The Writers Guild of America (West and East) has unveiled its 2014 nominations. Again, PGA nominees “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Blue Jasmine” are showing strength while the Coens’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” reveals its weakness. The Weinstein Co. did better today, grabbing an adapted nomination for Tracy Letts’ “August: Osage County,” but not for “The Butler,” which was eligible, unlike “Philomena,” “Fruitvale Station,” or “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”
In the Screenplay categories for the Oscars, every year a
number of films go into competition without a boost from the Writers Guild.
This is due to strictly followed Guild rules. Non-Guild writers, films produced
under companies that are not WGA signatories or made outside of the Guild’s
guidelines are ineligible. Also excluded this year from WGA qualification are indies
“12 Years a Slave” and “Rush,” as well as original
screenplays from Lake Bell (Indie Spirit nominee “In a World…”) and
Brit Edgar Wright (“The World’s End”). (Most awards season screenplays have been made available online to up their exposure.)
This always makes it harder to call which films will finally land Oscar nominations for Best Screenplay, because this provides room for other contenders to rise to the top, including Peter Berg’s late-arrival “Lone Survivor.” Tellingly, Alfonso and Jonas Cuaron’s “Gravity” did not land a nod. Steady as they go are PGA nominees “Nebraska,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips” and “Her.”
While Nicole Holofcener’s “Enough Said” did not score a nomination, other women writers did, including Melissa Wallack (“Dallas Buyers Club”) and Julie Delpy (“Before Midnight”).
Oscar shortlisted docs “Stories We Tell,” “Dirty Wars” and “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” made the WGA cut along with “Herblock” and “No Place on Earth.”
Winners will be honored at the 2014 Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City.
American Hustle, Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell; Columbia Pictures
Blue Jasmine, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics
Dallas Buyers Club, Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack; Focus Features
Her, Written by Spike Jonze; Warner Bros.
Nebraska, Written by Bob Nelson; Paramount Pictures
August: Osage County, Screenplay by Tracy Letts; Based on his play; The Weinstein Company
Before Midnight, Written by Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke; Based on characters created by Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan; Sony Classics
Captain Phillips, Screenplay by Billy Ray; Based on the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty; Columbia Pictures
Lone Survivor, Written by Peter Berg; Based on the book by Marcus Lutrell with Patrick Robinson; Universal Pictures
The Wolf of Wall Street, Screenplay by Terence Winter; Based on the book by Jordan Belfort; Paramount Pictures
Dirty Wars, Written by Jeremy Scahill & David Riker; Sundance Selects
Herblock – The Black & The White, Written by Sara Lukinson & Michael Stevens; The Stevens Company
No Place on Earth, Written by Janet Tobias & Paul Laikin; Magnolia Pictures
Stories We Tell, Written by Sarah Polley; Roadside Attractions
We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks; Written by Alex Gibney; Focus Features