The Writers Guild of America have revealed their slate of nominees for 2014. Before taking into account the list of nominees, it’s imperative to understand that films like Birdman, Selma, The Theory of Everything were ineligible for the WGA awards because their screenwriters aren’t members of the Guild.
In the Original category, widely considered the more competitive of the two, the nominees include awards season stalwarts Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Joining them are Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler, a film that is making quite a name for itself with the Guilds this season, as well as Whiplash, which will eventually compete at the Oscars in the less competitive Adapted category. Foxcatcher is the fifth nominee here but I expect it to be replaced by Birdman and possibly Selma at the Oscars.
In the Adapted category, Gone Girl and The Imitation Game go up against American Sniper, Wild and in a pleasant surprise Guardians of the Galaxy. It making it over here above Inherent Vice shows that the Paul Thomas Anderson movie isn’t liked all that much. While I don’t think it’ll score an Oscar nomination (Whiplash and The Theory of Everything will both score over it), it’s some kind of comfort. Here’s the full list:
Boyhood, Written by Richard Linklater; IFC Films
Foxcatcher, Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman; Sony Pictures Classics
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness; Fox Searchlight
Nightcrawler, Written by Dan Gilroy; Open Road Films
Whiplash, Written by Damien Chazelle; Sony Pictures Classics
American Sniper, Written by Jason Hall; Based on the book by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice; Warner Bros.
Gone Girl, Screenplay by Gillian Flynn; Based on her novel; 20th Century Fox
Guardians of the Galaxy, Written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman; Based on the Marvel comic by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
The Imitation Game, Written by Graham Moore; Based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges; The Weinstein Company
Wild, Screenplay by Nick Hornby; Based on the book by Cheryl Strayed; Fox Searchlight
Finding Vivian Maier, Written by John Maloof & Charlie Siskel; Sundance Selects
The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, Written by Brian Knappenberger; FilmBuff
Last Days in Vietnam, Written by Mark Bailey & Kevin McAlester; American Experience Films
Red Army, Written by Gabe Polsky; Sony Pictures Classics