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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