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Writers Guild of America Nominations Announced

Joaquin Phoenix in "Her"
Joaquin Phoenix in "Her"
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The Writers Guild of America has announced their nominees for Best Original, Adapted, and Documentary Screenplay of 2013. The only slight surprise in the original screenplay category was the inclusion of "Dallas Buyers Club" over "Inside Llewyn Davis." A pair of surprises showed up in the adapted screenplay category where "August: Osage County" and "Lone Survivor" both randomly got a nomination despite the poor quality of the films, but then again, you have to take into account the WGA's silly rules that disqualify several of the top contenders each year.

This year, some of the top casualties included "12 Years a Slave" (which is on the fast-track to win the Adapted Screenplay Oscar), "Philomena," and "Fruitvale Station." It wouldn't be the first time a disqualified screenplay went on to win an Oscar as we've seen previously with "Django Unchained" and "The King's Speech." As I've said time and time again, it's time they get rid of their ridiculous, backward rules. If they weren't in place, we'd certainly be looking at a couple of different contenders in the Adapted Screenplay category.

That being said, the nominees are mostly what was expected, including "Her," "Before Midnight," "Blue Jasmine," "American Hustle," and "The Wolf of Wall Street."

Please see below for a complete list of the nominees:


American Hustle, Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell; Columbia Pictures

Blue Jasmine, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics

Dallas Buyers Club, Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack; Focus Features

Her, Written by Spike Jonze; Warner Bros.

Nebraska, Written by Bob Nelson; Paramount Pictures


August: Osage County, Screenplay by Tracy Letts; Based on his play; The Weinstein Company

Before Midnight, Written by Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke; Based on characters created by Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan; Sony Classics

Captain Phillips, Screenplay by Billy Ray; Based on the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty; Columbia Pictures

Lone Survivor, Written by Peter Berg; Based on the book by Marcus Lutrell with Patrick Robinson; Universal Pictures

The Wolf of Wall Street, Screenplay by Terence Winter; Based on the book by Jordan Belfort; Paramount Pictures


Dirty Wars, Written by Jeremy Scahill & David Riker; Sundance Selects

Herblock – The Black & The White, Written by Sara Lukinson & Michael Stevens; The Stevens Company

No Place on Earth, Written by Janet Tobias & Paul Laikin; Magnolia Pictures

Stories We Tell, Written by Sarah Polley; Roadside Attractions

We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks; Written by Alex Gibney; Focus Features

Now playing in theaters: The Wolf of Wall Street, Her, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Inside Llewyn Davis, American Hustle, Saving Mr. Banks, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Out of the Furnace, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Dallas Buyers Club, Thor: The Dark World, Ender's Game, Carrie, Kill Your Darlings, Gravity

Recent Blu-ray/DVD releases: Insidious: Chapter 2, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Elysium, The Hunt, Touchy Feely, The Rooftop, Drinking Buddies, Inpractical Jokers: Season One, Planes, Paranoia, The To Do List, Blackfish, Paradise, White House Down, Grown Ups 2, Girl Most Likely, Robotech: The Complete Set, The Way, Way Back

Also be sure to check out my lists of the Best and Worst Films of 2013.

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