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Today brings a host of new awards nominations with both the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the American Society of Cinematographers (ACE) announcing nominees for their respective 2009 awards. Up first, the 2009 Writers Guild Awards, most famous for the strike that killed all of your favorite shows, announced their nominees in over 15 categories spanning film, television and radio. The following are the three highest profile nominations in the film arena:

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Burn After Reading – Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Milk – Written by Dustin Lance Black
Vicky Cristina Barcelona – Written by Woody Allen
The Visitor – Written by Tom McCarthy
The Wrestler – Written by Robert Siegel

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Screenplay by Eric Roth
The Dark Knight – Screenplay by Jonathan Nolan & Christopher Nolan
Doubt – Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley
Frost/Nixon – Screenplay by Peter Morgan
Slumdog Millionaire – Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY
Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story – Written by Stefan Forbes & Noland Walker
Chicago 10 – Written by Brett Morgen
Fuel – Written by Johnny O’Hara
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson – Screenplay by Alex Gibney
Waltz with Bashir – Written by Ari Folman

The 2009 American Society of Cinematographers Awards nominees include Roger Deakins for Revolutionary Road and The Reader, Chris Menges also for The Reader, Claudio Miranda for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Wally Pfister for The Dark Knight, and Anthony Dod Mantle for Slumdog Millionaire. For Roger Deakins this makes 9 nominations in his storied career, while both Anthony Dod Mantle and Claudio Miranda earned their first nominations.

A very diverse set of nominees from both associations with deserved praise going to two of my favorite films of the year, Slumdog Millionaire and The Dark Knight. Personally I felt that cinematograpy and script were the strong points of both films. It would be great to see either of them win in either of their respective categories. In the original screenplay category, my personal favorite is The Wrestler, but Milk was also very strong. Vicky Cristina Barcelona seems to me to be the one that doesn’t belong.

Who would get your vote for adapted and original screenplay? Cinematography?


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