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Writers Guild Nomination Surprises: Please Give, I Love You Phillip Morris

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 4, 2011 at 6:37AM

The Writers Guild of America nominations --which do not consider non-Guild signatories and animation, so Toy Story 3, Winter's Bone, Another Year, The King's Speech and Blue Valentine were not eligible--boost the Oscar fortunes of original screenplays The Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right and Please Give. Among the adapted screenplays, 127 Hours, The Social Network and the Coens' True Grit were expected, while I Love You Phillip Morris and The Town show unexpected strength. Ben Affleck's Boston caper movie also made the Producers Guild top ten this morning, as did all the other narrative feature nominees except Please Give and Morris, which are unlikely to be announced by Academy president Tom Sherak and Mo'Nique on Oscar nominations morning January 25.
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The Writers Guild of America nominations --which do not consider non-Guild signatories and animation, so Toy Story 3, Winter's Bone, Another Year, The King's Speech and Blue Valentine were not eligible--boost the Oscar fortunes of original screenplays The Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right and Please Give. Among the adapted screenplays, 127 Hours, The Social Network and the Coens' True Grit were expected, while I Love You Phillip Morris and The Town show unexpected strength. Ben Affleck's Boston caper movie also made the Producers Guild top ten this morning, as did all the other narrative feature nominees except Please Give and Morris, which are unlikely to be announced by Academy president Tom Sherak and Mo'Nique on Oscar nominations morning January 25.

Films that did not make the WGA grade include Rabbit Hole, Get Low, Hereafter, Shutter Island, Somewhere and You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger from writers' fave Woody Allen, which were also ignored by the PGA.

The full list of nominees is on the jump.

Of the expected documentary nominees, only Inside Job, Enemies of the People and Gasland are on the Oscar short list. PGA-nominated Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer and Waiting for Superman were significant omissions, while Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop was again a no-show.

The winners will be announced at the 2011 Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, February 5, 2011.

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 by Keith 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

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Stuck In Love, Oscars, Coens, Chris Nolan, Screenwriters


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.