The absence of the original Birdman screenplay among this morning’s WGA nominations is technical, as not all of the writers (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo) are guild members so that was a no-go. Kind of like Ken Kesey not getting into an ivy-league Delphi Epsilon fraternity in the mid ’50s. Selma wasn’t eligible either. What’s up with Guardians of the Galaxy getting an adapted screenplay nom? I respect the documentaru nomination for Last Days in Vietnam, but why was Citizenfour blanked? Between this and the PGA also blowing off Citizenfour, does Laura Poitras have reason for concern?
Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash script was nominated for Best Original Screenplay category, which goes against the Academy view that Whiplash is an adapted screenplay. The general view is that Whiplash will have an easier time of it in the adapted category.
Best Original Screenplay: Boyhood (w: Richard Linklater); Foxcatcher (w: E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman); The Grand Budapest Hotel (w: Wes Anderson; story by Anderson & Hugo Guinness); Nightcrawler (w: Dan Gilroy); Whiplash (w: Damien Chazelle).
Best Adapted Screenplay: American Sniper (w: Jason Hall; based on the book by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice); Gone Girl (w: Gillian Flynn, based on her novel); Guardians of the Galaxy (w: James Gunn and Nicole Perlman; based on the Marvel comic by Dan Abnett and something Lanning); The Imitation Game (w: Graham Moore, based on the book “Alan Turing: The Enigma” by Andrew Hodges); Wild (w: Nick Hornby, based on the book by Cheryl Strayed).
Best Documentary Screenplay: Finding Vivian Maier (w: John Maloof & Charlie Siskel); The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (w: Brian Knappenberger); Last Days in Vietnam (w: Mark Bailey & Kevin McAlester); Red Army (w: Gabe Polsky).