Festivals & Awards, News — January 6, 2012 at 10:13 am



File this under another nominations list before the Oscars.  The Writers Guild of America has announced their nominations for the best screenplays of 2011 and have posted their list on their web site (see full list below).  Winners will be announced on February 19th in both Hollywood and New York.  They only have 3 categories for screenplays, Original, Adapted and Documentary.  Last year’s winners included Inception, The Social Network and Inside Job.  This year is a little disappointing seeing as a lot of great scripts from films that came out this year were ruled ineligible (read about a member’s reaction to the initial announcement) .  So no The Artist, Beginners, The Iron Lady, Take Shelter, Shame, Drive, Tinker, Tailer, Soldier, Spy and many others (these are ineligible due to paperwork reasons mostly, either not having paperwork guideliens followed or signatory stipulants).  The final list is mostly typical of what’s been coming out in the recent nominations coming out from the various guilds, no surprises in the nominations outside of the ones listed above that couldn’t be nominated.  The only thing that surprises me on this is the nomination for Win Win and the variety for the Documentary nominations, but lacking some big films from this year like Page One.  Anyone going to be counting the days until the WGA winners are announced?!

Original Screenplay:
50/50 – Written by Will Reiser
Bridesmaids – Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
Midnight in Paris – Written by Woody Allen
Win Win – Screenplay by Tom McCarthy; Story by Tom McCarthy & Joe Tiboni
Young Adult – Written by Diablo Cody

Adapted Screenplay:
The Descendants – Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash; Based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemming
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Screenplay by Steven Zaillian; Based on the novel by Stieg Larsson
The Help – Screenplay by Tate Taylor; Based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett
Hugo – Screenplay by John Logan; Based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Moneyball – Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin; Story by Stan Chervin; Based on the book by Michael Lewis

Documentary Screenplay:
Better This World – Written by Katie Galloway & Kelly Duane de la Vega
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front – Written by Marshall Curry and Matthew Hamachek
Nostalgia for the Light – Written by Patricio Guzmán
Pina – Screenplay by Wim Wenders
Position Among the Stars – Script by Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich, Leonard Retel Helmrich
Senna – Written by Manish Pandey

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