WGA Announces Awards Nominees… Cancels Awards

Admittedly that headline is a bit sensationalised, but hey! Variety earlier ran the story that the Writers Guild of America have announced their awards show as set for February 9th, and have released the nominees for best original screenplay, best adapted screenplay and best documentary screenplay. These awards will be announced simultaneously in a bicoastal ceremony, from both Los Angeles and New York, however unlike the bigger awards shows, the WGA does not broadcast their pats on the back.

However, after considering the decision further, the WGA West has decided to cancel the awards event, unless the strike has been called off by then. The awards will be announced (possibly in similar fashion to the Golden Globes, with a press conference) but the show will not go on. In an unusual split of strength, the WGA East has not stated whether its own awards show will go ahead. According to a WGA East rep, Sherry Goldman:

“We are exploring our options and we will let you know when we have made a decision,”

Whether the shows will go ahead or not seems to rest on the strike, leaving the WGA in a situation similar to that of the Acadamy and the Golden Globe committee, only for them it’s by choice.

The nominees for WGA awards are:

“Juno” – Writtenby Diablo Cody, Fox Searchlight
“Michael Clayton” – Written by Tony Gilroy, Warner Bros. Pictures
“The Savages” – Written by Tamara Jenkins, Fox Searchlight
“Knocked Up” – Written by Judd Apatow, Universal Pictures
“Lars and the Real Girl” – Written by Nancy Oliver, MGM

“No Country For Old Men” – Screenplay by Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, Based on the Novel by Cormac McCarthy, Miramax
“There Will Be Blood” – Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson, Based on the Novel Oil by Upton Sinclair, Paramount Vantage
“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” – Screenplay by Ronald Harwood, Based on the Book by Jean-Dominique Bauby, Miramax
“Into the Wild” – Screenplay by Sean Penn, Based on the Book by Jon Krakauer, Paramount Vantage
“Zodiac” – Screenplay by James Vanderbilt, Based on the Book by Robert Graysmith, Paramount Pictures

“The Camden 28” – Written by Anthony Giacchino, First Run Features
“Nanking” – Screenplay by Bill Guttentag & Dan Sturman & Elisabeth Bentley, Story by Bill Guttentag & Dan Sturman, THINKFilm
“No End In Sight” – Written by Charles Ferguson, Magnolia Pictures
“The Rape Of Europa” – Written by Richard Berge, Nicole Newnham and Bonni Cohen, Menemsha Films
“Sicko” – Written by Michael Moore, Lionsgate/The Weinstein Company
“Taxi To The Dark Side” – Written by Alex Gibney, THINKFilm

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