Thursday, January 8, 2009

WGA and DGA weigh in on the best of 2008...

Yesterday, the Writers' Guild of America (a group I hope one day to join) unveiled its list of nominees for achievement in feature film writing in 2008.

They include: Joel and Ethan Coen's Burn After Reading, Dustin Lance Black's Milk, Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Tom McCarthy's The Visitor and Robert Siegel's The Wrestler. The nominees for outstanding adapted screenplay are Eric Roth's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Jonathan and Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, John Patrick Shanley's Doubt, Simon Beaufoy's Slumdog Millionaire and Peter Morgan's Frost/Nixon.

Today, the Directors' Guild of America nominated their top five list for Best Director in 2008. Their list matches up completely with the Producers' Guild nominees unveiled earlier this week:

David Fincher, Benjamin Button
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight
Gus Van Sant, Milk

I think it's safe to say we know which five films are favoured to become Best Picture Oscar nominees on Jan 22nd.

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