The screenplays of
Nominees announced Friday in the original screenplay category are Eric Warren Singer and
"Nebraska" was the first feature script written by Nelson, who penned the screenplay a decade ago. "It has certainly been worth the wait," he said Friday morning after learning of his nomination.
"This is a big one because it is my peers," he said. "There were so many great scripts written this year. I didn't know this was going to happen for me. I am still in a bit of shock."
Notably missing from the original screenplay nominees were "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Gravity."
Adapted screenplay nominations went to
Nominees for documentary screenplay are Jeremy Scahill and David Riker for "Dirty Wars"; Sara Lukinson and Michael Stevens for "Herblock: The Black & the White"; Janet Tobias and Paul Laikin for
The screenplays of several high-profile films -- most notably "12 Years a Slave," "Rush," "Philomena" and "Fruitvale Station" -- didn't make the nomination list because of guild regulations. To be eligible, entries must have exhibited theatrically in the Los Angeles area for at least one week during 2013 and have been written under the guild's Minimum Basic Agreement or under a bona fide collective bargaining agreement of the Writers Guild of Canada, Writers Guild of Great Britain, Irish Playwrights & Screenwriters guild or the New Zealand Writers Guild.
Not being included in the WGA race doesn't mean exclusion from Academy Award consideration. Last year Quentin Taraninto's screenplay for
The winners will be announced at the 2014 Writers Guild Awards on Feb. 1 during simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. Besides the feature film awards, the WGA will also honor outstanding writing in television, new media, video games, news, radio, promotional and graphic animation. The L.A. ceremony takes place at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live.