Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Writers Guild Nominations

Earlier today the Writers Guild announced their picks for best screenplays of the year albeit with a handful of Oscar-favorites ineligible as per usual. Complain all you want, but at least this gives those without any Oscar chances a moment to shine. This year that looks to be the pleasant inclusion of Guardians of the Galaxy.

Adapted Screenplay
  • American Sniper
  • Gone Girl
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Imitation Game
  • Wild
Though it looks to be Gone Girl vs. The Imitation Game for the Oscars, the others are fighting with other contenders such as the ineligible screenplay for Theory of Everything, the NBR-winning screenplay of Inherent Vice, the BFCA nominated screenplay of Unbroken, and oh yeah the "adapted" screenplay of Whiplash which was nominated in the Original category today, but is deemed Adapted for the Oscars.

Original Screenplay
  • Boyhood
  • Foxcatcher
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Nightcrawler
  • Whiplash
This lineup seems quite Oscar-y and yet there are many more ineligible films that could take a spot or two such as Birdman and Selma as well as Mr. Turner and the NBR-winning screenplay of The LEGO Movie. As I said above, Whiplash won't be in contention here so it opens up a spot, but it's just one spot for a few films. The Grand Budapest Hotel screenplay has been the critical favorite with Birdman close behind so they might the ones to beat in the end.

Documentary Screenplay
  • Finding Vivian Maier
  • The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
  • Last Days in Vietnam
  • Red Army
Unfortunately I haven't seen any of these documentaries, but congrats on their nominations!

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