2013 Writers Guild Awards Nominations Include a Few Surprises

Friday, 04 January 2013 10:42 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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2013 Writers Guild Awards Nominations Include a Few Surprises

For the last month or so, many a critical organization has announced its nominations or honorees for congratulatory awards.  Now that we're in 2013, however, it's time for the professional guilds to start rolling out their nominations, which are of interest to awards season obsessives since guild awards are often more reliable indicators of Oscar glory.

All of this is a long-winded way of saying that the Writers Guild of America have thrown down their nominees for the 2013 Writers Guild Awards, and there are a few curveballs on the list.

The WGA Awards, which will be handed out on February 17th, are divided into three categories: original screenplay, adapted screenplay, and documentary screenplay.  The first includes awards season ringers Zero Dark Thirty and Moonrise Kingdom, written respectively by Mark Boal and Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, respectively.  Paul Thomas Anderson is also getting some love for his difficult, great The Master.  The surprises here are Flight and Looper, written by John Gatins and Rian JohnsonFlight isn't quite the surprise that Looper is, though.  Not because Johnson's film isn't exceptionally well written, but because genre fare tends to get overlooked by most of the folks handing out awards.

On the adapted screenplay side, the only unexpected entry is The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which director Stephen Chbosky adapted from his own novel.  As for documentaries, Searching for Sugar Man would seem to be the strong favorite this year.

And if you're wondering why movies like Les Miserables and Django Unchained, both of which made hay in Wednesday's Producers Guild Award nominations, aren't on the list, it's because neither screenplay is eligible this year.  Sorry, Quentin.

Here's the official word on the WGA nominations:


Flight, Written by John Gatins; Paramount Pictures

Looper, Written by Rian Johnson; TriStar Pictures

The Master, Written by Paul Thomas Anderson; The Weinstein Company

Moonrise Kingdom, Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola; Focus Features

Zero Dark Thirty, Written by Mark Boal; Columbia Pictures


Argo, Screenplay by Chris Terrio; Based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired Magazine article “The Great Escape” by Joshuah Bearman; Warner Bros. Pictures

Life of Pi, Screenplay by David Magee; Based on the novel by Yann Martel; 20th Century Fox

Lincoln, Screenplay by Tony Kushner; Based in part on the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin; DreamWorks Pictures

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky; Based on his book; Summit Entertainment

Silver Linings Playbook, Screenplay by David O. Russell; Based on the novel by Matthew Quick; The Weinstein Company


The Central Park Five, Written by Sarah Burns and David McMahon and Ken Burns; Sundance Selects

The Invisible War, Written by Kirby Dick; Cinedigm Entertainment Group

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, Written by Alex Gibney; HBO Documentary Films

Searching for Sugar Man, Written by Malik Bendejelloul; Sony Pictures Classics

We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, Written by Brian Knappenberger; Cinetic Media

West of Memphis, Written by Amy Berg & Billy McMillin; Sony Pictures Classics

Feature films eligible for a Writers Guild Award were exhibited theatrically for at least one week in Los Angeles during 2012 and were written under the WGA’s Minimum Basic Agreement (MBA) or under a bona fide collective bargaining agreement of the Writers Guild of Canada, Writers Guild of Great Britain, Irish Playwrights & Screenwriters Guild, or the New Zealand Writers Guild. Theatrical screenplays produced under the jurisdiction of the WGA or an affiliate Guild must have been submitted for WGA awards consideration.

Documentaries eligible for a Writers Guild Award featured an onscreen writing credit and were exhibited theatrically in Los Angeles or New York for one week during 2012. While credited documentary writers were required to join the WGAW’s Nonfiction Writers Caucus or the WGAE’s Nonfiction Writers Caucus to be considered, scripts need not have been written under WGA jurisdiction to be eligible for awards consideration.

The Writers Guild Awards honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio and promotional writing, and graphic animation. The awards will be presented jointly in all competitive categories during simultaneous ceremonies on Sunday, February 17, 2013, in New York at the B.B. King Blues Club and in Los Angeles at the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE. For more information, please visit www.wga.org or www.wgaeast.org.

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