The Writer's Guild of America has announced its nominees for the year's best screenplays, and Oscar dark horse "Bridesmaids" continues to pick up awards season steam after netting a nod for Best Original Screenplay.
Meanwhile, not unlike the director's films themselves, Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" keeps chugging with understated distinction among a playing field of more colorful candidates as it squares off against not just "Bridesmaids," but "50/50," "Win Win" and "Young Adult."
In general, this year's Original Screenplay competition seems largely comprised of up-and-comers, or at the very least, folks who are still largely outside the traditional Hollywood crowd.
"50/50" marks scribe Will Reiser's first produced screenplay, and even though Tom McCarthy contributed to the script for "Up" and previously wrote and directed his first two features, "Win Win" is an art house rather than commercial triumph. At the same time, the independent circuit is where most of Hollywood's original screenplays are being produced, because they can be brought to life at a price point for studios that doesn't necessarily demand proven source material or subject matter.
In the Adapted Screenplay category, meanwhile, there are several familiar names among the nominees, including "Hugo" writer (and two-time nominee) John Logan. Steven Zaillian, who earned nods for his contributions to both "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and "Moneyball" is nominated, as well as Aaron Sorkin, who collaborated with Zaillian on "Moneyball." "Descendants" scribe Alexander Payne's penchant for adaptations has already produced two wins (for "Election" and "Sideways") and another nomination (for "About Schmidt") in the past. That said, another newcomer fills out the remaining spot in this category, including Tate Taylor, whose work on "The Help" drew in audiences and critics alike.
The Documentary Screenplay category seems comprised of almost all total left-field contenders, neither succumbing to commercial pressure to champion films of mainstream importance nor targeting critical darlings which the Oscars have historically overlooked. Senna and Pina are the two highest-profile nominees among the category's candidates, so it should make for an interesting competition as the other three films – largely overlooked by moviegoers and critics alike – fight for what may be their best shot at wider attention.
Check out all of the nominees below:
"50/50," Written by Will Reiser; Summit Entertainment
"Bridesmaids," Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig; Universal Studios
"Midnight in Paris," Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics
"Win Win," Screenplay by Tom McCarthy; Story by Tom McCarthy & Joe Tiboni; Fox Searchlight
"Young Adult," Written by Diablo Cody; Paramount Pictures
"The Descendants," Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash; Based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemming; Fox Searchlight
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," Screenplay by Steven Zaillian; Based on the novel by Stieg Larsson, originally published by Norstedts; Columbia Pictures
"The Help," Screenplay by Tate Taylor; Based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett; DreamWorks Pictures
"Hugo," Screenplay by John Logan; Based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick; Paramount Pictures
"Moneyball," Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin; Story by Stan Chervin; Based on the book by Michael Lewis; Columbia Pictures
"Better This World," Written by Katie Galloway & Kelly Duane de la Vega; Loteria Films
"If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front," Written by Marshall Curry and Matthew Hamachek; Oscilloscope Pictures
"Nostalgia for the Light," Written by Patricio Guzman; Icarus Films
"Pina," Screenplay by Wim Wenders; Sundance Selects
"Position Among the Stars," Script by Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich, Leonard Retel Helmrich; HBO Films
"Senna," Written by Manish Pandey; Producers Distribution Agency
And check out the nominees for this year's Golden Globes: