“Perks of Being a Wallflower” Joins the Front-Runners “Argo” and “Lincoln” at the WGA Nominations

argoSeveral of this year’s usual Awards suspects received nominations for the Writers Guild Awards this morning including Argo, Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln. However, one of my favorites and a hopeful Oscar spoiler, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, managed a nom in the Adapted Screenplay category as well. It will face off against Argo, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook and Life of Pi. In the original screenplay category, Zero Dark Thirty takes on The Master, Looper, Flight and Moonrise Kingdom. Interestingly, several big movies were ineligible to compete for the WGA because they were written outside the strict WGA rules. That meant Oscar contenders like Django Unchained, Les Miserables, The Impossible, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Beasts of the Southern Wild were all ineligible…. We’ll see if the WGA noms reflect the Oscar race next week when the Academy makes its announcement. In the meantime, check out all the nominees below.

2012 Writers Guild Award Nominations~

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Flight, Written by John Gatins; Paramount Pictures
Looper, Written by Rian Johnson; TriStar Pictures
The Master, Written by Paul Thomas Anderson; The Weinstein Company
Moonrise Kingdom, Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola; Focus Features
Zero Dark Thirty, Written by Mark Boal; Columbia Pictures

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Argo, Screenplay by Chris Terrio; Based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired Magazine article “The Great Escape” by Joshuah Bearman; Warner Bros. Pictures
Life of Pi, Screenplay by David Magee; Based on the novel by Yann Martel; 20th Century Fox
Lincoln, Screenplay by Tony Kushner; Based in part on the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin; DreamWorks Pictures
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky; Based on his book; Summit Entertainment
Silver Linings Playbook, Screenplay by David O. Russell; Based on the novel by Matthew Quick; The Weinstein Company

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

The Central Park Five, Written by Sarah Burns and David McMahon and Ken Burns; Sundance Selects
The Invisible War, Written by Kirby Dick; Cinedigm Entertainment Group
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, Written by Alex Gibney; HBO Documentary Films
Searching for Sugar Man, Written by Malik Bendejelloul; Sony Pictures Classics
We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, Written by Brian Knappenberger; Cinetic Media
West of Memphis, Written by Amy Berg & Billy McMillin; Sony Pictures Classics

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