Writers Guild of America Announces Nominees

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Earlier today, the final guild precursor was revealed, as the Writers Guild of America (or WGA) announced their nominees. It was basically the final big card left to fall before it’s solely up to Academy voters to make up their minds and send in their ballots (the Directors Guild of America won’t announce until after the Oscar nominations). WGA always rules some big contenders ineligible, and that was again the case this year (as I’ll briefly address below), but of the titles that were cited this year, it was a mix of expected contenders like Boyhood and Gone Girl with slightly more unexpected citations like Guardians of the Galaxy and Nightcrawler. Also, Whiplash was nominated in Original, while it’s now going to be competing in Adapted at the Academy Awards (if it’s nominated), but more on that tomorrow…

Before I reveal the full list of nominees, I do want to show you what wasn’t eligible, for some clarification. Among the ineligible Original contenders, there was surefire Oscar nominee Birdman, alongside hopefuls like Mr. Turner and Selma. There were longer shots too like Calvary and Dear White People that were ruled out of it, so that means eligible players like Interstellar were just outright snubbed. On the Adapted side, the biggest player ruled ineligible was The Theory of Everything, which will get in with the Academy anyway. The WGA also knocked out longer shots like The Boxtrolls, How to Train Your Dragon 2, A Most Wanted Man, and The Two Faces of January. That means among the snubbed titles here were The Fault in Our Stars, Inherent Vice, Rosewater, and Unbroken, just to name a few of the ones that could have shown up today. Interesting, to say the least.

Here now are the WGA nominees, in all their glory:

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Boyhood, Written by Richard Linklater; IFC Films

Foxcatcher, Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman; Sony Pictures Classics

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness; Fox Searchlight

Nightcrawler, Written by Dan Gilroy; Open Road Films

Whiplash, Written by Damien Chazelle; Sony Pictures Classics

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

American Sniper, Written by Jason Hall; Based on the book by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice; Warner Bros.

Gone Girl, Screenplay by Gillian Flynn; Based on her novel; 20th Century Fox

Guardians of the Galaxy, Written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman; Based on the Marvel comic by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The Imitation Game, Written by Graham Moore; Based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges; The Weinstein Company

Wild, Screenplay by Nick Hornby; Based on the book by Cheryl Strayed; Fox Searchlight

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

Finding Vivian Maier, Written by John Maloof & Charlie Siskel; Sundance Selects

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, Written by Brian Knappenberger; FilmBuff

Last Days in Vietnam, Written by Mark Bailey & Kevin McAlester; American Experience Films

Red Army, Written by Gabe Polsky; Sony Pictures Classics

Stay tuned to see how this matches up with Oscar!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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