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WGA Nominations Dominated by Comedies

UPDATED: The original screenplay category includes "Midnight in Paris," "Bridesmaids" and "50/50."

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Comedies ruled in the original screenplay category as the Writers Guild of America announced its feature nominations today, with the light-hearted fare 50/50, Bridesmaids, Midnight in Paris, Win Win and Young Adult earning noms.

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In the adapted screenplay category, the WGA nominated The Descendants, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Help, Hugo and Moneyball

Woody Allen took home his 20th career nomination for Midnight. If he were to win, it would be his fifth victory.

Steven Zaillian scored two noms in the adapted category as he wrote the Tattoo adaptation from Stieg Larsson's novel and co-wrote Moneyball with Aaron Sorkin from a story by Stan Chervin based on the book by Michael Lewis. Sorkin was last year's winner in the category for The Social Network.

Back in the original category, Bridesmaids' Kristen Wiig earned her first WGA nom for the screenplay she wrote with Annie Mumolo. Will Reiser proved to be another first-time nominee for 50/50, his semi-autobiographical comedy about a young man confronting cancer. 

Tom McCarthy, who was nominated for Win Win (for which he also wrote the story with Joe Tiboni) has received two previous WGA noms, for The Visitor and The Station Agent, while Diablo Cody, who was nominated for Young Adult, previously won in the same category for 2007's Juno.

In the adapted category, Tate Taylor is a first-time nominee for The Help, adapted from his friend Kathryn Stockett's novel. 

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Alexander Payne, who was nominated for The Descendants, along with Nat Faxon and Jim Rash for adapting Kaui Hart Hemming's novel, has had two previous victories in the category, for Sideways and Election, both of which he wrote with Taylor. John Logan, nominated for Hugo, adapted from Brian Selznick's children's book, was nominated for 2004's The Aviator and won in the adapted longform category for 1999's RKO 281.

The noms aren't necessarily predictive of eventual Academy Award nominations, though. The WGA recognizes only screenplays written by its own members or under productions that are signatories to the guild's Minimum Basic Agreement. This year, such awards hopefuls as The Artist, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Shame, Margin Call, Carnage, The Iron Lady and My Week With Marilyn were not on the WGA's list of eligible films.

For documentary screenplay, the nominees are Better This World; If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front; Nostalgia for the Light; Pina; Position Among the Stars; and Senna. Of that group, If a Tree Falls and Pina are the only two that also are on the Academy shortlist for best documentary feature.

The WGA will hold its  2012 Writers Guild Awards on  Feb. 19 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles and a venue to be announced in New York.

The nominees are:

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

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
 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

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
 

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

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 Guzmán; 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