The Writers Guild of America award nominations were announced Thursday, with comedies dominating the Original Screenplay category, raising the question of whether some -- like Bridesmaids -- may squeak their way into the Academy Awards. 50/50, Midnight in Paris, Young Adult, and Win Win will compete against Kristen Wiig and co-writer Annie Mumolo's screenplay.
Because of rigid qualification guidelines, many Oscar hopefuls were not considered for the WGA awards -- including frontrunner The Artist, the lovely Beginners, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Melancholia, Shame, and Drive. (See Indiewire for an extended list of non-qualifying films we might have otherwise expected to see.)
The Tree of Life qualified for a nomination, but did not earn one. Perhaps it's time to stop calling the film's award season exclusions a snub, and recognize that it simply may not have been the masterpiece so many had hoped it would be.
The WGA awards will be presented on Feb. 19 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, Calif.
Following is a complete list of nominations, with our predicted winners in bold.
50/50, Written by Will Reiser; Summit Entertainment
Bridesmaids, Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig; Universal Studios
Midnight in Paris, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics
Win Win, Screenplay by Tom McCarthy; Story by Tom McCarthy & Joe Tiboni; Fox Searchlight
Young Adult, Written by Diablo Cody; Paramount Pictures
The Descendants, Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash; Based on the novel of the same name by Kaui Hart Hemming; Fox Searchlight
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Screenplay by Steven Zaillian; Based on the novel of the same name by Stieg Larsson; Columbia Pictures
The Help, Screenplay by Tate Taylor; Based on the novel of the same name by Kathryn Stockett; DreamWorks Pictures
Hugo, Screenplay by John Logan; Based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick; Paramount Pictures
Moneyball, Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin; Story by Stan Chervin; Based on the book of the same nameby Michael Lewis; Columbia Pictures
Better This World, Written by Katie Galloway & Kelly Duane de la Vega; Loteria Films
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, Written by Marshall Curry and Matthew Hamachek; Oscilloscope Pictures
Nostalgia for the Light, Written by Patricio Guzmán; Icarus Films
Pina, Screenplay by Wim Wenders; Sundance Selects
Position Among the Stars, Script by Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich, Leonard Retel Helmrich; HBO Films
Senna, Written by Manish Pandey; Producers Distribution Agency
[via Indiewire, The Wrap]