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  • Scottferguson
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    #44402

    These nominations are not any time soon, but thought I’d set this up now.

    The Writers’ Guild limits nominations to scripts filmed under the auspices of the union, which limits most non-US films as well as those not written by members (as was the case with Inglourious Basterds). They also exclude animated films, since the studios refuse to consider those scripts to be under the same pay scale and rights as live-action.

    This in turn allows for a broader range of films – like hit comedies and other broad releases, as well as smaller specialized ones – to make it in, and possibly nudge the Academy branch to watch them (although their announcement comes close to the ballot deadline).

    At some point there will be a list of WGA eligible films. In the meantime, I’ll list screeners as they are received (per a good source of mine). Not all significant eligible films are sent – Fox Searchlight held back both Black Swan and 127 Hours last year, and both were nominated.

    Here is what has been sent so far (it’s still early – the WGA tends to get late):

    Midnight in Paris
    Bridesmaids
    Contagion

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    Scottferguson
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    There are 88 films in contention – Kris Tapley came up with a list of a bunch of significant films that aren’t, which is important to note:

    Original – “The Artist,” “Beginners,” “The Iron Lady,” “The Lady,” “Like Crazy,” “Margin
    Call,” “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” “Melancholia,” “Rango” and “Take Shelter.”

    Adapted – “Albert Nobbs,” “Carnage,” “Drive,” “Jane Eyre,” “My Week with Marilyn,”
    “Sarah’s Key,” “Shame,” “The Skin I Live In” and “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”

    Tintin, despite being somewhat an animated film though is eligible.

    (Only scripts credited to WGA members and made under the auspices of WGA contracts are eligible – this eliminates nearly all non-US films as well as most independents)

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    Novic
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    #44405

    Adapted – “The Artist,” “Beginners,” “The Iron Lady,” “The Lady,” “Like Crazy,” “Margin
    Call,” “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” “Melancholia,” “Rango” and “Take Shelter.”

    Original – “Albert Nobbs,” “Carnage,” “Drive,” “Jane Eyre,” “My Week with Marilyn,”
    “Sarah’s Key,” “Shame,” “The Skin I Live In” and “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”

    Um…somewhat insignificant but I think you got the lists mixed up. All the ones under adapted are actually original screenplays and the ones listed under original are adapted screenplays. Thanks for the list though!

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    Scottferguson
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    #44406

    sure did, will change, not insignificant. thx for catching

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    Tye-Grr
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    So… Basically, all of the major contenders are out of the running for the WGA. LMAO!

    I guess by default ‘The Descendants’ takes adapted screenplay, and ‘Midnight In Paris’ takes original screenplay. LOL!

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    Scottferguson
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    #44408

    Hugo, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, War Horse, EL&DC among others remain eligible, but yes, it is a depleted list again.

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    Tye-Grr
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    No, but seriously… I’m betting the winners are ‘The Descendants’ and ‘Midnight In Paris’. There’s a little wiggle room in Adapted, but in Original, what can challenge ‘Midnight In Paris’ now?

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    Scottferguson
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    #44410

    Young Adult possibly?

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    Tye-Grr
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    Young Adult possibly?

    Good one, SF. Okay, that’s a legit contender. An oversight on my part.

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    iskolar
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    #44412

    With almost everything as ineligible, I’m wishing Harry Potter gets a mention. And yes, it seems that Descendants and Midnight in Paris are shoo-ins for the wins.

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    Scottferguson
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    Hugo for adapted has to be considered a possibility. John Logan (the writer) previously won a WGA award for his TV movie RKO 281. His previous screenplays include Gladiator, Any Given Sunday, Star Trek: Nemisis, The Last Samurai, Sweeney Todd, Rango, Coriolanus as well as Spielberg’s upcoming Lincoln. Since I now regard Hugo as the best picture frontrunner, though its screenplay might not be its most acclaimed aspect, being in competition for this award should be considered as possible.

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    dannyboy.
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    #44414

    Logan’s list of previous work is so wonderfully.. varied. Hugo is most definitely on my list of must-sees this season. I hope that they are successful with their rollout of theaters.. seems pretty risky.

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    Scottferguson
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    #44415

    this thread lists the major ineligible ones above and contains the earlier discussion

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    Scottferguson
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    #44416

    WGA members got a lousy selection of screeners this year – added to my earlier list, The Descendants and War Horse got sent. But not many more.

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    Scottferguson
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    #44417

    They should be announced around 10 am PT/1PM ET if it’s the same as last year.

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