The Writers Guild of America, composed of some of the most powerful nerds in America, has announced its 2011 nominees for the WGA Awards, and one title on the list is the bawdy, poop-filled comedy Bridesmaids. This could mean big things!
Like the Screen Actor Guild Award nominations often predict the best acting performance categories, the WGA nominations are often a pretty reliable indicator of what movies will earn screenwriting nominations come Academy Awards time. (Most of the writing branch of the Academy that nominate screenplays are WGA members.) And since a total of ten movies are nominated — five original, five adapted — there's plenty of room for a non-prestige movie like Bridesmaids to sneak in, which is exactly what it did. And, we're gonna put it right out there, likely will again at the Oscars. It's the year of comedy!
Really, it is. All of the original screenplay nominees are essentially comedies, though all, Bridesmaids included, hum with an air of melancholy too. So it's the year of the wistful comedy, of the bittersweet, of rueful laughs. That seems to fit 2011 pretty well, doesn't it? We approve of your choices, WGA! Yes, even of Diablo Cody. Even of her.
The only surprise in the Adapted category really is that they nominated Tate Taylor's fairly remedial adaptation of The Help, especially when you consider that things like The Ides of March and the critically lauded and deeply complicated Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy were left off. But what can you do, people like a feel-good kinda thing, and The Help thickly fills that niche. Still the TTSS slight has to burn a little bit, especially considering Steve Zaillian's on there twice. Quit bogarting all the nominations, Zaillian!
So that's where the world of awards season writing stands right now. Who would have guessed it: Kristen Wiig, a (possible) future Oscar nominee.
Here's the full list:
50/50, Written by Will Reiser; Summit Entertainment
Bridesmaids, Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig; Universal Studios
Midnight in Paris, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics
Win Win, Screenplay by Tom McCarthy; Story by Tom McCarthy & Joe Tiboni; Fox Searchlight
Young Adult, Written by Diablo Cody; Paramount Pictures
The Descendants, Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash; Based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemming; Fox Searchlight
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Screenplay by Steven Zaillian; Based on the novel by Stieg Larsson, originally published by Norstedts; Columbia Pictures
The Help, Screenplay by Tate Taylor; Based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett; DreamWorks Pictures
Hugo, Screenplay by John Logan; Based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick; Paramount Pictures
Moneyball, Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin; Story by Stan Chervin; Based on the book by Michael Lewis; Columbia Pictures
Better This World, Written by Katie Galloway & Kelly Duane de la Vega; Loteria Films
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, Written by Marshall Curry and Matthew Hamachek; Oscilloscope Pictures
Nostalgia for the Light, Written by Patricio Guzmán; Icarus Films
Pina, Screenplay by Wim Wenders; Sundance Selects
Position Among the Stars, Script by Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich, Leonard Retel Helmrich; HBO Films
Senna, Written by Manish Pandey; Producers Distribution Agency