Christopher Nolan and Aaron Sorkin were the big winners at Saturday night’s Writers Guild of America awards. Nolan grabbed the Original Screenplay prize, finally receiving recognition for his mind-bending Inception script. Sorkin added another Adapted Screenplay trophy to his wall for The Social Network.
These results have almost no bearing on Oscar buzz, however, as many of the top contenders were disqualified by the WGA’s strict eligibility requirements – Original Screenplay frontrunner David Seidler (The King’s Speech) for example.
The Social Network, which won this year’s USC Libraries Scripter award on Friday night, still has the best shot of winning Adapted Screenplay at the Academy Awards, but will face stiffer competition from the likes of Toy Story 3 and Winter’s Bone, which were ineligible for the WGAs.
Personally, I’d like to see upsets in both categories at the Oscars and have Inception and Toy Story 3 walk away with the statuettes. Perhaps Nolan’s WGA win will propel him toward a win. One can hope.