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WGA Awards: 'Steve Jobs', 'Trainwreck', 'Spotlight' Among Nominees

The Writers Guild of America has announced nominations for outstanding achievement in screenwriting for 2015. The 2016 WGA Awards are set for February 13 at ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles.

TrainwreckThe Original Screenplay category includes awards-season buzz titles like Bridge Of Spies, Sicario, Spotlight and Straight Outta Compton, but also making the cut is the Amy Schumer-penned Trainwreck, the lone straight comedy on the WGA list this year (unless you count The Martian a laugher as the Golden Globes does).

Last year, Wes Anderson and Hugh Guinness took the Original honor with The Grand Budapest Hotel, while Graham Moore’s The Imitation Game won the Adapted Screenplay award. Moore went on to win the Oscar in the category, while the Academy opted for Birdman in the Original race.

In the Adapted category this year, the pics are The Big Short, Carol, The Martian, Trumbo and Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs. Sorkin won both the WGA Award and the Oscar in 2013 for The Social Network.

Here’s the list of noms:

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Bridge of Spies
Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen; DreamWorks Pictures

Sicario
Written by Taylor Sheridan; Lionsgate

Spotlight
Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy; Open Road Films

Straight Outta Compton
Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by
S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff; Universal Pictures

Trainwreck
Written by Amy Schumer; Universal Pictures

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

The Big Short
Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay; Based on the Book by Michael Lewis; Paramount Pictures

Carol
Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy; Based on the Novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith; The Weinstein Company

The Martian
Screenplay by Drew Goddard; Based on the Novel by Andy Weir; Twentieth Century Fox

Steve Jobs
Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin; Based on the Book by Walter Isaacson; Universal Pictures

Trumbo
Written by John McNamara; Based on the Biography by Bruce Cook; Bleecker Street Media

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

Being Canadian
Written by Robert Cohen; Candy Factory Films

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
Written by Alex Gibney; HBO Documentary Films

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
Written by Brett Morgen; HBO Documentary Films

Prophet’s Prey
Written by Amy J. Berg; Showtime Documentary Films

    1. Not even close. I’m shocked it’s even nominated for WGA. No Tarantino? Wow. Sicario is good, not great, writing–certainly not award-winning writing. The story is about Emily Blunt for 2/3 of the film (including an overlong sequence in Mexico that dragged out) and then the focus shifts to Del Toro. That’s weak writing, gang.

    1. You mean the film that made over 110 million at the domestic box office on a budget of 35 million? You mean that film?
      Love it or loathe it, the film was anything BUT a trainwreck.

      1. Box office DOES NOT measure quality.
        Paul Blart 2 made over $70 million domestically on a $30 million budget and that movie is pure crap plus What We Do In The Shadows was the best comedy of the year and that movie made $3 million.

        And don’t get me started with The Force Awakens.

        1. I said absolutely nothing about quality, I didn’t even hint at it. Your description implied that the film was a train wreck, the box-office says otherwise. Fantastic Four was a train wreck…it bombed theatrically and critically. I consider Avatar and the Transformers films to be a few of the most overrated films of all time, box-office wise and entertainment wise. But they clearly weren’t train wrecks.

          1. Those Transformers films were complete trainwrecks.
            The way you said it indicated that you were measuring the quality of the movie because of the box office cash it took in and there are people out there who measure film quality by how much money it makes.
            Personally, I felt that the movie Trainwreck was a truly unfunny and overall poor comedy. On that level, it is considered by some to be a trainwreck. I still consider What We Do In The Shadows to be far superior to any comedy released in 2015.

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