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January 3, 2014 1:19 PM
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'American Hustle,' 'Her' and 'Wolf' Vying for Writers Guild Screenplay Honors; '12 Years' Not Eligible

"The Wolf of Wall Street."

The Writers Guild of America today announced the nominations for their 2014 Writers Guild Awards. "American Hustle," "Her," "Blue Jasmine" and "Wolf of Wall Street" are all up for awards. In case you're wondering why John Ridley's script for "12 Years a Slave" was shut out of the competition, it's because it (along with a slew of others) were deemed not eligible.

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. Full nominee list below:


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


  • Keil S. | January 4, 2014 5:44 PMReply

    I think it's dumb that Before Midnight is considered "Adapted", but it sure as hell better win the Oscar.

  • SERUGIO | January 4, 2014 3:55 PMReply

    Blue Jasmine nominated for Best Original Screenplay??? In any case, if a nomination is deserved is an adapted screenplay one 'cause Streetcar Named Desire is all over the movie like A Place in The Sun is all over Match Point.

  • Daniel Delago | January 4, 2014 6:42 AMReply

    'American Hustle' is a brilliant screenplay by director David O. Russell. Why? He knows how to write interesting and complex characters (female ones too). It's precisely the reason why A-Listers like Amy Adams (The Fighter) and Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) keep coming back to work for him. Russell talks about his characters, “People’s good intentions matter to me, not just their greed or their darkness. I want to know about the good part of their hearts.” In contrast, 'The Wolf of Wall Street' doesn't have one layered female character. They are all merely sexual objects. I'm not condemning the film. I understand what Scorsese is doing. We can all relate to Jordan Belfort because it's a universal desire to be rich yet no matter how wealthy he becomes, he's never truly happy, never completely satisfied. The Quaalude scene perfectly illustrates it.

  • steve barr | January 3, 2014 4:28 PMReply

    I'm glad Wolf was recognized . All those F-words , sex scenes , and drug taking must have been hard to write .

  • troy | January 3, 2014 1:26 PMReply

    Teresa, it doesn't matter if Blue Jasmine's there in place of 12 Years a Slave, mainly because the latter would probably have been considered for Best Adapted Screenplay, seeing as it's based on the Solomon Northrup book of the same name.

  • troy | January 3, 2014 1:22 PMReply

    I'm pretty sure a huge reason why John Ridley was not nominated for a WGA award is because, back in 2007, he declared "Financial Core" status during the WGA strike. I'm also pretty sure that Mr. Ridley's not sweating it too much; I think he'll be fine settling for an Oscar nomination.

  • jrose | January 3, 2014 2:28 PM

    The article contains a link to all the screenplays deemed ineligible because the screenwriters were not WGA members and/or the productions were not WGA signatories. Did Ridley wind up leaving the Guild? Or was "12 Years" simply not a signatory? The Guild may have sour grapes over Ridley going fi-core, but that wouldn't deem his script officially ineligible.

  • teresa | January 3, 2014 1:20 PMReply

    Blue Jasmine should not be on this list compared to 12 years a slave

  • Chris | January 3, 2014 4:34 PM

    I'm really having trouble with a lot of these films that are nominated. I saw American Hustle recently and felt "American Hustled" out of my money. How did this film EVER get nominated. It was bad! 12 Years A Slave was a GREAT movie. Makes me doubt the whole system even more.

  • Thomas Earlham | January 3, 2014 2:14 PM

    "American Hustle" is an infinitely more complex and impressive piece of writing than "12 Years a Slave." Don't get me wrong; they are both among my very favorite films of the year, but while the screenplay for "12 Years" is indeed very good, the film is primarily a tour de force of directing and performance. "American Hustle" is also a tour de force of directing and performance, but also has a script that almost defies physics in its construction of crossed character motivations; its balance of character drama with genuinely boisterous comedy; and not just balancing, but integrating, con story with love story. Billy Wilder would have envied it. It's a masterpiece of screenwriting.

  • Matt | January 3, 2014 1:33 PM

    Come on, Blue Jasmine is a fine screenplay. I'm more surprised that American Hustle made it. It's an energetic, fun, stylized piece of writing, but I don't think it's as good as 12 years a slave.