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Writers Guild of America and American Society of Cinematographers nominations announced

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Today was another pretty big day, precursor wise folks. Not only did the American Society of Cinematographers (or ASC) announce their 30th awards nominations, another guild chimed in, this one being the Writers Guild of America (or WGA). Both the nominations from ASC and WGA are worth taking note of in terms of Oscar, but especially with the Writers Guild, remember that a lot of titles were previously declared ineligible. Still, what wins here will end up with a boost, regardless…provided it gets nominated by the Academy, of course. Below you’ll see the nominees from both the American Society of Cinematographers and the Writers Guild of America, further attempting to clear up what voters are going to cite for the Academy Awards. We continue to get more questions than answers though, which is becoming par for the course…

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Here now are the nominees for the 2016 Writers Guild Awards:


Bridge of Spies – Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen; DreamWorks Pictures
Sicario – Written by Taylor Sheridan; Lionsgate
Spotlight – Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy; Open Road Films
Straight Outta Compton – Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff; Universal Pictures
Trainwreck – Written by Amy Schumer; Universal Pictures


The Big Short – Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay; Based on the Book by Michael Lewis; Paramount Pictures
Carol – Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy; Based on the Novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith; The Weinstein Company
The Martian – Screenplay by Drew Goddard; Based on the Novel by Andy Weir; Twentieth Century Fox
Steve Jobs – Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin; Based on the Book by Walter Isaacson; Universal Pictures
Trumbo – Written by John McNamara; Based on the Biography by Bruce Cook; Bleecker Street Media


Being Canadian – Written by Robert Cohen; Candy Factory Films
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief – Written by Alex Gibney; HBO Documentary Films
Kurt Cobain – Montage of Heck, Written by Brett Morgen; HBO Documentary Films
Prophet’s Prey – Written by Amy J. Berg; Showtime Documentary Films

As you can see, there’s some noticeable omissions, but most come from a lack of eligibility. On the Original side, Ex Machina, The Hateful Eight, and Inside Out are still in solid positions for Oscar nominations but weren’t eligible here with the WGA. On the Adapted side of the coin, Anomalisa, Brooklyn, and Room are still very much in the running, despite being ineligible here. The frontrunner in Original still got in with Spotlight, so expect that to win here and continue a slow march to an Academy Award (side note, very cool to see my Trainwreck prediction turn out to be right). As for Adapted, we could either see The Big Short make a big play for frontrunner status or possibly The Martian, while Steve Jobs gets to hang on for dear life. We shall see what happens…

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As promised, here also are the nominees for the 30th annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards:

Bridge of Spies (Janusz Kaminski)
Carol (Ed Lachman)
Mad Max: Fury Road (John Seale)
The Revenant (Emmanuel Lubezki)
Sicario (Roger Deakins)

Quickly, a bit of analysis on what the merican Society of Cinematographers chose earlier today. Obviously, the big snub here was Robert Richardson for The Hateful Eight, which many assumed to be a lock. Also missing were Maryse Alberti (for Creed) and Dariusz Wolski (for The Martian). The five cited cinematographers by the ASC, plus Richardson and maybe Wolski are the ones that have the realistic chances still for Academy Award nominations in the Best Cinematography field, so it’s going to be interesting to see who makes it. Tough choices are being made by voters right this very minute, that’s for sure. Winner wise, Emmanuel Lubezki for The Revenant seems like the frontrunner both here and with Oscar, but you can’t discount Roger Deakins for Sicario, Ed Lachman for Carol, or John Seale for Mad Max: Fury Road at all. Decisions decisions…

Stay tuned to see if these nominees can get cited by Oscar as well!

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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