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Producers Guild, Directors Guild and Writers Guild Nominations

I guess I have been slacking in my updates. Here’s all the guild nominations. Argo, Lincoln, Life of Pi and Zero Dark Thirty show up on all three lists.


Producers Guild:

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

  • “Argo” (Warner Bros.)
  • Producers: Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov
  • “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • Producers: Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Josh Penn
  • “Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company)
  • Producers: Reginald Hudlin, Pilar Savone, Stacey Sher
  • “Les Misérables” (Universal Pictures)
  • Producers: Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh
  • “Life of Pi” (Fox 2000 Pictures)
  • Producers: Ang Lee, Gil Netter, David Womark
  • “Lincoln” (Touchstone Pictures)
  • Producers:  Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg
  • “Moonrise Kingdom” (Focus Features)
  • Producers: Wes Anderson & Scott Rudin, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales
  • “Silver Linings Playbook” (The Weinstein Company)
  • Producers: Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Gordon
  • “Skyfall” ( Columbia Pictures)
  • Producers: Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson
  • “Zero Dark Thirty” ( Columbia Pictures)
  • Producers: Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Megan Ellison

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:

  • “Brave” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • Producer:  Katherine Sarafian
  • “Frankenweenie” (Walt Disney Pictures)
  • Producers:  Allison Abbate, Tim Burton
  • “ParaNorman” (Focus Features)
  • Producers:  Travis Knight, Arianne Sutner
  • “Rise of the Guardians” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Producers:  Nancy Bernstein, Christina Steinberg
  • “Wreck-It Ralph” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • Producer:  Clark Spencer

Directors Guild:

  • Ben Affleck “Argo”
  • Kathryn Bigelow “Zero Dark Thirty”
  • Tom Hooper “Les Miserables”
  • Ang Lee “The Life of Pi”
  • Steven Spielberg “Lincoln”

Writers Guild:

Best Original Screenplay,

  • “Flight”,  John Gatins
  • “Looper”,Rian Johnson;
  • “The Master”, Paul Thomas Anderson
  • “Moonrise Kingdom”, Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
  • “Zero Dark Thirty”,  Mark Boal

Best Adapted Screenplay: 

  • “Argo”,  Chris Terrio
  • “Life of Pi”, David Magee
  • “Lincoln”, Tony Kushner
  • “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, Stephen Chbosky
  • “Silver Linings Playbook”, David O. Russell

Best Documentary Screenplay:

  • “The Central Park Five”,  Sarah Burns andDavid McMahon and Ken Burns
  • “The Invisible War”,  Kirby Dick
  • “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God”, Alex Gibney
  • “Searching for Sugar Man”,  Malik Bendjelloul
  • “We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists”,  Brian Knappenberger
  • “West of Memphis”, Amy Berg & Billy McMillin

“Midnight In Paris,” “The Descendants” Win WGA

Woody Allen won for his original and Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash won for their adapted screenplay. It looks like The Descendants is primed to win at next Sunday’s Oscars (Moneyball is the only real threat). I wouldn’t say Midnight In Paris is a lock because The Artist was not eligible for the Writer’s Guild Awards, and it has been winning things left and right. I really hope, though, that the Academy follows suit and Woody gets his third  (yes, he’s only won twice for his writing, though his latest nomination was his 13th in the category) writing win.

WGA Nominations Announced


50/50 – Will Reiser
Bridesmaids – Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen
Win Win – Tom McCarthy
Young Adult – Diablo Cody


The Descendants – Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash; Based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemming;
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Steven Zaillian; Based on the novel by Stieg Larsson
The Help – Tate Taylor; Based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett
Hugo – John Logan; Based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Moneyball – Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin; Story by Stan Chervin; Based on the book by Michael Lewis


Better This World – Katie Galloway & Kelly Duane de la Vega
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front – Marshall Curry and Matthew Hamachek
Nostalgia for the Light – Patricio Guzmán
Pina – Wim Wenders
Position Among the Stars – Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich, Leonard Retel Helmrich
Senna – Manish Pandey

Keep in mind, the following screenplays were ineligible: Original: The Artist, Beginners, The Iron Lady, Like Crazy, Margin Call, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Melancholia, Rango and Take Shelter; Adapted: Albert Nobbs, Carnage, Drive, Jane Eyre, My Week with Marilyn, Shame, The Skin I Live In and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

Christopher Nolan Wins Best Original Screenplay At WGA

This could mean good things for Inception come Oscar night. But like I said earlier, The King’s Speech was ineligible due to David Seidler not being a member of the WGA. So really, Oscar night wills still be a showdown between these two screenplays.

Aaron Sorkin Wins At WGA, USC Scripter Awards

Aaron Sorkin can add a few more feathers to his cap on his way to the Oscars later this month, winning Best Adapted Screenplay at the Writers Guild of America awards. The Social Network screenwriter also won the top prize at the USC Scripter Awards, which gives its prize to the best adapted screenplay of the year. Sorkin sure seems like he cannot lose come Oscar night; he’s won almost every single award he’s been nominated for.

For full updates on the rest of the WGA winners (remember, the screenplay for The King’s Speech is ineligible due to David Seidler not being a member), follow Steve Pond on Twitter.

WGA Nominations Are In, Loves Phillip Morris

These are not too shocking, except for the addition of I Love You Phillip Morris in the Best Adapted category. Glad the WGA is giving that film so much due love. This would be more exciting if it weren’t for all the major Oscar contenders that the Writers Guild disqualified.

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(500) Days of Summer and 9 Other Great Films the Academy Completely Ignored This Decade

I was really shocked that (500) Days of Summer was completely ignored by the Academy this year. It was on several critic’s top ten lists. It had won several critic awards for its screenplay. I really thought, at the very least, it would get nods for Original Screenplay and Editing (hello, that Expectations vs. Reality scene was fucking awesome). I even had it on my predictions for Best Picture.

Alas, this was not the case and was probably, for me, the biggest disappoint of Tuesday’s announcements. However, this is not the first time an amazing piece of cinema has gone completely un-lauded by the Academy. I’ve picked one film from each year of this past decade that also has zero Oscar nominations to its name.

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Bigelow Wins DGA

KATHRYN WON YOU GUYS. SHE WON. I am so happy about this. SO HAPPY.

So what does this mean for Oscar? Well, the winner of the DGA has gone on to win Best Director at the Academy Awards  58 of the last 60 years. This is one of the few precursors that tend to accurately predict how Oscar will go. 

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For Your Consideration – The Hangover

I had this thought that perhaps The Hangover should win Best Picture at the Oscars this year.

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