Among the 2019 Writers Guild Awards nominations, Paul Schrader‘s First Reformed screenplay has been given the cold shoulder — an all-but-unforgivable oversight. Schrader’s morally anguished script, in my judgment his best since Hardcore and one that Robert Bresson would have understood and approved of, has been Best Screenplay-nominated by both the Spirit and Critics’ Choice awards.
Scripts that made the WGA cut include BlacKkKlansman, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Eighth Grade, Green Book, If Beale Street Could Talk, A Quiet Place Roma, A Star Is Born and Vice.
WGA ineligibles include Cold War, Caoernaum, The Favourite, Leave No Trace, Sorry to Bother You, The Death of Stalin, At Eternity’s Gate and Shoplifters.
The Bohemian Rhapsody screenplay was eligible but blown off.
The 71st annual Writers Guild Award winners will be announced on Sunday, 2.17.