Hollywood writers have made their selections for best screenplay nominees. Tuesday's Writers Guild announcement thickens the awards season plot.
Until the Writers Guild nominations, other major award panels had bypassed Joel and Ethan Coen’s screen adaptation of “True Grit.” The brothers’ Western drew more heavily on dialogue from the Charles Portis novel than an earlier John Wayne movie of the same title.
Along with the Coen Brothers’ film, the Writers Guild also nominated adapted screenplays for “127 Hours,” “I Love You, Phillip Morris,” “The Social Network” and “The Town.”
Original screenplay nominees include “Black Swan,” “Inception,” “Please Give,” “The Fighter” and “The Kids Are All Right.” Five feature-length documentaries also won screenplay nominations.
The Writers Guild will present awards in film and TV categories at a ceremony on February 5. That’s about a month before the Academy Awards. Between the two events, many people will wonder how accurately the Guild picks predict the Oscars.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces the Oscar nominations on January 25.