Tuesday, October 4, 2022

The 2021 Writers Guild Of America (WGA) Nominations

By Matt Neglia 

​The Writers Guild Of America (WGA) have announced their nominations representing the best in screenwriting for the 2021 film year. It was previously announced that a lot of screenplays were deemed ineligible this year, so what made the cut? The winners will be announced on March 19th.

Click below to see the nominations.

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Being the Ricardos – Written by Aaron Sorkin (Amazon Studios)
Don’t Look Up – Screenplay by Adam McKay, Story by Adam McKay & David Sirota (Netflix)
The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun – Screenplay by Wes Anderson, Story by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola & Hugo Guinness & Jason Schwartzman (Searchlight Pictures)
King Richard – Written by Zach Baylin (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Licorice Pizza – Written by Paul Thomas Anderson (United Artists)

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
CODA – Screenplay by Siân Heder, Based on the Original Motion Picture La Famille Belier Directed by Eric Lartigau, Written by Victoria Bedos, Stanislas Carree de Malberg, Eric Lartigau and Thomas Bidegain; Apple
Dune – Screenplay by Jon Spaihts and Denis Villeneuve and Eric Roth, Based on the novel Dune Written by Frank Herbert; Warner Bros. Pictures
Nightmare Alley – Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro & Kim Morgan, Based on the Novel by William Lindsay Gresham (Searchlight Pictures)
Tick, Tick…Boom! – Screenplay by Steven Levenson, Based on the play by Jonathan Larson (Netflix)
West Side Story – Screenplay by Tony Kushner, Based on the Stage Play, Book by Arthur Laurents, Music by Leonard Bernstein, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Play Conceived, Directed and Choreographed by Jerome Robbins (20th Century Studios)

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY
Being Cousteau – Written by Mark Monroe & Pax Wasserman (National Geographic)
Exposing Muybridge – Written by Marc Shaffer (Inside Out Media)
Like a Rolling Stone: The Life & Times of Ben Fong-Torres – Written by Suzanne Joe Kai (StudioLA.TV)

Here are the films which have been nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the major precursors so far this awards season:

Paul Thomas Anderson – Licorice Pizza: CCA, GG, WGA
Adam McKay & David Sirota – Don’t Look Up: CCA, GG, WGA
Aaron Sorkin – Being the Ricardos: CCA, GG, WGA
​Zach Baylin – King Richard: CCA, WGA
Kenneth Branagh – 
Belfast: CCA, GG
Wes Anderson – The French Dispatch: WGA

All of these have been longlisted for the BAFTA awards which will announce their final nominations on February 3rd.

And here are the films for Best Adapted Screenplay:

Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog: CCA, GG, USC
Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve & Eric Roth – 
Dune: CCA, USC, WGA
Siân Heder – CODA: CCA, WGA
Tony Kushner – West Side Story: CCA, WGA
​Maggie Gyllenhaal – 
The Lost Daughter: CCA, USC
Guillermo del Toro & Kim Morgan –
Nightmare Alley: WGA
Steven Levenson – Tick, Tick…Boom!: WGA
Joel Coen – 
The Tragedy Of Macbeth: USC
​Rebecca Hall – Passing: USC

All of these have been longlisted at BAFTA as well except “Nightmare Alley.”

What are your predictions for Best Original and Adapted Screenplay? You can see our updated Oscar predictions here. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below or on our Twitter account.

You can follow Matt and hear more of his thoughts on the Oscars and Film on Twitter at @NextBestPicture

Matt Neglia
Matt Negliahttps://nextbestpicture.com/
Obsessed about the Oscars, Criterion Collection and all things film 24/7. Critics Choice Member.

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