Writers Guild Awards nominees: ‘American Hustle,’ ‘Nebraska,’ ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ …

The Writers Guild of America revealed nominations on Friday (Jan. 3) for the 66th annual edition of its awardsfest, which will be held simultaneously in LA and Gotham on Feb. 1.

The original screenplay nominees are: “American Hustle,” “Blue Jasmine,”Dallas Buyers Club, “Her” and “Nebraska.” 

Adapted screenplay contenders are: “August: Osage County,” “Before Midnight,” “Captain Phillips,” “Lone Survivor” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Because these kudos only consider screenplays written under the guild’s guidelines or those of several international partners, several leading Oscar contenders were ineligible for consideration including the adaptations of “12 Years a Slave” and “Philomena” and the original scripts for “Frutivale Station” and “Rush.” 

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Among those eligible entries that were snubbed were the original scripts for “Enough Said,” “Gravity” and “Inside Llewyn Davis” as well as the adaptations for “Labor Day” and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”

While 289 films are in the running for Best Picture at the Oscars, only 54 of these had original scripts that coud vie for WGA recognition while just 41 had adapted screenplays that could contend. (Compare those figures to last year when 68 original scripts and 44 adaptations were eligible.)

Those stringent WGA rules also played out in the Documentary category where just two of the five nominees number among the 15 features still in the running at the Oscars: “Dirty Wars” and “Stories We Tell.” That race is rounded out by “Herblock: The Black & The White,” “No Place on Earth” and “We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks.”

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