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Writers Guild Award nominations include Arrival, La La Land & Deadpool

01.04.2017
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We're in the thick of awards-season right now, with nominations coming in left and right from a variety of organizations, including the Writers Guild of America. For the most part there haven't been too many surprises as we've seen movies like LA LA LAND, ARRIVAL and HELL OR HIGH WATER pop up fairly frequently, and the recently announced nominations for the 69 annual Writers Guild Awards are no different, with one sizeable foul-mouthed exception. DEADPOOL, the little film that could, has snagged a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Check out the full list of nominees below!

Original Screenplay

HELL OR HIGH WATER (written by Taylor Sheridan)

LA LA LAND (written by Damien Chazelle)

LOVING (written by Jeff Nichols)

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (written by Kenneth Lonergan)

MOONLIGHT (written by Barry Jenkins, story by Tarell McCraney)

Adapted Screenplay

ARRIVAL (screenplay by Eric Heisserer, based on the story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang)

DEADPOOL (written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick)

FENCES (screenplay by August Wilson)

HIDDEN FIGURES (screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly)

NOCTURNAL ANIMALS (screenplay by Tom Ford, based on the novel Tony and Susan by Austin Wright)

Documentary Screenplay

AUTHOR: THE JT LEROY STORY (written by Jeff Feuerzeig)

COMMAND AND CONTROL (telescript by Robert Kenner and Eric Schlosser, story by Brian Pearle and Kim Roberts)

ZERO DAYS  (written by Alex Gibney)

This isn't the first time that a comic-book flick has been included by the WGA, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY was nominated back in 2014 (THE IMITATION GAME wound up winning), but I'm still surprised to see DEADPOOL pop up. The WGA will announce the winners on February 19, 2017 during simultaneous ceremonies at the Edison Ballroom in New York City and the Beverly Hills Hilton in Beverly Hills. Does DEADPOOL stand a chance? Likely not, but stranger things have certainly happened. Speaking of DEADPOOL, the Tim Miller flick has also landed nominations for Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) and Best Performance in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) for Ryan Reynolds by the Golden Globes. The ceremony will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon and take place on January 8th.

Any note-worthy movies you're surprised to see snubbed?

Source: WGA

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4:34PM on 01/05/2017
I don't watch a lot of movies, can someone explain documentary screenplay?
I don't watch a lot of movies, can someone explain documentary screenplay?
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11:30PM on 01/04/2017
Arrival is incredibly overrated mess. I don't think the writers guild is taking this "Emperors New Clothes " as seriously as the "critics"
Arrival is incredibly overrated mess. I don't think the writers guild is taking this "Emperors New Clothes " as seriously as the "critics"
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11:20PM on 01/04/2017
This is a hard one bacause some of the films are great as a whole and not necessarily the sum of its parts. Everything working together. La la Land and Moonlight for example.The visuals, direction, the acting and music.
I would be stumped.
This is a hard one bacause some of the films are great as a whole and not necessarily the sum of its parts. Everything working together. La la Land and Moonlight for example.The visuals, direction, the acting and music.
I would be stumped.
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10:39PM on 01/04/2017
Cool for Deadpool getting a nomination, but in terms of its category, I thought Arrival was the best adapted screenplay. When it comes to original screenplay, would definitely say La La Land; without a doubt.
Cool for Deadpool getting a nomination, but in terms of its category, I thought Arrival was the best adapted screenplay. When it comes to original screenplay, would definitely say La La Land; without a doubt.
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7:24PM on 01/04/2017

My series of reactions to DEADPOOL's nomination:

"Awesome!" Then "Wait... I forgot that it's common for the WGAs to include unusual nominees since because of their disqualification rules." Then "What? No Oscar contender was disqualified this year?! DEADPOOL has an actual possibility of a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nomination?! Great!" Then "It says here that MOONLIGHT and LOVING will compete in that category instead of Best Original Screenplay."
"Awesome!" Then "Wait... I forgot that it's common for the WGAs to include unusual nominees since because of their disqualification rules." Then "What? No Oscar contender was disqualified this year?! DEADPOOL has an actual possibility of a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nomination?! Great!" Then "It says here that MOONLIGHT and LOVING will compete in that category instead of Best Original Screenplay."
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8:34AM on 01/05/2017
"No Oscar contender was disqualified this year"

Where on earth did you hear that? Because it's absolutely not true. Florence Foster Jenkins, The Handmaiden, The Lobster, Lion, Paterson, Toni Erdmann, and Zootopia were all ineligible under WGA's strict guidelines this year... among many, many others.
"No Oscar contender was disqualified this year"

Where on earth did you hear that? Because it's absolutely not true. Florence Foster Jenkins, The Handmaiden, The Lobster, Lion, Paterson, Toni Erdmann, and Zootopia were all ineligible under WGA's strict guidelines this year... among many, many others.
8:50AM on 01/05/2017
Here: [link]
Here: [link]
8:59AM on 01/05/2017
Sorry, but that writer is terribly misinformed. Check more reputable sources next time, like this: [link]

The Lobster and Lion are major frontrunners for Original and Adapted, respectively, and the others I listed are all more likely Oscar contenders than Deadpool. So to say that "no Oscar contender was disqualified this year" is woefully inaccurate.
Sorry, but that writer is terribly misinformed. Check more reputable sources next time, like this: [link]

The Lobster and Lion are major frontrunners for Original and Adapted, respectively, and the others I listed are all more likely Oscar contenders than Deadpool. So to say that "no Oscar contender was disqualified this year" is woefully inaccurate.
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