Thursday, February 22, 2018

'Descendants,' 'Moneyball' honored

LOS ANGELES — George Clooney's The Descendants, Brad Pitt's Moneyball, Kristen Wiig's Bridesmaids and Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris are among nominees for the Writers Guild of America Awards.

Clooney's family drama The Descendants earned an adapted-screenplay nomination Thursday for director Alexander Payne and co-writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. Pitt's sports tale Moneyball is up for the same prize for writers Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin.

Zaillian has a second adapted-screenplay nomination for director David Fincher's thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara.

Bridesmaids star Wiig shared an original-screenplay nomination for her wedding comedy, which she co-wrote with Annie Mumolo. Director Allen also was nominated for original screenplay for his romantic fantasy Midnight in Paris.

Other contenders for original screenplay: Will Reiser for the cancer story 50/50, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen; Tom McCarthy for the family tale Win Win, featuring Paul Giamatti; and Diablo Cody for the dark comedy Young Adult, with Charlize Theron.

Also nominated for adapted screenplay: writer-director Tate Taylor for the Deep South drama The Help, with Viola Davis, Emma Stone and Octavia Spencer; and John Logan for filmmaker Martin Scorsese's Paris adventure Hugo, featuring Ben Kingsley and child stars Chloe Grace Moretz and Asa Butterfield.

Some acclaimed films, including the silent movie The Artist, were ineligible because they were not made under the guild's contract guidelines.

Honors from Hollywood trade groups such as the writers, actors and directors guilds help sort out likely contenders for the Academy Awards, whose nominations come out Jan. 24. Writers Guild winners will be announced Feb. 19.

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