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15/1/2009: AMERICAN WRITERS GUILD AWARDS NOMINATIONS

The Coen brothers are at it again – nominated for Best Original Screenplay by their peers in the Writers Guild of America for Burn After Reading. They won the adapted screenplay award last year for No Country For Old Men and the original screenplay award in 1997 for Fargo.

The awards, determined by voting among the 12,000 WGA members, will be presented on Feb. 7 in simultaneous ceremonies at the Century Plaza in Los Angeles and the Hudson Theatre in New York. The WGA West cancelled last year’s ceremonies due to the writers strike while the WGA East held an informal reception, three days before the strike ended.

The nominees are:
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Burn After Reading, written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Focus Features
Milk, written by Dustin Lance Black, Focus Features
Vicky Cristina Barcelona, written by Woody Allen, The Weinstein Company
The Visitor, written by Tom McCarthy, Overture Films
The Wrestler, written by Robert Siegel, Fox Searchlight Pictures

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Screenplay by Eric Roth; Screen Story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord; Based on the Short Story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures
The Dark Knight, Screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan; Story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer; Based on Characters Appearing in Comic Books Published by DC Comics; Batman Created by Bob Kane, Warner Bros. Pictures
Doubt, Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley, Based on his Stage Play, Miramax Films
Frost/Nixon, Screenplay by Peter Morgan, Based on his Stage Play, Universal Pictures
Slumdog Millionaire, Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy, Based on the Novel Q and A by Vikas Swarup, Fox Searchlight Pictures

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY
Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story, written by Stefan Forbes and Noland Walker, InterPositive Media
Chicago 10, written by Brett Morgen, Roadside Attractions
Fuel, written by Johnny O'Hara, Greenlight Theatrical / Intention Media
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Screenplay by Alex Gibney, From the Words of Hunter S. Thompson, Magnolia Pictures
Waltz with Bashir, written by Ari Folman, Sony Pictures Classics

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