The Writers Guild of America (WGA) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during 2014 and there aren’t too many surprises, though I must admit and (even though I didn’t like the film) slightly admire the decision to nominate Guardians of the Galaxy for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Of course, we also have the expected continuation of the Whiplash controversy (read about that here) as it’s nominated as an Original Screenplay here, but the Academy has decided it will compete in the Adapted Screenplay category at the Oscars.
On top of all that, we must also remember certain screenplays weren’t eligible for consideration due to WGA rules, those include Birdman, The Theory of Everything, Selma and Mr. Turner. So, if you’re wondering how some scripts got in over others that should help a little in the sorting process.
Just below is the complete list of nominees, winners will be honored at the 2015 Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, February 14.
Boyhood, Written by Richard Linklater; IFC Films
Foxcatcher, Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman; Sony Pictures Classics
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness; Fox Searchlight
Nightcrawler, Written by Dan Gilroy; Open Road Films
Whiplash, Written by Damien Chazelle; Sony Pictures Classics
American Sniper, Written by Jason Hall; Based on the book by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice; Warner Bros.
Gone Girl, Screenplay by Gillian Flynn; Based on her novel; 20th Century Fox
Guardians of the Galaxy, Written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman; Based on the Marvel comic by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
The Imitation Game, Written by Graham Moore; Based on the book “Alan Turing: The Enigma” by Andrew Hodges; The Weinstein Company
Wild, Screenplay by Nick Hornby; Based on the book by Cheryl Strayed; Fox Searchlight
Finding Vivian Maier, Written by John Maloof & Charlie Siskel; Sundance Selects
The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, Written by Brian Knappenberger; FilmBuff
Last Days in Vietnam, Written by Mark Bailey & Kevin McAlester; American Experience Films
Red Army, Written by Gabe Polsky; Sony Pictures Classics