2012 Writers Guild Award Nominees Include 'The Help', '50/50', 'Hugo'

January 5, 2012
Source: WGA

Writers Guild Awards

Continuing our awards season coverage, we've got the nominees in for the 2012 Writers Guild Awards, as chosen by the Writers Guild of America. The winners will be announced on February 19th, during simultaneous ceremonies in Hollywood and New York. There are three separate categories of nominees - original, adapted, and documentary. Last year's winners were Chris Nolan's Inception and Aaron Sorkin's The Social Network. This year it's a bit different as a number of great scripts were ruled ineligible, including Shame, The Artist, Beginners, Like Crazy and Take Shelter. Read on for the full list of 2012 WGA nominees.

Original Screenplay:
50/50 - Written by Will Reiser
Bridesmaids - Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
Midnight in Paris - Written by Woody Allen
Win Win - Screenplay by Tom McCarthy; Story by Tom McCarthy & Joe Tiboni
Young Adult - Written by Diablo Cody

Adapted Screenplay:
The Descendants - Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash; Based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemming
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Screenplay by Steven Zaillian; Based on the novel by Stieg Larsson
The Help - Screenplay by Tate Taylor; Based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett
Hugo - Screenplay by John Logan; Based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Moneyball - Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin; Story by Stan Chervin; Based on the book by Michael Lewis

Documentary Screenplay:
Better This World - Written by Katie Galloway & Kelly Duane de la Vega
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front - Written by Marshall Curry and Matthew Hamachek
Nostalgia for the Light - Written by Patricio Guzmán
Pina - Screenplay by Wim Wenders
Position Among the Stars - Script by Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich, Leonard Retel Helmrich
Senna - Written by Manish Pandey

For more info on the 2012 nominees, visit While there are some great screenplays chosen this year (like 50/50, Midnight in Paris, Win Win, Hugo) overall I'm not that impressed, and it feels like an odd selection. Many other awards pundits seem to be taken aback by this year's WGA Award nominees, like In Contention's Guy Lodge who fired back with a tweet (aimed towards the Academy) suggesting other great scripts: A Separation, Martha Marcy May Marlene (was ineligible here), Certified Copy, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy even Drive. This does seem to indicate that Bridesmaids may have enough support to work its way up to Best Picture, but we'll keep you updated on all the awards news and who wins these WGA Awards.

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1 Comment


Another one for Bridesmaids. Huzzah! Is this really happening or it's just a nightmare? Somebody slap me!

Anonymous on Jan 5, 2012

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