2013 Awards Season: WGAs Leaves Analysts In the Dark
Surprises seems to be the word of the day, as the WGA nominations included a number of them. Granted, Zero Dark Thirty and a lot of the other films that have earned Awards Season success thus far were here, but there were almost as many surprises as there were obvious choices.
The categories and nominations are...
- Paul Thomas Anderson for The Master
- Wes Anderson for Moonrise Kingdom
- Mark Boal for Zero Dark Thirty
- John Gatins for Flight
- Rian Johnson for Looper
- Stephen Chbosky for The Perks of Being a Wallflower
- Tony Kushner for Lincoln
- David Magee for Life of Pi
- David O. Russell and Matthew Quick for The Silver Linings Playbook
- Chris Terrio for Argo
- Malik Bendjelloul for Searching for Sugar Man
- Amy Berg and Billy McMillin for West of Memphis
- Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon for The Central Park Five
- Kirby Dick for The Invisible War
- Alex Gibney for Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
- Brian Knappenberger for We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists
- Four of the five nominees for Best Original Screenplay are at least somewhat surprising. The Master earned a lot of pre-release buzz, but it didn't live up to expectations. Moonrise Kingdom opened a long time before Awards Season started. Looper is the wrong genre for Awards Season and Flight wasn't talked about as an Awards Season player.
- On the other hand, Zero Dark Thirty might become the big winner at the Oscars, so its nomination was no surprise.
- I am surprised Quentin Tarantino wasn't nominated for Django Unchained
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower had some pre-release Awards Season buzz, but it didn't live up to expectations, so I assumed it would be forgotten. It wasn't.
- It appears the documentary category is going to be a tough one to call. Searching for Sugar Man picked up another nomination, but I still think The Invisible War will be the one to beat on Oscar night.
Date posted: 2013-01-07