The WGA has announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during 2014 in three categories: original, adapted and documentary screenplays. Among the notables unveiled this morning: Damien Chazelle’s script for Whiplash nominated in the Original Screenplay category, the day after the Oscar Academy was criticized for slotting it in its Adapted Screenplay race. Today’s WGA nom will keep that story alive.
Winners will be honored February 14 at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.
Joining Whiplash on the original script list is Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, E Max Frye and Dan Futterman’s Foxcatcher, Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel and Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler. On the adapted side are Jason Hall’s American Sniper, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, Graham Moore’s The Imitation Game and Nick Hornby’s Wild. They are joined by a rare nom for a tentploe: James Gunn and Nicole Perlman’s script for Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, the top-grossing movie of 2014.
Notably absent are Oscar-gunning scripts for Birdman, The Theory of Everything and Selma, which are ineligible for WGA Awards recognition because they weren’t made under the guild’s Basic Agreement. Last year, 12 Years A Slave was also ineligible but went on to win the Adapted Screenplay Oscar for John Ridley.
Here’s the full list of nominees:
Written by Richard Linklater; IFC Films
Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman; Sony Pictures Classics
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness; Fox Searchlight
Written by Dan Gilroy; Open Road Films
Written by Damien Chazelle; Sony Pictures Classics
Written by Jason Hall; Based on the book by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice; Warner Bros.
Screenplay by Gillian Flynn; Based on her novel; 20th Century Fox
Guardians of the Galaxy
Written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman; Based on the Marvel comic by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
The Imitation Game
Written by Graham Moore; Based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges; The Weinstein Company
Screenplay by Nick Hornby; Based on the book by Cheryl Strayed; Fox Searchlight
Finding Vivian Maier
Written by John Maloof & Charlie Siskel; Sundance Selects
The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
Written by Brian Knappenberger; FilmBuff
Last Days in Vietnam
Written by Mark Bailey & Kevin McAlester; American Experience Films
Written by Gabe Polsky; Sony Pictures Classics