Well, I bet I can name one awards ceremony that won't be picketed this year, home-skillet. Yup, the WGA (Writer's Guild of America) have announced their nominees in three different screenplay categories today, and while there weren't any big surprises, one film did stand out among the rest. Nominated for best original screenplay was something called Knocked Up, written by Judd Apatow. Not sure where that one came from; I haven't seen it nominated for anything else this year, so perhaps there's a mistake somewhere. Maybe I'll write a letter:

Dear WGA: I think you're mistaken in nominating this film called Knocked Up for best original screenplay. No one else is nominating it for anything because I believe it's too funny. And, c'mon, if something is that funny, it certainly doesn't deserve a special award, right. Please remove it from your list like everyone else has been doing. Good Day.

Anyway, joining Knocked Up in the best original screenplay category is ... JUNO ... and then a bunch of other films. Do their names really matter; can't we just skip all this junk and name Diablo Cody Screenwriting Goddess of the Decade? In the best adapted category, we have names like Ethan and Joel Coen (No Country for Old Men), Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will be Blood), Ronald Harwood (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), Sean Penn (Into the Wild) and James Vanderbilt (Zodiac). Wait. Zodiac? Holy sh*t! Someone actually remembered that film. Nice. The WGA will hold simultaneous awards ceremonies in LA and NYC on February 9.

See all the nominees after the jump, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter.

UPDATE: Variety now tells us that the WGA-W has canceled its own awards ceremony in Los Angeles, while the WGA-E is still deciding whether they will also cancel the awards ceremony in New York.


Original screenplay
"Juno," written by Diablo Cody, Fox Searchlight
"Michael Clayton," written by Tony Gilroy, Warner Bros. Pictures
"The Savages," written by Tamara Jenkins, Fox Searchlight
"Knocked Up," written by Judd Apatow, Universal Pictures
"Lars and the Real Girl," written by Nancy Oliver, MGM

Adapted screenplay
"No Country for Old Men," screenplay by Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, Miramax
"There Will Be Blood," screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson, based on the novel "Oil" by Upton Sinclair, Paramount Vantage
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," screenplay by Ronald Harwood, based on the book by Jean-Dominique Bauby, Miramax
"Into the Wild," screenplay by Sean Penn, Based on the Book by Jon Krakauer, Paramount Vantage
"Zodiac," screenplay by James Vanderbilt, Based on the Book by Robert Graysmith, Paramount Pictures

Documentary screenplay
"The Camden 28," written by Anthony Giacchino, First Run Features
"Nanking," screenplay by Bill Guttentag & Dan Sturman & Elisabeth Bentley, story by Bill Guttentag & Dan Sturman, ThinkFilm
"No End in Sight," written by Charles Ferguson, Magnolia Pictures
"The Rape of Europa," written by Richard Berge, Nicole Newnham and Bonni Cohen, Menemsha Films
"Sicko," written by Michael Moore, Lionsgate/The Weinstein Co.
"Taxi to the Dark Side," written by Alex Gibney, ThinkFilm