By Anthony Breznican
Updated January 04, 2013 at 06:40 PM EST
Credit: John Bramley
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Credit: John Bramley

The tricky thing about the Writers Guild Awards is that some of the major contenders for the Oscar aren’t eligible.

So the absence of Django Unchained and Amour in the original screenplay category has more to do with the work not being covered by the guild than an actual snub of the writing. The same goes for the adapted screenplays Les Miserables and Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Still, the work nominated today by the writers union could each still be major Oscar players.

Among the surprises — which will be welcome to many — Rian Johnson’s time-travel saga Looper scored an original screenplay mention, even though the sci-fi genre tends to be overlooked for such awards, and Stephen Chbosky, one of the few authors to both direct and write the screenplay for his own novel, received an adapted screenplay mention for The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Here’s the full list of nominees. The awards will be presented Feb. 17, while the Oscars — which close voting today — will reveal nominations on Jan. 10 and present its awards on Feb. 24.



Written by John Gatins


Written by Rian Johnson

The Master

Written by Paul Thomas Anderson

Moonrise Kingdom

Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola

Zero Dark Thirty

Written by Mark Boal



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

Life of Pi

Screenplay by David Magee; Based on the novel by Yann Martel


Screenplay by Tony Kushner; Based in part on the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky; Based on his own novel

Silver Linings Playbook

Screenplay by David O. Russell; Based on the novel by Matthew Quick


The Central Park Five

Written by Sarah Burns and David McMahon and Ken Burns

The Invisible War

Written by Kirby Dick

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God

Written by Alex Gibney

Searching for Sugar Man

Written by Malik Bendejelloul

We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists

Written by Brian Knappenberger

West of Memphis

Written by Amy Berg & Billy McMillin

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