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One of the 10 WGA nominees will win the Academy Award for best picture

January 7, 2009 |  4:25 pm

No film has gone on to win the Academy Award for best picture after being snubbed by both the Producers Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America. As all five PGA nominees also scored WGA nominations today, that means this year's top Oscar champ should be drawn from the pool of 10 films in contention for a WGA kudo. The only wrinkle in applying this rule might be "Wall-E," which failed to make the final five with the PGA and was not eligible for WGA consideration. The PGA winner will be announced Jan. 24 while the WGA winners will be unveiled Feb. 7.


That critical darling "Wall-E" might well score a best-picture bid when Oscar nominations are announced Jan. 22. In the past, films snubbed by the producers' and writers' guilds have rallied and scored a best picture nomination. "Ray," "The Pianist," "The Green Mile" and "The Thin Red Line" all did just that, but none of them went on to win. Could "Wall-E" be the exception to the rule and go on to win the big prize?

Nominated for best adapted screenplay:

"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (PGA nominee) — screenplay by Eric Roth, screen story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord, based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald;

"The Dark Knight" (PGA nominee) — screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer, based on the DC Comic created by Bob Kane;

"Doubt" — screenplay by John Patrick Shanley based on his stage play;

"Frost/Nixon" (PGA nominee) — screenplay by Peter Morgan based on his stage play; and

"Slumdog Millionaire" (PGA nominee) — screenplay by Simon Beaufoy based on the novel "Q & A" by Vikas Swarup.

Nominated for best original screenplay:

"Burn After Reading" — screenplay by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen;

"Milk" (PGA nominee) — screenplay by Dustin Lance Black;

"Vicky Cristina Barcelona" — screenplay by Woody Allen;

"The Visitor" — screenplay by Tom McCarthy; and

"The Wrestler" — screenplay by Robert Siegel.

Photo: Warner Bros.

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This is kind of sad in retrospect. But it means that The Reader should not be winning.

It s sad the dark knight could ever be considered, but I guess worse movies have too. The plot loses sense within itself, it asks too many concessions from the viewer and repeated views just confirm its many plot holes or lack of sense, plus the dialogue itself is quite lacking, the direction cannot be distinguished as solid, the movie itself loses too much for its commercial agenda, much more than wall e, which still does enough as to not deserve a nomination (but yes the best animated feature against panda), but who knows, in a mediocre year for movies it could. The one movie that didnt sell itself for formula is ratatouille, and the most impressive achievement when it comes to screenplay and direction, that is the one american animated film that deserves a nomination, and in poorer years (which wasnt the case of its year) a win.

The IN BRUGES snub is unforgivable.

Personally Wall-E is a great film that I think should get the nomination. However the dark knight deserves it more and I personally like it better. If wall-e got nominated for best picture it would only be the second animated feature to do so not the first(beauty and the beast). If Toy story1&2, or ratatouille, or finding nemo didn't get nominated why should wall-e get a nomination for best picture when it could win best animated feature(although kung fu panda was awesome too). Plus Wall-E could only boost up oscar ratings so much due to the fact that it made less money than the dark knight. Now if the dark knight gets a nomination Oscar ratings will be amazing.

If Dark Night can be nominated for best picture, why Wall-e cannot? Taiking into an account the in terms of best pictue Wall-e is wuite better that Dark Night.



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