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Writers Guild of America Award Nominations: ‘Booksmart,’ ‘Knives Out,’ and ‘Joker’ All Find Love

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WGA AWARDS 2020: The Writers Guild of America has announced their nominations for the 2019 film year and offered some inspiring choices for the race for Oscar’s screenplays.

Worth noting before examing were the lists of films that were NOT eligible for WGA, and what was deemed original and adapted. “The Two Popes” from Netflix and “Hustlers” from STX Films were moved to the former categorization, but Oscar will consider them in the adapted arena. Ineligibilities can be found here.

Looking at the list, big boosts were given to “Booksmart” and “Knives Out,” which both thoroughly needed to avoid an Oscar shut out. “Bombshell” took a hit today, along with “Uncut Gems” when both failed to get into the top five for original. With “The Farewell” and “Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood” ineligible, there’s still plenty of movement in one of the most competitive races of the year.

Adapted is another story where the WGA five, could very well end up being the Oscar five. With “The Two Popes” still in the thick of the race, will it end up sitting completely on the sidelines this season? The only other spoiler seems to be “Just Mercy” from Warner Bros., but with a lack of buzz, and the only real major mention this season is for Jamie Foxx in SAG’s supporting actor race, not sure it will pull in enough love in time.

Check out the full list of nominees down below:


  • 1917” (Universal Pictures) – Written by Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns
  • Booksmart” (United Artists Releasing) – Written by Emily Halpern & Sarah Haskins and Susanna Fogel and Katie Silberman
  • Knives Out” (Lionsgate) – Written by Rian Johnson
  • Marriage Story” (Netflix) – Written by Noah Baumbach
  • Parasite” (NEON) – Screenplay by Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won, Story by Bong Joon Ho


  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” (Sony Pictures/TriStar Pictures) – Written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster, Inspired by the Article “Can You Say…Hero?” by Tom Junod
  • The Irishman” (Netflix) – Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, Based upon the book “I Heard You Paint Houses” by Charles Brandt
  • Jojo Rabbit” (Fox Searchlight Pictures) – Screenplay by Taika Waititi, based on the book “Caging Skies” by Christine Leunens
  • Joker” (Warner Bros. Pictures) – Written by Todd Phillips & Scott Silver, Based on Characters from DC Comics
  • Little Women” (Sony Pictures) – Screenplay by Greta Gerwig, Based on the Novel by Louisa May Alcott


  • Citizen K” (Greenwich Entertainment) – Written by Alex Gibney
  • Foster” (HBO Documentary Films) – Written by Mark Jonathan Harris
  • The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley” (HBO Documentary Films) – Written by Alex Gibney
  • Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People” (First run Features) – Written by Robert Seidman & Oren Rudavsky
  • The Kingmaker” (Showtime Documentary Films) – Written by Lauren Greenfield

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The nod for 1917 was enough for me to move it to #1 in Picture. I think this was a huge get for that film, and I think it could go all the way.


‘1917’ feels like the high-number winner but not Best Picture. Such as Gravity, Mad Max, The Revenant, etc.

The film is an achievement but is it a Best Picture winner?



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