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'Bridesmaids,' 'The Descendants' lead WGA nominees

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Kristen Wiig
Suzanne Hanover

Comedy might not get an respect from the Oscars, but writers love to laugh, judging from the Writers Guild Awards nominations announced today. All five nominees for Original Screenplay were comedies, led by Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig’s Bridesmaids. Toss in Tate Taylor’s The Help and The Descendants from Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash, and you have an awards slate connected by a common funny bone. Another Oscar favorite with a sense of humor, The Artist, didn’t make the cut, though likely only because it was ineligible (as was The Iron Lady, Shame, Drive, and My Week With Marilyn, among others) for not complying with the guild’s contractual guidelines. Click below for the complete list of nominees.

BEST 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 and Joe Tiboni; Fox Searchlight

Young Adult, written by Diablo Cody; Paramount Pictures

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

The Descendants, screenplay by Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and 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, sory by Stan Chervin, based on the book by Michael Lewis; Columbia Pictures

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

Better This World, written by Katie Galloway and 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 in 3-D, screenplay by Wim Wenders; Sundance Selects

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

Senna, written by Manish Pandey; Producers Distribution Agency

The 2012 Writers Guild Awards will be held on Sunday, Feb. 19.

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