Thursday, December 4, 2014

WGA says "NO" to Oscar hopefuls...


This happens every year.  The WGA disqualifies screenplays that are obviously destined for Oscar noms, even wins.  12 Years a Slave and Django Unchained are just two examples of screenplays WGA deemed ineligible and yet went on to win Oscars.  This year we're seeing The Theory of Everything and Selma as two of the few Oscar hopefuls who will not be able to add WGA nominee or even WGA winner to their list of accolades.  Other than Selma (Mr. Turner is also ineligible), I don't really think any of the excluded have a shot at winning the Oscar (adapted screenplay, while dire at the moment, will most likely go to something like The Imitation Game or even Unbroken before going to The Theory of Everything).  Still, this allows some also rans to make their way to the WGA nom, despite little to no chance at an Oscar nomination.  

8 comments:

  1. Wow finally something Foxcatcher was eligible for :P

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    1. LOL, it's also eligible for, like, everything coming up this year, so get ready!

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  2. OMG, what am I going to do now that The Boxtrolls isn't eligible for adapted screenplay?!!?!?

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    1. LOL, er...hmmmm...what are you going to do?

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  3. I just don't understand their reasoning at times. Maybe you can explain it to me?

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    1. These awards bodies require you to be a member in order to be eligible for a nomination/win. So, if a screen writer is not a member of the WGA (the writers guild of america) then he or she is not eligible. Some writers have been members and then either been removed or removed themselves due to internal conflict. The same applies for SAG. Back in 2012 both Wallis and Henry from Beasts of the Southern Wild were not eligible for SAG because they were not actors and thus not members of the guild, despite the fact that Wallis was destined for that Oscar nomination.

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  4. Yikes! Adapted Screenplay is a wasteland.

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