A huge batch of Oscar hopefuls (and likely nominees) are going to find their momentum stopped for a bit as the annual “who did the WGA disqualify this year?” list has been revealed. Each year comes with it the extreme rules set by Writers Guild of America regarding signatory and non-member designations which end up making their nominations useless in terms of Oscar predicting.
On the Original Screenplay side there are 61 eligible films but the ones you won’t see will be The Hateful Eight, 99 Homes, Ricki and the Flash, I’ll See You in My Dreams, Ex Machina, Inside Out, Clouds of Sils Maria, Son of Saul and Youth. Most of these fall under the realm of the writer not being a member of the guild (Tarantino isn’t and has never been nominated by them despite winning two Oscars for his screenplays) and animated and foreign films tend to either be non-signatory or non-WGA compliant.
Film nominations will be announced on January 6th, 2016. The 68th annual WGA Awards will be held on February 13th, 2016.