Oscar 2018: Original and Adapted Screenplays from Writers Guild of America

Original Screenplay

As expected, Jordan Peele’s script for “Get Out” has received a Writers Guild of America (WGA) nomination for best original screenplay.

Peele will compete with Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor’s “The Shape of Water,” Emily Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani’s “The Big Sick,” and Steven Rogers for “I, Tonya.”

Three of the five scripts were either solo written or co-written by women.

Adapted Screenplay

James Ivory’s “Call Me by Your Name,” Aaron Sorkin’s “Molly’s Game,” Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber’s “The Disaster Artist,” Dee Rees and Virgil Williams’ “Mudbound,” and Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green for “Logan” were nominated for top adapted screenplay.

The WGA will announce the winners of its 70th annual awards on February 11 in simultaneous ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles.

“Late Night With Seth Meyers” writer Amber Ruffin will host the New York show while Patton Oswalt will host the West Coast event.

Seeveral nominees received their first WGA nod. Peele’s “Get Out” screenplay won the best screenplay trophy at the Gotham Awards.

Sorkin’s nomination for “Molly’s Game,” his directorial debut, is his fifth for a movie script. He won the award and the Oscar in the adapted category for 2010’s “The Social Network.”

Neustadter and Weber’s nomination for “The Disaster Artist” was their second from the WGA following 2009’s “(500) Days of Summer.” The National Board of Review has awarded it Best Adapted Screenplay.

Ivory, 89, is a first-time WGA nominee, after received three Best Director Oscar nominations, “The Remains of the Day,” “Howards End” and “Room with a View.”

Golden Globes and Writers Guild

“Lady Bird,” “Molly’s Game” and “The Shape of Water” are up for Best Screenplay at Sunday’s Golden Globes against “The Post” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Omissions or Snubs?

Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread” and Liz Hannah and Josh Singer’s “The Post” in the original category and David Scarpa’s “All the Money in the World” and Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad and Stephen Chbosky’s “Wonder” in the adapted category.

The WGA’s nominated screenplays were selected by 12,000 eligible members from 47 contenders in the adapted category and 59 in the original category.

Eligibility Issues

The scripts for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “The Darkest Hour,” “Coco” and “Victoria & Abdul” were among those not eligible.

The WGA excludes screenplays not produced under its jurisdiction or that of another guild as awards candidates. The group has the ultimate authority over determining which writers receive screenplay credit if the script is produced under WGA jurisdiction.

Oscar and Writers Guild

“Moonlight” won the WGA award for best original screenplay and “Arrival” won for best adapted screenplay last year. “Moonlight” went on to win the Oscar in adapted category while “Manchester by the Sea” — which was ineligible for a WGA award — won the Oscar in the original category.

The “Birdman” script was also ineligible for the WGA Awards and won the Oscar for original screenplay in 2015.

Four documentary scripts received WGA nominations:

Theodore Braun’s “Betting on Zero”;

Brett Morgen’s “Jane”;

Alex Gibney’s “No Stone Unturned”;

Barak Goodman’s “Oklahoma City.”

Only scripts written under a WGA contract were eligible. “Jane,” which focuses on anthropologist Jane Goodall, is one of the 15 titles shortlisted for the Academy Awards in the Best Documentary category.

 

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