Writers Guild Awards Nominees Include ‘Green Book,’ ‘A Quiet Place,’ ‘BlacKkKlansman’

Although eligibility requirements differ, about two-thirds of WGA nominees go on to receive Oscar nominations in the screenwriting categories

Last Updated: January 7, 2019 @ 11:10 AM

The original screenplays for “Green Book,” “A Quiet Place,” “Roma,” “Vice” and “Eighth Grade” have been nominated by the Writers Guild of America, which announced its nominations on Monday morning.

In the adapted-screenplay category, the nominees were “BlacKkKlansman,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “A Star Is Born,” “Black Panther” and “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Among the most notable eligible screenplays not to be nominated are Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed” and Josh Singer’s “First Man.”

The nominations were made by members of the Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America, East, separate but affiliated guilds that will stage simultaneous awards ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York on Feb. 17.

In the documentary category, WGA voters went with docs that so far have not been receiving substantial awards attention: Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9,” Lauren Greenfield’s “Generation Wealth,” Ozzy Inguanzo and Dava Whisenant’s “Bathtubs Over Broadway” and Gabe Polsky’s “In Search of Greatness.”

Unlike the other major Hollywood guilds, the Writers Guild restricts eligibility for its awards to screenplays written by its members or produced under the guild’s Minimum Basic Agreement or under the rules of several affiliated international guilds.

As usual, this has disqualified a number of screenplays that will be eligible for the Oscars, including “The Favourite,” “The Death of Stalin,” “Leave No Trace,” “Cold War,” “The Rider,” “Sorry to Bother You,” “Hereditary,” “Capernaum,” “Isle of Dogs” and “Incredibles 2.”

Because of the WGA’s more restrictive eligibility rules, its nominations are one of the least accurate of the major guilds in predicting Oscar nominations.

Over the last decade, about two thirds of the Writers Guild nominees have gone on to receive Oscar nominations in the screenwriting categories. Last year, nine of the 10 WGA nominees were recognized by Oscar voters, tying with four different years in the 1990s as the largest such correlation ever between the two awards.

The Writers Guild Awards nominees:

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

“Eighth Grade,” Written by Bo Burnham; A24

“Green Book,” Written by Nick Vallelonga & Brian Currie & Peter Farrelly; Universal Pictures

“A Quiet Place,” Screenplay by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski, Story by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck; Paramount Pictures

“Roma,” Written by Alfonso Cuarón; Netflix

“Vice,” Written by Adam McKay; Annapurna Pictures

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

“Blackkklansman,” Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee, Based on the book by Ron Stallworth; Focus Features

“Black Panther,” Written by Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole, Based on the Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, Based on the book by Lee Israel; Fox Searchlight

“If Beale Street Could Talk,” Screenplay by Barry Jenkins, Based on the novel by James Baldwin; Annapurna Pictures

“A Star Is Born,” Screenplay by Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters, Based on the 1954 screenplay by Moss Hart and the 1976 screenplay by John Gregory Dunne & Joan Didion and Frank Pierson, Based on a story by William Wellman and Robert Carson; Warner Bros.

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

“Bathtubs Over Broadway,” Written by Ozzy Inguanzo & Dava Whisenant; Focus Features

“Fahrenheit 11/9,” Written by Michael Moore; Briarcliff Entertainment

“Generation Wealth,” Written by Lauren Greenfield; Amazon Studios

“In Search of Greatness,” Written by Gabe Polsky; Art of Sport

VIDEOGAME WRITING

“Assassin’s Creed Odyssey,” Associate Narrative Directors Matthew Zagurak, Joel Janisse, James Richard Mittag; Narrative Director Melissa MacCoubrey; Story by Jonathan Dumont, Melissa MacCoubrey, Hugo Giard; Scriptwriters Madeleine Hart, Betty Robertson, Jesse Scoble, Diana Sherman, Kelly Bender, Jojo Chia, Ian Fun, Zachary M. Parris, Ken Williamson, Daniel Bingham, Jordan Lemos, Simon Mackenzie, Katelyn MacMullin, Susan Patrick, Alissa Ralph, Stephen Rhodes; Team Lead Writer Sam Gill; AI Writers Jonathan Flieger, Kimberly Ann Sparks; Ubisoft Quebec

“Batman: The Enemy Within,” Episode 5-Same Stitch, Lead Writer James Windeler; Written by Meghan Thornton, Ross Beeley, Lauren Mee; Story by Meghan Thornton, Michael Kirkbride; Telltale Games

“God of War,” Written by Matt Sophos, Richard Zangrande Gaubert, Cory Barlog; Story and Narrative Design Lead Matt Sophos; Story and Narrative Design Richard Zangrande Gaubert; Narrative Design Orion Walker, Adam Dolin; Sony Interactive Entertainment

“Marvel’s Spider-Man,” Story Lead Jon Paquette; Writers Benjamin Arfmann, Kelsey Beachum; Co-Written by Christos Gage; Additional Story Contributions by Dan Slott; Insomniac Games & Sony Interactive Entertainment

“Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire,” Narrative Designers Alex Scokel, Eric Fenstermaker, Kate Dollarhyde, Megan Starks, Olivia Veras, Paul Kirsch; Additional Writing Tony Evans, John Schmautz, Casey Hollingshead, Nitai Poddar; Narrative Design Leads Carrie Patel, Josh Sawyer; Obsidian Entertainment

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