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Writers Guild Awards Wrinkles for 2015

Writers Guild Awards Wrinkles for 2015

Hat tip to In Contention’s Kris Tapley, who every year does the legwork–via a stray WGA ballot–of figuring out the WGA ineligibles list.

The usual suspects are often low budget films that could not for whatever reason afford to become a guild signatory, even retroactively, or had a writer who was not a WGA member. Animated films and many foreign productions are not eligible.

American films left off the original screenplay category, which features 60 eligible contenders, reports Tapley, include Ava DuVernay and Paul Webb’s non-signatory “Selma” and Justin Simien’s micro-budget “Dear White People,” which is a less likely Oscar contender. 
Foreign-financed films are often missing in action; this year they include “Mr. Turner” director-scribe Mike Leigh, who nonetheless gets nominated regularly in the Oscar screenplay category, John Michael McDonagh’s “Calvary,” and Damián Szifrón’s popular Argentinian Oscar entry “Wild Tales.” 
Of the 48 adapted screenplays, sidelined scripts include Andrew Bovell’s “A Most Wanted Man” and Hossein Amini’s “The Two Faces of January” as well as more likely Oscar contender Anthony McCarten’s “The Theory of Everything,” which is produced by non-signatory Working Title, whose Oscar titles have included “Atonement,” “Anna Karenina,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and “Les Misérables,” among others. 
The WGA will reveal their nominations on January 7.

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