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2016 Writers Guild Awards Nominees Include 'Trainwreck' & 'Trumbo'

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January 6, 2016
Source: WGA

Trumbo

The next set of 2016 awards nominees have been revealed. The WGA Awards nominations were unveiled today, featuring a very diverse set of films from last year. Included among the nominees: Adam McKay's Wall Street underdog The Big Short, along with Ridley Scott's The Martian, and Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs, plus John McNamara's script for Trumbo in the adapted category. Plus on the original side they nominated the Coen Brothers' Bridge of Spies, along with Sicario, Spotlight, and surprisingly, Amy Schumer's Trainwreck. Some very interesting picks this time. Check out the list of film nominees below.

Original Screenplay:
Bridge of Spies - Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
Sicario - Written by Taylor Sheridan
Spotlight - Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy
Straight Outta Compton - Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff
Trainwreck - Written by Amy Schumer

Adapted Screenplay:
The Big Short - Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay; Based on the Book by Michael Lewis
Carol - Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy; Based on the Novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
The Martian - Screenplay by Drew Goddard; Based on the Novel by Andy Weir
Steve Jobs - Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin; Based on the Book by Walter Isaacson
Trumbo - Written by John McNamara; Based on the Biography by Bruce Cook

Documentary Screenplay:
Being Canadian - Written by Robert Cohen
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief - Written by Alex Gibney
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck - Written by Brett Morgen
Prophet’s Prey - Written by Amy J. Berg

Feature films eligible for a Writers Guild Award were exhibited theatrically for at least one week in LA during 2015 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 2015. 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.

There are a few big surprises in this year's nominations, including Trumbo and Trainwreck, but I trust the WGA and don't expect them to choose something that isn't worthy of recognition. From here it should be an exciting awards season playing out over the next few months as anything can end up winning. The winners of the WGA Awards will be announced February 13th, so come back and see who won. Your thoughts?

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