This Saturday night’s Writers Guild Awards ceremony might just be the most anticlimactic awards show of the year. Thanks to the WGA’s eligibility rules, no fewer than five of the 10 Oscar-nominated screenplays (Inglourious Basterds, Up, An Education, District 9, and In the Loop) didn’t qualify for a Writers Guild nomination. At the Oscars, the Best Original Screenplay race is a real nail-biter. But with Basterds out of the running for the WGA, The Hurt Locker’s Mark Boal will easily win the WGA prize over (500) Days of Summer, Avatar, The Hangover, and A Serious Man. And I’d be shocked if Up in the Air duo Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner didn’t continue their winning streak against Precious (their only real competition), and the three films that took advantage of An Education, District 9, and In the Loop’s ineligibility: Crazy Heart, Julie & Julia, and Star Trek. All of this is to say that unlike the Producers Guild, Directors Guild, and SAG Awards, the WGA results won’t really tell us too much about the overall Oscar race. That is, unless there’s an upset. (Yeah, right.) My colleague Lynette Rice will be at the ceremony and will report back on EW.com with any big news.
Image credit: Hurt Locker: Jonathan Olley; Up in the Air: Dale Robinette