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2011 Writers Guild Nominations Has Some Surprises

by Kevin Jagernauth
January 4, 2011 6:19 AM
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Well, we've already covered the snubs, but in case you missed it, the WGA disqualified a batch of movies from their awards including “Another Year,” “Biutiful,” “Blue Valentine,” “The Ghost Writer,” “The King’s Speech,” “Made in Dagenham,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “Toy Story 3” and “Winter’s Bone” as they were not made under WGA jurisdiction.

So while some very deserving scripts are getting a pass the remaining nominees do boast some surprises. We're glad to see "Please Give" finally get some recognition after pretty much being ignored this awards season and we had no idea "I Love You Phillip Morris" was based on a book, but at any rate, it's interesting to see that it made the cut. Otherwise, the rest of the nominees are pretty much what you might expect ("Inception," "The Fighter," "True Grit," "127 Hours" etc etc) but don't expect this to be much of an Oscar predictor as the disqualified films are still eligible for Academy nominations.

The awards will be handed out on Saturday, February 5. Full list of nominees below. [IndieWire]

Original Screenplay

Black Swan
Screenplay by Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin; Story by Andres Heinz; Fox Searchlight

The Fighter
Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Story byKeith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Paramount Pictures

Inception
Written by Christopher Nolan; Warner Bros.

The Kids Are All Right
Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg; Focus Features

Please Give
Written by Nicole Holofcener; Sony Pictures Classics

Adapted Screenplay

127 Hours
Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy; Based on the book Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston; Fox Searchlight

I Love You Phillip Morris
Written by John Requa & Glenn Ficarra; Based on the book by Steven McVicker; Roadside Attractions

The Social Network
Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin; Based on the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich; Sony Pictures

The Town
Screenplay by Peter Craig and Ben Affleck & Aaron Stockard; Based on the novel Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan; Warner Bros.

True Grit
Screenplay by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen; Based on the novel by Charles Portis; Paramount Pictures

Documentary Screenplay

Enemies of the People
Written, Directed, Filmed and Produced by Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath; International Film Circuit

Freedom Riders
Written, Produced and Directed by Stanley Nelson; International Film Circuit

Gasland
Written and Directed by Josh Fox; HBO Documentary Films and International WOW Company

Inside Job
Produced, Written and Directed by Charles Ferguson; Co-written by Chad Beck, Adam Bolt; Sony Pictures Classics

The Two Escobars
Written by Michael Zimbalist, Jeff Zimbalist; ESPN Films

Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)?
Written and Directed by John Scheinfeld; Lorber Films

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1 Comment

  • cirkusfolk | January 4, 2011 10:51 AMReply

    Inception and The Social Network should have these in the bag. The problem with some of the other scripts is they were written by 3+ writers (Black Swan, The Fighter). Rarely does this make for a good script. Once too many hands get in the cookie jar, things can get sticky. Notice both Inception and The Social Network were just written by one person.

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