Movie nominations were revealed Tuesday for the 2021 Writers Guild Awards. Winners will be announced via virtual ceremony on March 21. Among the awards will be an outstanding achievement for adapted and original documentary and screenplays filmed during 2020.

The Adapted Screenplay category will be among Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, News of the World, One Night in Miami, The White Tiger, and Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.

There is a race in the Original Screenplay category where we will see the writers behind Palm Springs, Promising Young Woman, Judas and the Black Messiah, The Trial of the Chicago 7, and Sound of Metal all hoping for a win.

For the documentary side of things we have The Dissident,  All In The Fight for Democracy,  Herb Alpert Is…, Totally Under Control and Red Penguin all in the fight for the gold.

The eligibility period is for the WGA is January 1, 2020-February 28, 2021.

In order to be eligible, a movie had to have been produced under its Minimum Basic Agreement. The WGA is the only guild that is requiring that among this Covid Year. The awards-season favorites are Minari, Mank, Nomadland,  The Father, Ammonite, Emma, The Personal History of David Copperfield, Let Them All Talk, Pieces of a Woman, and animated films including  Disney’s Soul.

Not receiving a nod for Original Screenplay are Supernova, The Climb, The Assistant, Herself,  I Carry You with Me, Ordinary Love, Farewell Amor. Not eligible for Adapted Screenplay are Hope Gap, Blithe Spirit, Martin Eden, Radioactive, and Penguin Bloom.

Here’s the  full list of nominations for the 73rd annual Writers Guild Awards:


Judas and the Black Messiah
Screenplay by Will Berson & Shaka King,
Story by Will Berson & Shaka King and Kenny Lucas & Keith Lucas
Warner Bros.

Palm Springs
Screenplay by Andy Siara
Story by Andy Siara & Max Barbakow

Promising Young Woman
Written by Emerald Fennell
Focus Features

Sound of Metal
Screenplay by Darius Marder & Abraham Marder
Story by Darius Marder & Derek Cianfrance
Amazon Studios

The Trial of the Chicago 7
Written by Aaron Sorkin


Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Swimer & Peter Baynham & Erica Rivinoja & Dan Mazer & Jena Friedman & Lee Kern
Story by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Swimer & Nina Pedrad
Based on Characters Created by Sacha Baron Cohen
Amazon Studios

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Screenplay by Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Based on the Play Written by August Wilson

News of the World
Screenplay by Paul Greengrass and Luke Davies
Based upon the Novel by Paulette Jiles
Universal Pictures

One Night in Miami
Screenplay by Kemp Powers
Based on the Stage Play One Night in Miami by Kemp Powers
Amazon Studios

The White Tiger
Screenplay by Ramin Bahrani
Based on the Book The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga


All In: The Fight for Democracy
Written by Jack Youngelson
Amazon Studios

The Dissident
Written by Mark Monroe and Bryan Fogel
Briarcliff Entertainment

Herb Alpert Is…
Written by John Scheinfeld

Red Penguins
Written by Gabe Polsky
Universal Pictures

Totally Under Control
Written by Alex Gibney


(Header image via WGA/Wikimedia)

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