Writers Guild Enjoys a Good “Hangover”

A total of 15 writers were nominated for original and adapted screenplays to 10 films, ranging from the 3-D blockbuster "Avatar" right on down to the contemplative "A Serious Man."

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The Hangover, starring Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms, earned Jon Lucas and Scott Moore a Best Original Screenplay nomination from the Writers Guild of America, with it's hilarious, freewheeling story about the best bachelor party ever.
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James Cameron was nominated for Avatar, which seems destined to become the highest-grossing film of all time, about humans trying to displace a native people in order to gain control of their natural resources. Who believes this stuff?
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The Guild overlooked an atrocious final scene in (500) Days of Summer to give Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber a nomination for their anti-romcom starring Joseph Gordon-Leavitt and Zooey Deschanel.
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Former war reporter Mark Boal was nominated for The Hurt Locker, based on his experiences being embedded with U.S. troops in Iraq, which has been steamrolling its way through awards season.
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A Serious Man, an incredibly affecting but subtle piece of storytelling about a Midwestern Jew struggling with his faith in the early '60s, garnered Joel and Ethan Coen their second WGA nod.
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Among the Best Adapted Screenplay nominees were Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, whose script for Star Trek, based on the characters created by Gene Rodenberry, brought the franchise back to life. Now if only someone would explain what the hell "red matter" is.
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Director Scott Olson's script for "Crazy Heart," based on the novel by Thomas Cobb was not only nominated, but brought out one of the best performances of Jeff bridges' career, as a washed drunk of a country singer who seeks redemption in the love of a younger woman. An old story well told.
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Julie & Julia, by Nora Ephron and based on the books Julie & Julia by Julie Powell and My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme, had the unfair advantage of Meryl Streep deliver many of the lines.
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Geoffrey Fletcher was nominated for his screenplay for Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire, featuring a terrifying and Oscar-worthy performance from Mo'nique, as a abusive mother.
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Jaosn Reitman, previously nominated for Thank You for Smoking, was recognized this time for his screenplay for Up in the Air, from the novel by Walter Kirn, about an emotionally detached corporate hatchet man who suffers a Wile E Coyote-like fall when he meets his soul mate.
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