With just hours to go before Oscar first round ballots are due, the Writers Guild of America has announced its nominees. For Best Original Screenplay, the WGA resuscitated Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master,” which has been neglected a lot this season. Others in the original screenplay group are “Moonrise Kingdom,” plus “Flight,” “Looper,” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”
Adapted screenplays included “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Lincoln,” “Argo,” “Life of Pi,” and “Perks of Being a Wallflower.”
Absent from the list of originals is “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and Woody Allen’s “To Rome with Love.”
Completely excluded because they were ineligible– ironically, the two box office draws of the moment, “Les Miserables” and “Django Unchained.” Those movies were made under foreign jurisdiction.