If you’re a fan of the annual Academy Awards, with a little bit of research you figure out what other awards you should pay attention to that properly predict who can be nominated for the Oscar. The WGA Awards is one of those ceremonies that any movie-goer should keep their eyes on. Their nominees tend to be more or less the same that you’ll see fairly soon for the best adapted and original screenplay Oscar category.
We’re very happy to see some of the pictures that were given the great honor of being nominated this year. When it came to the best adapted screenplay category, it was obvious that the WGA’s would give their respects to Argo, Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook. The biggest surprise in this category was The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Up until this point the Stephen Chbosky movie has been receiving quiet but strong critical praise, yet hasn’t grabbed too much awards love. We hope that its nomination here in the WGA Awards bodes as a great sign that we’ll see it in the category for this year’s Oscars in a couple of weeks time.
Onto the best original screenplay category, which almost mirrors our pick for nominees for the Oscar category. The most disappointing piece of news about this section is how Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained was deemed ineligible for a nomination. While this was heartbreaking to hear, it was great to see the likes of The Master and Moonrise Kingdom get their chance to shine. Check out the rest of the nominees below, including the best documentary screenplay category.
Best Adapted Screenplay
- Argo – Screenplay by Chris Terrio. Based off the article “The Great Escape” written by Joshua Bearman
- Life of Pi - Screenplay by David Magee. Based off the novel “Life of Pi” written by Yann Martel
- Lincoln - Screenplay by Tony Kutscher. Based partially off the novel “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” written by Doris Kearns Goodwin
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky. Based off the novel “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky
- Silver Linings Playbook – Screenplay by David O. Russell. Based off the novel “Silver Linings Playbook” by Matthew Quick
Best Original Screenplay
- Flight - Screenplay by John Gatins
- Looper - Screenplay by Rian Johnson
- The Master - Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson
- Moonrise Kingdom - Screenplay by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
- Zero Dark Thirty - Screenplay by Mark Boal
Best Documentary Screenplay
- The Central Park Five – Screenplay by Sarah Burns, Ken Burns and David McMahon
- The Invisible War - Screenplay by Kirby Dick
- Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God - Screenplay by Alex Gibney
- Searching for Sugar Man - Screenplay by Malik Bendejelloul
- We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists - Screenplay by Brian Knappenberger
- West of Memphis - Screenplay by Amy Berg and Billy McMillin
Are you happy with the WGA Awards nominations list? Why or why not?