2013 Oscar Watch: Writers Guild of America Nominations

Another day, another batch of nominations from a different guild. This time it’s the Writers Guild of America’s turn. Next to the acting, Best Picture and Best Director awards, the writing mentions are probably the next prestigious. In all truthfulness, they should probably receive even more praise. Without the script, you have nada or in some cases trainwrecks like John Carter and Oogieloves In The BIG Balloon Adventure 😉

Like the Art Direction nods the other day, it pays to learn what these various groups nominate. More often than not, they’re the same people who make up certain branches of the Academy voters. If you want to win bragging rights with your Oscar office pool or your friend’s annual Academy Awards party, take note.

The most glaring omission from the 2013 Writers Guild of America nominations is the Les Miserables snub. Sure, most of the film is sung, but without a writing nod, it certainly decreases their chances for an Oscar for Best Picture. On the flip side, it’s nice to see films like Looper and Flight to finally get some love. Check out all the honorees below for Original Screenplay, Adapted Screenplay and Documentary Screenplay. The winners will be announced Sunday, Feb. 17 in New York City.

2013 Writers Guild of America Nominations

Original Screenplay

  • Flight, Written by John Gatins; Paramount Pictures
  • Looper, Written by Rian Johnson; TriStar Pictures
  • The Master, Written by Paul Thomas Anderson; The Weinstein Company
  • Moonrise Kingdom, Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola; Focus Features
  • Zero Dark Thirty, Written by Mark Boal; Columbia Pictures

Adapted Screenplay

  • Argo, Screenplay by Chris Terrio; Based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired Magazine article The Great Escape by Joshuah Bearman; Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Life of Pi, Screenplay by David Magee; Based on the novel by Yann Martel; 20th Century Fox
  • Lincoln, Screenplay by Tony Kushner; Based in part on the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin; DreamWorks Pictures
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky; Based on his book; Summit Entertainment
  • Silver Linings Playbook, Screenplay by David O. Russell; Based on the novel by Matthew Quick; The Weinstein Company

Documentary Screenplay

  • The Central Park Five, Written by Sarah Burns and David McMahon and Ken Burns; Sundance Selects
  • The Invisible War, Written by Kirby Dick; Cinedigm Entertainment Group
  • Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, Written by Alex Gibney; HBO Documentary Films
  • Searching for Sugar Man, Written by Malik Bendejelloul; Sony Pictures Classic
  • We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, Written by Brian Knappenberger; Cinetic Media
  • West of Memphis, Written by Amy Berg & Billy McMillin; Sony Pictures Classics
  • Brian

    Tbh, the omission of Les Mis here isn’t really a snub. They would have been up for Best Adapted Screenplay, and since that award is for the adaptation itself rather than the source material, Les Mis didn’t stand a chance. They barely touched the original musical, only editing some of the songs and adding a new one.