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LAFCA Screenplay winner ‘The Lobster’ not Writers Guild (WGA) eligible plus Lion, Elle, Toni Erdmann

The Lobster
The Lobster among handful of screenplays that won’t be in contention for a Writers Guild of America nomination

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As first reported (exclusively) by Variety, several high-profile Oscar contenders will not find a boost from the Writers Guild of America as they have been deemed ineligible for its awards. The Lobster, which just won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association‘s screenplay award and major Oscar contenders like Florence Foster Jenkins and Lion won’t be getting any love from the WGA this year.

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Animated and foreign language films are often left off the eligibility list due to non-signatory status, which is why Elle, Toni Erdmann, Zootopia and Kubo and the Two Strings won’t show up. In Original Screenplay there are 60 eligible scripts, in Adapted Screenplay there are 55. The full lists are never revealed.

Some of the titles you won’t be seeing at the WGA:

Everybody Wants Some!!
Florence Foster Jenkins
The Handmaiden
Kubo and the Two Strings
The Lobster
Maggie’s Plan
Miss Sloane
Toni Erdmann

The Writers Guild of America nominations will be announced on Wednesday, January 4th, 2017.

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