January 7, 2009

WGA nominations!


Burn After Reading, Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Focus Features

Milk, Written by Dustin Lance Black, Focus Features

Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Written by Woody Allen, The Weinstein Company

The Visitor, Written by Tom McCarthy, Overture Films

The Wrestler, Written by Robert Siegel, Fox Searchlight Pictures


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Screenplay byEric Roth; Screen Story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord; Based on the Short Story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures

The Dark Knight, Screenplay by Jonathan Nolan andChristopher Nolan; Story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer; Based on Characters Appearing in Comic Books Published by DC Comics; Batman Created byBob Kane, Warner Bros. Pictures

Doubt, Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley, Based on his Stage Play, Miramax Films

Frost/Nixon, Screenplay by Peter Morgan, Based on his Stage Play, Universal Pictures

Slumdog Millionaire, Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy, Based on the Novel Q and A by Vikas Swarup, Fox Searchlight Pictures

Here's the rest.


  1. I know a lot of you are Wall-E fans, but I am thrilled to see that it was not nominated. It will not receive a Best Picture nomination. This I am sure of now. Go Slumdog Millionaire!

  2. I don't care much for Wall-e, but I don't think it was eligible.

    I'm thrilled for the Wrestler. It doesn't change it's best picture prospects, but it's good to see it get some love. The Dark Knight has that fifth slot on lock.

  3. lol no Wall-E was not eligible

  4. Good. I hope Wall-E is not legible for anything :) Just kidding, it will win the animated film Oscar... but hopefully that is ALL. Question though, will you explain why it's not eligible?

  5. I think at this point we can all pretty much accept The Dark Knighthas locked itself into the Best Picture race. All it needs now is a DGA nomination and it will be official.

    I do think that the WALL-E thing has gotten slightly out of hand in that their has been a war brewing lately of essentially TDK fans vs. Wall-E fans. I will say that while both films were deserving, The Dark Knight, IMO, was simply a more wholly great masterpiece. WALL-E, while a masterpiece, somewhat lost its steam during the last 20-30 min or so. Though the ending was touching, the last act leading up to it was a bit disinterested IMO. However, either film would have worthy of a nomination, but at this poitn it looks like The Dark Knight has it locked up.

  6. Excuse me for being the rain on somebody's parade, but Into the Wild recieved nominations from all of these guilds last year and still missed out on almost everything. While it really looks like The Dark Knight is locked in for a big night we can't be sure of anything when a film comes out of left field the way that it did.

    Don't get me wrong, The Dark Knight is a wonderful film, one of the best of the year, and one of the great box office champions (Second grossing and Third in receipts all-time) and it is worthy of a nomination, but its not locked in anything yet at this point.

    But, if it is, I don't think it needs the DGA because I think it will probably end up being a picture without a director situation.

  7. It's certainly possible to have a situation like last year with Into The Wild, but last year was also something of an anomaly because of the huge number of contenders and worthy films. While I may believe that these guild nominations have locked it up, an situation like that is certainly possible. However, to rebuff your pessimism (lol), I will say that Into The Wild was a much more oscar friendly title that lost out to other oscar friendly titles. The Dark Knight is a very unconventional choice, as well as being a truly unconventional film. The fact that the screenplay, which had gone largely unrecognized until now is suddenly getting guild recognition speaks volumes IMO. As much as we can speculate and hope and try to predict, the fact of the matter is we don't know anything until January 22 when the nominations are actually announced.