Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book” is coming on strong at just the right time. Coming off of a great night at the Globes on Sunday, it celebrated the first day of Oscar nominations voting on Jan. 7 by reaping bids from two key precursor prizes: the ACE Eddie Awards and the Writers Guild of America Awards. That double act kept it at the top of our precursor chart.
While the WGA’s Oscars crystal ball is usually rather cloudy, this year it might have gotten the line-up right (save for one of the frontrunners, “The Favourite,” which was ineligible for consideration by the guild). Joining “Green Book” in the original screenplay race are, among others, two other likely Oscar nominees, “Roma” and “Vice.” The WGA Adapted Screenplay line-up features the same five films we are predicting to earn Oscar bids.
Five films managed to tick both the ACE Eddie and WGA boxes: “BlacKkKlansman,” “Roma,” “A Star is Born,” “Green Book” and “Vice.”
The latter is still in second place, with 10 boxes to 12 for “Green Book.” Two films are tied for third, with nine boxes apiece: “BlacKkKlansman” and “A Star is Born.” Two others are in fourth, with eight boxes ticked: “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which really on fire following the Globes victories, and “The Favourite,” which earned an ACE nom (remember, it was not eligible at the WGA).
“Roma” sits on seven, while a trio of films have five boxes: “Black Panther,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Crazy Rich Asians.” “Beale Street” has managed to rolling again after stumbling with SAG and PGA snubs by earning ticks from a Globes victory and the WGA nomination.
These guild nominations are coming thick and fast – the DGA is up next, while BAFTA will announce their nominations a day later. Stay tuned to see if “Green Book” can maintain its lead or whether “Vice” will zoom past it.
Be sure to make your Oscar nomination predictions so that Hollywood studio executives can see how their films are faring in our Academy Awards odds. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominees are announced on January 22.