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.
"Argo, screenplay by Chris Terrio; based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired Magazine article “The Great Escape” by Joshuah Bearman
"Life of Pi," Screenplay by David Magee; based on the novel by Yann Martel
"Lincoln," screenplay by Tony Kushner; based in part on the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower," screenplay by Stephen Chbosky; based on his book
"Silver Linings Playbook," screenplay by David O. Russell; Based on the novel by Matthew Quick; The Weinstein Company
While 282 films are eligible for Best Picture at the Oscars, only 68 of these had original scripts that could vie for WGA recognition while just 44 had adapted screenplays that could contend. Winners will be revealed in joint ceremonies on Feb. 17 at the Marriott in Los Angeles and B.B. Kings in New York.
Last year, only five of the 10 WGA nominees went on to contend at the Oscars. In 2010, six of the 10 WGA nominees went on to compete at the Oscars while only four managed to do this in 2009.
Three of last year's Oscar nominees for Best Original Screenplay -- "The Artist," "Margin Call" and "A Separation" -- were ineligible with the WGA as was one of the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar contenders -- "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy."
In 2010, Aaron Sorkin won Best Adapted Screenplay at both kudos for "The Social Network." He edged out the adapters of "127 Hours" and "True Grit" for both awards. However, two of his Oscar rivals -- "Toy Story 3" and "Winter's Bone" -- were ineligible to contend at the WGAs.
The eventual Oscar winner for Best Original Screenplay -- "The King's Speech" -- was also ineligible for the WGA award as was another Oscar nominee -- "Another Year." Oscar contender Christopher Nolan won that prize for "Inception" edging out, among others, Oscar rivals "The Fighter" and "The Kids Are All Right."
And in 2009, the four WGA contenders deemed Oscar worthy were: WGA winner "The Hurt Locker" which repeated at the Oscars and "A Serious Man" on the original front and eventual champ "Precious" and WGA winner "Up in the Air" on the adapted side. Two of the eventual five Oscar nominees for Best Original Screenplay -- "Inglorious Basterds" and "Up" -- were ineligible for WGA consideration. Likewise, three of the Best Adapted Screenplay contenders -- "District 9," "An Education" and "In the Loop" -- were left out of the running by the WGA.