Writers Guild Awards 2017 Film Nominations
La La Land, Deadpool, Moonlight, and the other nominations for the 2017 Writers Guild Awards have been announced. The 69th Annual Writers Guild Awards (WGA) are presented by the “Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE)…for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen.”
2016 was a great year for films in the United States and in international markets. Most of the films nominated for a Writers Guild award this year are films that have been catching fire with regard to critical praise. Those films include: Hell or High Water, La La Land, Fences, and Manchester by the Sea. Deadpool getting a nomination was a big surprise (though the film was humorous – thanks to the script). Arrival‘s nomination was dubious as well as the film, despite the hype, was simply an “okay” film. The short story Arrival was based on deserves the writing nomination.
Some of the other films nominated for a writing award I have not seen yet. A comment about what I have heard about them would not be fair.
The full listing of film nominations for the 2017 Writers Guild Awards:
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, Screenplay by Barry Jenkins, Story by Tarell McCraney; A24
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
Author: The JT LeRoy Story, Written by Jeff Feuerzeig; Amazon Studios
Command and Control, Telescript by Robert Kenner & 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
Eligibility for the 2017 Writers Guild Awards are as follows:
Feature films eligible for a Writers Guild Award were exhibited theatrically for at least one week in Los Angeles during 2016 and were written under the WGA’s Minimum Basic Agreement (MBA) or under a bona fide collective bargaining agreement…
Documentaries eligible for a Writers Guild Award featured an onscreen writing credit and were exhibited theatrically in Los Angeles or New York for one week during 2016. Theatrical documentaries must have been produced under the jurisdiction of the WGA or an affiliate Guild to be eligible for awards consideration.
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