2010 Writers Guild of America Awards Nominees Announced

January 11, 2010
Source: WGA

Writers Guild Awards

In addition to the American Society of Cinematographers, the Writers Guild of America has announced their nominees for the 2010 Writers Guild Awards today. The winners will be announced on Saturday, February 20th, from a ceremony held in Los Angeles and New York. There are three separate categories of nominees - original, adapted, and documentary. Last year's big winners were Milk and Slumdog Millionaire, both of which later took home an Oscar, so this might be an early sign that this is what we could see in a few weeks when nominations for the Academy Awards are announced. Read on to see the full list of nominees!

Original Screenplay:
(500) Days of Summer - Written by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
Avatar - Written by James Cameron
The Hangover - Written by Jon Lucas & Scott Moore
The Hurt Locker - Written by Mark Boal
A Serious Man - Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

Adapted Screenplay:
Crazy Heart - Screenplay by Scott Cooper; Based on the novel by Thomas Cobb
Julie & Julia - Screenplay by Nora Ephron; Based on the books Julie & Julia by Julie Powell and My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme
Precious - Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher; Based on the novel "Push" by Sapphire
Star Trek - Written by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman; Based upon Star Trek, Created by Gene Roddenberry
Up in the Air - Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner; Based upon the novel by Walter Kirn

Documentary Screenplay:
Against the Tide - Screenplay by Richard Trank
Capitalism: A Love Story - Written by Michael Moore
The Cove - Written by Mark Monroe
Earth Days - Written by Robert Stone
Good Hair - Written by Chris Rock & Jeff Stilson and Lance Crouther and Chuck Sklar
Soundtrack for a Revolution - Written by Bill Guttentag & Dan Sturman

What I love about the WGA is they always get it almost perfect every year. Every script I wanted nominated was nominated with one glaring exception - District 9. Where the heck is it?! That's a script that deserves to be nominated much more than Crazy Heart (hated the story in that) or The Hangover (great concept, but poor execution). What gives, WGA? Someone needs to explain why that didn't get nominated. Anyway, the rest of these nominees are great. Of course I'm rooting for 500 Days of Summer and Up in the Air, but any one could win and I'd be happy. Stay tuned for more announcements as the awards season picks up steam!

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I'm quite surprised that Star Trek was nominated and District 9 was not. Obviously they are in a different category, but that's still quite an oversight.

Ethan Anderton on Jan 11, 2010


I know Avatar was freaking sweet and all, but... Best ORIGINAL Screenplay??? You have GOT to be kidding me!! Am I the only one who thought the script was the movies weakest aspect?

Predalien on Jan 11, 2010


Agree with #2. Visually stunning, but thats it.

Madmazelle on Jan 11, 2010


I also agree, and I want to point out that the stories in Avatar and District 9 are extremely similar. Perhaps their decision is based on the screenplay alone and not on it's execution. Does anyone know the qualifications for a nomination--or is it just up to guild members' taste?

Prestron on Jan 11, 2010


alright so no bastards no wild things no mr fox no up but theres avatar, hangover and star trek iswear all these voters must be smoking hash

rowdy on Jan 11, 2010


District 9 and Inglorious Basterds was not because the are ineligable becuse they are not part of the WGA or whatever. Also Fox has released a FREE version of the Avatar screenplay which has many deleted scenes. And almost any movie if you break it down is not original for the most part. So I welcome Avatar Star Trek and the Hangover, it is great to see SciFi and comedy get nominated when always some pretentious and slow paced movie that no one really sees and wins for the most part.

info on Jan 11, 2010


info: Sad, but at least the exclusivity is well defined.

Prestron on Jan 11, 2010


"District 9," "An Education," "Inglourious Basterds," "Fantastic Mr. Fox," "Up" weren't eligible due to some stupid Guild member rules hence the reason for their absence. Don't worry. Basterds and Up will most likely replace Avatar and Hangover at the Oscars. Likewise with An Education and possibly District 9 in the Adapted field. I got this confirmation from

Reub on Jan 11, 2010


Super glad 500 Days of Summer is nominated. That was my big wish so no need for me to complain any farther if they did at least that for me.

Caitie on Jan 11, 2010


Star Trek!!! are they insane i know children that can write better than those two.

d1rEct on Jan 11, 2010


I like the noms - except for the glaring omission of Inglorious Bastards....

edgar Arellano on Jan 11, 2010


this s*** is a joke! Julie and Julia over something like Where the Wild Things Are or Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs?

chrisg on Jan 12, 2010


I would delete Up in the Air and add District 9, if the film was eligible.

Clover on Jan 12, 2010


This just proves what a shitty year this was. Avatar for Best ORIGINAL screenplay? Are you fucking serious? The Star Trek screenplay sucked. One-dimensional and full of holes. District 9 doesn't deserve a nomination. The film loses focus of it's themes and turns into The Fly in it's second act.

SlashBeast on Jan 12, 2010


Bright Star (2009) by: Jane Campion - Original Screenplay.. It was like being kiss goodbye for the first time.. Forget WGA give this the Oscar ... The Road (2009) by: Joe Penhall - Adapted Screenplay Best of 2009 in it's category even with the little dialogue it had.. Example Man - All I know is the child is my warrant and if he is not the word of God, then God never spoke.

graVatar on Jan 13, 2010

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