December 3, 2013 at 7:12 pm #121095
Breaking News Tuesday, December 3, 2013
’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘Fruitvale Station’ Excluded From WGA Awards The Writers Guild of America has remained tough on qualifying scripts for its screenplay awards, excluding more than a dozen high… Full StoryDecember 3, 2013 at 9:14 pm #121097
The full list of exclusions: 12 Years a Slave, Rush; Frutivale Station; Philomena, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, The World’s End, Blue Is the Warmest Color, The Past, Gloria, About Time, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Short Term 12 and In a World…December 3, 2013 at 9:54 pm #121098
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Wolf of Wall Street
August: Osage County
Labor DayDecember 4, 2013 at 5:56 pm #121099
What a hideous group of omissions.December 4, 2013 at 6:01 pm #121100
But totally legitimate. The WGA is a union, battling for their members who have a hard time getting respect in the industry. Why should they include scripts that are non-union?
SAG does the same thing, but it is a much more powerful union and very few domestic films that might get their attention are non-SAG (or get qualified because retrocactively the cast gets paid more). DGA (which is a strong union) is more open to non-members, which is their choice to make.
If the studios had their way, there’d be no WGA, and writers would be paid much less than they are now.December 4, 2013 at 6:32 pm #121101
Horrible list of exclusions…The WGA needs to get a life…December 4, 2013 at 6:41 pm #121102
No, those writers need to join the union.December 30, 2013 at 3:22 pm #121103
With “12 Years a Slave” and “Philomena” ineligible, how will the WGA fill the Adapted Screenplay category?
It seems “Captain Phillips”, “The Wolf of Wall Street”, “Before Midnight” and “August: Osage Country” will get nominated.
What about the fifth slot? Maybe “The Spectacular Now” or “Labor Day”?
Nominations will be announced on Friday, January 3.December 30, 2013 at 3:49 pm #121104
The omissions aren’t really all that unexpected nor are they unjustified. As Scottferguson said, they are honoring union members; by including non-union screenplays, it voids the entire idea of the award(s). And let’s be honest – the only two scripts excluded that stood a chance of nominations are “12 Years a Slave” and “Philomena,” with “Fruitvale Station” hugging the tail-end. The WGA exclusions do make it more difficult to use them as indicators for the Oscars, but beyond that, these are not unexpected.December 30, 2013 at 3:50 pm #121105
I fully understand why these aren’t eligible. At the same time, the fact that so many great screenplays are ineligible each year just makes these awards less meaningful, imo.December 30, 2013 at 3:54 pm #121106
With regards to being a “precursor,” maybe. But as far as accomplishing its goal (bringing attention to members the union thinks are underappreciated or deserve recognition), it’s right on point.December 30, 2013 at 5:59 pm #121107
With the ineligibile scripts, these might have been better than the Oscar lineups last year. Zero Dark Thirty won and The Perks of Being a Wallflower was nominated.December 31, 2013 at 12:38 am #121108
Best Original Screenplay:
– Nebraska (Bob Nelson)
– Her (Spike Jonze)
– Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)
– American Hustle (Eric Singer & David O. Russell)
– Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron & Jonas Cuaron)
Best Adapted Screenplay:
– Before Midnight (Richard Linklater, Julie Delphy & Ehan Hawke)
– Captain Phillips (Billy Ray)
– The Wolf of Wall Street (Terence Winter)
– August: Osage County (Tracy Lets)
– Lone Survivor (Peter Berg)December 31, 2013 at 6:44 am #121109
With 12 Years a Slave out of the way, this should be an easy win for Before Midnight (the best adapted screenplay of the year by far.)January 2, 2014 at 5:00 pm #121110
Not a lot of options for Adapted Screenplay, but Original Screenplay is pretty competitive. The front-runners seem to be:
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
Then we have “Gravity”, “Enough Said” and “Dallas Buyers Club”. I guess we can discount “Saving Mr. Banks”.
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