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Writers Guild And Producers Guild Nominees Announced!

The 2011 nominees for the Writers Guild of America and The Producers Guild Of America have been announced. There are a few surprises in The Producers Guild Of America categories, which in the past have been a fairly good indicator of who will be nominated and who will take home Best Picture at the Academy Awards. In terms of the Writer’s Guild, there are several nominees which we probably wont expect to make the Academy Award categories, primarily because several top Oscar contenders usually aren’t qualified for the WGA prize. Some rubbish about to be eligible entries must be filmed under guild jurisdictions.

Focusing primarily on motion pictures; The Producers Guild of America nominees include the expected nominees, which have practically been picking up nominations everywhere –Black Swan, Inception, The Fighter The King’s Speech, The Social Network, Toy Story 3 and 127 Hours. Why on earth True Grit and The Town were also nominated is completely beyond me. Sometimes I think they just like to give the Coen brothers awards for nothing. The Town was an ok film, but it wasn’t good enough to be in category for best film. If it makes the Best Film category at the Oscars I for one will be completely baffled about this. Notable films who should’ve been here include Winter’s Bone, Another Year and The Ghost Writer.

I was initially skeptical 127 Hours would be overlooked for The Producers Guild of America but not only did Danny Boyle pick up nominations here, its terrific to hear he was also nominated for The Writer’s Guild of America for Adapted Screenplay.

Relief danny boyle is nomianted for both writing and producing (Courtesy of http://unrealitymag.com/index.php/2009/06/09/danny-boyle-do-not-make-slumdog-millionaire-2/)

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures, included front runner Toy Story 3, and How To Train Your Dragon and Despicable Me. Perhaps instead of Despicable Me we could’ve seen the visually impeccable The Illusionist.

In terms of the Writers Guild of American nominees, the original screenplay was pretty much consistent with other awards, comprised of nominations for Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception (which is most likely to pick this up) and The Kids Are All Right . If WGA rules were more flexible we would have seen Another Year here instead of the original screenplay category being filled by Please Give. One important thing to note I don’t see Chris Sparling nominated here for Buried. I wonder why.

The Adapted Screenplay is also not as coherent. Sure it includes 127 Hours and The Social Network (Aaron Sorkin’s taking this no one else is getting a look). Why it also includes The Town and True Grit and not Winter’s Bone and Toy Story 3, once again I’m dumbfounded.

Winter's Bone was overlooked for both writing and producer nominations (Courtesy of http://www.cbc.ca/arts/film/story/2010/06/17/f-winters-bone-review.html)

Here are the list of motion picture and animated motion picture nominees for The Producers Guild of America and The Writer’s Guild of America for :

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

  • 127 Hours (Danny Boyle, Christian Colson)
  • Black Swan (Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver)
  • Inception (Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas)
  • The Fighter (David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Mark Wahlberg)
  • The Kids Are All Right (Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Celine Rattray)
  • The King’s Speech (Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin)
  • The Social Network (Dana Brunetti, Cean Chaffin, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin)
  • The Town (Basil Iwanyk, Graham King)
  • Toy Story 3 (Darla K. Anderson)
  • True Grit (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Scott Rudin)

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:

  • Despicable Me ( John Cohen, Janet Healy, Christopher Meledandri)
  • How To Train Your Dragon (Bonnie Arnold)
  • Toy Story 3 (Darla K. Anderson)

Chris Nolan Is Front Runner For Original Screenplay (Courtesy of http://backseatcuddler.com/2009/02/11/chris-nolan-making-inception-before-dark-knight-sequel/ )

Original Screenplay:

  • Black Swan (Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John McLaughlin)
  • The Fighter (Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, Keith Dorrington)
  • Inception (Christopher Nolan)
  • The Kids Are All Right (Stuart Blumberg and Lisa Cholodenko)
  • Please Give (Nicole Holofcener)

Adapted Screenplay:

  • 127 Hours (Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy)
  • I Love You Phillip Morris (John Requa and Glenn Ficarra)
  • The Social Network (Aaron Sorkin)
  • The Town (Ben Affleck, Peter Craig, Aaron Stockard)
  • True Grit (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen)


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