The Writers Guild announced its screen nominees this morning with Best Original screenplay nods going to Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber for (500) Days of Summer, James Cameron for Avatar, Jon Lucas and Scott Moore for The Hangover, Mark Boal for The Hurt Locker and Joel and Ethan Coen for A Serious Man.
Contenders in the adapted screenplay category are Scott Cooper for Crazy Heart, based on the novel by Thomas Cobb; Nora Ephron for Julie & Julia, based on the books Julie & Julia by Julie Powell and My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme; Geoffrey Fletcher for Precious, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman for Star Trek, based upon Star Trek, created by Gene Roddenberry, and Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner for Up in the Air, based on the novel by Walter Kirn.
Documentary screenplay nominations are: Richard Trank for Against the Tide, Michael Moore for Capitalism: A Love Story, Mark Monroe for The Cove, Robert Stone for Earth Days, Chris Rock & Jeff Stilson and Lance Crouther and Chuck Sklar for Good Hair, and Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman for Soundtrack for a Revolution.
The 2010 Writers Guild Awards will be held on Saturday, February 20, simultaneously at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles and the Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City.
Hollywood's striking writers have halted their picketing to announce the nominees for their annual awards show.
Despite conducting a two-month strike that has threatened other award shows and prompted the cancellation of Sunday's Golden Globes ceremony, the Writers Guild of America plans to press on with its own prize-giving on Feb. 9.
Nominees announced on Friday included Juno's Diablo Cody, Tony Gilroy for Michael Clayton and Tamara Jenkins for The Savages; who will compete for the Original Screenplay honor.
Oscar favorites Ethan and Joel Coen (No Country for Old Men) and Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood) will compete with Ronald Harwood (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), Sean Penn (Into the Wild) and James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) for the Best Adapted Screenplay prize.
The Documentary Screenplay award nominees are Anthony Giacchino (The Camden 28), Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman (Nanking), Charles Ferguson (No End in Sight), Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side), Richard Berge, Nicole Newnham and Bonni Cohen (The Rape of Europa) and Michael Moore (Sicko).
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