Thursday, January 10, 2008

2007 WGA Nominations


JUNO, Written by Diablo Cody, Fox Searchlight

MICHAEL CLAYTON, Written by Tony Gilroy, Warner Bros. Pictures

THE SAVAGES, Written by Tamara Jenkins, Fox Searchlight

KNOCKED UP, Written by Judd Apatow, Universal Pictures

LARS AND THE REAL GIRL, Written by Nancy Oliver, MGM


NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, Screenplay by Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, Based on the Novel by Cormac McCarthy, Miramax

THERE WILL BE BLOOD, Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson, Based on the Novel "Oil" by Upton Sinclair, Paramount Vantage

THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY, Screenplay by Ronald Harwood, Based on the Book by Jean-Dominique Bauby, Miramax

INTO THE WILD, Screenplay by Sean Penn, Based on the Book by Jon Krakauer, Paramount Vantage

ZODIAC, Screenplay by James Vanderbilt, Based on the Book by Robert Graysmith, Paramount Pictures


THE CAMDEN 28, Written by Anthony Giacchino, First Run Features

NANKING, Screenplay by Bill Guttentag & Dan Sturman & Elisabeth Bentley, Story by Bill Guttentag & Dan Sturman, THINKFilm

NO END IN SIGHT, Written by Charles Ferguson, Magnolia Pictures

THE RAPE OF EUROPA, Written by Richard Berge, Nicole Newnham and Bonni Cohen, Menemsha Films

SICKO, Written by Michael Moore, Lionsgate/The Weinstein Company

TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE, Written by Alex Gibney, THINKFilm


Well, the WGA usually lines up with the Academy pretty well - usually 4/5 in each category, and that will probably be how things go again this year. The biggest surprise with these nominees is the exclusion, yet again, of Atonement. This film is dying a slow, painful death. Zodiac on the other hand is on the rise, and it more than likely took Atonement's place among the nominees today. It couldn't be more deserving in my opinion. I just watched the newly released Director's Cut DVD last night, and this film just keeps getting better and more rewarding with each subsequent viewing. That's now nominations for Zodiac from the USC Scripter and the WGA. Charlie Wilson's War still has a legit chance, but James Vanderbilt looks pretty good for an Oscar nod at this point.

On the original side of things, it looks like it may be time to drop those Before the Devil Knows You're Dead predictions from the charts and put your money on Nancy Oliver and her Lars and the Real Girl script. I didn't think this film would translate well within the awards circuit, but it has proven me wrong, and truthfully, I couldn't be happier. Finally, since animated films aren't eligible for the WGA, Ratatouille was left off this list in favor of probably Knocked Up. I see these two films swapping places in the final Oscar lineup however. Everything else seems just about right at this point. Either way, this has been a breakthrough year for female writers, with 3 potential nominees in the Original category alone.

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