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"King's Speech" and "Toy Story 3" Disqualified from WGA Awards

Posted: December 29th, 2010 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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Every year we make sure to report on the winners of the WGA awards, which honor the best screenplays of the year. The reason this event is so important is because winners of WGA awards have gone on to win the Oscar for Best Screenplay 11 out of the last 16 times.

This year, however, WGA has announced that only 76 screenplays are eligible to receive their award, disqualifying several major contenders, including "The King's Speech," "Toy Story 3," "Winter's Bone," "Blue Valentine," "Another Year," "The Ghost Writer," "Never Let Me Go" and "Scott Pilgrim vs the World."

"The King's Speech" and "Winter's Bone" have been impressing critics and stood a good chance to win the Oscar for Best Screenplay, but those chances have now been hurt by WGA.

The Writers Guild does not simply give out awards for being the best screenplay. Instead, the guild only honors those screenplays that are produced by WGA members and under WGA guidelines. Last year, these rules left "Inglourious Basterds," "A Single Man," "An Education" and "District 9" ineligible and none of the films went on to win during the Academy Awards for Best Screenplay.

Source: Variety


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Cinemaisdead writes:
on December 29th, 2010 at 7:06:04 AM

Toy Story 3 wasn't good enough anyway, screenplay?? Yeahh righttt. Oh be careful what you write guys, mink will be carefully reviewing all of your comments.
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on December 29th, 2010 at 7:43:00 AM

The WGA wants screenplays where the words are at a fifth grade reading level; otherwise, they start getting that headache you get when you eat ice cream too fast.

Mongoloid, monosyllable motherf*ckers.
BadChadB33 writes:
on December 29th, 2010 at 9:37:16 AM

WGA you just ruined my life you *ssholes, but Toy Story 3 in now or i'll burn you down.
BadChadB33 writes:
on December 29th, 2010 at 10:18:50 AM

^put not but
Rambo writes:
on December 29th, 2010 at 10:23:18 AM

disqualify 'the social network' for being a piece of crap
gunner writes:
on December 29th, 2010 at 12:46:05 PM

f*ck WGA!
Damon242 writes:
on December 29th, 2010 at 5:06:49 PM

I don't know...

Toy Story 3 is an interesting case. It has both its execution and its nostalgic factor working for it.

But we can't really say that the screenplay itself is superb unless we have actually read it.

And how many of you here can say that you have done that?
minkowski writes:
on December 29th, 2010 at 7:50:06 PM

You guys are missing the point entirely.

The real issue isn't whether Toy Story's a good enough film or not, it's that only WGA-affiliated screenplays are eligible, and that's just wrong.

Talent is talent, no matter to which actor's union you belong. Awards should be decided metitoriously, not according to some elitist divide.
minkowski writes:
on December 29th, 2010 at 8:43:23 PM

...meritoriously...
TH3D4RKKN1GH7 writes:
on December 29th, 2010 at 9:23:52 PM

Yeah but this is their union, they have the right to do whatever they please. If the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were to do that, I'd have a bigger bone to pick. I mean the NBA isn't going to give MVP to a player in the Euro League.
minkowski writes:
on December 29th, 2010 at 9:52:21 PM

"Yeah but this is their union, they have the right to do whatever they please"

So might makes right, huh? I guess freedom takes a back seat to unbridled Machiavellian motives. Sounds like elitist communism to me, but hey, squeezing out the non-union guys looks like a fair deal, right?

You would endorse their antics, TDK. Don't be such a suck-up kowtower.
minkowski writes:
on December 29th, 2010 at 9:53:43 PM

And the WGA members have an issue with the Boy Scouts excluding gays, but they can exclude anyone that doesn't pay to play in in their sh*tty club?
TH3D4RKKN1GH7 writes:
on December 29th, 2010 at 10:21:09 PM

Like I said would the NBA give MVP to a player not in the league. It's the same concept. They have a writer's union, they're giving out a WGA award it's their union they work to maintain, they have the right to exclude non members from receiving THEIR award. You want their award you become a member and conform to their system. Like I said earlier, if this was the Academy I'd feel differently, but this doesn't strike me as odd at all. I also can't believe you compared sexual discrimination to this. Seriously? It's not that serious. At least my analogy was in the same ball park (pun not intended)
Detrimental writes:
on December 30th, 2010 at 3:55:43 AM

The Arguments.

TDK - Their club, their rules. Anyone outside it shouldn't care. Purely recreational.

Mink - Snobs with opinions that may make a difference (statistically). "Rich staying richer" scenario by arbitrary merit.

Match: TDK for clarity; Mink penalized for suspicion of ignoring his analogy.

Bigger Issue
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Scott Pilgrim defeats all others. That is all.
z03fke writes:
on December 31st, 2010 at 4:37:45 AM

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