Writers Guild announces award nominees; some definite shockers among them

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
January 4th, 2011

A while back, the Writers Guild of America found some poor headlines when they disqualified the screenplays for such beloved films as ANOTHER YEAR, BIUTIFUL, BLUE VALENTINE, and THE KING’S SPEECH from their awards consideration.

Well, we now have the nominees for the WGA’s upcoming awards ceremony, and these vacancies have apparently made room for some shocking additions.

The two most interesting additions here are the indie films PLEASE GIVE and I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS, both have had a relatively minute awards season. I haven’t seen the latter, but I can say that if there is one thing that saves the otherwise underwhelming PLEASE GIVE, it’s its rather remarkable screenplay.

However, that’s about where the interesting nominations stop, because you otherwise have your standard 2010 awards fare here. INCEPTION, THE FIGHTER, TRUE GRIT, 127 HOURS, THE SOCIAL NETWORK, and THE TOWN all get nominations here. THE TOWN, coming off its recent Producer’s Guild nomination, continues gaining momentum, and looks like an absolute lock for an Oscar nod come later this month.

Here is the full list of nominees:

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 byKeith 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

Source IndieWire

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