This article was updated at 6:00 p.m.
The Writers Guild of America has tapped half a dozen finalists as it launches a feature documentary writing award. Pics are “Bright Leaves,” “Control Room,” “Home of the Brave,” “The Hunting of the President,” “In the Realms of the Unreal” and “Super Size Me.”
The nominations, selected from more than a dozen entries, do not include Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11.” Moore chose not to submit his docu. The winner will be announced Feb. 15 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
The nominees are Ross McElwee for (“Bright Leaves”), Julia Bacha and Jehane Noujaim (“Control Room”), Paolo di Florio (“Home of the Brave”), Harry Thomason and Nickolas Perry (“The Hunting of the President”), Jessica Yu (“In the Realms of the Unreal”) and Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”).
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“Super Size” is by far the best box-office performer of the six, grossing $11.5 million, followed by “Control Room” with $2.6 million, “Hunting” with $376,611, “Unreal” with $164,868, “Bright Leaves” with $63,990 and “Home of the Brave” with $4,874. “Super Size” is also the only WGA nominee to have scored an Oscar nomination.
The WGA announced creation of the documentary kudo in November while at the same time excluding docs from its original screenplay award, which cut Moore’s chances of taking home a second WGA trophy for original screenplay for “Fahrenheit 9/11.” He won the guild’s original screenplay award for 2002’s “Bowling for Columbine.”
The docu writing nod did not require that the producer be a guild signatory; instead, the credited writers were required to join the nonfiction writers caucus at the WGA West or the WGA East.