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WGA Screenplay Nominees (2011)

Most years, I have a hell of a time narrowing the nominated films on my awards ballot down to ten, but, this year…well…let’s just say it was a struggle to find ten worthy films to nominate.

That’s not to say that there weren’t some really great movies released in 2010, but, the good ones (“The Social Network”, “Inception”, “The Fighter”, “Black Swan”) were so good that the rest of the nominees felt like total filler.

And when you couple that with the fact that several of the biggest Oscar-bait flicks this year (“The King’s Speech”, “Winter’s Bone”, “Toy Story 3”) were considered ineligible for WGA nominations, well, the list of nominatable films was pretty damn slim this year.

That said, this was the first year since I can remember that almost every single movie I voted for got nominated (rock on, “I Love You, Phillip Morris”!!) so, that’s kinda fun for a change.

In any case, congrats to all the nominated writers and here is this year’s freshly-minted list of WGA nominated films. Enjoy!

Original Screenplay

Black Swan (Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John McLaughlin)

The Fighter (Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, Keith Dorrington)

Inception (Christopher Nolan)

The Kids Are All Right (Stuart Blumberg & Lisa Cholodenko)

Please Give (Nicole Holofcener)

Adapted Screenplay

127 Hours (Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy)

I Love You Phillip Morris (John Requa & Glenn Ficarra)

The Social Network (Aaron Sorkin)

The Town (Ben Affleck, Peter Craig, Aaron Stockard)

True Grit (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen)

Documentary Screenplay

Enemies of the People (Rob Lemkin & Thet Sambath)

Freedom Riders (Stanley Nelson)

Gasland (Josh Fox)

Inside Job (Charles Ferguson, Chad Beck, Adam Bolt)

The Two Escobars (Michael Zimbalist, Jeff Zimbalist)

Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)? (John Scheinfeld)

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Mike White on “The Amazing Race”

Longtime fans already know this, but if you’re not watching “The Amazing Race” this season, here’s one more reason to watch…Mike-freaking-White! Yep, the man who wrote “Chuck & Buck”, “The Good Girl”, “School of Rock”, “Nacho Libre” and wrote and directed last year’s “The Year of the Dog” is now racing around the world with his gay Evangelical Christian father, Mel. Cool, huh?

Not only is White one of my favorite screenwriters, but he is also a very fine actor. Watching him hold his own with blowhards like Jack Black and Sarah Silverman in “Rock” is proof enough that the dude can act, but if you really wanna see his mad thespian skills at their finest, rent “The Good Girl” and “Chuck & Buck”.

Mel & Mike White on "The Amazing Race"

The cast of "The Amazing Race 14"

White’s crazy-Christian store security guard in “The Good Girl” kills me every time…he’s awesome. And his creepy-funny stalker in “Chuck & Buck” will haunt you for days. Seriously, the dude is scary and hilarious, often at the same time.

And now, he’s teamed up with his equally-funny father, Mel, on one of our favorite shows ever. Even cooler is the news that as of last week, Mike and Mel were in first place on the race! Yay! Keep on trucking, guys, the screenwriters, and um, gay Evangelical Christians, of the world are rooting for ya!

Still going strong in its 14th season, “The Amazing Race” airs Sunday nights at 8:00PM, so, check it out. And if you haven’t seen any of White’s movies of TV shows — he also wrote for “Freaks and Geeks” and created the short-lived prime time soap “Pasadena” — for yourself, then, get thee to Netflicks, amigos…the dude is hilarious!

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