Writers Guild Awards predictions: ‘American Hustle,’ ‘Before Midnight,’ ‘Stories We Tell’

The 66th annual edition of the Writers Guild of America awardsfest will be held simultaneously in LA and Gotham on Saturday (Feb. 1).

Because these kudos only consider screenplays written under the guild’s guidelines or those of several international partners, several leading Oscar contenders were ineligible for consideration including the adaptations of “12 Years a Slave” and “Philomena.”

The original screenplay WGA nominees are: “American Hustle,” “Blue Jasmine,”Dallas Buyers Club, “Her” and “Nebraska.” These match up with the Oscar lineup with “American Hustle” and “Her” locked in a tight race at both kudos.

Our Experts, Editors, Top 24 Users and All Users give the edge at the WGA to “American Hustle” at 5/6 versus 7/5 for “Her.” Coming in at 50/1 are “Blue Jasmine” and “Nebraska” while “Dallas Buyers Club” rounds out the race at 100/1. 

The adapted screenplay WGA nominees are: “August: Osage County,” “Before Midnight,” “Captain Phillips,” “Lone Survivor” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” However, at the Oscars, “August: Osage County” and “Lone Survivor” were bumped by “12 Years a Slave” and “Philomena.”

While we expect “12 Years a Slave” to handily win the Oscar, the WGA race is a close one between two of the three Oscar contenders: “Before Midnight” is slightly ahead of “The Wolf of Wall Street” with odds of 2/3 versus 15/8. “August: Osage County” and Oscar nominee “Captain Phillips” are at 50/1 while “Lone Survivor” is last with odds of 100/1.

Those stringent WGA rules also played out in the Documentary category where just one of the five nominees — “Dirty Wars” — is up for the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. However, “Stories We Tell” — which did number among the 15 semi-finalists at the Oscars — is the overwhelming favorite to win the WGA award. It has odds of 2/3 while “Dirty Wars” and “We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks” are at 20/1, “No Place on Earth” is at 50/1 and “Herblock: The Black & The White” has odds of 100/1.

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