The 67th annual edition of the Writers Guild of America awardsfest will be held simultaneously in LA and Gotham on Saturday (Feb. 14).
Because these kudos only consider screenplays written under the guild’s guidelines or those of several international partners, two of the Oscar contenders were ineligible: the original script for “Birdman” and the adaptation of “The Theory of Everything.”
The WGA nominees for Best Original Screenplay are:
Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
“Whiplash” was 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. That freed up room in this category at the Oscars for the WGA-ineligible “Birdman.”
At both kudos, helmer Wes Anderson and co-writer Hugh Guinness are in the lead for his comedy charmer “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” At the WGA, their odds of prevailing are 2/3. The other contenders are three writer/directors — Richard Linklater (“Boyhood,” odds of 10/3); Chazelle (“Whiplash,” 10/1); and Dan Gilroy (“Nightcrawler,” 50/1) — followed by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman (“Foxcatcher,” 100/1).
The WGA nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay are:
Written by Jason Hall; Based on the book by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice
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 by Andrew Hodges
Screenplay by Nick Hornby; Based on the book by Cheryl Strayed
Only two of these — “American Sniper” and “The Imitation Game” — also reaped Oscar bids. The other Oscar nominees are “Inherent Vice” (Paul Thomas Anderson‘s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel); the WGA-ineligible “The Theory of Everything” (Anthony McCarten‘s adaptation of Jane Wilde Hawking‘s memoir “Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen”) and “Whiplash.”
At the WGA, Gillian Flynn has the edge for adapting her bestselling novel “Gone Girl,” with odds of 1/1. “The Imitation Game” scribe Moore — who leads at the Oscars — is next here with odds of 7/5 followed by “American Sniper” scripter Hall at 16/1 and then both Nick Hornby (“Wild”) and the team of James Dunn and Nicole Perlman (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) at 100/1.
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