The Writers Guild of America award nominations are out, but don’t expect to learn much about the Oscar race from these shortlists.
Too many major screenplays are ineligible for the guild prize, since the organization only honors writers who are union members or films that were made under the auspices of a guild agreement – excluding many foreign and independent movies.
Among those disqualified this year: John Ridley’s script for 12 Years a Slave – considered a frontrunner for the adapted screenplay Oscar – and Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope’s Philomena – another strong contender for that Academy Award. In the original screenplay category, the WGA declined to consider Fruitvale Station and Rush.
Here’s who did make the cut:
• American Hustle, Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
• Blue Jasmine, written by Woody Allen
• Dallas Buyers Club, Craig Borten an Melisa Wallack
• Her, Spike Jonze
• Nebraska, Bob Nelson
• August: Osage County, screenplay by Tracy Letts; based on his play
• Before Midnight, written by Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke; based on characters created by Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan
• 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
• Lone Survivor, written by Peter Berg; based on the book by Marcus Lutrell with Patrick Robinson
• The Wolf of Wall Street, screenplay by Terence Winter; based on the book by Jordan Belfort
• Dirty Wars, written by Jeremy Scahill & David Riker
• Herblock – The Black & The White, written by Sara Lukinson & Michael Stevens
• No Place on Earth, written by Janet Tobias & Paul Laikin
• Stories We Tell, written by Sarah Polley
• We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks; written by Alex Gibney
Winners will be announced at a ceremony on Feb. 1.