Writers Guild Awards nominees: ‘American Sniper,’ ‘Boyhood,’ ‘Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘Imitation Game,’ …

The Writers Guild of America revealed nominations on Wednesday (Jan. 7) for the 66th annual edition of its awardsfest, which will be held simultaneously in LA and Gotham on Feb. 14.

The original screenplay nominees are: “Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,”   “Nightcrawler,” and “Whiplash” (which has been bumped to adapted screenplay by the Oscars because it is based, in part, on a short film that writer/director Damien Chazelle made to raise money for the movie.)

Adapted screenplay contenders are: “American Sniper,”  “Gone Girl,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Imitation Game” and “Wild.” 

However, as 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 adaptation of “The Theory of Everything” and the original scripts for “Birdman,” “Selma” and “Mr. Turner.”

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While 323 films are in the running for Best Picture at the Oscars, only 60 of these had original scripts that coud vie for WGA recognition while just 48 had adapted screenplays that could contend. Compare those figures to last year when 54 original scripts and 41 adaptations were eligible.

As such, these kudos are not the most reliable barometer of the eventual Oscar nominees, Indeed, in the past five years only 30 of the WGA nominees have numbered among the 50 screenplays that reaped Oscar bids.

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These stringent WGA rules also played out in the Documentary category where three of the five nominees number among the 15 features still in the running at the Oscars: “Finding Vivian Maier,” “The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz” and Last Days in Vietnam.” The fourth WGA nominee is “Red Army.” 

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Boyhood
Written by Richard Linklater

Foxcatcher
Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman

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

Nightcrawler
Written by Dan Gilroy

“Whiplash”
Written by Damien Chazelle

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
American Sniper
Written by Jason Hall; Based on the book by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice

Gone Girl
Screenplay by Gillian Flynn; Based on her novel

Guardians of the Galaxy
Written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman; Based on the Marvel comic by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning

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

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

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY
Finding Vivian Maier
Written by John Maloof & Charlie Siskel

“The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz”
Written by Brian Knappenberger

“Last Days in Vietnam”
Written by Mark Bailey & Kevin McAlester

“Red Army”
Written by Gabe Polsky

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