WGA Nominees include media satires ‘Gone Girl’ & ‘Nightcrawler’

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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:

 

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

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

 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

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

 

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

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

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