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The Writers Guild nominees include Arrival, Nocturnal Animals, Hidden Figures

Since we’re a bookish bunch of movie fans, and we know that it all begins on the page, I thought you’d find today’s nominations from the Writer’s Guild of interest. A shout out to  Arrival, Denis Villeneuve’s stunning adaptation Ted Chiang’s The Story of Your Life and Nocturnal Animals from Tom Ford. Both feature Amy Adams doing the best work of her career. Kudos to Hidden Figures which brings an important story from our history out of hiding. 

Here are today’s WGA noms:


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


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

Side note:

The guild’s main office is just up the street from where I live here in Los Angeles, for those of you who live in the area the Writer’s Guild has a library which is open to the public. A inspiring place to read scripts from the greatest film and television writers.

Check out the website for a host of services from registering your script to offering screenings and writerly discussions of interest.

If you’re interested in writing for television or movies, this is a great place to start, reading scripts being about the best place to learn how to do it.

You can also find scripts online at the Internet Movie Script Database at www.imsdb.com