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Writers Guild Noms Bring Surprises

by Anne Thompson
January 11, 2010 7:21 AM
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Thompson on Hollywood

The Writers Guild Award nominations are in. Remember, as far as future Oscar noms are concerned, the list of ineligible WGA films this year was long: Inglourious Basterds, Up, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Me and Orson Welles, A Single Man and An Education among them.

For example, I find it unlikely that The Hangover will wind up with an Oscar nomination. Avatar makes it in, a sign of strength, but it may not land an eventual Oscar nom either. Nancy Meyers' original It's Complicated omission is a sign of weakness for that Oscar nomination in a wide-open category. Respected vet screenwriter-director Nora Ephron's Jule & Julia lands an adapted nom, but Anthony Peckham's Invictus does not. Fox Searchlight is scoring well with both original (500) Days of Summer and adapted Crazy Heart, which gets another surprise nomination. Is Crazy Heart going to earn more than a best actor nod?

Full list on jump.


(500) Days of Summer, Written by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber; Fox Searchlight

Avatar, Written by James Cameron; 20th Century Fox

The Hangover, Written by Jon Lucas & Scott Moore; Warner Bros.

The Hurt Locker, Written by Mark Boal; Summit Entertainment

A Serious Man, Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen; Focus Features


Crazy Heart, Screenplay by Scott Cooper; Based on the novel by Thomas Cobb; Fox Searchlight

Julie & Julia, Screenplay by Nora Ephron; Based on the books Julie & Julia by Julie Powell and My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme; Sony Pictures

Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire, Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher; Based on the novel Push by Sapphire; Lionsgate

Star Trek, Written by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman; Based upon Star Trek, Created by Gene Roddenberry; Paramount Pictures

Up in the Air, Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner; Based upon the novel by Walter Kirn; Paramount Pictures


Against the Tide, Screenplay by Richard Trank; Moriah Films

Capitalism: A Love Story, Written by Michael Moore; Overture Films

The Cove, Written by Mark Monroe; Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions

Earth Days, Written by Robert Stone; Zeitgeist Films

Good Hair, Written by Chris Rock & Jeff Stilson and Lance Crouther and Chuck Sklar; Roadside Attractions

Soundtrack for a Revolution, Written by Bill Guttentag & Dan Sturman; Freedom Song Productions and Louverture Films

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  • LoveCinema Sarah | January 12, 2010 3:22 AMReply

    Glad to see sci-fi films getting attention in categories other than FX, but come on, Avatar for screenplay!?! That's almost as ridic as unobtanium.

  • Jim | January 12, 2010 12:52 AMReply

    It's a damn shame that the screenplay for "Adventureland" wasn't nominated; well crafted, emotionally fulfilling, and thoroughly engaging, "Adventureland" was everything that over-inflated mess "Up in the Air" lacked.

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