If you didn’t see them elsewhere, the Writers Guild Awards finalists were announced a week ago. As usual the first round of balloting closed before I was able to see all the front-runners, let alone all the screeners. Final voting closes January 31, so I have some time to catch up.
Of the films I have seen this winter, I can firmly recommend BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, FIRST MAN, ON THE BASIS OF SEX and BLACKKKLANSMAN.
The nominees in the categories I vote in (forgive me for leaving the credits intact, but these are writers’ awards) are below. Feel free to comment on any of these without concern for spoilers.
Written by Bo Burnham
Written by Nick Vallelonga & Brian Currie & Peter Farrelly
A Quiet Place
Screenplay by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski, Story by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck
Written by Alfonso Cuarón
Written by Adam McKay
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY (Vote for only one (1) Adapted Screenplay)
Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee, Based on the book by Ron Stallworth
Written by Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole, Based on the Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, Based on the book by Lee Israel
If Beale Street Could Talk
Screenplay by Barry Jenkins, Based on the novel by James Baldwin
A Star is Born
Screenplay by Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters, Based on the 1954 screenplay by Moss Hart and the 1976 screenplay by John Gregory Dunne & Joan Didion and Frank Pierson, Based on a story by William Wellman and Robert Carson
Better Call Saul
The Handmaid’s Tale
The Good Place
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
The Haunting of Hill House