Writers Guild nominations announced

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The Writers Guild of America just announced their nominees for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay of the year. Most of the top Oscar contenders made the list: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Slumdog Millionaire, Milk, Frost/Nixon, The Dark Knight, Doubt, and The Wrestler. With Wall-E ineligible for the WGA, the Coen brothers’ Burn After Reading and Tom McCarthy’s The Visitor filled out the original-screenplay slate, while Rachel Getting Married and Gran Torino failed to get noticed. On the adapted side, the two most obvious omissions here are The Reader and Revolutionary Road, both of which take a substantial hit by not making the cut. Their only consolation: Yesterday they both landed on the American Society of Cinematophers list alongside Button, Slumdog, and The Dark Knight. Below are the WGA lists.

Adapted Screenplay
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Doubt
Frost/Nixon
Slumdog Millionaire

Original Screenplay
Burn After Reading
Milk
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
The Visitor
The Wrestler

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  • HiGuy

    why is wall-e ineligible? frankly, its a great film.

  • Dan

    How is Dark Knight an “adapted screenplay”? There was never a comic book called “Dark Knight” that had that story (DKR just has a similar title, otherwise it’s totally different).

  • Catherine

    Wall-E is a Spectacular Film but it is not qualified because it is an Animated Feature film.
    Great news for The Dark Knight, this will truly boast its chances for becoming a major Oscar contender.
    It will be interesting if it makes the DGA list on Thursday.

  • kym

    They skip over Jenny Lumet for “Rachel Getting Married”???? BOO!!!!

  • R Rothchild

    Where is Gran Torino?!!!!WTF. Burn After Reading was absolutely horrible. The Coen brothers need to stay away from comedy unless it involves Jeff Bridges and stolen rug, because they just aren’t funny.
    Vicky Christina Barcelona was not that good, and the the only reason Milk gets a nomination is to fill the obligatory gay theme movie quota. Sweet!

  • Winona

    Yeah, why is WALL-E ineligible? Is it because it’s animated or because the first 30 minutes has no “dialogue” per se?

  • Jonathan F.

    Could the omissions of The Reader and Rev Road be detrimental to Winslet’s chances at a double nomination at the Oscars? I hope not.

  • M

    Glad “Rachel” got snubbed. But “Burt After Reading”…really?

  • graeme

    why the heck is Wall-E not eligible for this too? This is getting ridiculous how many of these guilds do not allow Wall-E to compete in the big categories. Rules have to be changed.

  • charlie

    what about synechdoche, new york? i thought it was probably the most well crafted (perhaps because of its incredibly meta-fictional structure)and made absolute sense out of chaos.

  • Dimi

    I’m pretty much guessing here but I think Wall-E is ineligible because the writers are not guild members. At least that’s why Andrew Stanton is ineligible for a DGA nomination.

  • Drayton B.

    Dave, or anyone – Do you think that the WGA would ever consider to make animated films eligible? Sure, they’re not conventional, but they DO have a screenplay. And in the past decade, they’ve gained relevance. The Academy has recognized the growing of the genre by adding an entire category, and why shouldn’t the WGA follow suit?

  • t.g. pierson

    I do not understand why The Reader and especially Revolutionary Road are being snubbed left and right. Revolutionary Road is a better film then all of these nominees.

  • vman

    dan, its adapted, becuase its based on material previously published like Batman. sure there’s no dark knight comic, but there have been plenty of batman comics, so thats why its adapted

  • ia

    With so few well written movies that came out in 2008, the Writers Guild of America needed to have more than 5 movies each in their two categories. I can think of 5 more movies for adapted screenplay (like “The Reader) as well as original screenplay (like “Rachel Getting Married). Too bad 10 can’t be the new 5.

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