Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Writers Guild Nominees Include “The Master,” “Argo,” “Lincoln,” “Silver Linings,” “Moonrise”


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.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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