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Oscar watch: 'Descendants' earns Writers Guild nomination

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:30 a.m. HST, Jan 06, 2012

George Clooney and Shailene Woodley in a scene from “The Descendants.”

LOS ANGELES >> George Clooney's "The Descendants," Brad Pitt's "Moneyball," Kristen Wiig's "Bridesmaids" and Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" are among nominees for the Writers Guild of America Awards.

Honors from Hollywood trade groups such as the writers, actors and directors guilds help sort out likely contenders for the Academy Awards, whose nominations come out Jan. 24.

Clooney's family drama "The Descendants," which is set in Hawaii, earned an adapted-screenplay nomination Thursday for director Alexander Payne and co-writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. Pitt's sports tale "Moneyball" is up for the same prize for writers Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin.

Zaillian has a second adapted-screenplay nomination for director David Fincher's thriller "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara.

"Bridesmaids" star Wiig shared an original-screenplay nomination for her wedding comedy, which she co-wrote with Annie Mumolo. Director Allen also was nominated for original screenplay for his romantic fantasy "Midnight in Paris."

Other contenders for original screenplay: Will Reiser for the cancer story "50/50," starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen; Tom McCarthy for the family tale "Win Win," featuring Paul Giamatti; and Diablo Cody for the dark comedy "Young Adult," with Charlize Theron.

Also nominated for adapted screenplay: writer-director Tate Taylor for the Deep South drama "The Help," with Viola Davis, Emma Stone and Octavia Spencer; and John Logan for filmmaker Martin Scorsese's Paris adventure "Hugo," featuring Ben Kingsley and child stars Chloe Grace Moretz and Asa Butterfield.

Some acclaimed films, including the silent movie "The Artist," were ineligible because they were not made under the guild's contract guidelines.

Nominated for documentary screenplay: Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega, "Better This World"; Marshall Curry and Matthew Hamachek, "If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front"; Patricio Guzman, "Nostalgia for the Light"; Wim Wenders, "Pina"; Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich and Leonard Retel Helmrich, "Position Among the Stars"; and Manish Pandey, "Senna."

Writers Guild winners will be announced Feb. 19.




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KeithHaugen wrote:
Reminder to readers: It's rated "R" because of the foul language. Could have been an even better movie if they had written in all of the "F" this, "F" that, "F" you, etc., throughout. "War Horse," is in a war setting where you might expected a producer/director to insert some such language, but Steven Spielberg did not, making it an even better movie. "Descendants" is a good move; could have been great.
on January 6,2012 | 03:58AM
false wrote:
That movie was such a great reflection of an elite segment of our population and their regard for their history in this place. It was really well done as a mirror of the "haves". Their integrity for responsibility to the ethics of the land was remarkable. One of the best ever done by George Clooney. It was great for all the real personalities of unknowns that looked like the people they represented. It was typical.
on January 6,2012 | 04:29AM
onevoice82 wrote:
Too much emphasis was placed on scenic shots and way too much slack-key clips shoved in every nook and cranny of the movie. I found these two things very distracting to the story line and perhaps it's purpose was more for tourism than to emphasize the story line. What a shame, it could have been a greater movie instead of just a very good movie.
on January 6,2012 | 04:43AM
Graham wrote:
HELP is a much better movie.
on January 6,2012 | 08:52AM
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