While some awards categories this season look to be lock downs, and others are slightly on the scrappy side (the best actor category is one of the widest open in years), stringent entry requirements have meant one awards body – the Writers Guild America – has released a nominations list of unusual unpredictability.
As explained comprehensively by In Contention, many of this 2011's big hitters, such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Take Shelter, The Artist and Shame were deemed ineligible. This has enabled more off-kilter candidates – and a very comedy-heavy shortlist – to emerge from the 33 adapted screenplays and 55 originals on the final ballot.
- Catherine Shoard
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