Writers Guild Picks Ten Scripts as Best of ’04
by Eugene Hernandez
The Writers Guild of America, west and east have singled out ten films from 2004 for their screenplays. On Thursday, the WGA unveiled nominees for their outstanding achievement in writing for the screen in both the original screenplay and adapted screenplay categories.
Nominated for original screenplay are John Logan for “The Aviator,” Charlie Kaufman for “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (story by Kaufman, Michel Gondry, and Pierre Bismuth), Zach Braff for “Garden State,” Keir Pearson & Terry George for “Hotel Rwanda,” and Bill Condon for “Kinsey.”
For adapted screenplay, the nominees are Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, and Ethan Hawke for “Before Sunset” (based on characters created by Linklater & Kim Krizan), Tina Fey for “Mean Girls” (based on the book “Queen Bees and Wannabes” by Rosalind Wiseman), Paul Haggis for “Million Dollar Baby” (based on stories from “Rope Stories” by F.X. Toole), Jose Rivera for “The Motorcycle Diaries” (based on the books “Notas Viaje” by Ernesto Guevara and “Con el Che por America Latina” by Albert Granado), “Sideways” by Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor (based on the novel by Rex Pickett).
A total of 193 films were eligible for nominations this year, 109 in the original screenplay and 84 in the adapted screenplay category. The winners will be announced at the 57th Writers Guild Awards on February 19th in New York and Los Angeles.