It looks like at least some people haven't forgotten about 'Win Win.' The well-reviewed, awards-season afterthought received a big boost on Thursday from the Writers Guild of America when Tom McCarthy was among the five nominees for Best Original Screenplay.
The WGA also selected Diablo Cody (for 'Young Adult'), Will Reiser (for '50/50'), Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo (for 'Bridesmaids') and Woody Allen (for 'Midnight in Paris') as original screenplay nominees. On the adapted side, the scripts for 'The Descendants,' 'The Help,' 'Hugo' and the Steve Zaillian twosome, 'Moneyball' and 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,' were singled out as honorees.
Of course, don't go putting down good money on these films in your Oscar prediction pools just yet; the WGA deemed scripts for 'The Artist,' 'Beginners,' 'Drive,' 'Margin Call,' 'Shame,' 'Melancholia,' 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,' 'The Iron Lady,' 'The Skin I Live In,' 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' and 'My Week With Marilyn' ineligible.
So! What do the WGA nominations mean for the Academy Awards? That 'Bridesmaids' is pretty much locked to, at least, a Best Original Screenplay nomination; that it's doubtful the trio of Will Reiser, Diablo Cody and Tom McCarthy will all get invited to the Kodak Theater in February with 'The Artist' and 'Beginners' lingering; and that 'War Horse' might not be the Oscar favorite you assume. The Richard Curtis and Lee Hall adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's novel was snubbed despite being eligible for a WGA nomination.
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