×

‘The Favourite,’ ‘Sorry to Bother You’ Among Screenplays Not Eligible for WGA Awards (EXCLUSIVE)

Fox Searchlight’s “The Favourite,” Annapurna’s “Sorry to Bother You” and “The Sisters Brothers” and A24’s “Hereditary” are among the films that will not be competing for the upcoming Writers Guild Awards nominations, Variety has learned. They and a slew of other titles are not eligible due to the guild’s strictures stipulating conformity to the its Minimum Basic Agreement.

Other original screenplays not in the mix include the animated films “Incredibles 2” and “Isle of Dogs,” as well as art-house offerings like “At Eternity’s Gate,” “Blindspotting” and “The Other Side of the Wind” (no shot at posthumous recognition for Orson Welles there, alas). Sony Classics titles “All Is True,” “The Rider” and “Stan & Ollie” will not be considered, nor will BAFTA nominee “The Death of Stalin” or foreign films such as “Capernaum,” “Cold War” and “Shoplifters.”

All of those scripts join “Hereditary” and “Sorry to Bother You” in the original ranks, as well as “The Favourite,” which will no doubt be a strong Oscar contender despite falling through the cracks with the WGA.

Keeping “The Sisters Brothers” company on the adapted sidelines are the critically acclaimed “Leave No Trace,” which could still register with the Academy’s writers branch, as well as Bleecker Street stable mates “Disobedience” and “McQueen.”

Popular on Variety

There are 60 adapted screenplays on the WGA’s ballot and 63 originals. Top contenders for recognition include “BlacKkKlansman,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” “Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed,” “Green Book,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Roma,” “A Star Is Born” and “Vice.”

Nominations for the 71st annual Writers Guild Awards will be a announced on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. Winners will be revealed on Sunday, Feb. 17.

More Film

  • Hustlers Movie

    STX, Black Bear Pictures, Elevation Form Distribution Partnership

    STX Entertainment, Black Bear Pictures and Canadian distributor Elevation Pictures have unveiled a strategic distribution partnership. The agreement was announced Wednesday at the Berlin Film Festival and includes an exclusive output deal for STXinternational to sell and distribute all Black Bear productions internationally. Elevation Pictures, in which Black Bear is a major investor, will distribute [...]

  • Indian Film Festival Los Angeles to

    Indian Film Festival Los Angeles to Open With Imtiaz Ali Evening

    The Indian Film Festival Los Angeles will kick off not with a new film, but what is billed as An Evening With Imtiaz Ali, the writer-director of such films as “Jab We Met” and “Rockstar.” He will be joined for an onstage conversation with filmmaker Anurag Kashyap. A screening of Ali’s 2014 film “Highway” will [...]

  • Morena BaccarinMetropolitan Opera Opening Night Gala,

    'Deadpool,' 'Homeland's' Morena Baccarin to Star in Espen Sandberg's Survival Thriller 'Beast'

    “Deadpool” and “Homeland” actress Morena Baccarin will star in the survival thriller “Beast,” to be directed by Espen Sandberg, who co-helmed Oscar-nominated “Kon-Tiki” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” Based on Aaron W. Sala’s Blacklist script, “Beast” is about a woman who survives a plane crash and is stranded on a [...]

  • Tiffany Haddish Variety Power of Women

    Tiffany Haddish, Willem Dafoe and Tye Sheridan Join Oscar Isaac in 'The Card Counter'

    Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan, and Willem Dafoe have been cast in “The Card Counter,” a casino-set revenge thriller starring Oscar Isaac. Paul Schrader is directing the movie from a screenplay he wrote. Martin Scorsese also joined the project as an executive producer. It’s the fifth collaboration between Schrader and Scorsese, who previously worked together on [...]

  • EUGENE HERNANDEZ, DIRECTOR OF NEW YORK

    Eugene Hernandez Named New York Film Festival Director

    Eugene Hernandez will take over as New York Film Festival director, replacing former chief Kent Jones who stepped down in September. Hernandez, who serves as deputy executive director of Film at Lincoln Center, is bolstering his responsibilities to include strategic direction and leadership of the New York Film Festival. He will also serve on the [...]

  • Chris-Brancato-Giancarlo-Esposito-Carole-Bouquet-and-Zabour-Breitman

    ‘The Luminaries,’ ‘The Eddy,’ ‘Patria’ Set for Series Mania

    PARIS  —  “Narcos” showrunner Chris Brancato and “Godfather of Harlem” star Giancarlo Esposito, actors Carole Bouquet and Zabou Breitman, and the cast and crew behind the Canal Plus series “The Bureau” will be among the many guest of honor at this year’s Series Mania, which will kick off its 11th edition on March 20. Returning to [...]

  • Jakob Mejlhede Andersen

    NENT Studios U.K. CEO Jakob Mejlhede Andersen Steps Down

    Jakob Mejlhede Andersen, the CEO of NENT Studios U.K., is stepping down from the business, which operates the Nordic region’s leading streamer Viaplay. Mejlhede was appointed CEO of NENT Studios U.K. in October 2019 and was previously executive VP and CCO for NENT Group’s Viaplay. He also held the role of executive VP and group [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content