2017 Writers Guild Awards Nominations Announced

Nominations for the 2017 Writers Guild Awards, to be held in simultaneous ceremonies in both Los Angeles and New York City on Feb. 19, were announced Wednesday morning. Of course awards-season faves Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea, Loving, and La La Land got nods, but there was (for me at least) one surprise: Deadpool, in the adapted category. Y’know, this may seem farfetched, but I think Deadpool may get some serious Oscar love. If it gets nominated for Best Picture, remember who mentioned it first.

One of the things that’s funny, however, is that Moonlight and Loving are nominated in the original category, but are only eligible for the Adapted category for the Oscars.

Last year, Spotlight won for WGA’s original screenplay and The Big Short won adapted. Both went on to win the same award at the Oscars.

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The WGA nominations are below:

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • Hell or High Water, Written by Taylor Sheridan; CBS Films
  • La La Land, Written by Damien Chazelle; Lionsgate
  • Loving, Written by Jeff Nichols; Focus Features
  • Manchester by the Sea, Written by Kenneth Lonergan; Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions
  • Moonlight, Written by Barry Jenkins, Story by Tarell McCraney; A24

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • Arrival, Screenplay by Eric Heisserer; Based on the Story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang; Paramount Pictures
  • Deadpool, Written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick; Based on the X-Men Comic Books; Twentieth Century Fox Film
  • Fences, Screenplay by August Wilson; Based on his Play; Paramount Pictures
  • Hidden Figures, Screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi; Based on the Book by Margot Lee Shetterly; Twentieth Century Fox Film
  • Nocturnal Animals, Screenplay by Tom Ford; Based on the Novel Tony and Susan by Austin Wright; Focus Features

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

  • Author: The JT LeRoy Story, Written by Jeff Feuerzeig; Amazon Studios
  • Command and Control, Telescript by Robert Kenner and Eric Schlosser, Story by Brian Pearle and Kim Roberts; Based on the book Command and Control by Eric Schlosser; American Experience Films
  • Zero Days, Written by Alex Gibney; Magnolia Pictures

Author: Jay Fingers

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