Signatory and non-member designations keep another healthy crop from competing.
Once again this season, a number of films in the mix for screenplay Oscar recognition will not be getting the added boost of a Writers Guild of America nomination due to simply not being eligible. The reasoning generally boils down to either the writer of the project not being a WGA member or the production itself not being a signatory with the guild.
There are far more original screenplay omissions than adapted. Among them is Quentin Tarantino’s latest, “The Hateful Eight.” The writer/director is not a WGA member and his scripts, therefore, never compete for this award.
Animated production companies, meanwhile, tend to be non-signatory, so Pixar’s “Inside Out” is not on the ballot, either. Similarly, foreign productions often eschew the guild paperwork, so films like “Clouds of Sils Maria,” “Son of Saul,” “Suffragette” and “Youth” are absent as well.
Also absent from the ballot are “Ex Machina,” “I’ll See You In My Dreams,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “99 Homes” and “Ricki and the Flash.” The latter, written by Diablo Cody, was eligible for consideration, but an entry form was never submitted to the guild.
There are 61 titles up for consideration in the original category.
On the adapted side, where 51 films will compete, the highest-profile omission is “Room”; screenwriter Emma Donoghue is not a WGA member. Meanwhile, Working Title Films productions never make the cut due to not being a signatory, so “The Danish Girl” is also off the ballot.
Others that won’t compete include “Anomalisa,” “Brooklyn,” “45 Years” and “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.”
Most of those films have a shot at recognition from the Academy’s Writers Branch, but with them officially stricken from the WGA proceedings, take your best shot at predicting a guild race that annually features very little crossover with the Oscars.
Film nominations will be announced on Jan. 6, 2016. The 68th annual WGA Awards will be held on Feb. 13.