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Awards Season: WGA Sticks to the Letter of the Law

January 4th, 2011

WGA nominations were announced this week, and there were some strange results, as the guild is sticking to their rules, which resulted in a number of possible Oscar contenders being ruled ineligible. That said, of the non-documentary films, only one hasn't picked up a single nomination previously, so it is hard to say this list is too out there.

The categories and nominations are...

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Notes and Reactions...

  • Because the rules resulted in a number of Oscar contenders being ruled ineligible, including The King's Speech, Winter's Bone, and Toy Story 3, there are a number of releases nominated today that likely won't make the cut for Oscars.
  • I Love You, Phillip Morris is the most obvious example. That's not to say it is a bad movie, but it hasn't exactly been a major player during Awards Season so far.
  • On the other hand, Black Swan, 127 Hours, The Social Network, and a couple others a nearly guaranteed to repeat as Oscar nominees.
  • As far as documentaries go, Inside Job seems to me to be the obvious favorite at this point.

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Filed under: Awards Season, Inception, The Fighter, Please Give, I Love You, Phillip Morris, The Town, True Grit, The Kids Are All Right, The Social Network, Who is Harry Nilsson (and Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?, Black Swan, 127 Hours, Inside Job, The King’s Speech, The Two Escobars, GasLand