- Argo, Screenplay by Chris Terrio; Based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired Magazine article "The Great Escape": by Joshuah Bearman; Warner Bros. Pictures
- Life of Pi, Screenplay by David Magee; Based on the novel by Yann Martel; 20th Century Fox
- Lincoln, Screenplay by Tony Kushner; Based in part on the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin; DreamWorks Pictures
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky; Based on his book; Summit Entertainment
- Silver Linings Playbook, Screenplay by David O. Russell; Based on the novel by Matthew Quick; The Weinstein Company
- The Central Park Five, Written by Sarah Burns and David McMahon and Ken Burns; Sundance Selects
- The Invisible War, Written by Kirby Dick; Cinedigm Entertainment Group
- Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, Written by Alex Gibney; HBO Documentary Films
- Searching for Sugar Man, Written by Malik Bendjelloul; Sony Pictures Classics
- We Are Legion: The Story of The Hacktivists, Written by Brian Knappenberger; Cinetic Media
- West of Memphis, Written by Amy Berg & Billy McMillin; Sony Pictures Classics
Feature films eligible for a Writers Guild Award were exhibited theatrically for at least one week in Los Angeles during 2012 and were written under the WGA's Minimum Basic Agreement (MBA) or under a bona fide collective bargaining agreement of the 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.
The Writers Guild Awards honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, video games, news, radio and promotional writing, and graphic animation. The awards will be presented jointly in all competitive categories during simultaneous ceremonies on Sunday, February 17, 2013, in New York at the B.B. King Blues Club and in Los Angeles at the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE. For more information, please visit WGA.org or WGAEast.org.
The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) are labor unions representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media, and broadcast news. The Guilds negotiate and administer contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of their members; conduct programs, seminars, and events on issues of interest to writers; and present writers' views to various bodies of government. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, East, visit WGAEast.org. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, West, visit WGA.org.