With Oscar frontrunner 12 Years a Slave ineligible, the Writers Guild nominations found a place for films that might not make it to the March ceremony in the best adapted screenplay category. For instance Peter Berg's Lone Survivor, a likely Oscar long shot, scored a nomination alongside more competitive films like The Wolf of Wall Street and Captain Phillips.
The Writers Guild nominated the likes of American Hustle and Her for this year's prize of best original screenplay, notably excluding the Coen brothers Inside Llewyn Davis, which was on the ballot as an original screenplay.
The Writers Guild is always one of the most fickle of prizes during awards season because of exclusionary rules. As Kristopher Tapley explained at HitFix: "Writers who are not members of the guild, films made with production companies that are not WGA signatories and productions otherwise made outside of the guild's guidelines are deemed ineligible year after year." Films that weren't eligible included Oscar frontrunner 12 Years a Slave, an adapted screenplay. Weinsten Company films Fruitvale Station, Philomena, and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom also couldn't compete.
So without further ado, here's who made the cut.
Best Original Screenplay
- American Hustle by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
- Blue Jasmine by Woody Allen
- Dallas Buyers Club by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack
- Her by Spike Jonze
- Nebraska by Bob Nelson
Best Adapted Screenplay
- August: Osage County by Tracy Letts
- Before Midnight by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke
- Captain Phillips by Billy Ray
- Lone Survivor by Peter Berg
- The Wolf of Wall Street by Terence Winter