will be recognized by the Academy.
Five films were nominated in the original category: “50/50” (Will Reiser); “Bridesmaids” (Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo), which should not, under any circumstances, be confused with “Bridesmaids 2”; “Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen); “Win Win” (Tom McCarthy); and “Young Adult” (Diablo Cody).
On the adapted screenplay side, the nominated scripts include “The Descendants” (Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash); “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” (Steven Zaillian); “The Help” (Tate Taylor); “Hugo” (John Logan); and “Moneyball” (Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin).
None of these nominations qualify as a genuine surprise — three out of the five Golden Globe-nominated screenplays, for example, are all represented here. It is notable, however, that “The Artist” — widely considered the Oscar front-runner for just about everything at this point — is not listed here. Perhaps all that silence persuaded the WGA voters to recognize more dialogue-driven work? (Again, as noted above in my update, “The Artist” was not eligible due to WGA guidelines.)
In case you’re wondering, the nominees in the TV category were already announced last month. In the overall drama series category, they were “Boardwalk Empire,” “Breaking Bad,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Good Wife” and “Homeland.” The comedy series nominees are “30 Rock,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Louie,” “Modern Family” and “Parks and Recreation.” Winners will be announced at a ceremony Feb. 19, one week before the Academy Awards.