Two major Guilds released their nomination slates this morning. The Writers Guild of America (WGA), who
regaled us with their Documentary Screenplay choices yesterday, have one day later released that puff of white smoke
that indicates they've narrowed this year's top screenplays into five contenders for the writing world's version of
Pope (except not). The list%uFFFD includes a few usual suspects – Crash, Good Night and Good Luck, Brokeback
Mountain – and also two summer films, making semi-surprise appearances. The first, Cinderella Man, has been
conspicuously absent from the awards swirl thus far. The same could be said for the fifth nominee, Judd Apatow's The
40-Year Old Virgin, but whilst it may be rare that comedies get recognition at all, it certainly couldn't be said that
this screenplay doesn't deserve recognition.
On to the Producer's party. To my mind, the PGA has done
absolutely nothing very surprising, but Variety is predictably spinning this set of noms as a big fat Indie Triumph.
Whatever – Brokeback Mountain might be the work of an indie arm, but it's as much of a studio production as the
one straight-ahead studio film on the list, plain old Fox's Walk the Line. Also nominated: Crash, Capote, and Good
Night and Good Luck.
As with the Globes, Munich's absence is so conspicuous as to be troubling. Is
Spielberg's latest dead?