Writer's Guild of America 2009 nominees
The Writers Guild of America has listed it's nominees for its 2009 awards and there are a few surprises. One big surprise that people are talking about is that Avatar (Filmstalker review) received a nomination, particularly those who hated it and really are laying into it for it's unoriginal (outside Hollywood, but inside Hollywood mid to upper level) story.
That's not the only surprise though, and amongst some of the excellent and expected choices are some very strange ones too.
Let me just dive straight into the list for you from the Writers Guild of America site, and I've highlighted what I would like to win. Let's see what you think should win.
(500) Days of Summer, Written by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
Avatar, Written by James Cameron
The Hangover, Written by Jon Lucas & Scott Moore
The Hurt Locker, Written by Mark Boal
A Serious Man, Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Crazy Heart, Screenplay by Scott Cooper. Based on the novel by Thomas Cobb
Julie & Julia, Screenplay by Nora Ephron. Based on the books Julie & Julia by Julie Powell and My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme
Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire, Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher. Based on the novel Push by Sapphire
Star Trek, Written by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman. Based upon Star Trek, Created by Gene Roddenberry
Up in the Air, Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner. Based upon the novel by Walter Kirn
Against the Tide, Screenplay by Richard Trank
Capitalism: A Love Story, Written by Michael Moore
The Cove, Written by Mark Monroe
Earth Days, Written by Robert Stone
Good Hair, Written by Chris Rock & Jeff Stilson and Lance Crouther and Chuck Sklar
Soundtrack for a Revolution, Written by Bill Guttentag & Dan Sturman
Surprises for you? Well even I am a little surprised that the screenplay for Avatar was given a nomination, and Star Trek? The screenplay? That thing that didn't develop a bad guy at all and just threw character and relationship development into all the action set pieces? One more, The Hangover?
To me these seem like really strange choices, but choices that have been made none the less, and ones that I really don't believe will hold up to the eventual winners, do you? Seriously, can you defend any of those screenplays which are up against the rest in their category?