06 January, 2006

2006 Writers Guild Awards Nominations

The Writers Guild of America, East and The Writers Guild of America, west have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during the 2005 season.

There were 195 films eligible for nomination in the categories of Original Screenplay (108) and Adapted Screenplay (87).

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY NOMINATIONS:

CINDERELLA MAN,
Screenplay by Cliff Hollingsworth and Akiva Goldsman,
Story by Cliff Hollingsworth,
Universal Pictures

CRASH,
Screenplay by Paul Haggis & Bobby Moresco,
Story by Paul Haggis,
Lions Gate Films

THE 40 YEAR-OLD VIRGIN,
Written by Judd Apatow & Steve Carell,
Universal Pictures

GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK,
Written by George Clooney & Grant Heslov,
Warner Independent Pictures

THE SQUID AND THE WHALE,
Written by Noah Baumbach,
Samuel Goldwyn Films

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY NOMINATIONS:

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN,
Screenplay by Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana,
Based on the Short Story by Annie Proulx,
Focus Features

CAPOTE,
Screenplay by Dan Futterman,
Based on the Book by Gerald Clarke,
Sony Pictures Classics

THE CONSTANT GARDENER,
Screenplay by Jeffrey Caine,
Based on the Novel by John le Carre,
Focus Features

A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE,
Screenplay by Josh Olson,
Based on the Graphic Novel by John Wagner and Vince Locke,
New Line Cinema

SYRIANA,
Written by Stephen Gaghan,
Based on the Book See No Evil by Robert Baer,
Warner Bros. Pictures

OK, I do love the awards season, in a pathetic fanboy kind of way, but increasingly I'm realising it's all a bit stupid. We haven't had the chance to see all the nominations yet in the UK but even choosing between the three in each category we have had a chance to see is difficult if not impossible.

CRASH is a big story with a big theme and as a drama will automatically get more votes than FORTY YEAR OLD VIRGIN but the latter is just as well written. As comedy is harder to write than drama it could be argued that FORTY YEAR OLD VIRGIN is actually better written.

I've just seen BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN and it is an incredible achievement that wrought my emotions but I felt the same after seeing THE CONSTANT GARDENER and THE HISTORY OF VIOLENCE. The cliché comment that sceptics scoff at is that "to be nominated is enough". Well, I think nominations are enough and they shouldn't bother with a winner. And I won't change my mind when my scripts are nominated. In fact I will refuse to accept the award should I invariably win on those many occasions.

The 2006 Writers Guild Awards will take place Saturday 4 February 2006, in New York at The Waldorf Astoria and simultaneously in Los Angeles at The Hollywood Palladium. For more information visit the websites http://www.wga.org/ (Los Angeles) or http://www.wgaeast.org/(New York)

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