''Mean Girls,'' ''Garden State'' earn Writers Guild nods. ''Million Dollar Baby'' is a contendah as well

By Michael Slezak
Updated January 13, 2005 at 05:00 AM EST

It was a good day for NBC stars who moonlight as screenwriters, as Saturday Night Live co-head writer/”Weekend Update” co-anchor Tina Fey and Scrubs leading man Zach Braff scored Writers Guild of America nominations.

Fey?s script for Mean Girls scored a nod in the best adapted screenplay category; she?ll be up against Before Sunset, Million Dollar Baby, The Motorcycle Diaries and Sideways. Finding Neverland, an early Oscar favorite, was ineligible for a WGA, as it was not produced in accordance with Guild guidelines.

As for Braff, his Garden State was among the nominees for best original screenplay, alongside The Aviator, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Hotel Rwanda, and Kinsey.

The 57th Annual WGAs will be handed out Feb. 19 in Los Angeles.