YORK (AP) — Oscar favorites "Moonlight," ''La La Land" and "Manchester
by the Sea" landed Writers Guild Award nominations on Wednesday, but so
did the R-rated "X-Men" spinoff "Deadpool."
The Writers Guild of
America announced its nominees for the best screenplays of the year with
selections that largely stuck to awards season regulars. The best
original screenplay nominees were: Kenneth Lonergan's script for
"Manchester by the Sea," Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight," Damien Chazelle's
"La La Land," Taylor Sheridan's "Hell or High Water" and Jeff Nichols'
While the WGA Awards can be strong predictors of the
Academy Award screenplay nominees, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts
and Sciences has already deemed "Loving" (inspired by Nancy Buirski's
documentary) and "Moonlight" (based on Tarell Alvini McCraney's play)
The nominees for best adapted screenplay were:
"Arrival," penned by Eric Heisserer; "Fences," by the late playwright
August Wilson; "Hidden Figures," by Allison Schroeder and Theodore
Melfi; "Nocturnal Animals," by Tom Ford; and "Deadpool," by Rhett Reese
and Paul Wernick. The snarky superhero film, easily the most unexpected
choice of the bunch, earlier scored two nods for this Sunday's Golden
Nominees for best documentary screenplay went to "Author:
The JT LeRoy Story," written by Jeff Feuerzeig; "Command and Control,"
with a telescript by Robert Kenner and Eric Schlosser, from a story
Brian Pearle and Kim Roberts; and Alex Gibney's "Zero Days."
WGA will name the winners to its 69th annual awards on Feb. 19 in
simultaneous ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles. Television
nominations were announced earlier.