Monday, January 11, 2010

Writers Guild of America Nominations

The final award Guild revealed their nominees earlier today for Best Original, Adapted and Documentary screenplays of the year. You will see some big surprises in each of the categories, notably in the Original category when James Cameron was named as a nominee for Avatar, widely considered by all to be the weakest point of the film. Not surprisingly in the category we find The Hurt Locker, (500) Days of Summer and A Serious Man with Avatar, and completing the category is The Hangover which is fun because there aren't a lot of raunchy comedies that are recognized for their screenplay. In the Adapted category, we find some of the frontrunners in Up In the Air and Precious. Julie & Julia also makes the cut, and a couple of films surprise here, notably Crazy Heart and yes, Star Trek. No doubt this year technical films will be rewarded a lot more than in the past. Here is the complete list of nominees:

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

Adapted Screenplay
Scott Cooper - Crazy Heart
Nora Ephron - Julie & Julia
Geoffrey Fletcher - Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman - Star Trek
Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner - Up In the Air

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

Do you think these films will be nominated at the Oscars?

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