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  • babypook
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    Breaking News
    Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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      ’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…  
     
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    Guest2014
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    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…

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    ORIGINAL: 
    American Hustle
    Her
    Nebraska
    Inside Llewyn Davis
    Blue Jasmine

    ADAPTED:
    The Wolf of Wall Street
    Before Midnight
    August: Osage County
    Captain Phillips
    Labor Day 

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    Someonelikeme
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    What a hideous group of omissions.

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    Scottferguson
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    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.   

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    benbraddock
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    Horrible list of exclusions…The WGA needs to get a life…

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    Scottferguson
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    No, those writers need to join the union.

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    outsider
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    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.

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    Spenser Davis
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    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.

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    Gabriel
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    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.

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    Spenser Davis
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    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.

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    Riley
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    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.

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    AviChristiaans
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    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)

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    Gabriel
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    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.)

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    Not a lot of options for Adapted Screenplay, but Original Screenplay is pretty competitive. The front-runners seem to be:

    “American Hustle”
    “Blue Jasmine”
    “Her”
    “Nebraska”
    “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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