Writers Guild disqualifies ‘Django Unchained,’ ‘Les Miserables’ and others from awards

By Daniel Levine,

The Writers Guild of America has disqualified several major films from its 2012 awards, meaning that they will not even appear on the ballot. These include Oscar favorites like Django Unchained, Les Miserables and Amour.

HitFix first reported on the key exclusions. The WGA only considers screenplays written by guild members or those written under a collective bargaining agreement with foreign screenwriters.

Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained original screenplay is not eligible simply because Tarantino isn’t a member of the WGA. He never has been, but that didn’t keep Pulp Fiction and Inglorious Basterds from earning Oscar nominations.

Michael Haenke’s Amour was disqualified because there were other requirements not met. The French-language film won the Palme D’Or at Cannes and is in the running for Best Foreign Film Oscar. It’s even being considered a possible contender for a Best Picture nomination.

According to Variety, other key original exclusions include Brave, The Impossible, Middle of Nowhere and Seven Psychopaths.

Les Miserables is out of the running in the WGA’s adapted category, as is Anna Karenina, The Deep Blue Sea and Rust and Bone.

Just 68 original screenplays and 44 adapted screenplays will appear on the WGA’s ballot. Nominations are announced on Jan. 3 and the awards are handed out on Feb. 17.

The films that landed best screenplay Golden Globe nominations include Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, Silver Linings Playbook, Django Unchained and Lincoln. Of those, only Django has been disqualified from WGA contention.

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