Writers Guild Announces Award Nominees: Who Are Big Winners?

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The Writers Guild of America announced its nominees for its best of 2011 awards and Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and Kristen Wiig’s Bridesmaids are the early leaders.

Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams in Midnight in Paris

Besides Wiig and Allen, the other writers who scored a nod include 50/50 screenwriter Will Reiser, who adapted his real-life battle with cancer into a heartwarming dramedy. Also of note is the nomination for Diablo Cody for Young Adult. Does this mean she has a leg up earning another Oscar nomination? We think so, although she may not repeat her win for Juno.

Alexander Payne earned a nomination for his adaptation of The Descendants, based on the book by Kaui Hart Hemming. And deservedly so, Steven Zaillian scored a nod for his stellar work bringing Stieg Larsson’s world to life in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo while Tate Taylor earned a nod for his work adapting The Help.

Writer’s Guild nominees:

Original Screenplay
50/50, Written by Will Reiser; Summit Entertainment

Bridesmaids, Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig; Universal Studios

Midnight in Paris, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics

Win Win, Screenplay by Tom McCarthy; Story by Tom McCarthy & Joe Tiboni; Fox Searchlight

Young Adult, Written by Diablo Cody; Paramount Pictures

Adapted Screenplay
The Descendants, Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash; Based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemming; Fox Searchlight

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Screenplay by Steven Zaillian; Based on the novel by Stieg Larsson, originally published by Norstedts; Columbia Pictures

The Help, Screenplay by Tate Taylor; Based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett; DreamWorks Pictures

Hugo, Screenplay by John Logan; Based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick; Paramount Pictures

Moneyball, Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin; Story by Stan Chervin; Based on the book by Michael Lewis; Columbia Pictures

Documentary Screenplay
Better This World, Written by Katie Galloway & Kelly Duane de la Vega; Loteria Films

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, Written by Marshall Curry and Matthew Hamachek; Oscilloscope Pictures

Nostalgia for the Light, Written by Patricio Guzmann; Icarus Films

Pina, Screenplay by Wim Wenders; Sundance Selects

Position Among the Stars, Script by Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich, Leonard Retel Helmrich; HBO Films

Senna, Written by Manish Pandey; Producers Distribution Agency

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