The Writers Guild of America (WGA) today announced the nominations for Original, Adapted and Documentary screenplays for the 2017 WGA Awards, set to take place in simultaneous ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles on February 19.
The original screenplay nominees are: “Hell or High Water,” “La La Land,” “Loving,” “Manchester by the Sea” and “Moonlight.” Although the WGA classified Moonlight and Loving as original screenplays, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences determined both films to be based on adapted screenplays. Moonlight written by Barry Jenkins is based on a play that was never produced; and Loving is not only from the public record, but also from Nancy Buirski’s 2011 Oscar-shortlisted documentary short film The Loving Story.
The documentary screenplay nominees are: “Author: The JT LeRoy Story,” “Command and Control,” and “Zero Days.”
Screenwriter-director Oliver Stone, whose films include Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, JFK, and Wall Street, will receive the Writers Guild of America, West’s 2017 Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement in recognition of his extraordinary career and body of work. He will be honored at the Guild’s awards show on Sunday, February 19, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.
2017 Writers Guild Awards Screenplay Nominations
Hell or High Water, Written by Taylor Sheridan; CBS Films
La La Land, Written by Damien Chazelle; Lionsgate
Loving, Written by Jeff Nichols; Focus Features
Manchester by the Sea, Written by Kenneth Lonergan; Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions
Moonlight, Written by Barry Jenkins, Story by Tarell McCraney; A24
Arrival, Screenplay by Eric Heisserer; Based on the Story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang; Paramount Pictures
Deadpool, Written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick; Based on the X-Men Comic Books; Twentieth Century Fox Film
Fences, Screenplay by August Wilson; Based on his Play; Paramount Pictures
Hidden Figures, Screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi; Based on the Book by Margot Lee Shetterly; Twentieth Century Fox Film
Nocturnal Animals, Screenplay by Tom Ford; Based on the Novel Tony and Susan by Austin Wright; Focus Features
Author: The JT LeRoy Story, Written by Jeff Feuerzeig; Amazon Studios
Command and Control, Telescript by Robert Kenner & Eric Schlosser, Story by Brian Pearle and Kim Roberts; Based on the book Command and Control by Eric Schlosser; American Experience Films
Zero Days, Written by Alex Gibney; Magnolia Pictures