Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Writers Guild of America Nominees

The full list of nominees: WGA

Original Screenplay:

Black Swan: Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John J. McLaughlin
The Fighter: Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, Keith Dorrington
Inception: Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right: Stuart Blumberg, Lisa Cholodenko
Please Give: Nicole Holofcner
Even though it probably made it in here only because of the large number of 2010 screenplays deemed ineligible, the nomination for Please Give is absolutely fantastic. Does it have a chance of winning? Not at all; the nomination is its reward. As for who wins, it's probably between Inception and The Kids Are All Right. With The Social Network sweeping critics awards (who usually don't distinguish between original and adapted), the original category has no clear front-runner. When the WGA announces its winners, the original screenplay race could finally become a little less foggy.

Adapted Screenplay:

127 Hours: Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy
I Love You Phillip Morris: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
The Social Network: Aaron Sorkin
The Town: Ben Affleck, Peter Craig, Aaron Stockard
True Grit: Joel and Ethan Coen

Like Please Give, Phillip Morris should thank its lucky stars that so many screenplays from heavy hitters were deemed ineligible (including Toy Story 3). A real shame that Rabbit Hole's painfully honest script was left out here (last I checked it was eligible). Apparently Nicole Kidman's performance is going to be the only way that film is recognized by the Academy, unless they surprise us. Not that it matters, since Aaron Sorkin is unstoppable.

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