2019 Writers Guild Award Nominations Include ‘Black Panther’ and ‘A Star is Born’
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Earlier this afternoon, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) announced further nominees for the upcoming Writers Guild of America Awards, honoring the best in narrative film, documentary, television, and video game writing. The awards ceremony will be hosted in a bi-coastal, joint event (New York and Los Angeles, respectively) on February 17th, 2019.
If you’ve been following awards season over the past several months, many of the below nominees will not be all that new or surprising. Sure, Paul Schrader’s excellently dense work on First Reformed was overlooked, but all in all, the 10 feature narrative films nominated today are very likely on their way to receiving Oscar nominations in two weeks’ time.
As the WGA Awards honor the writers on a project, it’s nice to see that the nominees represented in the Adapted Screenplay category include the originators of each particular work, i.e. the late Stan Lee and Jack Kirby receiving a nomination for their founding of the Black Panther character many decades prior. These nominations also clear up some category confusion (is Can You Ever Forgive Me? an Original Screenplay as cited by The New York Times? Some say no, including today’s nominations), paving the way for further recognition by the upcoming Academy Awards.
Scroll down below for a look at this year’s WGA Award nominees.
Best Original Screenplay
Eighth Grade, Written by Bo Burnham; A24
Green Book, Written by Nick Vallelonga & Brian Currie & Peter Farrelly; Universal Pictures
A Quiet Place, Screenplay by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski, Story by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck; Paramount Pictures
Roma, Written by Alfonso Cuarón; Netflix
Vice, Written by Adam McKay; Annapurna Pictures
Best Adapted Screenplay
Blackkklansman, Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee, Based on the book by Ron Stallworth; Focus Features
Black Panther, Written by Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole, Based on the Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, Based on the book by Lee Israel; Fox Searchlight
If Beale Street Could Talk, Screenplay by Barry Jenkins, Based on the novel by James Baldwin; Annapurna Pictures
A Star is Born, Screenplay by Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters, Based on the 1954 screenplay by Moss Hart and the 1976 screenplay by John Gregory Dunne & Joan Didion and Frank Pierson, Based on a story by William Wellman and Robert Carson; Warner Bros.
Best Documentary Screenplay
Bathtubs Over Broadway, Written by Ozzy Inguanzo & Dava Whisenant; Focus Features
Fahrenheit 11/9, Written by Michael Moore; Briarcliff Entertainment
Generation Wealth, Written by Lauren Greenfield; Amazon Studios
In Search of Greatness, Written by Gabe Polsky; Art of Sport
Best Video Game Writing
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Associate Narrative Directors Matthew Zagurak, Joel Janisse, James Richard Mittag; Narrative Director Melissa MacCoubrey; Story by Jonathan Dumont, Melissa MacCoubrey, Hugo Giard; Scriptwriters Madeleine Hart, Betty Robertson, Jesse Scoble, Diana Sherman, Kelly Bender, Jojo Chia, Ian Fun, Zachary M. Parris, Ken Williamson, Daniel Bingham, Jordan Lemos, Simon Mackenzie, Katelyn MacMullin, Susan Patrick, Alissa Ralph, Stephen Rhodes; Team Lead Writer Sam Gill; AI Writers Jonathan Flieger, Kimberly Ann Sparks; Ubisoft Quebec
Batman: The Enemy Within, Episode 5-Same Stitch, Lead Writer James Windeler; Written by Meghan Thornton, Ross Beeley, Lauren Mee; Story by Meghan Thornton, Michael Kirkbride; Telltale Games
God of War, Written by Matt Sophos, Richard Zangrande Gaubert, Cory Barlog; Story and Narrative Design Lead Matt Sophos; Story and Narrative Design Richard Zangrande Gaubert; Narrative Design Orion Walker, Adam Dolin; Sony Interactive Entertainment