Writers Guild Award Nominations Announced: The Shape of Water, Lady Bird, Logan Lead the Way

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Writers Guild Award Nominations Announced: The Shape of Water, Lady Bird, Logan Lead the Way

It was a big day for many screenwriters after the announcement of the 70th Annual Writers Guild Awards nominations. The list includes a few unexpected nominees, as well as a few surprise snubs.

Jordan Peele received his first nomination for Get Out, as did 89-year-old James Ivory for Call Me By Your Name. Greta Gerwig and Guillermo del Toro, both nominated for Best Screenplay at the Golden Globe Awards, received their first nominations, as well, for Lady Bird and The Shape of Water, respectively.

Aaron Sorkin received his fifth nomination for Molly’s Game, while Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber received their second for The Disaster Artist.

Perhaps one of the biggest and most pleasant surprises was Logan receiving a nomination. Director and co-writer James Mangold received his first nomination, sharing with multiple nominee Scott Frank and second-time nominee Michael Green. Some of the notable films not making the cut this year include Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread, and Liz Hanna and Josh Singer’s The Post.

The screenplays for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Darkest Hour, Victoria and Abdul and Coco were not eligible for consideration by the WGA this year. The WGA, according to Variety, “excludes screenplays not produced under its jurisdiction or that of another guild as awards candidates, because it has the ultimate authority over determining which writers receive screenplay credit—if the script is produced under WGA jurisdiction.”

The winners will be announced on Feb. 11. See the full list of nominees below.

Original Screenplay
The Big Sick, Written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani; Amazon Studios
Get Out, Written by Jordan Peele; Universal Pictures
I, Tonya, Written by Steven Rogers; Neon
Lady Bird, Written by Greta Gerwig; A24
The Shape of Water, Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor; Story by Guillermo del Toro; Fox Searchlight

Adapted Screenplay
Call Me by Your Name, Screenplay by James Ivory; Based on the Novel by André Aciman; Sony Pictures Classics
The Disaster Artist, Screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber; Based on the Book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell; A24
Logan, Screenplay by Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green; Story by James Mangold; Based on Characters from the X-Men Comic Books and Theatrical Motion Pictures; Twentieth Century Fox Film
Molly’s Game, Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin; Based on the Book by Molly Bloom; STX Entertainment
Mudbound, Screenplay by Virgil Williams and Dee Rees; Based on the Novel by Hillary Jordan; Netflix

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