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.
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.
“Bridge of Spies”
Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
Written by Taylor Sheridan
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
Written by Amy Schumer
“The Big Short”
Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay;
Based on the book of the same name by Michael Lewis
Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy
Based on the novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
Screenplay by Drew Goddard
Based on the novel of the same name by Andy Weir;
Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
Based on the book of the same name by Walter Isaacson
Screenplay by John McNamara;
Based on the book of the same name by Bruce Cook<
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
Written by Amy J. Berg
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