Writers Guild nominees announced

I-Love-You-Phillip-MorrisImage Credit: Patti PerretUnlike the Producers and Directors Guild awards, the Writers Guild nominees never match up too closely with the Academy Awards since several top Oscar contenders usually aren’t eligible for the WGA prize. (Entries must be filmed under guild jurisdictions to qualify.) That’s why we don’t see The King’s Speech, Another Year, Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, or Toy Story 3 in the just-announced WGA lists. So which screenplays took advantage of the extra spaces? Clearly, it’s Please Give and I Love You Phillip Morris, two films that haven’t made much of an impression in the overall awards hunt so far. The only surprise omission in my mind is Rabbit Hole in the adapted category. I’m also shocked that Oscar front-runner Waiting for “Superman” didn’t make it into the documentary list, though Superman director Davis Guggenheim’s An Inconvenient Truth didn’t get a WGA nod either and it went on to win the Oscar. Here are the nominees: 

Original Screenplay
Black Swan (Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John 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 Holofcener)

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

Documentary Screenplay
Enemies of the People (Rob Lemkin & Thet Sambath)
Freedom Riders (Stanley Nelson)
Gasland (Josh Fox)
Inside Job (Charles Ferguson, Chad Beck, Adam Bolt)
The Two Escobars (Michael Zimbalist, Jeff Zimbalist)
Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)? (John Scheinfeld)

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  • Mike

    Kid Are All Right and Social Network. Simple.

    • Woot

      HA! The Kids are All Right over Inception, Black Swan and the Fighter? You are absolutely crazy.

    • t.g. pierson

      @Mike Yes it is that simple. The Social Network and The Kids are All Right are the clear front runners here. @Woot Inception and Black Swan are nominated for their audacity and The Fighter is all formula with two great performances. The Kids are All Right is a prime example of screenwriting at its best. Fusing a wonderful touching story told with wit and intelligence. It is surprisingly human and the details used in the dialogue are spot on. The Kids are Alll Right and The Social Network will win.

      • Kris

        I’m sorry but Black Swan has a much better script.

      • Olive

        @t.g pierson: I completely agree. A lot of people feel like THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT is too boring but I felt like the dialogue was so realistic, maybe too realistic, and that’s the problem when it comes to engaging audiences.

      • ThatMovePodcast

        I liked The Kids Are Alright, but the script, in my opinion, has some serious 3rd act problems. Without saying spoilers- I think it has some trouble wrapping up some loose ends and not knowing what to with certain characters that have made certain… decisions. It is still carried by good performances though

      • Mike

        The Kids Are Alright will win because of its frontrunner awards status. I still found it to be utterly heterophobic and thats coming from a gay man lol.

  • Ryan

    The Fighter and True Grit should win, they are two of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time.

    • Olive

      But the awards are for the best scripts not the entirety of the films so the winners will most likely be THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT and THE SOCIAL NETWORK.

  • hc

    What’s a documentary screenplay?

    • aly

      it is what the info the narrator says i guess

    • Kris

      LOL yeah I’m a little puzzled too.

  • 4k4k

    The Social Network hands down and Inception. This is probably the most probable category for Inception.

    • jared4ever

      Never will Inception win this.

      • liz

        I agree. I saw the movie, and although I loved it I doubt it will win any screen play categories.

      • disappointed

        If Inception wins it will probably be the first movie to win in which 80% of the dialogue is exposition.

  • side3

    Harry Nilsson!

  • Nick

    For Adapted Screenplay, it should definitely go to The Social Network.
    As for Original Screenplay, I personally would want to see it go to either Black Swan or Inception.

  • Hugh

    I really wish Please Give will get an Oscar nom over the overrated and badly written Inception.

  • Johnbo

    The Social Network should really be a dead cert. Either Black Swan or Inception for Original, but it’ll probably be the former

  • avi

    Inception & The Social Network, Shutter Island should have gotten a nomination, it’s arguably the most overlooked film of the year.

  • Julia

    Please Give!? Yay! I was beginning to think I was the only one who saw that movie.

    • PaulH

      Julie, you WERE practically the only one to see it. Every year has a what.the.eff pick and this movie that makes The Hurt Locker’s box-office look like a Harry Potter film ($4.03 million) shows just how suck ass 2010 was, movie wise .

      • Julia

        Small box office doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good movie. Obviously it’s probably not going to win, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good script.

    • eric

      Please Give was brilliant. Great to see it getting some recognition.

      • gabi

        Please give… was another of these Movies ….like Remember Me who stick with you..make you think about the “what ifs”

  • Kris

    Black Swan/The Social Network. Done.

  • Irwin

    Inception sucked! What a hoax!

  • Pat

    Inception is an amazing film, the best film of 2010.

    • Olive

      Inception is a good film but it has its flaws.

  • eric

    It’s between Black Swan and Kids for original; Social Network has adapted.

    Inception was an unnecessarily complicated mess. Dumb pretending to be smart.

  • Ericshla

    EW just feeds the machine. Waiting for Superman was sheer propaganda, not a film deserving of any high awards. Most of the WGA choices for docs are insanely superior to WfS, quit gripin’ EW for someone whose family benefits your company.

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