'Whiplash' & 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Land 2015 WGA Award Noms
It's a big week for awards news now that the season of accolades is in full swing. This week we've already gotten the Producers Guild Awards nominees, and this morning the American Society of Cinematographers announced their nominations for the best cinematography. Now it's the Writers Guild of America (WGA) announcing their nominations for screenwriting. Last year's winners included Her, Captain Phillips and Stories We Tell, and this year there's an eclectic list of nominees including Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, Damien Chazelle's Whiplash and even Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. No joke.
Here are the nominations for the 2015 Writers Guild of America Awards from Deadline:
Boyhood - Written by Richard Linklater
Foxcatcher - Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
The Grand Budapest Hotel - Written by Wes Anderson
Nightcrawler - Written by Dan Gilroy
Whiplash - Written by Damien Chazelle
American Sniper - Screenplay by Jason Hall; Based on the book by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn; Based on her own novel
Guardians of the Galaxy - Screenplay by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman; Based on the Marvel comic by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
The Imitation Game - Screenplay by Graham Moore; Based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
Wild - Screenplay by Nick Hornby; Based on the book by Cheryl Strayed
Finding Vivian Maier - Written by John Maloof & Charlie Siskel
The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz - Written by Brian Knappenberger
Last Days in Vietnam - Written by Mark Bailey & Kevin McAlester
Red Army - Written by Gabe Polsky
Feature films eligible for a Writers Guild Award were exhibited theatrically for at least one week in LA during 2014 and were written under the WGA’s Minimum Basic Agreement (MBA) or under a bona fide collective bargaining agreement of the Writers Guild of Canada, Writers Guild of Great Britain, Irish Playwrights & Screenwriters Guild, or the New Zealand Writers Guild. Documentaries eligible for a Writers Guild Award featured an onscreen writing credit and were exhibited theatrically in LA or New York for one week during 2014. Theatrical screenplays/documentaries produced under the jurisdiction of the WGA or an affiliate Guild must have been submitted for WGA awards consideration. See all the WGA nominees here.
Perhaps the most surprising entry is that of Guardians of the Galaxy for Adapted Screenplay. I'm not trying to take anything away from James Gunn and Nicole Perlman, but that seems like a pick out of left field. Of course, I love Guardians of the Galaxy (it's my #4 favorite in my Top 10 Films of 2014), so I'm not going to argue much. Again, I'm mystified by the accolades that American Sniper is receiving, but all of the other picks are right on the money, so I suppose there's not much to complain about. Some of these scripts probably won't make the cut when the Oscar nominations are announced next week on January 15th.
Also, we just want to point out that while Whiplash landed an Original Screenplay nod for the WGA Awards, if the film ends up nominated for an Academy Award, it will be in the Adapted Screenplay category, because Chazelle shot a short film to help get the feature made, and it was entered at Sundance before the feature version debuted at the festival. There's actually a little controversy stirring up over the matter, but those are the rules, no matter how silly they may seem, so that's just how it goes. We're just glad to see the film getting so much recognition throughout awards season.