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Writers For BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther, If Beale Street Could Talk Among WGA Nominees

Spike Lee, Barry Jenkins, & Ryan Coogler among the nominees

Source: Variety

Nominations by the Writers Guild of America were announced today, which included Alfonso Cuaron’s script for “Roma,” along with Adam McKay’s “Vice,” Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade,” Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, and John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place,” and Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, and Brian Currie’s “Green Book” in the original screenplay category.

Adapted screenplay nominations went to Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole’s “Black Panther,” Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk,” Nicole Holofcener and Josh Whitty’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” Bradley Cooper, Eric Roth, and Will Fetters’ “A Star Is Born,” and Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, and Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman.”

The winners will be announced on Feb. 17 in joint ceremonies at the Edison Ballroom in New York and the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

WGA members voted on 63 eligible original screenplay and 60 adapted scripts. The scripts for “The Favourite,” “Sorry to Bother You,” “Isle of Dogs,” “Hereditary,” “Leave No Trace,” “Death of Stalin,” and “Incredibles 2” were not eligible. Unlike other guilds, the WGA excludes as candidates any screenplays not produced under its jurisdiction or that of another guild. That’s because the WGA has the ultimate authority over determining which writers receive screenplay credit, if the script is produced under WGA jurisdiction.

Notable scripts that were eligible, but overlooked included “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “First Reformed,” and “Private Life” in the original category, and “First Man,” “Beautiful Boy,” and “Boy Erased” in the adapted category.

The WGA announced the nominations on Monday, a day after “Green Brook” won the Golden Globes for best screenplay. The National Board of Review gave its screenplay awards to “First Reformed” in the original category and “If Beale Street Could Talk” in the adapted category. “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and “First Reformed” have received Spirit Award screenplay nominations.

Jordan Peele’s horror-comedy “Get Out” won the WGA award original screenplay and James Ivory’s script for coming-of-age drama “Call Me by Your Name” won for best adapted screenplay last year. Both went on to win Oscars. “Moonlight” won the WGA award for best original screenplay and “Arrival” won for best adapted screenplay in 2017. “Moonlight” went on to nab the Oscar in adapted category while “Manchester by the Sea” earned the Oscar in the original category.

The WGA announced in December the nominees in the television categories.

Here are the nominated writers for feature films and documentaries:


Eighth Grade, Written by Bo Burnham; A24

Green Book, Written by Nick Vallelonga & Brian Currie & Peter Farrelly; Universal Pictures

A Quiet Place, Screenplay by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski, Story by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck; Paramount Pictures

Roma, Written by Alfonso Cuarón; Netflix

Vice, Written by Adam McKay; Annapurna Pictures


Blackkklansman, Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee, Based on the book by Ron Stallworth; Focus Features

Black Panther, Written by Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole, Based on the Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, Based on the book by Lee Israel; Fox Searchlight

If Beale Street Could Talk, Screenplay by Barry Jenkins, Based on the novel by James Baldwin; Annapurna Pictures

A Star is Born, Screenplay by Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters, Based on the 1954 screenplay by Moss Hart and the 1976 screenplay by John Gregory Dunne & Joan Didion and Frank Pierson, Based on a story by William Wellman and Robert Carson; Warner Bros.


Bathtubs Over Broadway, Written by Ozzy Inguanzo & Dava Whisenant; Focus Features

Fahrenheit 11/9, Written by Michael Moore; Briarcliff Entertainment

Generation Wealth, Written by Lauren Greenfield; Amazon Studios

In Search of Greatness, Written by Gabe Polsky; Art of Sport

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