Writers Guild Sets Nominees For Original, Adapted And Documentary Scripts

Los Angeles and New York – The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during 2010. Winners will be honored at the 2011 Writers Guild Awards held on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.


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


Enemies of the People, Written, Directed, Filmed and Produced by Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath; International Film Circuit

Freedom Riders, Written, Produced and Directed by Stanley Nelson; International Film Circuit

Gasland, Written and Directed by Josh Fox; HBO Documentary Films and International WOW Company

Inside Job, Produced, Written and Directed by Charles Ferguson; Co-written by Chad Beck, Adam Bolt; Sony Pictures Classics

The Two Escobars, Written by Michael Zimbalist, Jeff Zimbalist; ESPN Films

Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)?, Written and Directed by John Scheinfeld; Lorber Films

Feature films eligible for a Writers Guild Award were exhibited theatrically for at least one week in Los Angeles in 2010 and were written under the WGA’s Minimum Basic Agreement (MBA) or under a bona fide collective bargaining agreement of the Australian Writers Guild, Writers Guild of Canada, Writers Guild of Great Britain, Irish Playwrights & Screenwriters Guild or the New Zealand Writers Guild. Theatrical screenplays produced under the jurisdiction of the WGA or an affiliate Guild must have been submitted for WGA awards consideration.

Documentaries eligible for a Writers Guild Award featured an onscreen writing credit and were exhibited theatrically in Los Angeles or New York for one week in 2010. While credited documentary writers were required to join the WGAW’s Nonfiction Writers Caucus or WGAE Nonfiction Writers Caucus to be considered, scripts need not have been written under WGA jurisdiction to be considered.

The 2011 Writers Guild Awards will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2011, simultaneously at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel-Grand Ballroom in Los Angeles and the AXA Equitable Center in New York City.

  1. I ma excited to know who will have the awards. I just hope that the one who gets is really deserving.

  2. Winter’s Bone not being nominated is really a shame. Boo, WGA. If a union won’t stand up for the little guy, who will?

    1. @PH: Winters Bone was not eligible because, like King’s Speech and some other very notable films, it was not made under the WGA Minimum Basic Agreement. There has been quite a bit of discussion/controversy about this, on this site(check out earlier posts from Pete Hammond and the comments section) as well as in a recent article by Nicole Sperling in the L.A. Times. Bottom line is that it is the Guild’s prerogative to restrict awards to films made under their m.b.a, but I personally feel it is too bad that the writer of these films loses out esp. as it’s not in the writer’s control when that decision is made by the producer(s)

  3. All the Original and Adapted nominees are deserving of their nominations, but I’m happiest to see Please Give and I Love You Phillip Morris getting some praise. Both are excellent movies that have gone underrated this awards season.

  4. Wait– Chris Sparling just mailed his letter to the WGA explaining why his script should be considered.

  5. Thrilled to see “Please Give” nominated. It won’t win because either Inception or The Kids Are All Right will win, but it deserves a nomination.
    I guess it’s a foregone conclusion that Social Network will win adapted screenplay.

    1. It would have been, but Aaron Sorkin shitting all over the WGA in that Hollywood Reporter video roundtable might siphon a few votes away and give it to the Coens.

  6. There were a lot of screenplays that were ineligible — kings speech, scott pilgrim and I believe winter’s bone, that’s why they are not on here.

  7. 7 out of the 10 nominees for original or adapted screenplay were sent to the voters as screeners (Inception, Phillip Morris, Kids, Please Give, Town, Fighter, Grit). 2 of the remaining 3 nominees were sent to the voters as screenplays. (Swan, 127 Hours). The only film nominated without a screener or screenplay sent to the voters was Social Network. 75 films were eligible for nomination in these two categories, but about 60 of them didn’t send a screenplay or a screener. Moral of the story? Unless your writer’s last name is Sorkin, put your movie in front of our eyes so we can vote for it.

  8. Inception is most deserving . Nolan spent ten years writing the script (by himself) that reinvented the summer blockbuster.

  9. I’m just upset because as WGA member in Chicago, I was unable to vote on either 127 Hours or Black Swan because neither screener was sent to us. I’m not going to vote for something I haven’t seen.

  10. Really sad to see Greenberg get ignored. Thought that was some of the best writing this year. Also sad to see Winters Bone not get a nod.

    The Kids Are Alright is getting way too much praise and is not as great as people make it out to be. When it was over I asked my friends if they liked it. They responded with a half hearted “yeah”. Then I asked them if they knew what it was about. No one had any idea. It would be a shame to see a movie that lacks a clear coherent theme win a writing award.

    Black Swan, The Social Network and 127 Hours are the only 3 movies that didn’t send screeners to WGA members. Everyone saw Social Network in the theater. Black Swan and 127 Hours both sent shooting script/books instead of screeners. They also free screenings in major markets for members.

    Just by looking at the nominations you can see how much sending screeners to WGA members means noms.

    Screeners and free shit equal nominations yet again.

    1. Why are you complaining about the screeners getting nominations? All the movies are sent to the Oscar Academy voters – do you think they vote for movies they don’t get screeners for? I’m just asking, not being argumentative.

  11. Message to studios and production companies: send screeners. 7 of 10 sent screeners, 2 others sent screenplays.

  12. It is utterly ridiculous to see ‘The Fighter’ up for a WGA screenwriting award. Sloppy, cliched, treacly, tonally off, boring and unoriginal don’t even begin to describe this anemic script. If you actually take time to R-E-A-D the script – as opposed to viewing the produced product alone – you will realize the film’s terrific acting saved what truly was a mess of words on the page.

    You can also tell, though I already knew, ‘The Fighter’ script was cobbled together by committee, as it has so many patchy areas that alert the reader that a scrum of writers “wrote” this mess or inserted this scene. It’s, how do I put it? Frankenstein’s monster !!!

    My beloved WGA has gone the way of the Golden Globes for writing — and that’s a damn shame to make this award a high school popularity contest as opposed to a QUALITY contest of the best scripts of the year. Where’s ‘Winter’s Bone’ or ‘The King’s Speech’ (yes, i am aware of the ridiculous WGA lame ‘rules’ that barred it and other films from consideration!) or “Blue Valentine’ or ‘Wall Street II’ or….. ‘Toy Story III’ — my choice for best written movie of the year? Who cares if it is a cartoon.

    Sometimes the WGA is just one big public embarrassment after embarrassment !!!

    1. Ditto to your great reply, voting WGA member.

      Toy Story III wuz outright ROBBED! Best script in 2010, going away — with Social Network/King’s Speech on its heels.

      The Fighter? Maybe for an emmy nod as a movie of the week. It read like a made-for-TV afternoon special!

  13. Love it. All deserving. Even a script like “Please Give” without a star. Just shows that with a big name star a bad script is simply a bad script.

    WGA Rules!

  14. I wish The Black Swan and Social Network sent screeners to WGA members like True Grit, The Fighter, Inception, Kids, The Town and many others did. So much easier to watch movies at home and you can’t in good conscience vote for a movie you haven’t seen. Of course, now that they’re nominated it’s not too late. Hint, Hint. Hint.

  15. Wait, “Phillip Morris?” Just watched it and what a mess!
    If that script and “Inception” were written by unknowns, they’d never get past a reader. They’re incredibly excessive with exposition. “The Town?” Did you listen to the lame dialog, WGA? Terrible. “Please Give”& “True Grit,” yes! But the best written film of the year isn’t on here because the union is inflexible: “Toy Story 3.”

  16. So glad to see “Please Give” made the list. It was definitely overshadowed by pundits making early Oscar predictions.

  17. Finally saw Toy Story 3 over the holidays and what a piece of crud. Loved the original but found this one dark, lame, unamusing and simply not funny. My kids had seen it in the theatre but wouldn’t watch it again because it was just too boring. Pixar is Box Office Gold, but the truth is they haven’t done a truly good film since The Incredibles.

  18. Oh man…I completely forgot about The Kids are Alright. I loved that movie! Maybe I should have done a “Top 10” this year, not only 5…

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