Writers Guild Noms Draft Up Screenplay Contenders (AWARDS 2021)

Nominees for the Writers Guild of America preview possible Screenplay nominations for the Academy Awards.

Awards Season geeks look to industry guild nominations as being the most telling tea leaves of what films and works will ultimately receive Academy Awards nominations.

Of all the industry guilds, the Writers is the biggest wild card.

Many annual screenplay contenders that are eligible for the Oscars are often ineligible for the WGA due to the guild’s specific, arcane rules.

Consequently, Oscar script contenders such as The Power of the Dog, The Lost Daughter, Drive My Car, and even Spider-Man: No Way Home did not receive WGA nominations due to ineligibility.

Of those, Jane Campion‘s The Power of the Dog script is virtually guaranteed an Academy nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, meaning one of the five finalists here would have to be snubbed.

Similarly in the Original Screenplay category, Kenneth Branagh‘s Belfast was ineligible for the WGA but is certain to be up for Oscar.

Here is the full list of 2021 WGA nominees. Trophies will be handed out at a ceremony held on Sunday March 20, 2022, one week before the Academy Awards.

for 2021 Screenplays

Original Screenplay
Being the Ricardos, by Aaron Sorkin
Don’t Look Up, by Adam McKay; story by David Sirota
The French Dispatch and thee Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun, by Wes Anderson; story by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola & Hugo Guinness & Jason Schwartzman
King Richard, by Zach Baylin
Licorice Pizza, by Paul Thomas Anderson

Adapted Screenplay
CODA, by Siân Heder (based on a previous screenplay)
Dune, by Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, Eric Roth (based on the novel)
Nightmare Alley, by Guillermo del Toro, Kim Morgan (based on the novel)
Tick, Tick…Boom!, by Steven Levenson (based on the musical)
West Side Story, by Tony Kushner (based on the musical)

Documentary Screenplay
Becoming Cousteau, by Mark Monroe & Pax Wasserman
Exposing Muybridge, by Marc Shaffer
Like a Rolling Stone: The Life & Times of Ben Fong-Torres, by Suzanne Joe Kai

Click on links below for other major Critics Group Awards and Guild Nominees that have been announced so far for the 2021 / 22 season:

Producers Guild of America Nominees 2021
Screen Actors Guild Nominees 2021
American Film Institute Top Ten 2021
Los Angeles Film Critics Assocation 2021
New York Film Critics Circle 2021
National Board of Review 2021

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