'Inception,' 'Fighter,' 'The Kids Are All Right' Among Writers Guild Nominees
UPDATED: The Social Network earned its writer Aaron Sorkin a nomination for best adapted screenplay, and Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg were nominated in the original screenplay category for The Kids Are All Right as the Writers Guild of America announced film and television nominations for its 2011 Writers Guild Awards Tuesday.
(Go here to see the television nominees.)
The adapted screenplay included three other movies, in addition to Network, that were also nominated by the Producers Guild of America Tuesday. They are 127 Hours, screenplay by Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, from the book Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston; The Town, by Peter Craig and Ben Affleck and Aaron Stockard, based on the novel Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan; and True Grit, by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen from the novel by Charles Portis. Network is based on the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich. The surprise nominee was John Requa and Glenn Ficarra’s I Love You Phillip Morris, the true story of a gay con man, based on the book of the same name by Steven McVicker.
The original category also included four movies that got the PGA’s seal of approval. In addition to Kids, they are Black Swan, by Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin, story by Andres Heinz; The Fighter, screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, story by Keith Dorrington, Tamaxy and Johnson; and Inception, written by Christopher Nolan. In that category, the unexpected nominee was writer/director Nicole Holofcener’s New York-set comedy-of-manners Please Give.
The WGA’s documentary line-up includes Enemies of the People, by Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath; Freedom Riders, by Stanley Nelson; Gasland, from Josh Fox; Inside Job, by Charles Ferguson and co-writers Chad Beck and Adam Bolt; The Two Escobars, by the brothers Michael Zimbalist and Jeff Zimbalist; and Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)?, by John Scheinfeld.
Because the WGA recognizes only productions that are guild signatories or have shot under agreements with an affiliated international guild, the WGA noms do not necessarily point toward Oscar noms. This year, such awards hopefuls as The King's Speech, Toy Story 3, Winter's Bone, Blue Valentine and Another Year were ineligible for WGA honors.
Last year, only four movies that received WGA noms went on to receive Oscar noms. But this year, with the WGA choices more closely mirroring the PGA choices, that may not be the case.
The guild's awards ceremony will be held Feb. 5 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles and the AXA Equitable Center in New York City.
Read the full list of nominees after the jump: