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2013 Writers Guild Awards Screen Nominations Announced; No Real Surprises...

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by Tambay A. Obenson
January 4, 2013 1:58 PM
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No real surprises here; I must be one of the few who thinks Argo is over-rated. I thought it was an OK political drama/thriller, and the praise that's being piled on it isn't at all warranted.

But in a climate of generally underwhelming films - especially studio films - all year long, I suppose a film like an Argo looks far more impressive than it really is.

But glad to see Flight (even though I thought it was an OK film as well, but with a strong performance by Denzel Washington), Zero Dark ThirtyThe Central Park Five, and Searching for Sugar Man recognized.

The rest of the story via press release below...

LOS ANGELES, NEW YORK -- The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during 2012. Winners will be honored at the 2013 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 17, 2013, during simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Flight, Written by John Gatins; Paramount Pictures

Looper, Written by Rian Johnson; TriStar Pictures

The Master, Written by Paul Thomas Anderson; The Weinstein Company

Moonrise Kingdom, Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola; Focus Features

Zero Dark Thirty, Written by Mark Boal; Columbia Pictures

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Argo, Screenplay by Chris Terrio; Based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired Magazine article “The Great Escape” by Joshuah Bearman; Warner Bros. Pictures

Life of Pi, Screenplay by David Magee; Based on the novel by Yann Martel; 20th Century Fox

Lincoln, Screenplay by Tony Kushner; Based in part on the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin; DreamWorks Pictures

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky; Based on his book; Summit Entertainment

Silver Linings Playbook, Screenplay by David O. Russell; Based on the novel by Matthew Quick; The Weinstein Company

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

The Central Park Five, Written by Sarah Burns and David McMahon and Ken Burns; Sundance Selects

The Invisible War, Written by Kirby Dick; Cinedigm Entertainment Group

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, Written by Alex Gibney; HBO Documentary Films

Searching for Sugar Man, Written by Malik Bendejelloul; Sony Pictures Classics

We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, Written by Brian Knappenberger; Cinetic Media

West of Memphis, Written by Amy Berg & Billy McMillin; Sony Pictures Classics

Feature films eligible for a Writers Guild Award were exhibited theatrically for at least one week in Los Angeles during 2012 and were written under the WGA’s Minimum Basic Agreement (MBA) or under a bona fide collective bargaining agreement of the Writers Guild of Canada, Writers Guild of Great Britain, Irish Playwrights & Screenwriters Guild, or the New Zealand Writers Guild. Theatrical screenplays produced under the jurisdiction of the WGA or an affiliate Guild must have been submitted for WGA awards consideration.

The Writers Guild Awards honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio and promotional writing, and graphic animation. The awards will be presented jointly in all competitive categories during simultaneous ceremonies on Sunday, February 17, 2013, in New York at the B.B. King Blues Club and in Los Angeles at the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE. For more information, please visit www.wga.org or www.wgaeast.org.

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7 Comments

  • NO BRAINER | January 7, 2013 2:53 AMReply

    Look who is talking about a movie being overrated. SMDH

  • Adam Scott Thompson | January 4, 2013 4:42 PMReply

    Argo's shine comes from the fact that it satisfies on mulitiple levels. It's a thriller (which people love), a feel-good story where the good guys win, full of humor and with likable characters played by likable stars. It's one of those movies that you don't have to love but can't really hate. The Academy -- and all its adjutants, such as the WGA -- really get moist for that kind of thing. How else do you explain "Crash" winning Best Picture in '05?

  • NO BRAINER | January 7, 2013 2:56 AM

    Yeah! You said it, Ad -- (record scratch) -- oh wait, wait, I hated Crash...

  • Josh | January 4, 2013 3:33 PMReply

    Completely agree about Argo. Glad to see I'm not the only one.

    I thought Perks' nomination was a very nice surprise.

  • spassky | January 4, 2013 3:25 PMReply

    So neither 'Django,' 'Les Mis,' nor 'Beasts...' being nominated isn't surprising at all?

  • Adam Scott Thompson | January 4, 2013 4:42 PM

    Yep. The guilds don't play in the gray.

  • Anwar | January 4, 2013 3:48 PM

    All three were ineligible for WGA awards. There are very specific rules and the list of ineligible films is always high here.

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