The Writers Guild Awards nominations were announced today, and as is typical of such things, there was a mix of forgone conclusions and pleasant surprises, but nobody had a better day than Steve Zaillian, who scored not one, but two nods.
Zaillian received two nominations in the Adapted Screenplay category, for his work on both "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and "Moneyball." In the pleasant surprise category were Will Reiser's cancer comedy "50/50" and Tom McCarthy's "Win Win," a pair of genuinely funny and insightful movies that didn't get anywhere near their due at the box office.
As for forgone conclusions, was there any doubt Woody Allen would get the call for "Midnight in Paris"? Or that "The Descendants" would be in the mix for Adapted Screenplay?
Here's the complete list of nominees:
50/50, Will Reiser
Bridesmaids, Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen
Win Win, Tom McCarthy; Story by Tom McCarthy & Joe Tiboni
Young Adult, Diablo Cody
The Descendants, Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash; Based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemming
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Steven Zaillian; Based on the novel by Stieg Larsson
The Help, Tate Taylor; Based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett
Hugo, John Logan; Based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Moneyball, Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin; Story by Stan Chervin; Based on the book by Michael Lewis
Better This World, Katie Galloway & Kelly Duane de la Vega
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, Marshall Curry and Matthew Hamachek
Nostalgia for the Light, Patricio Guzmán
Pina, Wim Wenders
Position Among the Stars, Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich, Leonard Retel Helmrich
Senna, Manish Pandey