Writers Guild of America Nominates the Safe Bets of 2010!

A lot of moviegoers underappreciate the role that writing plays in the success or downfall of the film; even the best actors can’t read through bad lines. The art of screenwriting is a subtle art, you have to take into consideration the actuality, the realness of dialogue, the pacing, the way the actor delivers the lines, whether they pause first, sigh, smirk, whisper, yell the line, it’s all in the script first. Of course this gets modified when the director, producers and writers see it on camera. What’s written may sound good inside your head but on camera it might not feel genuine or clever.

Every year the Writers Guild Of America honours these forgotten heroes of the big screen by nominating the best Original and Adapted Screenplays of the year.

This year the nominees are :

Original Screenplay



I’m the one who’s fighting. Not you, not you, and not you. – The Fighter

Black Swan (Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin; story by Andres Heinz)
The Fighter (Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson; story by Keith Dorrington, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson)
Inception (Christopher Nolan)
The Kids Are All Right (Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg)
Please Give (Nicole Holofcener)

Adapted Screenplay



You are probably going to be a very successful computer person. But you’re going to go through life thinking that girls don’t like you because you’re a nerd. And I want you to know, from the bottom of my heart, that that won’t be true. It’ll be because you’re an asshole. – The Social Network

127 Hours (Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy)
I Love You Phillip Morris (John Requa and Glenn Ficarra)
The Social Network (Aaron Sorkin)
The Town (Peter Craig, Ben Affleck and Aaron Stockard)
True Grit (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen)

None of these nominations are really surprising, since most films (not including Please Give – a hipster dramedy starring the lovely Rebecca Hall and I Love You Phillip Morris – Jim Carrey’s most refreshing comedy in years) have topped the numerous Top 10 of 2010 lists, and are all non controversial solid choices. Inception is a multilayered masterpiece of writing of which a miniscule part was seen on screen, the mythology (that probably made sense only in Nolan’s head) created buzz for months after the films release. Not everyone appreciated the trickery (Quentin Tarantino didn’t name the film in his Top 20 of 2010). The Fighter has itself been a fight that actors, producers have been defending for years to get in on sceen as perfect as possible, and it shows in the maticulous writing, the perfectlty created characters and their backstories. Black Swan on the other hand is a deep expolration into a disturbed, jealous and passionate mind. All we see is from a single point of view, and that’s why the film is so palpable in it’s intensity. It’s a matter of preference really, when there isn’t a clear winner in a category. For me this should go to The Fighter.

The Adapted category, is a strong category in itself, but for me there’s only two Screenplays that are actually fighting for this, The Social Network (which I think is going to win) and 127 Hours. Both new and refreshing stories, with a fair chance to win. Adaptation wise True Grit is masterfully done, but I think will be overrun by the sheer excitment factor that The Social Network possesses will shine over other nominees.

The WGA’s held on Saturday, February 5th.

P.S. The King’s Speech, Toy Story 3 and Another Year didn’t meet WGA nomination application standards.

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9 responses to “Writers Guild of America Nominates the Safe Bets of 2010!

  1. Kudos to you for highlighting the WGA Awards. You’re right that screenwriters are the unsung heroes of cinema, even within the industry itself, where they are often looked down upon. I have some limited experience in this area myself, and it’s absolutely true.

    Great post!

    • Thanks a lot! Another group often disregarded when giving props, is editors. (I’m kind of biased since I’ve done editing myself) I think they really make the visual look what it is, and if their pace is off it’s really difficult to enjoy a film.

  2. The Fighter sounds interesting, just finished watching The Karate Kid (Jaden Smith), which was a positive surprise. :) Both editors and screenwriters are VIP´s, so many movies (Cold Mountain, Alexander, Robin Hood etc.) would have been better after proper editing. About Afronovsky… I just loved the Wrestler but didn’t understand The Fountain – at all.

    • I’m really excited to see The Fighter, the clips I’ve seen, total acting gold. You’re totally right, how the film gets that special something that makes it above average is script and maticulous post-production.

  3. The whole WGA standards- issue ia a bit confusing really.. But I guess it doesn’t spoil the whole party.
    The Social Network and Black Swan/The Fighter.
    I was lucky enough to see The Fighter already: great performances (Bale, Leo) but some unsung ones as well (particularly Wahlberg, who seems to play himself again). The whole white trash- element makes the whole dialogue unique but as you pointed out admirably, Black Swan portrays one person’s mind and its collapse. I’d like to see Black Swan win.

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