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WGA rules create glaring omissions in nominees roster

The Writers Guild Of America has unveiled its feature nominees [4] ahead of the awards gala on Feb 5, with major absentees due to Guild rules.

Usual suspects The Social Network, Black Swan, 127 Hours, Inception, The Fighter (pictured), The Town are in the mix in the original and adapted categories alongside two awards season outsiders that have won admirers – Nicole Holofcener for Please Give and John Requa and Glenn Ficarra for I Love You Phillip Morris.

However the WGA’s insistence that it will only acknowledge productions that are Guild signatories or that filmed under agreement with an international WGA affiliate means that films like The King’s Speech, Another Year and Blue Valentine did not make the cut.

Original Screenplay

Black Swan, screenplay by Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin; story by Andres Heinz

The Fighter, screenplay by Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson; story by Keith Dorrington, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson

Inception, written by Christopher Nolan

The Kids Are All Right, written by Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg

Please Give, written by Nicole Holofcener

Adapted Screenplay

127 Hours, screenplay by Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, based on the book Between A Rock And A Hard Place by Aron Ralston

I Love You Phillip Morris, written by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, based on the book by Steven McVicker

The Social Network, screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, based on the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich

The Town, screenplay by Peter Craig and Ben Affleck and Aaron Stockard, based on the novel Prince Of Thieves by Chuck Hogan

True Grit, screenplay by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, based on the novel by Charles Portis

Documentary Screenplay

Enemies Of The People, written by Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath

Freedom Riders, written by Stanley Nelson

Gasland, written by Josh Fox

Inside Job, Produced, written by Charles Ferguson; co-written by Chad Beck and Adam Bolt

The Two Escobars, written by Michael Zimbalist, Jeff Zimbalist

Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)? written by John Scheinfeld

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