WGA Announces Screenplay Nominations; Nods for BLACK SWAN, THE SOCIAL NETWORK, and INCEPTION

     January 4, 2011


The Writers Guild of America has announced their nominations for the best screenplays of 2010.  Most of the usual suspects scored noms, including The Social Network and Black Swan. A couple of nice surprise nominations for Please Give and I Love You Philip Morris shake up what’s mostly a list of more of the same. Oscar favorite The Kings Speech failed to meet eligibility requirements to be considered, and was therefore disqualified (as were a number of other high-profile scripts).  Usually a reliable predictor for Oscar gold, the winner of the WGA award has gone on to win the Oscar in the same category 11 of the last 16 years.

Don’t let the lack of a Kings Speech nom fool you, as that film and The Social Network have been racking up awards in the original and adapted screenplay categories respectively over the past month. Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominations in the Best Original Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Documentary Screenplay categories.


  • Black Swan, Screenplay by Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin;The-Kids-Are-All-Right-movie-poster
    Story by Andres Heinz; Fox Searchlight
  • The Fighter, Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson;
    Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Paramount Pictures
  • Inception, Written by Christopher Nolan; Warner Bros.
  • The Kids Are All Right, Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg; Focus
  • Please Give, Written by Nicole Holofcener; Sony Pictures Classics


  • 127 Hours, Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy; Based on the book
    Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston; Fox Searchlight
  • I Love You Phillip Morris, Written by John Requa & Glenn Ficarra; Based on
    the book by Steven McVicker; Roadside Attractions
  • The Social Network, Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin; Based on the book The
    Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich; Sony Pictures
  • The Town, Screenplay by Peter Craig and Ben Affleck & Aaron Stockard; Based
    on the novel Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan; Warner Bros.
  • True Grit, Screenplay by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen; Based on the novel by
    Charles Portis; Paramount Pictures


  • Enemies of the People, Written, Directed, Filmed and Produced by Rob Lemkin
    and Thet Sambath; International Film Circuit
  • Freedom Riders, Written, Produced and Directed by Stanley Nelson;
    International Film Circuit
  • Gasland, Written and Directed by Josh Fox; HBO Documentary Films and
    International WOW Company
  • Inside Job, Produced, Written and Directed by Charles Ferguson; Co-written
    by Chad Beck, Adam Bolt; Sony Pictures Classics
  • The Two Escobars, Written by Michael Zimbalist, Jeff Zimbalist; ESPN Films
  • Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)?, Written and
    Directed by John Scheinfeld; Lorber Films
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