The annual WGA Awards fills me with delight, only because it’s giving much needed credit to a number of screenwriters who should be receiving more love for their work. While I don’t agree with all the selections of the 2014 WGA nominations, there are still a few great ones that got the acknowledgement that they deserve.
Easily the most difficult section of this year was the original screenplay category. The idea of Dallas Buyers Club being an original screenplay is debatable, considering that it’s based off a true story, but the rest of the selections are fairly good, minus American Hustle. The muddled script could have been passed, making room for Inside Llewyn Davis to slip into one of the top five spots. Unfortunately David O. Russell’s drab film has been receiving an unnecessarily large amount of critical acclaim, enough to basically secure the film’s spot in almost every major award show up until the end of February.
The Wolf of Wall Street does have a fairly story chance of snatching the best adapted screenplay category, though the remaining contestants are strong enough to swoop in and steal the award. Before Midnight may be one of the most heartbreaking but beautiful films in that section, and I wouldn’t be opposed to seeing that grab the award. If 12 Years a Slave were in that category, the race would be over. The Steve McQueen movie would win the award in a heartbeat, which makes me wonder why the script was snubbed in the first place. Read the list of nominees below:
- American Hustle, Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell; Columbia Pictures
- Blue Jasmine, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics
- Dallas Buyers Club, Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack; Focus Features
- Her, Written by Spike Jonze; Warner Bros.
- Nebraska, Written by Bob Nelson; Paramount Pictures
- August: Osage County, Screenplay by Tracy Letts; Based on his play; The Weinstein Company
- Before Midnight, Written by Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke; Based on characters created by Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan; Sony Classics
- Captain Phillips, Screenplay by Billy Ray; Based on the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty; Columbia Pictures
- Lone Survivor, Written by Peter Berg; Based on the book by Marcus Lutrell with Patrick Robinson; Universal Pictures
- The Wolf of Wall Street, Screenplay by Terence Winter; Based on the book by Jordan Belfort; Paramount Pictures
- Dirty Wars, Written by Jeremy Scahill & David Riker; Sundance Selects
- Herblock – The Black & The White, Written by Sara Lukinson & Michael Stevens; The Stevens Company
- No Place on Earth, Written by Janet Tobias & Paul Laikin; Magnolia Pictures
- Stories We Tell, Written by Sarah Polley; Roadside Attractions
- We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks; Written by Alex Gibney; Focus Features
Do you agree with the list of nominees for this year’s WGA Awards?