Monday, January 11, 2010

WGA nominations!

Original Screenplay
(500) Days of Summer, by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
Avatar, by James Cameron
The Hangover, by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore
The Hurt Locker, by Mark Boal
A Serious Man, by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Adapted Screenplay
Crazy Heart, by Scott Cooper
Julie & Julia, by Nora Ephron
Precious, by Geoffrey Fletcher
Star Trek, by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman
Up in the Air, by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Documentary Screenplay
Against the Tide, by Richard Trank
Capitalism: A Love Story, by Michael Moore
The Cove, by Mark Monroe
Earth Days, by Robert Stone
Good Hair, by Chris Rock, Jeff Stilson, Lance Crouther, and Chuck Sklar
Soundtrack for a Revolution, by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman

This is to be taken with a grain of salt... nay, a teaspoon of salt... nay, a TABLESPOON of salt! As encouraging as it is to see the likes of Avatar and Star Trek show up here, you can chalk their nominations up to the fact that several of the year's strongest contenders (including An Education, District 9, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Up, and Inglourious Basterds) were deemed ineligible according to the guild's asinine terms of agreement. I can see as few as five of the WGA nominees receiving Oscar nods.

In the Original category, with the absence of Inglourious Basterds (ineligible), I'd say this award is The Hurt Locker's to lose. As for which one will win the Oscar, too early to say. Don't count on Avatar or The Hangover even showing up.

In the Adapted category, we know Up in the Air will win here and with the Academy, but the other nominees are worth discussing. An Education and Precious are locks, District 9 looks good for that fourth slot, but the fifth could go to anything. I'm looking on with interest.

The only documentary to truly benefit for the Documentary Screenplay category (I've always wondered, how do you write a documentary?) was Soundtrack for a Revolution, as it and The Cove are the only ones on the Oscar shortlist. That now makes two major guild nominations for both films.

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