Saturday, January 4, 2014

Writers Guild Nominations

Another day, another guild announcement as the Writers Guild chime in with their pick. Like every year, a few of the frontrunner films are ineligible, which means there's a good chance a more than a few of the films nominated here won't translate for the Oscars.

Adapted Screenplay
  • August: Osage County
  • Before Midnight
  • Captain Phillips
  • Lone Survivor
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

Original Screenplay
  • American Hustle
  • Blue Jasmine
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Her
  • Nebraska

Documentary Screenplay
  • Dirty Wars
  • Herblock - The Black & The White
  • No Place on Earth
  • Stories We Tell
  • We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks

In Adapted, BFCA and Golden Globe nominees 12 Years a Slave and Philomena were deemed not eligible, which gave room for the surprise inclusion of Lone Survivor. The other films were more or less expected as they've been cited elsewhere with Wolf of Wall Street and Before Midnight possibly fighting for the win. I really like Wall Street, but I have to admit to rooting for the writing team of Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, and Richard Linklater here if only so they can be duly rewarded for their work for the past three films.

The biggest shock in Original Screenplay is the absence of the Coen brother's NBR-winning screenplay for Inside Llewyn Davis. After all the critical love, the film is suddenly on life support after missing out on the recent guild awards. This left room for Dallas Buyers Club to swoop in and along with fellow nominee American Hustle, have hit all of the guilds so far. The overwhelming critic's favorite is Spike Jonze's Her, but underestimate Woody Allen here, receiving his 21st nod, at your peril.

Finally, quick shout out to Sarah Polley who was nominated for her documentary Stories We Tell. I really loved it and hope she wins.

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