Writers Guild Awards nominations: ‘Spotlight,’ ‘The Big Short,’ ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ ‘The Martian,’ ‘Trainwreck’ …

The Writers Guild of America revealed nominations on Wednesday (Jan. 6) for the 67th annual edition of its awardsfest, which will be held simultaneously in LA and Gotham on Feb. 13.

The original screenplay nominees are: "Bridge of Spies," "Sicario," "Spotlight," "Straight Outta Compton," and "Trainwreck." 

Adapted screenplay contenders are: "The Big Short,"Carol," "The Martian," "Steve Jobs" and "Trumbo." 

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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 adaptations of "Brooklyn" and "Room" and the original scripts for "The Hateful Eight" and "Inside Out." 

While 305 films are in the running for Best Picture at the Oscars, only 61 of these had original scripts that coud vie for WGA recognition while just 51 had adapted screenplays that could contend. Compare those figures to last year when 60 original scripts and 48 adaptations were eligible.

As such, these kudos are not the most reliable barometer of the eventual Oscar nominees, In the past six years only 37 of the WGA nominees have numbered among the 60 screenplays that reaped Oscar bids. Indeed, last year's Oscar winner for Best Original Screenplay, "Birdman," was ineligible here. 

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ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
"Bridge of Spies"
Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen

"Sicario"
Written by Taylor Sheridan

"Spotlight"
Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy

"Straight Outta Compton"
Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff;
Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

"Trainwreck"
Written by Amy Schumer

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ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
"The Big Short"
Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay;
Based on the book of the same name by Michael Lewis

"Carol"
Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy
Based on the novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith

"The Martian"
Screenplay by Drew Goddard
Based on the novel of the same name by Andy Weir;

"Steve Jobs"
Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
Based on the book of the same name by Walter Isaacson

"Trumbo"
Screenplay by John McNamara;
Based on the book of the same name by  Bruce Cook<

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DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY
"Being Canadian"
Written by Robert Cohen

"Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief"
Written by Alex Gibney

"Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck"
Written by Brett Morgen

"Prophet’s Prey"
Written by Amy J. Berg

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One thought on “Writers Guild Awards nominations: ‘Spotlight,’ ‘The Big Short,’ ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ ‘The Martian,’ ‘Trainwreck’ …

  1. I’d say that in the Original Screenplay category, replace Trainwreck with The Hateful Eight since it’s obvious the academy won’t nominate it, Bridesmaids had traction, this doesn’t. I’d love to see Sicario get a nod but let’s be honest, Inside Out has more support, and arguably deserves the nomination more. In Adapted Screenplay, I think there’ll only be one difference at the Oscars, replace Trumbo with Room. As great as Brooklyn is, out of the five other potential nominees (The Martian, Big Short, Room, Carol and Steve Jobs) it clearly has the least traction for the nomination, and will likely miss out on the award

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