The Writers Guild of America revealed nominations on Friday, Jan. 4, for the 65th annual edition of its awardsfest. Because these kudos only consider scripts written under the guild's guidelines or those of several international partners, several leading Oscar contenders are missing.
WGA nominees for original screenplay include Oscar contenders "Zero Dark Thirty" (Mark Boal), "Moonrise Kingdom" (Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola), and "Flight" (John Gatins). The last two slots were taken by "Looper" (Rian Johnson) and "The Master" (Paul Thomas Anderson). Only "Zero Dark" writer Boal is a previous winner at the WGA (for "The Hurt Locker"). Wes anderson and Paul Thomas Anderson are previous nominees.
Four of the five Oscar contenders for Adapted Screenplay are also in contention at the WGA Awards: "Argo" (Chris Terrio) "Life of Pi" (David Magee), "Lincoln" (Tony Kushner), and "Silver Linings Playbook" (David O. Russell). Rounding out the category is "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" (Stephen Chbosky). Kushner is the only previous winner in this race; he won for the TV miniseries adaptation of his play "Angels in America."
Ineligible at the WGA Award were films including "Amour," "Django Unchained," and "Beasts of the Southern Wild," which went on to receive screenwriting bids at the Oscars.
Six films are nominated for Documentary Screenplay, including two Oscar nominees: "Searching for Sugar Man" (Malik Bendejelloul) and "The Invisible War" (Kirby Dick). The other four in contention are "West of Memphis" (Amy Berg and Billy McMillin), "The Central Park Five" (Sarah Burns, David McMahon, and Ken Burns), "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God" (Alex Gibney), and "We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists" (Brian Knappenberger).