Although The King’s Speech, Toy Story 3, Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, and Another Year are amongst the highest critically-acclaimed films of the past year, their ineligibility has left them off the nominees list for the 2011 Writers Guild Awards, announced today. The screenplays of these films and others were not produced by WGA members or under WGA guidelines, hence their notable absences.
But many of the films that did earn nominations, which include categories for Original Screenplay, Adapted Screenplay, and Documentary Screenplay, don’t come as a surprise. They include Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids are All Right, 127 Hours, The Social Network, The Town, and True Grit. Also nominated is Please Give, a comedy-drama about neighbors in Manhattan starring Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, and Rebecca Hall, and I Love You Phillip Morris, another dramedy starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor about a man who reevaluates his life after a car accident.
The WGAs also honors work in television and radio, and will be presented on February 5th simultaneously in Los Angeles and New York City. For a full list of nominees and for more information, visit the Writers Guild Awards online.
Black Swan, Screenplay by Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin; Story by Andres Heinz; Fox Searchlight
The Fighter, Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Paramount Pictures
Inception, Written by Christopher Nolan; Warner Bros.
The Kids Are All Right, Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg; Focus Features
Please Give, Written by Nicole Holofcener; Sony Pictures Classics
127 Hours, Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy; Based on the book Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston; Fox Searchlight
I Love You Phillip Morris, Written by John Requa & Glenn Ficarra; Based on the book by Steven McVicker; Roadside Attractions
The Social Network, Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin; Based on the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich; Sony Pictures
The Town, Screenplay by Peter Craig and Ben Affleck & Aaron Stockard; Based on the novel Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan; Warner Bros.
True Grit, Screenplay by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen; Based on the novel by Charles Portis; Paramount Pictures