Toy Story 3, The King's Speech & More Ineligible for WGA Awards
The 2010 nominees for the WGA Awards, or the annual Writers Guild Awards, haven't been announced yet - not until January 4th. When they do arrive, there will be some key films of 2010 missing, because they were disqualified. The WGA likes to cut out scripts that don't follow "the guild's Minimum Basic Agreement, or the agreements of several affiliated international guilds," whatever that means. As reported by Steve Pond of The Wrap (via Awards Daily), the scripts disqualified this year include: The King's Speech, Winter's Bone, Toy Story 3, Blue Valentine and Another Year. Quite a batch of films with damn good writing!
To be honest, I don't think this is as shocking as it all sounds, as this happens pretty much every year with the WGA. Last year they disqualified Inglourious Basterds, An Education and District 9, which opened up space for 500 Days of Summer to get a nomination. Maybe excluding those 5 strong scripts will allow other worthy scripts a chance, like Monsters or The American. It's not good to hear that some of the best writing won't be recognized by its own guild, but there's always the Oscars, where I'm also expecting/hoping to see The King's Speech, Toy Story 3 and Blue Valentine to get featured anyway. Stay tuned for the nominations!
For a full list of all of the screenplays that are eligible for the Writers Guild Awards, head over to The Wrap and scroll to the bottom. Sadly, Gareth Edwards' Monsters didn't make the cut, but The Social Network did.