The Writers Guild of America screenplay nominations can't be truly indicative of what the Motion Picture academy's writing slate might look like, simply because guild rules make many of the year's best scripts ineligible.
John Ridley's screenplay for
That said, Friday's WGA nominations, taken with the Producers Guild nominations Thursday, continue to add a measure of definition to how Oscar nominations will play out when announced Jan. 16.
The WGA's five original screenplay nominations -- "American Hustle," "Blue Jasmine," "Dallas Buyers Club,"
The WGA ignored the
The exclusion of Alfonso and Jonas Cuaron's "Gravity" for original screenplay confirms that it remains something of a long shot to break into the
On the adapted screenplay side, the WGA nominated "
The WGA deems screenplays ineligible if they're written by writers who are not guild members or if the movies were made with production companies that are not WGA signatories or outside the guild's guidelines.
Two recent original screenplay Oscar winners -- "The King's Speech" and "Django Unchained" -- were not WGA eligible. We're guessing Ridley's "12 Years a Slave" will add to that list.
Winners will be honored at the 2014 Writers Guild Awards on Feb. 1 at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.