2012 Writers Guild Awards Nominations

'50/50', 'Bridesmaids', 'Young Adult' and 'Midnight in Paris' are up for Best Original Screenplay, while 'Breaking Bad', 'Game of Thorns', and 'Boardwalk Empire' lead TV.

2012 Writers Guild Awards Nominations
2012 Writers Guild Awards Nominations
The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen in both film and television for 2011. Winners will be honored at the 2012 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 19, 2012, during simultaneous ceremonies in Hollywood and New York.

Categories for film include Best Original Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Documentary Screenplay. The TV nominations are a little more extensive, offering awards for Best Drama Series, Best Comedy Series, Best New Series, Best Episodic Drama, Best Animated Series, Best Comedy/Variety Series, and Best Daytime Drama.

To find out what got nominated, check out our full list of nominees below.

SCREENPLAY 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 Hemmings; 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 Guzmán; 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

TELEVISION NOMINEES

DRAMA SERIES

  • Boardwalk Empire, Written by Bathsheba Doran, Dave Flebotte, Gina Gionfriddo, Howard Korder, Steve Kornacki, Itamar Moses, Margaret Nagle, Terence Winter; HBO
  • Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC
  • Game of Thrones, Written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, Jane Espenson, George R.R. Martin, D.B. Weiss; HBO
  • The Good Wife, Written by Courtney Kemp Agboh, Meredith Averill, Corinne Brinkerhoff, Leonard Dick, Keith Eisner, Karen Hall, Ted Humphrey, Michelle King, Robert King, Steve Lichtman, Matthew Montoya, Julia Wolfe; CBS
  • Homeland, Written by Henry Bromell, Alexander Cary, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Gideon Raff, Meredith Stiehm; Showtime

COMEDY SERIES

  • 30 Rock, Written by Jack Burditt, Hannibal Buress, Kay Cannon, Robert Carlock, Tom Ceraulo, Vali Chandrasekaran, Tina Fey, Jon Haller, Matt Hubbard, Dylan Morgan, John Riggi, Josh Siegal, Ron Weiner, Tracey Wigfield; NBC
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm, Written by Alec Berg, Larry David, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer; HBO
  • Louie, Written by Pamela Adlon, Louis C.K.; FX
  • Modern Family, Written by Cindy Chupack, Paul Corrigan, Abraham Higginbotham, Ben Karlin, Elaine Ko, Carol Leifer, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Dan O'Shannon, Jeffrey Richman, Brad Walsh, Ilana Wernick, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker; ABC
  • Parks and Recreation, Written by Greg Daniels, Katie Dippold, Daniel J. Goor, Norm Hiscock, Emily Kapnek, Dave King, Greg Levine, Aisha Muharrar, Chelsea Peretti, Amy Poehler, Brian Rowe, Michael Schur, Mike Scully, Emily Spivey, Alan Yang, Harris Wittels; NBC

NEW SERIES

  • Episodes, Written by David Crane, Jeffrey Klarik; Showtime
  • Game of Thrones, Written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, Jane Espenson, George R.R. Martin, D.B. Weiss; HBO
  • Homeland, Written by Henry Bromell, Alexander Cary, Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Chip Johannessen, Gideon Raff, Meredith Stiehm; Showtime
  • The Killing, Written by Linda Burstyn, Jeremy Doner, Soo Hugh, Dan Nowak, Nic Pizzolatto, Dawn Prestwich, Veena Cabreros Sud, Nicole Yorkin, Aaron Zelman; AMC
  • New Girl, Written by Nick Adams, Rachel Axler, Brett Baer, Donick Cary, Dave Finkel, Berkley Johnson, Josh Malmuth, Elizabeth Meriwether, J.J. Philbin, Joe Port, Luvh Rakhe, Joe Wiseman; Fox

EPISODIC DRAMA

  • A Dangerous Maid (Boardwalk Empire), Written by Itamar Moses; HBO
  • The Age of Reason (Boardwalk Empire), Written by Bathsheba Doran; HBO
  • Box Cutter (Breaking Bad), Written by Vince Gilligan; AMC
  • End Times (Breaking Bad), Written by Thomas Schnauz & Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC
  • The Good Soldier (Homeland), Written by Henry Bromell; Showtime
  • Caught in the Act (Modern Family), Written by Steven Levitan & Jeffrey Richman; ABC
  • Goodbye Michael, Part 2 (The Office), Written by Greg Daniels; NBC
  • Mother's Day (Modern Family), Written by Dan O'Shannon & Ilana Wernick; ABC
  • Object Impermanence (Weeds), Written by Stephen Falk; Showtime
  • PDA (The Office), Written by Robert Padnick; NBC
  • Queen of Jordan (30 Rock), Written by Tracey Wigfield; NBC

LONG FORM - ORIGINAL

  • Cinema Verite, Written by David Seltzer; HBO
  • Five, Pearl, Written by Deirdre O'Connor, "Charlotte," Written by Stephen Godchaux, "Cheyanne," Written by Howard Morris, "Lili," Written by Jill Gordon, "Mia," Written by Wendy West; Lifetime

LONG FORM - ADAPTED

  • Mildred Pierce, Teleplay by Todd Haynes & Jon Raymond, Based on the novel by James M. Cain; HBO
  • Too Big to Fail, Written by Peter Gould, Based on the book written by Andrew Ross Sorkin; HBO

ANIMATION

  • Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts (The Simpsons), Written by Tim Long; Fox
  • The Blue and the Gray (The Simpsons), Written by Rob LaZebnik; Fox
  • Donnie Fatso (The Simpsons), Written by Chris Cluess; Fox
  • Homer the Father (The Simpsons), Written by Joel H. Cohen; Fox
  • Moonstruck (Ben 10: Ultimate Alien), Written by Len Uhley; Cartoon Network
  • The Silence of the Clamps (Futurama), Written by Eric Rogers; Comedy Central

COMEDY / VARIETY - (INCLUDING TALK) SERIES

  • Conan, Writers: José Arroyo, Andres du Bouchet, Deon Cole, Josh Comers, Dan Cronin, Michael Gordon, Berkley Johnson, Brian Kiley, Laurie Kilmartin, Rob Kutner, Todd Levin, Brian McCann, Conan O'Brien, Matt O'Brien, Jesse Popp, Andy Richter, Frank Smiley, Brian Stack, Mike Sweeney; TBS
  • Jon Benjamin Has a Van, Writers: Leo Allen, Jon Benjamin; Comedy Central
  • Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Head Writer: AD Miles, Writers: David Angelo, Patrick Borelli, Gerard Bradford, Jeremy Bronson, Mike DiCenzo, Jimmy Fallon, John Haskell, Eric Ledgin, Dan Opsal, Amy Ozols, Gavin Purcell, Diallo Riddle, Jon Rineman, Bashir Salahuddin, Justin Shanes, Michael Shoemaker, Jen Statsky, CJ Toledano; NBC
  • Real Time with Bill Maher, Writers: Scott Carter, Adam Felber, Matt Gunn, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Chris Kelly, Bill Maher, Billy Martin, Amani Redd; HBO
  • Saturday Night Live, Head Writer: Seth Meyers, Writers: Doug Abeles, James Anderson, Alex Baze, Heather Anne Campbell, Matthew Craig, Jessica Conrad, James Downey, Tom Flanigan, Shelly Gossman, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Zach Kanin, Chris Kelly, Erik Kenward, Robert Klein, Jonathan Krisel, Lorne Michaels, John Mulaney, Christine Nangle, Michael Patrick O'Brien, Paula Pell, Simon Rich, Marika Sawyer, Akiva Schaffer, Sarah Schneider, Peter Schultz, John Solomon, Kent Sublette, Jorma Taccone, Bryan H. Tucker; NBC
  • The Colbert Report, Writers: Michael Brumm, Stephen Colbert, Rich Dahm, Paul Dinello, Eric Drysdale, Rob Dubbin, Glenn Eichler, Dan Guterman, Peter Gwinn, Jay Katsir, Barry Julien, Frank Lesser, Opus Moreschi, Tom Purcell, Meredith Scardino, Scott Sherman, Max Werner; Comedy Central
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Writers: Rory Albanese, Kevin Bleyer, Richard Blomquist, Steve Bodow, Tim Carvell, Wyatt Cenac, Hallie Haglund, J.R. Havlan, Elliott Kalan, Dan McCoy, Sam Means, Jo Miller, John Oliver, Zhubin Parang, Daniel Radosh, Jason Ross, Jon Stewart; Comedy Central

COMEDY / VARIETY - MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES - SPECIALS

  • After the Academy Awards, Head Writers: Gary Greenberg, Molly McNearney; Writers: Tony Barbieri, Jonathan Bines, John N. Huss, Sal Iacono, Eric Immerman, Jimmy Kimmel, Jonathan Kimmel, Jacob Lentz, Danny Ricker, Richard G. Rosner; ABC
  • The Kennedy Center Honors, Written by Lewis Friedman, Sara Lukinson, Michael Stevens, George Stevens Jr.; CBS

DAYTIME DRAMA

  • All My Children, Written by Jeff Beldner, Lorraine Broderick, Joanna Cohen, Lisa K. Connor, Chris Dunn, Kate Hall, Chip Hayes, David Kreizman, Dave Ryan, Donna Swajeski, Rebecca Taylor, Addie Walsh; ABC
  • General Hospital, Written by Meg Bennett, Nathan Fissell, David Goldschmid, Robert Guza Jr., Karen Harris, Elizabeth Korte, Mary Sue Price, Michele Val Jean, Susan Wald, Tracey Thomson; ABC
  • The Young and the Restless, Written by Amanda L. Beall, Tom Casiello, Susan Dansby, Janice Ferri Esser, Jay Gibson, Scott Hamner, Marla Kanelos, Natalie Minardi Slater, Beth Milstein, Michael Montgomery, Anne Schoettle, Linda Schreiber, Sarah Smith, Sandra Weintraub, Christopher Whitesell, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS

CHILDREN'S - EPISODIC & SPECIALS

  • "The Good Birds Club" (Sesame Street), Written by Joseph Mazzarino; PBS
  • "Hero of the Shadows" (Supah Ninjas), Written by Leo Chu, Eric S. Garcia; Nickelodeon
  • "iLost My Mind" (iCarly), Written by Dan Schneider, Matt Fleckenstein; Nickelodeon
  • "Luther Turns 4" (Zeke and Luther), Written by Devin Bunje, Nick Stanton; Disney XD
  • "Oh, Brother" (The Troop), Written by Max Burnett; Nickelodeon
  • "The Prince Frog" (Imagination Movers), Written by Jennifer Heftler, Randi Barnes, Rick Gitelson, Vivien Mejia, Michael G. Stern; Disney Channel

DOCUMENTARY - CURRENT EVENTS

  • "Smartest Machine on Earth" (Nova), Written by Julia Cort, Michael Bicks; PBS
  • "The Spill" (Frontline), Written by Marcela Gaviria, Martin Smith; PBS
  • "Top Secret America" (Frontline), Written by Michael Kirk, Mike Wiser; PBS

Feature films eligible for a Writers Guild Award were exhibited theatrically for at least one week in Los Angeles during 2011 and were written under the WGA's Minimum Basic Agreement (MBA) or under a bona fide collective bargaining agreement of the Australian Writers Guild, Writers Guild of Canada, Writers Guild of Great Britain, Irish Playwrights & Screenwriters Guild or the New Zealand Writers Guild. Theatrical screenplays produced under the jurisdiction of the WGA or an affiliate Guild must have been submitted for WGA awards consideration.

Documentaries eligible for a Writers Guild Award featured an onscreen writing credit and were exhibited theatrically in Los Angeles or New York for one week during 2011. Credited documentary writers were required to join the WGAW's Nonfiction Writers Caucus or the WGAE's Nonfiction Writers Caucus to be considered, but scripts need not have been written under WGA jurisdiction for consideration.

The 2012 Writers Guild Awards will be held on Sunday, February 19, 2012, simultaneously at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles and at B.B. King Blues Club in New York City. For more information about the 2012 Writers Guild Awards, please visit www.wga.org or www.wgaeast.org.


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  7. K.Guy

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  8. Nicholaus XX

    Really good nominations. I'm ecstatic to see that two-episodes of Breaking Bad are being nominated.

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  9. moviegeek

    @zanyzap Ha! I compared The Help specifically to the Blind Side in my review back in August :D

    Have yet to see Young Adult though.

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  10. ZanyZap

    @moviegeek: I know. Poor wording on my part. I meant, that the nomination for Moneyball would be his recognition for two good movies, like a pat on the back. That way they could leave the slate open for other deserving screenplays. The Oscars do it all the time. And I agree. I didn't love Win, Win--granted I saw it on an airplane next to a baby. The Help, in my opinion, while good, is this year's Blind Side. I support Young Adult. I thought the script was the strongest aspect of the movie, with Charlize and Patton brining it to life, of course.

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  11. CelluloidDreams

    Why is the reamke of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is getting an nomination....hell the ending of the film is different from that in the book by Steig Larsson, and the Swedish film!

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  12. CelluloidDreams

    ...No American Horror Story!

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  13. moviegeek

    In all honesty, as far as the films go, it's a pretty sorry list. I mean... The Help? Bridesmaids? Win Win? Young Adult?

    There are standouts of course, but I really expected to see The Artist or Tinker Tailor to be on the list.

    @zanyzap Moneyball is on there. But I share your surprise with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, especially since the Swedish films weren't even considered.

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  14. ZanyZap

    I'm surprised to see TGWTDT on the list. I figured they'd honor Steven Zaillian with Moneyball. I'm also surprised The Artist wasn't nominated for best original screenplay.

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  15. CBF

    Conan for Variety. Lol, even NBC's Fallon is listed as a nomination who took the torch from Conan but Leno, Zucker's "king of ratings," is nowhere to be seen. Too funny.

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  16. thedude-abides

    @bawnian-dexeus Lol. Again with the Bridesmaids, huh? What's with these people?

    Eh. I say Midnight in Paris and Moneyball. Those r my picks.

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  17. Vincente 'Avengers' Alonso

    Ben 10 is on there but Walking Dead isn't?

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  18. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Bridesmaids? Seriously?

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  19. Daveactor7

    Original screenplay should go to either 50/50 or Young Adult and adapted should go to the descendants or dragon tattoo for me

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