The somewhat tainted Writers Guild of America nominees were announced today. With at least nine disqualified screenplays - 4 or 5 of which happen to be major Oscar contenders - the WGA allowed a few films to be put into the conversation while swatting down a few more noble, interesting and challenging efforts in order to make room for one of the worst comedic screenplays of 2009.
With Inglourious Basterds and Up out of the picture in the Original Screenplay category, we expected and were delivered nominations for (500) Days of Summer (by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber), The Hurt Locker (by Mark Boal) and A Serious Man (by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen). Of all the impressive things the supporters of Avatar claim about the billion-dollar blockbuster, the last thing that rolls off their tongues is James Cameron's screenplay. Well now they can play the nomination card on us all as this WGA nod is at least one thing it has in common with Titanic. Our long weekend nightmare is over though in fearing whether Nancy Meyers would be rewarded with her second WGA nod (her first was Private Benjamin) for It's Complicated. Instead, the WGA managed to do even worse in nominating Jon Lucas & Scott Moore for their unbelievably popular hit, The Hangover. The esteemed Writer's Guild do realize that they have just christened the writers responsible for Four Christmases, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Full of It (anyone remember that one?) and the Martin Lawrence kids basketball film, Rebound, with a nomination right? Dave Eggers contributed to two screenplays in 2009 (Away We Go & Where The Wild Things Are) and you nominated one of the worst comedies of the year. Yes, I am aware it made $285 million. It still should have gone straight to video.