‘Moonlight,’ ‘La La Land,’ and ‘Manchester’ Continue to Sweep With WGA Noms

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Well, there aren’t many surprises to be found in the Writer’s Guild of America’s three awards categories: Moonlight, La La Land, and Manchester By the Sea all nabbed original screenplay awards. Since Moonlight is technically based on a play, and being treated as an Adapted Screenplay by the Academy, it’s categorization, addressing the play as a story credit, is somewhat brow-raising, but not entirely shocking. In the Adapted category, it’s notable that the raunchy, irreverent Deadpool scored a nom, but the other competitors were pretty deservingly predictable, including Arrival, Fences, Hidden Figures, and Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals.

Check out the full list below. The WGA awards will take place bicoastally on February 19.

Original Screenplay
Hell or High Water, Written by Taylor Sheridan; CBS Films
La La Land, Written by Damien Chazelle; Lionsgate
Loving, Written by Jeff Nichols; Focus Features
Manchester by the Sea, Written by Kenneth Lonergan; Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions
Moonlight, Written by Barry Jenkins, Story by Tarell McCraney; A24

Adapted Screenplay
Arrival, Screenplay by Eric Heisserer; Based on the Story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang; Paramount Pictures
Deadpool, Written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick; Based on the X-Men comic books; Twentieth Century Fox Film
Fences, Screenplay by August Wilson; Based on his play; Paramount Pictures
Hidden Figures, Screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi; Based on the Book by Margot Lee Shetterly; Twentieth Century Fox Film
Nocturnal Animals, Screenplay by Tom Ford; Based on the Novel Tony and Susan by Austin Wright; Focus Features

Documentary Screenplay
Author: The JT LeRoy Story, Written by Jeff Feuerzeig; Amazon Studios
Command and Control, Telescript by Robert Kenner and Eric Schlosser, Story by Brian Pearle and Kim Roberts; Based on the book Command and Control by Eric Schlosser; American Experience Films
Zero Days, Written by Alex Gibney; Magnolia Pictures