Joshua Rich
January 11, 2007 AT 12:00 PM EST

Now that the Writers Guild of America has made public the nominees for its 2006 awards, I’m pretty sure that the only folks in the entire country who have yet to announce their favorite films of last year are the students in Mrs. Philbin’s 3rd Grade class at Strawberry Knoll Elementary School in Gaithersburg, Maryland. While we wait on them, here are the scripts the WGA tapped.

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Babel
Little Miss Sunshine
The Queen
Stranger Than Fiction
United 93

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Borat
The Departed
The Devil Wears Prada
Little Children
Thank You For Smoking

Seems about right, doesn’t it? But wait a sec — Borat? I mean, it’s a hilarious movie and all, but is the WGA actually saying that Borat derives from an honest-to-goodness screenplay? Sure, this is the same organization that gave a prize to Bowling for Columbine‘s script a few years back. Yet here we were, thinking that Sacha Baron Cohen (pictured) ad libbed all of his lines and that the people he encountered weren’t even always aware they were in a movie. I don’t know, PopWatchers, smells fishy. Does this lend credence to my pet theory that the entire movie is staged?

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