The Writers Guild of America has just announced their nominees for film, with only a couple of minor surprises to be found in the two major categories.
First off, it's absolutely no surprise to find the likes of "Marriage Story," "Parasite," and "Knives Out," in the Original Screenplay category, but it is rather shocking to find "1917" and "Booksmart" there. However, given the WGA's inexplicable rules that exclude several nominees every year (this year, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" and "The Farewell" were among the victims), I suppose we shouldn't be too surprised to find unexpected placeholders.
As for the Adapted Screenplay category, there wasn't a single surprise to be found as all of the nominees were entirely expected.
So who will the big winners be? In Original, it appears to be "Marriage Story" vs. "Parasite," with the former seeming to be the favorite, while in Adapted, it appears to be "Little Women" vs. "The Irishman," with the former being a slight favorite. However, as we saw last year, these things can be completely surprising, so we'll just have to wait until the awards on February 1st to find out.
In the meantime, please see below for a list of today's WGA nominees:
1917, Written by Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns; Universal Pictures
Booksmart, Written by Emily Halpern & Sarah Haskins and Susanna Fogel and Katie Silberman; United Artists Releasing
Knives Out, Written by Rian Johnson; Lionsgate
Marriage Story, Written by Noah Baumbach; Netflix
Parasite, Screenplay by Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won, Story by Bong Joon Ho; Neon
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster, Inspired by the Article “Can You Say…Hero?” by Tom Junod; TriStar Pictures
The Irishman, Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, Based upon the Book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt; Netflix
Jojo Rabbit, Screenplay by Taika Waititi, Based on the book Caging Skies by Christine Leunens; Fox Searchlight
Joker, Written by Todd Phillips & Scott Silver, Based on Characters from DC Comics; Warner Bros. Pictures
Little Women, Screenplay by Greta Gerwig, Based on the Novel by Louisa May Alcott; Sony Pictures