Friday, January 6, 2012

Awards Watch: The Writers Guild of America Announce Nominees

Original Screenplay

50/50 - Written by Will Reisner

Bridesmaids - Written by Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig

Midnight in Paris - Written by Woody Allen

Win Win - Screenplay by Tom McCarthy; Story by Tom McCarthy and Joe Tiboni

Young Adult - Written by Diablo Cody

Adapted Screenplay

The Descendants - Screenplay by Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemming

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Screenplay by Steve Zaillian, based on the novel by Stieg Larsson

The Help - Screenplay by Tate Taylor, based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett

Hugo - Screenplay by John Logan, based on the book 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' by Brian Selznick

Moneyball - Screenplay by Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin; Story by Stan Chervin, based on the book by Michael Lewis

The original screenplay awards, unsurprisingly, are dominated by comedies. A screenplay like Asghar Farhadi's for A Separation, which might actually be ineligible, is mysteriously overlooked, however. I am yet to see 50/50, but I expected it to make an appearance, but Young Adult was a surprise. In the adapted screenplay The Descendants, Hugo and Moneyball were all expected, but there are several other candidates that could all be players come the Oscars - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Ides of March - but the guild went with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Help, which in addition to the PGA nods, might actually feature heavily in the Oscar race. Thoughts? 


  1. Will Reisner is to be commended for his work in 50/50, such an emotional and touchy subject to be sure but he managed to inject humor as well as poignancy and made something quite entertaining to watch.

  2. @ Ruth - I still haven't seen 50/50. It's release was delayed until March and now it looks like it won't be released at all (straight to DVD). It's very disappointing. I'll see it eventually, hopefully I have an opp. before the Oscars.