Woody Allen snags 20th nom for Writers Guild of America Award


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Woody Allen earned his 20th nomination Thursday morning from the Writers Guild of America for the WGA Award for best original screenplay for ‘Midnight in Paris.’

Allen, 76, received his first nomination from the WGA 46 years ago for ‘What’s New Pussycat?’ and won for 1977’s ‘Annie Hall,’ 1984’s ‘Broadway Danny Rose,’ 1986’s ‘Hannah and Her Sisters’ and 1989’s ‘Crimes and Misdemeanors.’


Joining Allen in the original screenplay category are Will Reiser for ‘50/50’; Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig for ‘Bridesmaids’; ‘ Diablo Cody for ‘Young Adult’; and Tom McCarthy for ‘Win Win’ (McCarthy shares story credit on the film with Joe Tiboni).

Adapted screenplay nominees are Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash for ‘The Descendants,’ based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemming; ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,’ screenplay by Steve Zaillian based on the novel by Stieg Larsson; Tate Taylor for ‘The Help,’ based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett; John Logan for ‘Hugo,’ based on the book ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’ by Brian Selznick; and Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin for ‘Moneyball,’ based on the story by Stan Chevrin and based on the book by Michael Lewis.

Nominees were also announced in documentary screenplay. They are: ‘Better This World,’ written by Katie Galloway & Kelly Duane de la Vega; ‘If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front,’ written by Marshall Curry and Matthew Hamachek; ‘Nostalgia for the Light,’ written by Patricio Guzmán; ‘Pina,’ screenplay by Wim Wenders; ‘Position Among the Stars,’ script by Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich, Leonard Retel Helmrich; ‘Senna,’ written by Manish Pandey.

The winners will be announced at the Writers Guild Awards Feb. 19 at simultaneous ceremonies in Hollywood and New York.


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Woody Allen’s comedy ‘Midnight in Paris’ is a WGA Award nominee. Credit: Roger Arpajou/Sony Pictures Classics