11 January 2010 1695 Views

What the Deuce? Humans Only at the Writers Guild Awards

by Iain Welford

Yep, it’s definitely the awards season. With 2009 behind us, it’s time to look back at the best films of the year, and yet another organisation, the Writers Guild of America, have announced their nominees for the best screenplays of the last year.


Up for the award of the best original screenplay, the visual spectacle and runaway steam train Avatar has been nominated as well as some of our favourite indie films, The Hurt Locker and (500) Days Of Summer, as well as Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man and the most successful R rated comedy ever The Hangover.


Perhaps the greatest Sci-Fi comeback film, Star Trek, has been nominated for the best Adapted Screenplay award as well as the powerful drama Precious, culinary delightful (So I hear) Julie and Julia, the western Crazy Heart, and the recent George Clooney critically acclaimed hit Up In The Air.


A great list of films, no doubt about it, but what happened to one of MovieViral’s greatest films of the year? That’s right, it’s humans only as District 9 has been excluded from the nominees. It’s a real surprise since District 9 has been recognised by most of the award ceremonies as one of the best films of the year. In fact you can vote for the film yourself in our very own Viral awards poll. Still, it’s been a good year for Sci-Fi films, as well as those who have ran Viral campaigns.


Again good luck to those nominated, and let’s hope that District 9 gets the nominations it deserves in the greatest awards ceremony of them all, The Oscars. The nominations will be announced on the 2nd of February.


So, has this list surprised you by the omission of District 9? Was it’s script not good enough, or was the competition simply better? Leave your comments below and don’t forget to vote for your favourite virals of the year.



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