WGA Announces Award Candidates, Toy Story 3 And King's Speech Among Those Ineligible

By Eric Eisenberg 2010-12-29 17:23:34discussion comments
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In the last 16 years, the winners of the screenplay prizes at the annual Writers Guild of America Awards have been the same winners at the Academy Awards 11 times. While these numbers aren't nearly as strong as the Directors Guild, which have only selected a different winner than the Oscars six times since 1948, it's still a pretty significant statistic. If the numbers do end up holding true, than the screenwriters behind films like The King's Speech, Made in Dagenham, Toy Story 3, and Winter's Bone are going to be sincerely disappointed come February 27, 2011.

The WGA has released a list of eligible candidates for this year's awards, and, as Variety points out, some very significant titles have been left off. In addition to the titles mentioned above, movies such as Another Year, Biutiful, Blue Valentine, The Ghost Writer, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World were all left out despite being some of the best movies of the year. Of all the movies that were released in 2010, the WGA is only recognizing 76 of them, which is seven down from last year and less than half the number from 2008. According to the union, scripts are only eligible for awards if it has "been written under the WGA MBA or under a bona fide collective bargaining agreement of the Australian Writers Guild, Writers Guild of Canada, Writers Guild of Great Britain, Irish Playwrights & Screenwriters Guild or the New Zealand Writers Guild (collectively, 'affiliate guilds')"

Given the number of incredibly good films that have come out in the latter half of this year, any boost from any group could help get a film closer to Oscar gold, so not having the support of the WGA could deal a pretty significant blow. Check out the full list of eligible movies below and shutter at the fact that Burlesque has a chance at winning while Toy Story 3 doesn't.
Original Screenplay: All Good Things, Black Swan, Brooklyn's Finest, Burlesque, Casino Jack, City Island, The Company Men, Conviction, Country Strong, Cyrus, Due Date, Easy A, The Fighter, Frankie and Alice, Frozen, Furry Vengeance, Get Low, Greenberg, Grown Ups, Hereafter, Holy Rollers, How Do You Know, Inception, Just Wright, The Kids Are All Right, Letters to Juliet, Life as We Know It, Middle Men, Morning Glory, Mother and Child, The Other Guys, Our Family Wedding, Please Give, Remember Me, Salt, Secretariat, Solitary Man, Somewhere, Splice, Stone, Welcome to the Rileys, Wonderful World and You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.

Adapted Screenplay: 127 Hours, Alice in Wonderland, The American, Barney's Version, Barry Munday, The Crazies, Eat Pray Love, The Extra Man, Fair Game, For Colored Girls, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, I Love You Phillip Morris, It's Kind of a Funny Story, Jack Goes Boating, The Karate Kid, The Last Song, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, Let Me In, Like Dandelion Dust, The Next Three Days, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Rabbit Hole, Red, Shutter Island, The Social Network, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, The Tempest, Today's Special, The Town, Tron: Legacy, True Grit and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

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