Ineligible WGA films include The Artist, Drive, Shame

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Another year, another crop of well deserving scripts that the Writer’s Guild deems to not be eligible for their awards.  This year, there are 55 original screenplays in the mix and 33 adapted ones, and while that sounds like a large group of contenders (especially considering my recent Sizing Up articles on the categories), hold your horses.  The missing originals include The Artist, Beginners, The Iron Lady, The Lady, Like Crazy, Margin Call, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Melancholia, Rango, Shame, and Take Shelter.  As for adapted ones, the exclusions include Albert Nobbs, Carnage, Drive, “Jane Eyre, My Week with Marilyn, Sarah’s Key, The Skin I Live In, and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.  What does that mean for the group’s impending nominations?  Well, I’ll get to that in a second…

Basically, as usual the group has crippled itself, excluding huge Oscar players, but the remaining slate of eligible films is far from awful.  The original category still has the likes of 50/50, Bridesmaids, Contagion, J. Edgar, Midnight in Paris, Rampart, Super 8, The Tree of Life, Warrior, Win Win, and Young Adult (among others) to play with.  Gun to my head, I think 50/50, Bridesmaids, Contagion, Midnight in Paris, and Young Adult emerge as the nominees, but we shall see.  For the adapted hopefuls, it really still includes all of the likely nominees, so the big players will still be present.  My guess is the nominees wind up The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Ides of March, Moneyball, and War Horse…with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Help, and others in play.  Both lists are watered down, but adapted survived more in tact than original did.

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