Today, the Writer’s Guild of America announced their nominations for high achievement in writing for films during 2014. Many of the same players continued on their gratifying role — The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Gone Girl, Boyhood and Nightcrawler — to name a few. More wonderful news for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. I cannot get enough of that film!!! So well written. Some films were not eligible due to WGA rules and those include — Birdman, The Theory of Everything, Mr. Turner and Selma. That does not necessarily mean they will not receive Academy nominations, most certainly Birdman will be nominated and these silly rules need adjusting. Whiplash also was nominated, in the correct category, for Best Original Screenplay. The Academy has declared the film is an Adapted Screenplay (it will still get nominated) since it is based on writer-director Damien Chazelle’s short film of the same subject. It is an original no matter which way you look at it, being solely from Mr. Chazelle’s mind and creativity. And, I am surprised by the Guardians of the Galaxy nom??? It did make a lot of money and was half way decent…but why not award Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice??? Here is a complete list of Original, Adapted and Documentary writing nominations. Enjoy.
- Boyhood, Written by Richard Linklater; IFC Films
- Foxcatcher, Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman; Sony Pictures Classics
- The Grand Budapest Hotel, Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness; Fox Searchlight
- Nightcrawler, Written by Dan Gilroy; Open Road Films
- Whiplash, Written by Damien Chazelle; Sony Pictures Classics
- American Sniper, Written by Jason Hall; Based on the book by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice; Warner Bros.
- Gone Girl, Screenplay by Gillian Flynn; Based on her novel; 20th Century Fox
- Guardians of the Galaxy, Written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman; Based on the Marvel comic by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
- The Imitation Game, Written by Graham Moore; Based on the book “Alan Turing: The Enigma” by Andrew Hodges; The Weinstein Company
- Wild, Screenplay by Nick Hornby; Based on the book by Cheryl Strayed; Fox Searchlight
- Finding Vivian Maier, Written by John Maloof & Charlie Siskel; Sundance Selects
- The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, Written by Brian Knappenberger; FilmBuff
- Last Days in Vietnam, Written by Mark Bailey & Kevin McAlester; American Experience Films
- Red Army, Written by Gabe Polsky; Sony Pictures Classics