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WGA disqualifies scripts for TOY STORY 3, BLUE VALENTINE, and more for their awards

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
December 29th, 2010

While people may like to give the Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ respective music branch grief for their various disqualifications, it looks like the WGA is looking to take a bit of that heat.

According to Variety, the WGA, in preparation for their upcoming awards ceremony, have disqualified scripts for some hotly talked about films. The guild has disqualified the scripts of ANOTHER YEAR, BIUTIFUL, BLUE VALENTINE, THE GHOST WRITER, THE KING’S SPEECH, MADE IN DAGENHAM, SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD, TOY STORY 3 AND WINTER’S BONE.

Now, it’s not rare for guilds or branches to have their fair share of rules. Apparently, and not to anyone’s shock, the WGA only awards those screenplays penned under WGA watch, and those screenplays that are also submitted formally for respective consideration. Sure, it is quite upsetting to see some of the year’s best screenplays getting the shaft due to arguably arbitrary rules, but these rules haven’t changed, so the fault tends to lie with those behind the scripts.

That said, it doesn’t make it any easier to take. It’s a weird situation to have a guild only award those screenplays that they had watch over, and leaves an overall sour taste in this writer’s mouth. Now, while the WGA does often point towards Oscar, with 11 of the last 16 years matching WGA for Oscar, it shouldn’t be changing anytime soon. Aaron Sorkin’s script for THE SOCIAL NETWORK is still up for consideration, and should walk away with the award come Oscar time as well.

What do you think?

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