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The Writers Guild of America announced their nominees for best adapted and original screenplays from 2012, picking some Oscar favorites and throwing in a surprise.
The WGA, which holds simultaneous awards ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles, nominated John Gatins’ screenplay for the Denzel Washington film Flight and Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master for best original screenplay. The other nominees include Moonrise Kingdom, written by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, and Zero Dark Thirty, written by Mark Boal.
Surprisingly, Rian Johnson’s script to his sci-fi thriller Looper received a nomination, likely since many Oscar favorites were disqualified. However, it could boost the film’s Oscar chances.
The nominees in the adapted screenplay category include Argo, which was written by Chris Terrio and based on articles by Joshuah Bearman and Antonio J. Mendez; Lincoln, written by Tony Kushner and based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals; David Magee’s Life of Pi script, based on Yann Martel’s novel; novelist Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being A Wallflower script; and David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, based on Matthew Quick’s novel.
The WGA also recognizes the best documentary script writing. The scripts nominated in that category include The Central Park Five, The Invisible War, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, Searching for Sugar Man, We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists and West of Memphis.
Both ceremonies will be held on Feb. 17 at the B.B. King Blues Club in NYC and the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE in LA.
The announcement comes a day after the Producers Guild handed out its nominations.