Lobster, WGA Awards

Several high-profile, potential Oscar contenders will not be eligible for Writers Guild Awards, according to an exclusive from Variety.

This seemingly odd practice is nothing new. Each year, several films that ultimately go on to score nods at the Oscars are not eligible with the writers guild. This is for one of two reasons: one, the writer is not a WGA member, or two, a given production is not signatory with the guild.

This year, there are 60 eligible contenders for Best Original Screenplay at the WGAs. Some of the big names that will not be eligible for that award are:

  • Florence Foster Jenkins,” written by Nicholas Martin
  • The Lobster,” written by Efthymis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Everybody Wants Some!!,” written by Richard Linklater
  • “Maggie’s Plan,” written by Rebecca Miller, story by Karen Rinaldi
  • Miss Sloane,” written by Jonathan Perera
  • “Paterson,” written by Jim Jarmusch

There are also 55 scripts in contention for Best Adapted Screenplay at the awards. The following films will not be eligible for that category:

  • Lion,” adapted by Luke Davies
  • “The Handmaiden,” adapted by Seo-Kyung Chung and Chan-wook Park
  • “Krisha,” adapted by Trey Edward Shults

In addition, per Variety, the following animated and foreign films are omitted due to their non-signatory status.

  • Elle,” adapted by David Birke
  • “Finding Dory,” story by Andrew Stanton, with additional story material by Angus MacLane; screenplay by Andrew Stanton and Victoria Strouse, with additional credits by Bob Peterson
  • Julieta,” adapted by Pedro Almodovar
  • “Kubo and the Two Strings,” story by Shannon Tindle and Marc Haimes; screenplay by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler
  • Toni Erdmann,” written by Maren Ade
  • “Zootopia,” story by Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush, Jim Reardon, Josie Trinidad, Phil Johnston, Jennifer Lee; screenplay by Jared Bush and Phil Johnston

Tell us: What do you think of these omissions from the WGA Awards? Which films have the best chance of trying their luck at the Oscars instead? Let us know in the comments below!