Writers Guild Nominations 2014 Show Strength of 'Dallas Buyers Club' and 'Blue Jasmine'

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by Anne Thompson
January 3, 2014 1:26 PM
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Cate Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine"
Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in "Before Midnight"

The Writers Guild of America (West and East) has unveiled its 2014 nominations. Again, PGA nominees "Dallas Buyers Club" and "Blue Jasmine" are showing strength while the Coens' "Inside Llewyn Davis" reveals its weakness. The Weinstein Co. did better today, grabbing an adapted nomination for Tracy Letts' "August: Osage County," but not for "The Butler," which was eligible, unlike "Philomena," "Fruitvale Station," or "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." 

In the Screenplay categories for the Oscars, every year a number of films go into competition without a boost from the Writers Guild. This is due to strictly followed Guild rules. Non-Guild writers, films produced under companies that are not WGA signatories or made outside of the Guild's guidelines are ineligible. Also excluded this year from WGA qualification are indies "12 Years a Slave" and "Rush," as well as original screenplays from Lake Bell (Indie Spirit nominee "In a World…") and Brit Edgar Wright ("The World's End"). (Most awards season screenplays have been made available online to up their exposure.)

Jennifer Lawrence in "American Hustle"

This always makes it harder to call which films will finally land Oscar nominations for Best Screenplay, because this provides room for other contenders to rise to the top, including Peter Berg's late-arrival "Lone Survivor." Tellingly, Alfonso and Jonas Cuaron's "Gravity" did not land a nod. Steady as they go are PGA nominees "Nebraska," "The Wolf of Wall Street," "American Hustle," "Captain Phillips" and "Her." 

While Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said" did not score a nomination, other women writers did, including Melissa Wallack ("Dallas Buyers Club") and Julie Delpy ("Before Midnight"). 

Oscar shortlisted docs "Stories We Tell," "Dirty Wars" and "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" made the WGA cut along with "Herblock" and "No Place on Earth." 

'Nebraska'

Winners will be honored at the 2014 Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City.


ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

 American Hustle, Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell; Columbia Pictures

 Blue Jasmine, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics

 Dallas Buyers Club, Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack; Focus Features

 Her, Written by Spike Jonze; Warner Bros.

 Nebraska, Written by Bob Nelson; Paramount Pictures

 ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

August: Osage County, Screenplay by Tracy Letts; Based on his play; The Weinstein Company

Before Midnight, Written by Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke; Based on characters created by Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan; Sony Classics

Captain Phillips, Screenplay by Billy Ray; Based on the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty; Columbia Pictures

Lone Survivor, Written by Peter Berg; Based on the book by Marcus Lutrell with Patrick Robinson; Universal Pictures

The Wolf of Wall Street, Screenplay by Terence Winter; Based on the book by Jordan Belfort; Paramount Pictures 

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

Dirty Wars, Written by Jeremy Scahill & David Riker; Sundance Selects

Herblock – The Black & The White, Written by Sara Lukinson & Michael Stevens; The Stevens Company

No Place on Earth, Written by Janet Tobias & Paul Laikin; Magnolia Pictures

Stories We Tell, Written by Sarah Polley; Roadside Attractions

We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks; Written by Alex Gibney; Focus Features




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3 Comments

  • Marian | January 4, 2014 3:36 AMReply

    I'm very sad Enough Said wasn't nominated. It's an 'elegant' screenplay that gave me a lot of pleasure when I read it after seeing the movie, which I also enjoyed.

  • The Pope | January 3, 2014 6:48 PMReply

    Shocked and disappointed to see 12 Years a Slave not on the list. Personally, I can't see how it was overlooked in favor of either Captain Philips and/or Lone Survivor.

  • Joe | January 3, 2014 1:58 PMReply

    Who exactly nominates the qualifying films? Is it a committee and then the membership votes?

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