‘Dune’, ‘West Side Story’, ‘Licorice Pizza’, more – Deadline

The Writers Guild of America has penciled in the films nominated for its 74th annual WGA awards, which go virtual again this year.

The Original Screenplay category will see the scribes behind Be the Richards, don’t look up, The French Dispatch, King Richard Yes licorice pizza competition for hardware.

The adapted screenplay career will be between CODA, Dune, Nightmare Alley, tick, tick… BOOM! Yes West Side Story.

On the documentary side, Ser Cousteau, exposes Muybridge Yes Like a rolling stone will fight for the WGA trophy.

See the full list of nominated writers and screenplays below.

Winners will be honored at the joint 2022 WGA Awards on Sunday, March 20, the final awards show before the 94th Academy Awards. This year’s eligibility period is March 1 to December 31, 2021.

Read the WGA television nominations here.

The WGAs recognize outstanding achievement in original and adapted screenplays and documentaries, but some screenplays competing for the awards are not eligible due to WGA rules. It is the only guild that requires a film to have been produced under its minimum base agreement to be eligible. These rules (read them here) kept a few 2022 awards season regulars out of the mix today. Among them are those of Kenneth Branagh. Belfast by Original screenplay and Jane Campion dog power for Adapted: Screenplays That Could Be Oscar Favorites in their respective categories.

Other ineligible scripts in Original include a hero, pig, dough, parallel mothers, Jockey, run away, The hand of God, Annette, i am your man and winner of the Palme d’Or Titanium. In the Adapted category, are also ineligible the lost girl, drive my car, pass, cyrano and the highest-grossing film of the year Spider-Man: No Coming Home.

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Here is the full list of nominations for the 74th Annual Writers Guild Awards:


Being the Ricardos, written by Aaron Sorkin; amazon studios

Don’t Look Up, Screenplay by Adam McKay, Story by Adam McKay and David Sirota; netflix

The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun, screenplay by Wes Anderson, story by Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Hugo Guinness and Jason Schwartzman; Pictures of the reflector

King Richard, written by Zach Baylin; Pictures from Warner Bros.

Licorice Pizza, written by Paul Thomas Anderson; United Artists


CODA, screenplay by Siân Heder, based on the original film La Famille Belier, directed by Eric Lartigau, written by Victoria Bedos, Stanislas Carrée de Malberg, Eric Lartigau and Thomas Bidegain; Apple

Dune, screenplay by Jon Spaihts and Denis Villeneuve and Eric Roth, based on the novel Dune written by Frank Herbert; Pictures from Warner Bros.

Nightmare Alley, screenplay by Guillermo del Toro and Kim Morgan, based on the novel by William Lindsay Gresham; Pictures of the reflector

tick…tick…BOOM!, screenplay by Steven Levenson, based on the play by Jonathan Larson; netflix

West Side Story, screenplay by Tony Kushner, based on the play, book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, conceived, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins; 20th century studies


Being Cousteau, written by Mark Monroe and Pax Wasserman; National geographic

Expose Muybridge, written by Marc Shaffer; Inside the media

Like a Rolling Stone: The Life & Times of Ben Fong-Torres, written by Suzanne Joe Kai; StudioLA.TV

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‘Dune’, ‘West Side Story’, ‘Licorice Pizza’, more – Deadline