The Writers Guild nominations are in and the lists include the screenplays we expected, but there are a couple we did not see coming. Guardians of the Galaxy and American Sniper are the two adapted screenplays that made us scratch our heads.
Guardians of the Galaxy is a movie that, albeit a standard formula film, returns us to well paced, enjoyable filmmaking. It's harder than one would think. Co-written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman, Guardians shows how an ensemble set of characters can work together in a well drafted, adapted story misfits. It does spotlight multiple worlds and large scale action sequences, but at its core it is a smart hybrid of buddy-film and romance.
Alongside Guardians is Gone Girl (in direct competition no less). Penned by Gillian Flynn (also the author of the novel), this screenplay is a clean adaptation that is tight and each word provokes us to turn a mental page to see what will be revealed next.
There are other films that did not qualify for the Writers Guild nominations – Selma and Birdman being two big ones – but for now find all three lists below.
Boyhood, Written by Richard Linklater
Foxcatcher, Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
Nightcrawler, Written by Dan Gilroy
Whiplash, Written by Damien Chazelle
American Sniper, Written by Jason Hall; Based on the book by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice
Gone Girl, Screenplay by Gillian Flynn; Based on her novel
Guardians of the Galaxy, Written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman; Based on the Marvel comic by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
The Imitation Game, Written by Graham Moore; Based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
Wild, Screenplay by Nick Hornby; Based on the book by Cheryl Strayed
Finding Vivian Maier, Written by John Maloof & Charlie Siskel
The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, Written by Brian Knappenberger
Last Days in Vietnam, Written by Mark Bailey & Kevin McAlester
Red Army, Written by Gabe Polsky