Writers Guild Award Nominations Announced; YOUNG ADULT, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, and THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Nominated

     January 5, 2012


The Writers Guild of America has announced their nominations for the 2012 Writers Guild Awards, and some of their nominations are pretty terrible.  It’s nice to see nominations for Young Adult, The Descendants, and Bridesmaids.  It’s less nice to see nominations for slavish adaptations of poorly written novels like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Help.  There’s also a major snub for awards-season favorite The Artist, and before you mention the “no dialogue” aspect, there’s still a script and the movie was in contention.  The documentary nominations also overlooked the terrific Project Nim in favor of Pina, which is borderline unwatchable for anyone who doesn’t love modern dance.

Hit the jump for the full list of nominees.  Winners will be announced at the 2012 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 19th. [Correction: The Artist was deemed ineligible by the WGA, but it's still a snub since the WGA's rules are kind of stupid in the first place]

young-adult-movie-poster-large-01The nominees are:


50/50, Written by Will Reiser; Summit Entertainment

Bridesmaids, Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig; Universal Studios

Midnight in Paris,
Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics

Win Win,
Screenplay by Tom McCarthy; Story by Tom McCarthy & Joe Tiboni; Fox Searchlight

Young Adult, Written by Diablo Cody; Paramount Pictures


The Descendants, Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash; Based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemming; Fox Searchlight

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Screenplay by Steven Zaillian; Based on the novel by Stieg Larsson, originally published by Norstedts; Columbia Pictures

The Help, Screenplay by Tate Taylor; Based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett; DreamWorks Pictures

Hugo, Screenplay by John Logan; Based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick; Paramount Pictures

Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin; Story by Stan Chervin; Based on the book by Michael Lewis; Columbia Pictures


Better This World, Written by Katie Galloway & Kelly Duane de la Vega; Loteria Films

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, Written by Marshall Curry and Matthew Hamachek; Oscilloscope Pictures

Nostalgia for the Light, Written by Patricio Guzmán; Icarus Films

Pina, Screenplay by Wim Wenders; Sundance Selects

Position Among the Stars, Script by Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich, Leonard Retel Helmrich; HBO Films

Written by Manish Pandey; Producers Distribution Agency

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  • J.G. Pliskin

    Drive: written by an Iranian, directed by a Dane, starring a Canadian. And so far the only person with a decent Oscar chance is American-born, Jewish comedian Albert Brooks? A film in which he was out-shined by Gosling, Isaac, Perlman and even Kaden Leos? Odd.

    Pliskin, out.

    • droopy

      “American-born, Jewish comedian Albert Brooks”

      i love how you write that like “jewish” is a nationality

  • Alan

    Drive, The Artist, Shame, Margin Call, My Week With Marilyn, and quite a few others… Only WGA members can be nominated so foreigners often find themselves ineligible. Research is a miraculous thing to making a professional article. Literally 10 seconds on Google.

    • J.G. Pliskin

      Amini is WGA.

      Pliskin, out.

      • Alan

        It still was not eligible… WGA rules require a lot of things for a script to be eligible. I agree with Matt that the WGA rules are stupid in the first place, but nonetheless “Drive” was ineligible.

  • Alan

    Drive, The Artist, Shame, Margin Call, My Week With Marilyn, and quite a few others were ineligible*

    I need to stop posting from my phone.

  • SP1234

    You dare call The Help poorly written???!!! I shouldn’t be surprised, but a special novel like The Help??!!

  • Morkins

    The Artist was not “in contention.” It was not eligible since it was not produced under a guild contract.

  • jimmer

    Matt has said before he’s never read Dragon Tattoo yet calls it poor material. Classic Matt.

  • John

    The Artist did not get snubbed. It’s not a snub if the film is not even eligible. I’m sure many would have voted for it.

    And Matt, you should not be complaining about the stupid WGA rules… if The Artist had been eligible then your beloved Young Adult probably would have missed out.

  • Stephen

    It’s great to see some love given to the excellent “Young Adult.”

  • chaos….reigns

    It’s a shame albeit not a surprising one to see Goldberg unfairly deriding Pina. Even if one isn’t an expert and just a lay person in modern dance awareness the staging of the whole thing, and the many tricks it uses make Pina easily one of the most fascinating films of this year. Also it is a fantastic piece about how different individuals from around the world connected to a powerful woman. So really to pass it off as just a dance film is really insulting, also its some of the best 3D you will ever see.

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