The WGA has announced their nominees for Best Original, Adapted, and Documentary screenplays today and because so many great films were ruled ineligible, these nominees are kind of a joke. Avatar is getting way more love for its spectacle than its story (protect the Hometree from the Sky People), (500) Days of Summer‘s structure is impressive but the characters and story are completely vanilla, Julie & Julia is half a good movie, and Crazy Heart is a two-hour commercial for Alcoholics Anonymous.
Now here’s a list of movies that were rule ineligible: Inglourious Basterds, District 9, In the Loop, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Up, and A Single Man. I suppose the only bright spot of all this is that The Hangover received a nomination, which is hilarious.
Hit the jump for the full list of nominees. Winners will be announced on February 20th.
- (500) Days of Summer, Written by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber; Fox Searchlight
- Avatar, Written by James Cameron; 20th Century Fox
- The Hangover, Written by Jon Lucas & Scott Moore; Warner Bros.
- The Hurt Locker, Written by Mark Boal; Summit Entertainment
- A Serious Man, Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen; Focus Features
- Crazy Heart, Screenplay by Scott Cooper; Based on the novel by Thomas Cobb; Fox Searchlight
- Julie & Julia, Screenplay by Nora Ephron; Based on the books Julie & Julia by Julie Powell and My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme; Sony Pictures
- Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire, Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher; Based on the novel Push by Sapphire; Lionsgate
- Star Trek, Written by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman; Based upon Star Trek, Created by Gene Roddenberry; Paramount Pictures
- Up in the Air, Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner; Based upon the novel by Walter Kirn; Paramount Pictures
- Against the Tide, Screenplay by Richard Trank; Moriah Films
- Capitalism: A Love Story, Written by Michael Moore; Overture Films
- The Cove, Written by Mark Monroe; Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions
- Earth Days, Written by Robert Stone; Zeitgeist Films
- Good Hair, Written by Chris Rock & Jeff Stilson and Lance Crouther and Chuck Sklar; Roadside Attractions
- Soundtrack for a Revolution, Written by Bill Guttentag & Dan Sturman; Freedom Song Productions and Louverture Films