'Trainwreck,' 'Steve Jobs' Among WGA Screenplay Nominations

11:52 AM 1/6/2016

by Hilary Lewis

The Writers Guild also announced its documentary nominees, with 'Going Clear' and 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' among the contenders in that category.

Courtesy of Universal Pictures

The Writers Guild of America has announced its nominees in the categories of theatrical and documentary screenplays.

The original screenplay nominees include Amy Schumer's Trainwreck, Sicario and Straight Outta Compton alongside original screenplay Oscar frontrunners Bridge of Spies and Spotlight. The category is missing Oscar frontrunners The Hateful Eight and Ex Machina, which were ineligible, as well as Inside Out.

The adapted screenplay category features Oscar frontrunners The Big Short, The Martian and Steve Jobs along with the screenplays for Carol and Trumbo. Missing from the category are adapted screenplay Oscar frontrunners Room and Brooklyn, which were ineligible.

Alex Gibney's Scientology exposé Going Clear was the only documentary Oscar frontrunner to land a WGA nomination, with the others going to Being Canadian, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck and Amy Berg's Prophet's Prey.

The guild announced its TV, new media, radio, news, promotional writing and graphic animation nominations in December and will reveal its video game writing nominees on Monday.

All of the 2016 WGA awards will be handed out Feb. 13 at simultaneous ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles.

A full list of the theatrical and documentary screenplay nominees follows.

  • Original Screenplay

    Courtesy of Participant Media

    Spotlight, Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy; Open Road Films (WINNER)

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

    Sicario, Written by Taylor Sheridan; Lionsgate

    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

    Paramount Pictures/Photofest

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

    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

    Courtesy of Sundance International Film Festival

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

    Being Canadian, Written by Robert Cohen; Candy Factory Films 

    Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, Written by Brett Morgen; HBO Documentary Films
    Prophet’s Prey, Written by Amy J. Berg; Showtime Documentary Films

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