Thursday, January 5, 2012

Writers Guild Nominations

It's a barrel of laughs with the Writers Guild of America announcing their comedy-heavy nominations earlier today. One of those nominations went to Bridesmaids which so far has shown up in almost all of the guilds including SAG and PGA joining Oscar front-runners The Descendants, The Help, and Midnight in Paris in that elite group. Some are already wondering if this can translate to a Best Picture nomination. It's not impossible!

Original Screenplay
  • 50/50
  • Bridesmaids
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Win Win
  • Young Adult

Adapted Screenplay
  • The Descendants
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • The Help
  • Hugo
  • Moneyball

Documentary Screenplay
  • Better This World
  • If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
  • Nostalgia for the Light
  • Pina
  • Position Among the Stars
  • Senna

Again, Bridesmaids getting nominated here is telling especially since unlike the other nominees it wasn't nominated at the Golden Globes, BFCA, nor got any critics awards. With that said, one film will need to leave to make way for Oscar front-runner and WGA ineligible The Artist. Other ineligible films for Original Screenplay that might make the Oscar shortlist include Beginners, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Melancholia, A Separation, Rango, Margin Call, Shame, and Take Shelter. Tree of Life was eligible, but no one really expected this to show up here though there's always a chance it'll show up at the Oscars.

For Adapted Screenplay, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo got the big boost here with the others getting critical notices as well as BFCA or Golden Globe nominations prior. Fincher's film presumably knocked out War Horse, Ides of March, and Extremely Close & Incredible Loud all of which had their Oscar chances decrease a bit with the snub today. Ineligible films include Drive, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Albert Nobbs, My Week with Marilyn, Carnage, and Jane Eyre. And of course nothing for the final film of the Harry Potter series.

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