Writers Guild Noms Mirror Oscars

The Writers Guild of America Feb. 19 unveiled a slate of nominees for its annual screenwriting awards that is virtually a carbon copy of the list drawn up by Oscar.

Woody Allen (Orion’s “Alice”), Barry Levinson (Tri-Star’s “Avalon”), Bruce Joel Rubin (Par’s “Ghost”), Peter Weir (Touchstone’s “Green Card”) and J.F. Lawton (Touchstone’s “Pretty Woman”) are up for best original screenplay.

Steven Zaillian (Col’s “Awakenings”), Michael Blake (Orion’s “Dances With Wolves”), Nicholas Pileggi and Martin Scorsese (“Goodfellas”), Donald E. Westlake (Miramax’ “The Grifters”) and Nicholas Kazan (WB’s “Reversal Of Fortune”) were named for best screenplay based on material from another medium.

Zaillian adapted Oliver Sacks’ book; Blake his own novel; Pileggi and Scorsese adapted Pileggi’s novel “Wiseguy”; Westlake adapted a Jim Thompson novel; and Kazan worked from Alan Dershowitz’ book.

Lawton, recognized for his original script for “Pretty Woman,” is the sole WGA nominee who is not also contender for an Oscar. The Academy reserved its remaining slot in that category for Whit Stillman, who wrote and directed “Metropolitan.”

Allen, Levinson, Weir and Scorsese also directed their nominated films. Levinson and Scorsese also have been nominated for the Directors Guild Award.

Allen, winner of last year’s WGA prize for his original screenplay for Orion’s “Crimes And Misdemeanors,” received his 14th WGA nomination this year (the first was in 1965 for “What’s New, Pussycat?”).

The winners in the two categories will be announced at the WGA’s 43rd annual awards presentation ceremonies on both coasts March 20.

Eligible films are those that were released in 1990 under WGA jurisdiction. Nominees this year were voted from a pool of 88 eligible films written directly for the screen and 78 based on material from another medium.

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