2015 Writers Guild Awards Television and New Media nominations

December 4th, 2014 by

WGAW and WGAE announced 2015 award nominations today. Here are the television and new media nominees:

DRAMA SERIES

Game of Thrones, Written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, George R.R. Martin, D.B. Weiss; HBO

The Good Wife, Written by Leonard Dick, Keith Eisner, Matthew Hodgson, Ted Humphrey, Michelle King, Robert King, Erica Shelton Kodish, Matthew Montoya, Luke Schelhaas, Nichelle Tramble Spellman, Craig Turk, Julia Wolfe; CBS

House of Cards, Written by Bill Cain, Laura Eason, Sam R. Forman, William Kennedy, Kenneth Lin, John Mankiewicz, David Manson, Beau Willimon; Netflix

Mad Men, Written by Heather Jeng Bladt, Semi Chellas, Jonathan Igla, David Iserson, Erin Levy, Matthew Weiner, Carly Wray; AMC

True Detective, Written by Nic Pizzolatto; HBO

COMEDY SERIES

Louie, Written by Louis CK; FX

Orange Is the New Black, Written by Stephen Falk, Sian Heder, Tara Herrmann, Sara Hess, Nick Jones, Jenji Kohan, Lauren Morelli, Alex Regnery, Hartley Voss; Netflix

Silicon Valley, Written by John Altschuler, Alec Berg, Matteo Borghese, Jessica Gao, Mike Judge, Dave Krinsky, Carson Mell, Dan O’Keefe, Clay Tarver, Rob Turbovsky, Ron Weiner; HBO

Transparent, Written by Bridget Bedard, Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster, Ethan Kuperberg, Ali Liebegott, Faith Soloway, Jill Soloway; Amazon Prime

Veep, Written by Simon Blackwell, Kevin Cecil, Roger Drew, Sean Gray, Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin, Georgia Pritchett, David Quantick, Andy Riley, Tony Roche, Will Smith; HBO

NEW SERIES

The Affair, Written by Dan LeFranc, Hagai Levi, Melanie Marnich, Eric Overmyer, Kate Robin, Sarah Treem; Showtime

The Knick, Written by Jack Amiel, Michael Begler, Steven Katz; Cinemax

Silicon Valley, Written by John Altschuler, Alec Berg, Matteo Borghese, Jessica Gao, Mike Judge, Dave Krinsky, Carson Mell, Dan OÕKeefe, Clay Tarver, Rob Turbovsky, Ron Weiner; HBO

Transparent, Written by Bridget Bedard, Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster, Ethan Kuperberg, Ali Liebegott, Faith Soloway, Jill Soloway; Amazon Prime

True Detective, Written by Nic Pizzolatto; HBO

LONG FORM ORIGINAL

Deliverance Creek, Written by Melissa Carter; Lifetime

Return to Zero, Written by Sean Hanish; Lifetime

LONG FORM ADAPTED

Houdini, Written by Nicholas Meyer; Based on the book Houdini: A Mind in Chains: A Psychoanalytic Portrait by Bernard C. Meyer, M.D.; History Channel

Klondike, Parts One, Three and Six, Teleplay by Paul T. Scheuring, Parts Two, Four and Five, Teleplay by Josh Goldin & Rachel Abramowitz, Based on the book Gold Diggers by Charlotte Gray; Discovery Channel

The Normal Heart, Teleplay by Larry Kramer, Based on his play The Normal Heart; HBO

Olive Kitteridge, Teleplay by Jane Anderson, Based on the novel by Elizabeth Strout; HBO

“Pilot” (The Leftovers), Teleplay by Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta, Based on the book by Tom Perrotta; HBO

SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA – ORIGINAL

“Apocalypse No” (Bad Shorts), Written by Ben Zelevansky; luckybirdsmedia.com

“City of Angels” (Caper), Written by Amy Berg & Mike Sizemore; hulu.com

“Episode 1 – Nature” (F To 7th), Written by Ingrid Jungermann; youtube.com

“Episode 113: Rachel” (High Maintenance), Written by Katja Blichfeld & Ben Sinclair; helpingyoumaintain.com

“Episode 204″ (Vicky and Lysander), Written by Damon Cardasis and Shannon Walker; youtube.com

“Episode 207″ (Vicky and Lysander), Written by Damon Cardasis and Shannon Walker; youtube.com

ANIMATION

“Bob and Deliver” (Bob’s Burgers), Written by Greg Thompson; Fox

“Brick Like Me” (The Simpsons), Written by Brian Kelley; Fox

“Covercraft” (The Simpsons), Written by Matt Selman; Fox

“Pay Pal” (The Simpsons), Written by David Steinberg; Fox

“Steal This Episode” (The Simpsons), Written by J. Stewart Burns; Fox

“Work Hard or Die Trying, Girl” (Bob’s Burgers), Written by Nora Smith; Fox

EPISODIC DRAMA

“A Day’s Work” (Mad Men), Written by Jonathan Igla and Matthew Weiner; AMC

“Devil You Know” (Boardwalk Empire), Written by Howard Korder; HBO

“Donald the Normal” (Rectify), Written by Kate Powers & Ray McKinnon; Sundance Channel

“Friendless Child” (Boardwalk Empire), Written by Riccardo DiLoreto & Cristine Chambers and Howard Korder; HBO

“The Last Call” (The Good Wife), Written by Robert King & Michelle King; CBS

“The Lion and the Rose” (Game of Thrones), Written for Television by George R.R. Martin; HBO

EPISODIC COMEDY

“The Cold” (Modern Family), Written by Rick Wiener & Kenny Schwartz; ABC

“Landline” (New Girl), Written by Rob Rosell; Fox

“Low Self Esteem City” (Orange Is the New Black), Written by Nick Jones; Netflix

“So Did the Fat Lady” (Louie), Written by Louis C.K.; FX

“Three Dinners” (Modern Family), Written by Abraham Higginbotham & Steven Levitan & Jeffrey Richman; ABC

“The Wilderness” (Transparent), Written by Ethan Kuperberg; Amazon Prime

COMEDY / VARIETY (INCLUDING TALK) – SERIES

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Writers: Rory Albanese, Dan Amira, Steve Bodow, Tim Carvell, Travon Free, Hallie Haglund, JR Havlan, Elliott Kalan, Matt Koff, Adam Lowitt, Dan McCoy, Jo Miller, John Oliver, Zhubin Parang, Owen Parsons, Daniel Radosh, Lauren Sarver, Jon Stewart, Delaney Yeager; Comedy Central

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Writers: Kevin Avery, Tim Carvell, Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Maurer, John Oliver, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner; HBO

Inside Amy Schumer, Head Writer: Jessi Klein Writers: Emily Altman, Jeremy Beiler, Neil Casey, Kyle Dunnigan, Kurt Metzger, Christine Nangle, Dan Powell, Amy Schumer; Comedy Central

The Colbert Report, Writers: Michael Brumm, Nate Charny, Aaron Cohen, Stephen Colbert, Rich Dahm, Paul Dinello, Eric Drysdale, Rob Dubbin, Ariel Dumas, Glenn Eichler, Gabe Gronli, Barry Julien, Jay Katsir, Sam Kim, Matt Lappin, Opus Moreschi, Tom Purcell, Meredith Scardino, Max Werner; Comedy Central

Jimmy Kimmel Live, Head Writers: Molly McNearney, Danny Ricker, Gary Greenberg Writers: Jack Allison, Tony Barbieri, Jonathan Bines, Joelle Boucai, Josh Halloway, Sal Iacono, Eric Immerman, Bess Kalb, Jimmy Kimmel, Jeff Loveness, Bryan Paulk, Rick Rosner, Bridger Winegar; ABC

Saturday Night Live, Head Writers: Seth Meyers, Colin Jost, Rob Klein, Bryan Tucker Writers: James Anderson, Alex Baze, Michael Che, Mikey Day, Steve Higgins, Leslie Jones, Zach Kanin, Chris Kelly, Erik Kenward, Lorne Michaels, Claire Mulaney, Josh Patten, Paula Pell, Katie Rich, Tim Robinson, Sarah Schneider, Pete Schultz, John Solomon, Kent Sublette, Lakendra Tookes; NBC

Real Time with Bill Maher, Head Writer: Billy Martin Writers: Scott Carter, Adam Felber, Matt Gunn, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Chris Kelly, Bill Maher, Danny Vermont; HBO

COMEDY / VARIETY – MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES – SPECIALS

The 68th Annual Tony Awards, Written by Dave Boone; Special Material by Jon Macks; CBS

71st Annual Golden Globe Awards, Written by Barry Adelman; Special Material by Alex Baze, Dave Boone, Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Jon Macks, Sam Means, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, Mike Shoemaker; NBC

2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, Written by Gerry Duggan, Wayne Federman, Patton Oswalt, Erik Weiner; IFC

Bill Maher: Live from D.C., Written by Bill Maher; HBO

Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles, Written by Sarah Silverman; HBO

QUIZ AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

Hollywood Game Night, Head Writer: Grant Taylor; Writers: Alex Chauvin, Ann Slichter; NBC

Jeopardy!, Written by John Duarte, Harry Friedman, Mark Gaberman, Debbie Griffin, Michele Loud, Robert McClenaghan, Jim Rhine, Steve D. Tamerius, Billy Wisse; ABC

DAYTIME DRAMA

Days of Our Lives, Written by Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Christopher Dunn, Janet Iacobuzio, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Melissa Salmons, Christopher Whitesell; NBC

General Hospital, Written by Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Elizabeth Page, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Chris Van Etten; ABC

CHILDREN’S SCRIPT – EPISODIC AND SPECIALS

“Girl Meets 1961″ (Girl Meets World), Written by Matthew Nelson; Disney Channel

“Haunted Heartthrob” (Haunted Hathaways), Written by Bob Smiley; Nickelodeon

“Haunted Sisters” (Haunted Hathaways), Written by Boyce Bugliari & Jamie McLaughlin; Nickelodeon

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – CURRENT EVENTS

“Losing Iraq” (Frontline), Written by Michael Kirk & Mike Wiser; PBS

“United States of Secrets: Privacy Lost (Part Two)” (Frontline), Written by Martin Smith; PBS

“United States of Secrets: The Program (Part One)” (Frontline); PBS; Written by Michael Kirk & Mike Wiser; PBS

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS

“Episode Five: The Rising Road (1933-1939)” (The Roosevelts: An Intimate History), Written by Geoffrey C. Ward; PBS

“League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis” (Frontline), Written by Michael Kirk & Mike Wiser; PBS

“Standing Up in the Milky Way (Episode 1)” (COSMOS: A Space Time Odyssey), Written by Ann Druyan and Steven Soter; Fox

TV NEWS SCRIPT – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT

“50th Anniversary of JFK’s Assassination” (CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley), Written by Jerry Cipriano, Joe Clines; CBS News

CBS This Morning, Written by Duane Tollison, Chip Sorrentino, Bruce Meyer, Bill Crowley; CBS News

“Nelson Mandela: A Man Who Changed the World” (World News with Diane Sawyer), Written by Diane Sawyer, Lisa Ferri, Dave Bloch; ABC News

TV NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY

“Nowhere to Go” (60 Minutes), Written by Scott Pelley, Oriana Zill de Granados & Michael Rey; CBS

To see all the nominations, go here.

2014 Emmy Winners: Writers

August 26th, 2014 by

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners from last night’s Emmy Awards:

Writing For A Drama Series
Breaking Bad,” Ozymandias,” Moira Walley-Beckett (writer) — WINNER
Breaking Bad, “Felina,” Vince Gilligan (writer)
Game Of Thrones, “The Children,” David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (writers)
House Of Cards,”Chapter 14,” Beau Willimon (writer)
True Detective,”The Secret Fate Of All Of Life,” Nic Pizzolatto (writer)

Writing For A Comedy Series
Louie, “So Did The Fat Lady,” Louis C.K. (writer) — WINNER
Episodes, “Episode 305,” David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik (writers)
Orange Is The New Black, “I Wasn’t Ready (Pilot),” Liz Friedman and Jenji Kohan (writers)
Silicon Valley, “Optimal Tip-To-Tip Efficiency,” Alec Berg (writer)
Veep, “Special Relationship,” Simon Blackwell and Tony Roche (story and teleplay), Armando Iannucci (story)

Writing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
Sherlock: His Last Vow, Steven Moffat (writer) — WINNER
American Horror Story: Coven,”Bitchcraft,” Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk (writers)
Fargo, “The Crocodile’s Dilemma,” Noah Hawley (writer)
Luther, Neil Cross (writer)
The Normal Heart, Larry Kramer (screenplay)
Treme …To Miss New Orleans,David Simon and Eric Overmyer (writers)

Writing For A Variety Special
Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles, Sarah Silverman (writer) — WINNER
The Beatles: The Night That Changed America, Ken Ehrlich and David Wild (writers)
Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays, Billy Crystal (writer)
The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards, Barry Adelman (writer), special material by Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Jon Macks, Dave Boone, Alex Baze, Robert Carlock, Sam Means, Seth Meyers, Mike Shoemaker
67th Annual Tony Awards, Dave Boone (writer); special material by Paul Greenberg

For a complete list of nominees and winners, go here.

Your guide to the 86th Academy Awards

March 2nd, 2014 by

Some links and info for tonight’s Oscars. But first, my predictions for the two most important awards. Why, screenwriting, of course!

Best Adapted Screenplay: 12 Years a Slave, John Ridley

Best Original Screenplay: Her, Spike Jonze

Okay, some links!

The Week: Your definitive Oscar prediction list.

Mashable: Your complete list of all performers and presenters.

THR: Seven things you didn’t know about The Envelope’s surprising journey.

There’s this: Julie Delpy slams the Academy as ‘white men over 70 who need money’.

And in case you missed my Saturday Hot Links yesterday:

The Oscars will piss you off, but you’ll keep watching.

The 2014 hater’s guide to the Oscars.

5 shocking statistics about gender inequity and the Academy Awards.

10 fun and fascinating facts about the 2014 Oscar nominated movies.

58 Oscar stats you may not know.

Why are the Academy Award statuettes called Oscars.

Oscars 2014: Take a look at every visual effects winner ever.

20 celebrated directors who never won a Best Directing Oscar.

ABC to stream Oscars online for the first time.

Stream early films from Oscar nominees online for free.

10 Oscar winners whose speeches were under 11 words.

Oscar presenters and performers list.

Kareem: The Oscars addiction to lame historical dramas.

Best Picture math from Nate Silver and 538.

Supercut: The early roles of Oscar nominees [video].

Let me end with two videos. The first celebrates a really solid year in film:

And this: Every year TCM does a really classy video tribute for many of the notable men and women who have been involved in the film business who have passed away that year. Here is that video for 2013:

To everyone who works in the movie business and all of us who love movies, enjoy the 86th Academy Awards!

UPDATE: Jimmy Kimmel slams mean Tweeters:

UPDATE #2: Jared Leto’s acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor:

UPDATE #3: Darlene Love belts it out.

UPDATE #4: Congratulations to John Ridley and Spike Jonze for their Oscars.

UPDATE #5: I was supremely happy to see 12 Years a Slave win Best Picture as it is the best, most important movie of the year. But all 9 Best Picture nominated movies are strong stories and dozens more that were not on the Academy list. 2012 and 2013 have been good years for movies. Thanks to all the storytellers. To that end – and I know this is a commercial selling a product – just listen to the words, spoken by Andrew Stanton, a writer and director (Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-E) match up with some wonderful imagery.

Here’s to all you storytellers out there. May you find the Words… and may the Words find you!

Announcing the 2014 Black List Oscar Pool

February 5th, 2014 by

From the top secret underground headquarters of the Black List comes this message from Franklin Leonard:

Pretty straightforward. We’re running an Oscar Pool. It’s for entertainment purposes only, meaning there are no prizes, per se, except for bragging rights and the sense of pride in knowing that you know the mind of the Academy better than anyone else, or at least the people who end up beneath you in the rankings.
The process is simple:
  1. Go to http://www.runyourpool.com/join.cfm
  2. Enter the following information:
    1. In the Pool ID box, enter the number 29322
    2. In the Pool Password box, enter ‘theblacklist’ (without the single quotes)
  3. Fill out the form information, including a personal username and password (This information will NOT be sold or utilized for spam email under ANY circumstances.)
  4. Make your picks, with the ability to change it right up until the Awards show.
Any difficulties? Let us know, or email support@runyourpool.com.
Note: Every category is a 1 point category, except Best Picture and the two writing categories, which are worth 2 (for obvious reasons, hopefully.)

Okay, all you movie buffs, time to test for the best! And this year, it seems a lot of categories are up in the air including Best Picture. So gaze into your crystal ball and enter the 2014 Black List Oscar Pool!

How awesome is Jennifer Lawrence!

February 25th, 2013 by

HT to @HIGHzurrer for the link.

Your Oscar ceremony comments

February 24th, 2013 by

Post your thoughts here!

UPDATE: Best Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio for Argo. Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained. And very nice Tarantino zeroing in on the importance of characters. Congratulations!

UPDATE #2: Go here for THR’s complete list of Oscar winners.

Statistics driven Oscar predictions

February 24th, 2013 by

Franklin sends this along to help with your prognostications tonight:

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2013 WGA Awards

February 18th, 2013 by

Per THR, here is the complete list [winners in bold]:

FILM CATEGORIES

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Flight, written by John Gatins; Paramount Pictures

Looper, written by Rian Johnson; TriStar Pictures

The Master, written by Paul Thomas Anderson; The Weinstein Co.

Moonrise Kingdom, written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola; Focus Features

Zero Dark Thirty, written by Mark Boal; Columbia Pictures

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Argo, Screenplay by Chris Terrio; based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired magazine article “The Great Escape” by Joshuah Bearman; Warner Bros. Pictures

Life of Pi, screenplay by David Magee; based on the novel by Yann Martel; 20th Century Fox

Lincoln, screenplay by Tony Kushner; based in part on the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin; DreamWorks Pictures

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, screenplay by Stephen Chbosky; based on his book; Summit Entertainment

Silver Linings Playbook, screenplay by David O. Russell; based on the novel by Matthew Quick; The Weinstein Co.

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

The Central Park Five, written by Sarah Burns and David McMahon and Ken Burns; Sundance Selects

The Invisible War, written by Kirby Dick; Cinedigm Entertainment Group

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, written by Alex Gibney; HBO Documentary Films

Searching for Sugar Man, written by Malik Bendejelloul; Sony Pictures Classics

We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, written by Brian Knappenberger; Cinetic Media

West of Memphis, written by Amy Berg & Billy McMillin; Sony Pictures Classics

For television and all the rest of the awards:

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WGA 2013 Best Screenplay Nominations

January 4th, 2013 by

This year’s WGA screenplay nominations have been announced:

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Flight, Written by John Gatins; Paramount Pictures

Looper, Written by Rian Johnson; TriStar Pictures

The Master, Written by Paul Thomas Anderson; The Weinstein Company

Moonrise Kingdom, Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola; Focus Features

Zero Dark Thirty, Written by Mark Boal; Columbia Pictures

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Argo, Screenplay by Chris Terrio; Based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired Magazine article “The Great Escape” by Joshuah Bearman; Warner Bros. Pictures

Life of Pi, Screenplay by David Magee; Based on the novel by Yann Martel; 20th Century Fox

Lincoln, Screenplay by Tony Kushner; Based in part on the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin; DreamWorks Pictures

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky; Based on his book; Summit Entertainment

Silver Linings Playbook, Screenplay by David O. Russell; Based on the novel by Matthew Quick; The Weinstein Company

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

The Central Park Five, Written by Sarah Burns and David McMahon and Ken Burns; Sundance Selects

The Invisible War, Written by Kirby Dick; Cinedigm Entertainment Group

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, Written by Alex Gibney; HBO Documentary Films

Searching for Sugar Man, Written by Malik Bendejelloul; Sony Pictures Classics

We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, Written by Brian Knappenberger; Cinetic Media

West of Memphis, Written by Amy Berg & Billy McMillin; Sony Pictures Classics

Congratulations, writers!

2012 Golden Globe Nominations: Best Screenplay

December 13th, 2012 by

Here they are:

Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty
Tony Kushner, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Chris Terrio, Argo
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

Tough when they only allow five, but I sure would have liked to see The Master by P.T. Anderson and Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson included in that list.

What do you think of the honorees?

For all of the Golden Globe nominations, go here.