Please Give, I Love You Phillip Morris Snag Surprise WGA Nominations
If you read into the various guild awards as predictors of what the Oscars might nominate-- and really, what else would you do with them?-- it's hard to know what today's nominations of the year's best screenplays from the Writers Guild of America might mean. For various reasons the WGA had disqualified many of the year's best scripts, including Toy Story 3, and The King's Speech, which left some serious gaps in the lineup that were bound to be filled by some outlier, never-previously-in-the-Oscar-discussion choices.
That probably explains how the likes of Please Give (a movie virtually forgotten despite its quality) and Black Swan (a movie that succeeds almost despite its script) found their way into the Best Original Screenplay lineup at the WGA, and how I Love You Phillip Morris will be competing against slam-dunk-winner The Social Network in Best Adapted Screenplay. The rest of the nominees largely expected; take a look at the list below and we'll talk after.
Leaving aside the documentary nominees, which seem strange but I have no idea what the criteria are, the list is largely a selection of Best Picture favorites. The absence of Toy Story 3 and The King's Speech left room for some of the outliers to pop in, but neither are likely to win in Best Original Screenplay up against the likes of Inception and The Kids Are All Right. Even though this list of nominees is a little strange, we can probably put some stock in what we learn from the winners when the awards are handed out on February 5.
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