The Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards nominations have just been announced, and surprise, surprise! Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy earned a coveted nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. The WGA hasn’t completely shied away from comic book movies in the past – although American Splendor, based on the comics by Harvey Pekar, is the only winner to date – but it is only the third superhero movie to earn a nomination, after The Dark Knight in 2009 and Superman in 1979.
The WGA nominations are a decent look into the mind of Academy voters, but not necessarily accurate predictors. The Writers Guild only nominates actual guild members, whereas the Oscars open the playing field to non-member nominations as well. Also, the WGA nominated Damien Chazelle’s screenplay for Whiplash in the Original Screenplay category, even though the Oscars ruled that it qualified as an Adapted Screenplay.
You can see the complete list of motion picture nominations below, and be sure to check out our interviews with nominees James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), Graham Moore (The Imitation Game), and Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler), who appeared on a very special hour-long episode of our B-Movies Podcast.
Boyhood, Written by Richard Linklater; IFC Films
Foxcatcher, Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman; Sony Pictures Classics
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness; Fox Searchlight
Nightcrawler, Written by Dan Gilroy; Open Road Films
Whiplash, Written by Damien Chazelle; Sony Pictures Classics
American Sniper, Written by Jason Hall; Based on the book by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice; Warner Bros.
Gone Girl, Screenplay by Gillian Flynn; Based on her novel; 20th Century Fox
Guardians of the Galaxy, Written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman; Based on the Marvel comic by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
The Imitation Game, Written by Graham Moore; Based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges; The Weinstein Company
Wild, Screenplay by Nick Hornby; Based on the book by Cheryl Strayed; Fox Searchlight
Finding Vivian Maier, Written by John Maloof & Charlie Siskel; Sundance Selects
The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, Written by Brian Knappenberger; FilmBuff
Last Days in Vietnam, Written by Mark Bailey & Kevin McAlester; American Experience Films
Red Army, Written by Gabe Polsky; Sony Pictures Classics