Oscar frontrunners for both Best Original Screenplay (“The King’s Speech,” “Winter’s Bone”) and Best Adapted Screenplay (“Toy Story 3”) are ineligible to contend for those same prizes with the Writers Guild of America, according to Steve Pond (The Wrap). Only scripts written under the guild’s guidelines or those of several international partners are allowed to vie for these kudos. While 248 films are in the running for Best Picture at the Oscars, only 43 of these have original scripts that can vie for WGA recognition while just 33 have adapted screenplays that can contend.
Among the top original works eligible for the WGA nominations which will be announced on Jan. 4 are “Black Swan,” “The Fighter,” “Inception,” and “The Town.” Adapted stories in the hunt include “127 Hours,” “The Kids Are All Right,” and “The Social Network.” The awards will be handed out on Feb. 5 simultaneously in New York and Los Angeles.
Last year, two of the eventual five Oscar nominees for Best Original Screenplay — “Inglorious Basterds” and “Up” — were not eligible for WGA consideration. Likewise, three of the Best Adapted Screenplay contenders — “District 9,” “An Education” and “In the Loop” — were left out of the running by the WGA. Indeed, only four of the 10 WGA nominees were deemed Oscar worthy: WGA winner “The Hurt Locker” which repeated at the Oscars and “A Serious Man” on the original front and eventual champ “Precious” and WGA winner “Up in the Air” on the adapted side.