The Writers Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America released their awards nominations today. Since both sets of awards historically have had a strong correlation with Oscar nominations and winners, these nominations are worth taking a look at.
The one thing to keep in mind about the WGA awards is their strict eligibility criteria. Several screenplay frontrunners weren’t even nominated this year because they were deemed ineligible. Notably, The King’s Speech, Toy Story 3, Blue Valentine, Biutiful, and Winter’s Bone were disqualified.
Due to the gaps left by those absences some unforeseen nominees filled in, namely Please Give in the Original Screenplay category and I Love You Phillip Morris alongside the regular Adapted Screenplay contenders.
Does this mean that The King’s Speech or Toy Story 3 won’t garner an Oscar nom in place of one of these last-chance underdogs? I doubt it. They have enough momentum heading into the New Year that it shouldn’t much of an issue. A lesser competitor like Winter’s Bone, however, might find itself in a bit of trouble.
That being said, I have a feeling that due to the number of heavyweights in the WGAs nominations list whoever wins will have a leg up at the Academy Awards. I am, as always, pulling for Inception in the Original Screenplay category, though I wouldn’t be all that surprised or upset if Black Swan swooped in. As for Adapted Screenplay, The Social Network might be the marginal favorite, but the Coen brothers (True Grit) have quite a history with putting together critically favorable scripts.
You can see the full list of WGA nominations here.
The PGA nominations are mostly unsurprising. However, The Town’s somewhat unexpected but entirely welcome inclusion in the Outstanding Producer of a Theatrical Motion Picture makes me hope it will get some love when the Oscars release their nominations in three weeks. I was also interested to see that The Illusionist didn’t make an appearance in the animated film category as it is likely Toy Story 3’s biggest competition this year.
You can see the full list of PGA nominations here