Saturday, December 3, 2011

The WGA Rejects

On the biggest things that grates me personally come awards season is the endlessly convoluted and confusing eligibility requirements set forth by the Academy and its various guilds.  The music branch of the Academy is likely the easiest target, as submissions are vetoed and scratched for nearly anything; so much so I feel sometimes the categories themselves should be stricken from the record.  The foreign film and documentary races are also heavily contented and need adjusting.  However, the one guild that's the most guilty of sending out rejection letters has to be unequivocally, the Writer's Guild of America.  Tossing out dozens of scripts year after year for lapses in paperwork or signatory guidelines...whatever the case, it muddles the Screenplay races up year after after, and I feel hurts many films (several of which that are smaller and need the added lift of prestige) but also makes the annual guild announcements somewhat irrelevant.  Films that won't be in contention for Writer's Guild Awards this year include:

  • The Artist
  • Arthur Christmas
  • Beginners
  • The Iron Lady
  • The Lady
  • Like Crazy
  • Margin Call
  • Martha Marcy Mall Marlene
  • Melancholia
  • Rango
  • Shame
  • Take Shelter

  • Albert Nobbs
  • Carnage
  • Drive
  • Jane Eyre
  • My Week With Marilyn
  • Sarah's Key
  • The Skin I Live In
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

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