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The Writers Guild of America announced feature film and documentary award nominations Monday, with 'Avatar' and 'The Hurt Locker' nabbing nods for feature film and original screenplay awards.

In the feature film category, the films will go up against 'Up in the Air,' 'Crazy Heart' and 'Precious,' while '(500) Days of Summer,' 'A Serious Man' and 'The Hangover' round out the nominations for original screenplay. 'Up in the Air,' Precious' and 'Crazy Heart' were also nominated in the adapted screenplay category, along with 'Julie & Julia' and 'Star Trek.' The Writers Guild of America announced feature film and documentary award nominations Monday, with 'Avatar' and 'The Hurt Locker' nabbing nods for feature film and original screenplay awards.

In the feature film category, the films will go up against 'Up in the Air,' 'Crazy Heart' and 'Precious,' while '(500) Days of Summer,' 'A Serious Man' and 'The Hangover' round out the nominations for original screenplay. 'Up in the Air,' Precious' and 'Crazy Heart' were also nominated in the adapted screenplay category, along with 'Julie & Julia' and 'Star Trek.'

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Some of the year's most notable documentaries also scored WGA nominations. 'The Cove,' a thriller-style look at dolphin slaughter in Japan, and 'Good Hair,' Chris Rock's raucous look at the culture of coifs in African-American communities, were among nominees for documentary screenplay. They were joined by 'Against the Tide,' 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' 'Earth Days' and 'Soundtrack for a Revolution.'

In a twist, the WGA imposed stricter qualification rules for eligibility this year, which included a new requirement that all films be officially submitted for consideration. Previously, Writers Guild nominations were early forecasters for Oscar nominations, which are announced Feb. 2. This year's new policies narrowed the playing field, and left critically acclaimed films like 'Inglourious Basterds,' 'An Education' and 'A Single Man' out of the selection pool.

According to The Wrap, a total of just 83 scripts were eligible for WGA consideration this year, versus more than double that in years past. In contrast, there are 259 films eligible for nominations in screenplay categories for this year's Academy Awards.

The Writers Guild of America will hand trophies out in ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles on February 20. In the meantime, film fans can debate the merits of the Guild's new rules -- and whether the narrower playing field skews predictions, or simply makes the betting that much easier.