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WGA Noms Hit the Mark on Original Screenplay

Although the list of titles that the WGA deemed ineligible for an award is chockful of films that are considered players in the Oscar screenplay game, this year’s WGA Awards nominations give a boost to a handful of films.

Among the original screenplay nominees, “50/50” adds another kudo to its growing cache, which has included a Spirit Award nomination as well as several critics mentions. “Bridesmaids” is also still firmly entrenched in the awards game with a nom for Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig. “Midnight in Paris,” which also earned a Globe nomination, continues to gain momentum. “Win Win” adds to its Spirit Award nom, while “Young Adult” adds to the BFCA screenplay nom it earned in December.

The WGA is one of the few guild awards where everyone often talks more about ineligibility than snubs. Much like last year’s best picture winner, “The King’s Speech,” which was deemed ineligible, “The Artist,” “Beginners,” “Shame” and “Drive,” all original screenplays, were not films WGA voters could choose on their ballots. Among the films that were eligible, “The Tree of Life,” “Rampart” and  “J. Edgar” failed to get WGA recognition.

The adapted screenplay list is a little closer to the films that are thought to be top of mind for Oscar voters.  Steve Zaillian’s name is on the list twice, once for “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and once for “Moneyball.” Other films that have been in the mix for months, like “The Descendants” and “The Help,” also earned noms. And Martin Scorsese’s well-reviewed “Hugo” earned a nod.

“My Week With Marilyn,” “Carnage” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” weren’t eligible in the adapted category, though it doesn’t negate the films’ chances for Oscar noms. Meanwhile, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” “War Horse” and “Ides of March” were eligible but didn’t get nominated.

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