The Writers Guild of America has chosen "The Social Network," "Black Swan," "The Fighter" and "The Kids Are All Right" as being among the best scripts of 2010.
And this being the WGA, they've also thrown a few curveballs into the mix, including dark horse candidates "I Love You Phillip Morris" and "Please Give."
In the Original Screenplay category, "Black Swan," "The Fighter," "The Kids Are All Right" and "Please Give" will compete with "Inception."
For Adapted Screenplay, prohibitive favorite "The Social Network" is up against "127 Hours," "I Love You Phillip Morris," "The Town" and "True Grit."
Among the screenplays overlooked by WGA voters are "Rabbit Hole" and "Shutter Island" on the adapted side, and "Get Low" and "Greenberg" among original scripts.
The WGA nominations followed the Producers Guild nominations on what is the single busiest day for Hollywood guild nominations.
While other guild awards have a better track record predicting Oscar nominations, the Writers Guild prize is strictly a union award that goes to the best screenplays written by WGA members or produced under WGA guidelines, or under the guidelines of affiliated international guilds.
At the same time that it released its nominations, the WGA released a list of its eligible films. The list matched the one first published last week by theWrap.
Among the acclaimed screenplays eligible for Oscars but ineligible for WGA Awards are "The King's Speech," "Winter's Bone," "Blue Valentine" and "Another Year."
A total of 76 screenplays qualified for WGA Awards in 2010, compared to 241 that qualified for the Academy Awards.
Over the past five years, 30 of the 50 films nominated for Academy Awards had previously received WGA nominations. When it comes to Oscar-wining scripts, though, the Writers Guild has a sterling track record: of the last 10 scripts to win WGA awards, only last year's Adapted Screenplay winner, "Up in the Air," failed to take home an Academy Award. ("Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire" won instead.)
The WGA Awards will be handed out on February 5 at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.
Black Swan, Screenplay by Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin; Story by Andres Heinz; Fox Searchlight
Inception, Written by Christopher Nolan; Warner Bros.
The Kids Are All Right, Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg; Focus Features
Please Give, Written by Nicole Holofcener; Sony Pictures Classics
Enemies of the People, Written, Directed, Filmed and Produced by Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath; International Film Circuit
Freedom Riders, Written, Produced and Directed by Stanley Nelson; International Film Circuit
Gasland, Written and Directed by Josh Fox; HBO Documentary Films and International WOW Company
Inside Job, Produced, Written and Directed by Charles Ferguson; Co-written by Chad Beck, Adam Bolt; Sony Pictures Classics
The Two Escobars, Written by Michael Zimbalist, Jeff Zimbalist; ESPN Films
Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)?, Written and Directed by John Scheinfeld; Lorber Films
Feature films eligible for a Writers Guild Award were exhibited theatrically for at least one week in Los Angeles in 2010 and were written under the WGA’s Minimum Basic Agreement (MBA) or under a bona fide collective bargaining agreement of the Australian Writers Guild, Writers Guild of Canada, Writers Guild of Great Britain, Irish Playwrights & Screenwriters Guild or the New Zealand Writers Guild. Theatrical screenplays produced under the jurisdiction of the WGA or an affiliate Guild must have been submitted for WGA awards consideration.
Documentaries eligible for a Writers Guild Award featured an onscreen writing credit and were exhibited theatrically in Los Angeles or New York for one week in 2010. While credited documentary writers were required to join the WGAW’s Nonfiction Writers Caucus or WGAE Nonfiction Writers Caucus to be considered, scripts need not have been written under WGA jurisdiction to be considered.