The Writers Guild of America has their own set of rules for their annual awards that requires nominees to meet a certain set of guidelines. Films not registered with the guild before or during production are often deemed ineligible months before the nomination ballots are even sent out. This year films like Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Shame, Martha Marcy May Marlene, The Skin I Live In, Beginners, Drive, Rango, Carnage, and The Artist.
It is perfectly acceptable for a group not to deify the Academy and copy all of their eligibility criteria verbatim, but it does make it rather difficult to predict how many WGA nominees will go on to receive an Oscar nomination. From that short list above I assume at least two (The Artist and Beginners), maybe three (add Tinker or Martha) will be on the Academy’s shortlist. Last year six out of the ten WGA nominees went on to receive Oscar nods and the eventual winner David Seidler’s The King’s Speech script was not nominated. Two years ago only four out of the ten WGA nominees received Oscar nods.
I shall not be too hasty to discount the films that did receive nominations, however. I am pleased that Midnight in Paris and Bridesmaids are both present in the Original Screenplay category. The latter film is looking stronger than ever with a PGA, SAG Ensemble, and WGA nomination already this year. It is looking more and more like it is not a longshot for Best Picture after all. In the Adapted Screenplay category the projected frontrunner The Descendants from Alexander Payne did manage a nomination.
View the complete list below:
Writers Guild of America Award
50/50, Written by Will Reiser
Bridesmaids, Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
Midnight in Paris, Written by Woody Allen
Win Win, Screenplay by Tom McCarthy; Story by Tom McCarthy & Joe Tiboni
Young Adult, Written by Diablo Cody
The Descendants, Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Screenplay by Steven Zaillian
The Help, Screenplay by Tate Taylor
Hugo, Screenplay by John Logan
Moneyball, Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin
Better This World, Written by Katie Galloway & Kelly Duane de la Vega
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, Written by Marshall Curry and Matthew Hamachek
Nostalgia for the Light, Written by Patricio Guzmán
Pina, Screenplay by Wim Wenders
Position Among the Stars, Script by Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich, Leonard Retel Helmrich
Senna, Written by Manish Pandey
The winners will be announced on Friday, January 27, 2012.