2015 Writer’s Guild America Nominations

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.

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • 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

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • 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

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

  • 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

Film Trailers: WILD

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Jean-Marc Vallée’s follow-up to his Oscar nominated Dallas Buyers Club, titled Wild and starring Reese Witherspoon, tells the true story of Cheryl Strayed (based off her memoir), who hiked the 1,100 plus mile Pacific Crest trail. After losing her mother and the dissolution of her marriage, Cheryl attempts to get her life back in order and fight her demons by taking on this exhausting, personal adventure. The trailer delivers the importance of this journey for Cheryl’s mental and physical stability and health, but I am feeling a little indifferent about this film, at least based on the trailer. After seeing what Vallée did with Dallas Buyers Club I am definitely intrigued to see what he and Witherspoon deliver, but I just feel a little meh. Not the biggest Witherspoon fan either and she has not been really good in a film since her Oscar-winning role as June Carter in Walk the Line. She could use it, but she was pretty damn good in Jeff  Nichols Mud, albeit in a small role. The film is completed and I would expect to see it at some of the film festival’s this fall, especially Toronto. The film also stars Gaby Hoffman, Laura Dern and Thomas Sadoski. Another Into the Wild type picture of survival and personal redemption and discovery. It does have Oscar potential and could be good. The film will be released on December 5th. Enjoy.

Photo credit by IMDB and trailer by YouTube.