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Documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s (Jonestown: The Life and Death of People Temple, The Murder of Emmitt Till) latest work, Freedom Riders, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year, will be broadcast on PBS’s American Experience series, on Monday May 16.
The film chronicles the 6 months, 50 years ago, in 1961, from May to November, when over 400 black & white civil rights activists traveled together on buses, through the South, intent on breaking segregationist Jim Crow laws, and enduring brutal violence and racism along the way. This is without question must-viewing.
Here’s a trailer for the film:
As soon as we thought we could predict the outcome of the Oscars, here comes another surprise! This one's brought to you by the Writers Guild of America. Picked for Best Original Screenplay was Christopher Nolan's "Inception." The director, famously dissed for not getting a Best Director Oscar nomination, may just win the Best Original Screenplay come Oscar night. Oscar front-runner, "The King's Speech" was not nominated because it didn't quality under union rules which prompted Nolan to say during his WGA acceptance award that he looked forward to a time when he could accept the award "without qualification."
That could be the beginning of a great script Mr. Nolan, go write it :happy
For adapted screenplay, I'm happy to report that Aaron Sorkin's fantastic script won! Based on "The Accidental Billionaires" by Ben Mezrich, "The Social Network" was the only film last year that I predicted to win this very category. »
The Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) and the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) tonight announced the winners of the 2011 Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for screen, television, radio, news, promotional, videogame, and new media writing at simultaneous ceremonies at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel-Grand Ballroom in Los Angeles and the Axa Equitable Center in New York City.
Writers Guild of America (WGA) have revealed the winners of the awards for best original, adapted, and documentary screenplays. As previously reported, "The King's Speech," "Winter's Bone," "Another Year" and "Toy Story 3" were not eligible for the award, despite being nominated for Oscars. The big winner was Christopher Nolan for his work on "Inception," beating out "Black Swan" and "The Fighter." "This is one of things I'm most proud of," he said, noting that his script for "Memento" wasn't eligible for the WGA Awards nine years ago. Aaron Sorkin also won for "The Social Network" screenplay. "I wrote a good script but David Fincher made a great movie," he said. The list of nominees and winners (in red): Original Screenplay * Inception (Christopher Nolan) * Black Swan (Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John McLaughlin) * The Fighter (Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson) * The Kids Are All Right (Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg »
As we march ever closer towards the Academy Awards, the smaller ceremonies that give us an idea of what to expect at the biggest awards show of them all continue. Tonight, the WGA (Writer’s Guild of America) Awards were handed out, and the winners are…kind of who you’d expect.
And those people who you’d kind of expect to be winners are Aaron Sorkin, claiming the Best Adapted Screenplay award for The Social Network, based on Ben Mezrich’s nonfiction book The Accidental Billionaires. Nabbing the award for Best Original Screenplay was Christopher Nolan, for Inception. Additionally, Charles Ferguson picked up the Best Documentary Screenplay award for his film Inside Job.
The other nominess in the Adapted Screenplay category were Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy for 127 Hours; John Requa and Glenn Ficarra for I Love You, Phillip Morris; Peter Craig and Aaron Stockard and Ben Affleck for »
- Nick Newman
“Inception” has finally gotten some real love.
It’s been a bit puzzling as to why Christopher Nolan’s expertly structured and endlessly fascinating sci-fi tale hasn’t been getting more attention from industry award-givers. While it’s received kudos for its technical prowess, “Inception” has yet to be truly acknowledged for its significant achievements in directing, writing and acting.
Until now, as Nolan’s script was given the award for Best Original Screenplay by the Writers Guild of America at the WGA Awards. “Inception” emerged the winner against some extremely strong competition, including “The Kids Are All Right” and “The Fighter.”
Meanwhile, Aaron Sorkin’s script for “The Social Network” took home the award for Best Adapted Screenplay (no surprise there) and Charles Ferguson’s “Inside Job” won for Best Documentary Screenplay. Both films were winners at the recent Directors Guild Awards as well.
We love everything about “The Social Network, »
- Bryan Enk
No big surprises here as the Writers Guild of America announced their winners tonight and Aaron Sorkin's script for The Social Network and Christopher Nolan's script for Inception took home top honors. Charles Ferguson's script for Inside Job was also awarded for Best Documentary Screenplay.
It's important to note that screenplays for Oscar nominated films such as The King's Speech, Winter's Bone, Toy Story 3 and Another Year were all ineligible for the WGA awards as the WGA restricts "nominations to films that are written for productions that are signatories to the guild's Minimum Basic Agreement, or the agreements of several affiliated international guilds... their purpose is to honor the best films produced by WGA members, or under WGA guidelines."
- Brad Brevet
Awards season is really heating up ahead of the 83rd Academy Awards on February 27th in Hollywood, California and today both the Producers Guild and the Writers Guild of America have announced the contenders for their forthcoming prizes...
2011 Producers Guild Awards nominees...
First up was the PGA, whose shortlist for their most prestigious honour - The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer Of Theatrical Motion Pictures - has few surprises and looks very similar to what we should expect when the nominees for Best Picture are announced at the back end of January (as it happens, this particular award is typically a strong indicator of the eventual winner of the Best Picture Oscar).
The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer Of Theatrical Motion Pictures
Yesterday the producers, today the writers. Tomorrow, presumably, the caterers and grips (my sources tell me the duck confit on the "Clash of the Titans" set was on point). Yes, the Writers Guild of America have announced their picks for finest movies of 2010. And writers must have a unique perspective on cinematic excellence, right? A better or at least different knowledge of what makes a script and a film great? No, they pretty much like all the same movies we do. And the nominees are:
Story by Andres Heinz
Written by Christopher Nolan
Written by Nicole Holofcener
Screenplay by Danny Boyle »
- Matt Singer
There are 54 days until the Academy Awards event; the actual celebration will air on Sunday, February 27th, 2010, at the Kodak Theater; and ABC will air it.
As already reported Oscar-winner for her role in Precious, Mo’nique will co-host the announcement of the nominees on Tuesday January 25th, and all the recently released pre-Oscar awards lists may provide a bit of insight into what that names and titles Mo’nique will call out in about 2 weeks – specifically, the influential Producers Guild and Writers Guild award nominees, both included below:
Starting with Producers Guild Nominees: No big surprises; all the expected suspects are here; although, Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island is noticeably absent, thanks, in part, to its early release date, and may have been forgotten.
The Social Network has remained triumphant in this field in just about every single other awards tournament, so this should be a sure win. The rest follow… »
The Writers Guild of America (WGA), West (Wgaw) and East (Wgae) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during 2010.
The WGA said that many acclaimed films were not eligible. They include: Another Year, Biutiful, Blue Valentine, The Ghost Writer, The King’s Speech, Made in Dagenham, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Toy Story 3 and Winter’s Bone. Of course, last year great screenplays like Inglourious Basterds and An Education didn’t make the cut, and those went on to get Oscar nominations later in the same month.
Winners will be honored at the 2011 Writers Guild Awards held on Saturday, February 5, 2011, simultaneously at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel-Grand Ballroom in Los Angeles and the Axa Equitable Center in New York City.
Both the “Original Screenplay” and “Adapted Screenplay” categories have matched the Academy Awards 11 out of the last 16 years.
A complete list of all of this year »
- Allan Ford
The Writers Guild of America has announced their nominations for the best screenplays of 2010. If you are like me and you like to bet on who’s going to win at the Oscars, you will want to take a close look at the nominees. The Writers Guild of America is one of the strongest voting bodies in Hollywood and usually a reliable predictor for Oscar gold. In fact the winner of the WGA award has gone on to win the Oscar in the same category 11 of the last 16 years. Oscar favourites Winter’s Bone, Toy Story 3 and The Kings Speech failed to meet eligibility requirements to be considered, and was therefore disqualified (as were a number of other scripts).
Check out their 2010 nominees below from the press release:
The Fighter, »
Here is the rundown of nominees for the 2011 Writers Guild Awards held on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. Nominees were decided by both The Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) and the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during 2010.
- Alexis James-Whitehead
"I Love You Phillip Morris" came out of nowhere and secured a nod for the 2011 Writers Guild Awards. Based on the book by Steven McVicker, the film starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGRegor as prisoners in love received a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination.
"Phillip Morris" will be competing with awards-favorites "127 Hours" (screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy), "The Social Network" (screenplay Aaron Sorkin), "The Town" (screenplay by Peter Craig and Ben Affleck & Aaron Stockard), and True Grit (screenplay by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen).
In the Original Screenplay category, critics-darlings "Black Swan" (screenplay by Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin), "The Fighter" (screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson), "Inception" (Christopher Nolan), and "The Kids Are All Right" (written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg) will be competing with "Please Give" by Nicole Holofcener. Much like "I Love You Phillip Morris," "Please Give," a family dramedy set in New York, »
Big day for award announcements today, and here’s the 2011 Writers Guild Of America award nominees.
Black Swan, Inception, The Fighter, Please Give and The Kids Are All Right won nods in the original screenplay category, while 127 Hours, I Love You Phillip Morris, The Social Network, The Town and True Grit scored in the adapted screenplay category.
The WGA awards give us a very good indication as to what may be nominated come Oscar time.
The WGA Awards will be dished out in ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles on February 5thm 2011.
- Paul Heath
I’d say it’s a safe bet for the WGA, and AMPAS for that matter, to just go ahead and award Adapted Screenplay to Aaron Sorkin for The Social Network today. That one is on the bag. Due to WGA strict rules, award friendly films such as Toy Story 3, Blue Valentine, The King’S Speech, Another Year and Winter’S Bone were not eligible. I was delighted by the surprise appearance of I Love You Phillip Morris in the Adapted Screenplay category.
WGA press release:
Los Angeles, New York — The Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) and the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during 2010. Winners will be honored at the 2011 Writers Guild Awards held on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.
- Michelle McCue
The Writers Guild members have spoken. Though their tongues were kinda bound by their rules which prohibit, as I understand it, non-members from receiving nominations (AMPAS members can vote for you even if you aren't affiliated with them or with an American guild). So for what it's worth, here are the nominations.
"I heard you were an MTV girl"
Alice in The Fighter
Last year and the year before this category had very little overlap between WGA and Oscar (2 and »
- NATHANIEL R
The Writers Guild of America has announced the nominees for outstanding achievemane in writing for the screen in 2010, and the list makes us realize that, yeah, there were a lof of great scripts out there last year.
We’re happy to see the trippy, nasty “Black Swan” getting so much critical attention, and now the WGA is offering their own praise with a nomination for the bizarro script. Are Hollywood award-givers (and union organizations, at that) actually starting to embrace the darkness a bit more?
It seems like it, as the Coen Brothers’ rough and tumble screenplay for “True Grit” also got a nomination, as did the gritty, “blue-collar” scripts for last year’s two excellent Massachusetts melodramas, “The Fighter” and “The Town.”
- Bryan Enk
Along with the Producers Guild  and the Screen Actors Guild,  the Writers Guild of America is one of the strongest voting bodies in Hollywood. So, when they announce their nominations for the best of the year, it's usually a pretty good precursor to the Oscars. Check out their 2010 nominees after the jump. Here's the official press release: The Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) and the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during 2010. Winners will be honored at the 2011 Writers Guild Awards held on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. Original Screenplay Black Swan, Screenplay by Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin; Story by Andres Heinz; Fox Searchlight The Fighter, Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Paramount Pictures Inception, Written by Christopher Nolan; Warner Bros. »
- Germain Lussier
The Writers Guild of America announced the nominees the movie portion of its annual awards Tuesday (Jan. 4), and the usual suspects this awards season are pretty much all there: "The Social Network," "Inception," "The Kids Are All Right" and "Black Swan" all scored nominations.
Ok, maybe not all of the usual suspects. The WGA only considers films that are made under its labor contract, The Wrap notes. That means that a few possible contenders in the screenplay categories for the Oscars -- notably "The King's Speech" and "Toy Story 3" -- aren't among the guild's nominees.
Still, the movies the guild has nominated are pretty much what you'd expect, with the possible exception of "I Love You Phillip Morris," which hasn't gained much steam at the box office or in the larger awards discussion but is up for best adapted screenplay at the WGA Awards.
The Writers Guild Awards will be presented Feb. »
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