Well it's about time the Writers Guild of America got themselves into award season. Here are all of their nominations:
Boyhood - Richard Linklater
Foxcatcher - E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
The Grand Budapest Hotel - Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness
Nightcrawler - Dan Gilroy
Whiplash - Damien Chazelle
My Pick: Damien Chazelle for Whiplash. I've never experienced a film like that. And while J.K. Simmons likely amplified the experience with a brilliant performance... somebody did actually write that part for him... and wrote it spectacularly.
American Sniper - Jason Hall; Based on the book by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwan and Jim DeFelice
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn; Based on her novel
Guardians of the Galaxy - James Gunn and Nicole Perlman; Based on the Marvel comic by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
The Imitation Game - Graham Moore; Based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
Wild - Nick Hornby; Based on the book by Cheryl Strayed
My Pick: Nick Hornby for Wild. There are some really good options here, but ultimately I've gotta give the nod to the film that most accurately captured a specific emotion. That fever dream quality Hornby managed to bring to his screenplay was amazing.
Finding Vivian Maier - John Maloof & Charlie Siskel
The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz - Brian Knappenberger
Last Days in Vietnam - Mark Bailey & Kevin McAlester
Red Army - Gabe Polsky
My Pick: John Maloof & Charlie Siskel for Finding Vivian Maier. Not a lot of options here as I've missed most of these. However, Vivian Maier surprised me. I've said that before and I meant it. There is an overwhelming moment during the film wherein everything seems to make a bizarre sort of sense. And this being a real life mystery... that is no easy feet. Even if the film delves a little too deep into the darkness towards the end, it is still quite interesting.
Those are all of the WGA nominees. Not a lot of surprises, but very exciting to see some of the best flicks of the year make it. I am however sorely missing representation for two films here... The LEGO Movie and Inherent Vice. Regardless, there's plenty of good stuff between these.