This year, the WGA left out "Birdman," "Selma" and "Mr. Turner" (original) and "The Theory of Everything" (adapted). Here's what was nominated and how it might play out in the writing categories when Oscar nominations are announced next Thursday.
"Foxcatcher," E. Max Frye and
"Nightcrawler," Dan Gilroy
"Whiplash," Damien Chazelle
Analysis: "Whiplash" will land in adapted screenplay for the Oscars, with the academy moving it there because the movie came from a short film Chazelle shot to convince financiers that he could do the job. The other four movies remain solid bets with the academy and will be joined by "Birdman," which wasn't eligible here because its writers aren't WGA members.
Overall, it's an excellent slate, setting up one of the year's most intriguing races that could go any number of ways both here and at the Oscars.
"American Sniper," Jason Hall
"Gone Girl," Gillian Flynn
"The Imitation Game," Graham Moore
Analysis: The nomination for "Guardians" rated as the day's nicest surprise. Like all Marvel movies, the plot was a bit overstuffed, but the movie possessed a self-aware, subversive streak that made it feel positively anarchic when compared to many other comic book movies. Somewhere, this is happening right now.
"Unbroken's" absence is notable, given the profile of the Laura Hillenbrand source material and the pedigree of the three credited writing teams -- William Nicholson,
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Given its notoriety, it's still possible "Unbroken" could win an Oscar nomination. But, more likely, academy voters will sub in "Theory" for "Guardians," with "Whiplash" moving over to take the spot held here by "Sniper."