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Postby The Original BJ » Wed Jan 06, 2010 5:29 pm

Well at the least the writing categories might have some suspense on Oscar nomination morning. I'd been anticipating a District 9 WGA nomination/omission would be a sign of the film's appeal not only among the writers, but also across the board (i.e. its Best Picture pull).

I'd also thought maybe WGA could give a sign toward whether or not In the Loop would be able to parlay its critics support into a writing nomination over more buzzed about year-end titles.

As Mister Tee said, I can't imagine the Oscar shortlists not containing at least some of these WGA-ineligible titles.

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Postby Big Magilla » Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:56 pm

I guess the WGA is strictly a union shop. If you're not a member, you're not eligible.

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Postby OscarGuy » Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:43 pm

Why don't they save us some effort and publish the names of all the ELIGIBLE screenplays. The WGA is the worst precursor group out there in terms of qualify/disqualify.
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Postby Mister Tee » Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:41 pm

Amend those predictions again, gentlemen. Tapley says District 9 is also ineligible (plus, In the Loop, though no one's mentioned that).

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Postby Zahveed » Wed Jan 06, 2010 3:42 pm

Question: Do they review, if at all, the screenplay written before production or the one transcribed after post?
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Postby Zahveed » Wed Jan 06, 2010 3:23 pm

Apatow's other two films were nominated, so Funny People is a very possible nomination. I'd much rather see Away We Go included but there hasn't been any notion it would be.
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Postby The Original BJ » Wed Jan 06, 2010 2:51 pm

Oh, I'd forgotten The Messenger as an original candidate. If the screener blitz is really working, that seems a likely and deserving nominee.

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Postby Big Magilla » Wed Jan 06, 2010 2:41 pm

The Messenger, Funny People and It's Complicated before Avatar and probably Duplicity as well.

Star Trek; Where the Wild Things Are; Crazy Heart; Brothers and The Last Station all before The Blind Side.

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Postby Mister Tee » Wed Jan 06, 2010 2:35 pm

I wouldn't rule out Julie and Julia for nomination here. The Devil Wears Prada made it.

Overall, this probably makes '09 the year where WGA nominations are least likely to match the Oscar field since '95.

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Postby Zahveed » Wed Jan 06, 2010 2:16 pm

I will also be thoroughly pissed if The Blind Side is nominated. Damn you Sabin for putting the idea in my head.
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Postby Sabin » Wed Jan 06, 2010 2:16 pm

Yeah, that could certainly happen.

Also, I'm split between The Blind Side and Star Trek.
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Postby Zahveed » Wed Jan 06, 2010 2:13 pm

All of those exclusions I can still see being nominated by the Academy. (500) Days of Summer will probably win original with its biggest competition out of the way. The Hurt Locker poses the biggest threat now, but that's more of a director's feat than writing IMO. A Serious Man could also give it a run for its money.



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Postby Sabin » Wed Jan 06, 2010 2:13 pm

Predictions:

Best Original Screenplay
Avatar
Duplicity
(500) Days of Summer
***The Hurt Locker***
A Serious Man

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Blind Side
District 9
Invictus
Precious
***Up in the Air***
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Postby The Original BJ » Wed Jan 06, 2010 2:11 pm

Given that the five original screenplay contenders seem to be WAY ahead of anything else, it will be interesting to see what the WGA chooses instead of Inglourious Basterds and Up. And by interesting, I mean depressing -- what else do they really have to choose from? Avatar? The Hangover?

The adapted screenplay race seems far more malleable, with plenty of varied contenders duking it out for spaces. Here, the animated Fantastic Mr. Fox is a contender whose strength we won't see tested. (I guess A Single Man would fit that bill as well, since it seems like a longshot but not entirely out of it contender.)

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Postby Mister Tee » Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:53 pm

The WGA is always disqualifying films for various reasons -- non-membership the most common, but other oddities as well.

Sources at Awards Daily say several films are ineligible that one might have anticipated turning up:

An Education
Inglourious Basterds
The Road
A Single Man
(the last three out due to Weinstein hate?)

As animated features have also traditionally not been listed, I'd assume this means Up is out, as well. Meaning WGA will not be any kind of trial heat for original screenplay this year, with two prime win-candidates left out.


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