‘District 9,’ ‘In the Loop’ also ineligible for WGA

Posted by · 12:55 pm · January 6th, 2010

District 9With all the WGA casualties popping up this morning I thought I’d track down the eligibility concerns of a handful of other films in the mix and, lo and behold, some other high-caliber work doesn’t make the cut with the guild.

Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell’s “District 9,” for starters, is not eligible.  It was not written under the guild’s guidelines and contracts and the writers are not WGA signatories.

Some people may have thought this mass clearing might have made way for “In the Loop” to show up, but, alas, it is not eligible either.  Ditto (as you might have guessed) “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” along with Pixar’s “Up.” Animation companies do not sign agreements with the guild and are not signatories, even if sometimes the writers of animated films ARE signatories.

I’m still poking around to see what else might be ineligible, but at this rate, I’ll be damned if I know what the list of nominees will look like now.  I guess we’ll suss that out in a few days when we preview the announcement.

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  • 1 1-06-2010 at 12:59 pm

    Jim said...

    Everything should be eligible for the Oscars though, right?

  • 2 1-06-2010 at 1:03 pm

    geha714 said...


    Nothing else comes to mind now.

  • 3 1-06-2010 at 1:04 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Yeah, Jim.

  • 4 1-06-2010 at 1:07 pm

    Alex in Movieland said...


    I can now we’ll see Invictus and Star Trek on the Adapted list :(((( silly.
    might we also get Crazy Heart? There still are 3 empty seats in Adapted…

    Up missing means a sure nomination for my favorite 500 days of summer and maybe The Messenger OR The Hangover…

  • 5 1-06-2010 at 1:08 pm

    Alex in Movieland said...

    oh, I stand corrected. :)

    with Inglorious also missing, I mean The Messenger AND The Hangover :P

  • 6 1-06-2010 at 1:11 pm

    aspect ratio said...

    So I was right. Sadly.

    The foreign productions don’t surprise me so much, but I am surprised that Fantastic Mr. Fox is ineligible considering Wes Anderson’s other films were WGA eligible (looking at IMDb that is). He was even nominated for The Royal Tenenbaums, so he ought to be a member, too. The only thing I can imagine is that Fantastic Mr. Fox is an adaptation, and that this would stipulate some extra step(s).

  • 7 1-06-2010 at 1:12 pm

    rosengje said...

    Has the casualty list even been this severe? At this point it seems almost comical for them to be handing out awards.

  • 8 1-06-2010 at 1:12 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Well, at least I can’t complain (for once) that they’re trying to anticipate the Oscars.

    The “He’s Just Not That Into You” campaign starts HERE.

  • 9 1-06-2010 at 1:20 pm

    Adam Smith said...

    Good God. OK, let’s knock out these nominee predictions.

    Up in the Air
    Crazy Heart
    Star Trek
    Julie & Julia OR Bright Star (if WGA also considers it Adapted)

    (500) Days of Summer
    A Serious Man
    The Messenger
    The Hurt Locker
    The Hangover OR Bright Star (if it’s Original and not Adapted)

  • 10 1-06-2010 at 1:26 pm

    daveylow said...

    Is Jane Campion a WGA member?

  • 11 1-06-2010 at 1:27 pm

    Dennis said...

    She won in ’93, so I’m assuming yes.

  • 12 1-06-2010 at 1:28 pm

    Sarah El said...

    This is going to make for a very weird collection.

  • 13 1-06-2010 at 1:28 pm

    Megan said...

    So here’s what’s left by my counts:

    GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra
    All About Steve
    Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen
    Twilight: New Moon
    Chipmunks: The Squeakuel

    I’ll keep dumpster-diving to see if I can find anything else I might be missing.

  • 14 1-06-2010 at 1:28 pm

    Blake said...

    I wonder if all these casualties will encourage the group to change their rules regarding awards consideration.

  • 15 1-06-2010 at 1:31 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    The WGA is totally going to nominate Avatar.

  • 16 1-06-2010 at 1:33 pm

    Dennis said...

    Well, they nominated Titanic too…

  • 17 1-06-2010 at 1:50 pm

    DC in IL said...

    Before everyone whines about The Messenger, that’s an outstanding script and it will very likely get a Best Original Screenplay nomination from the Academy. I wouldn’t count out David Eggers for “Where The Wild Thing Are” in Adapted Screenplay. And does everyone assume “Avatar” has no chance? The dialogue is terrible, but the story architecture is very strong.

  • 18 1-06-2010 at 1:52 pm

    Alex in Movieland said...

    aspect ratio,
    they don’t allow ANIMATION.
    I guess that’s why Fantastic Mr Fox is not in. same with UP, and Wall E last year, if I am not wrong…

    oh, yeah. forgot about Avatar.

  • 19 1-06-2010 at 2:35 pm

    Drew said...

    What exactly qualifies as animation? Does the film have to be completley animated with no live- action or with a certain amount of live-action and animation?

    The Basterds snub doesn’t surprise me. I don’t believe that Tarantino is a union-member and he was pretty critical when asked to join. I can’t recall if was nominated or won for Pulp Fiction, though the rules may have been different back then.

  • 20 1-06-2010 at 3:04 pm

    aspect ratio said...


    For some reason, I didn’t even think of Fantastic Mr. Fox as an animated title. :D

    Although as far as I can remember, the reason animated titles never made it with WGA was because animated films the way Pixar/etc. makes them don’t have a real script from the get-go, and they’re tinkered with throughout the process since the animation process isn’t like shooting live-action.

    But for some reason I figured that Wes Anderson actually wrote a full screenplay before they actually made the film (I remember reading that he lived in Roald Dahl’s house when he was writing it). But maybe even if he did it was still ineligible since the WGA likes to exclude everything.

  • 21 1-06-2010 at 3:44 pm

    Erik 815 said...

    So… in order to be eligible a screenplay has to be written in no less than 59 days, and no more than 60 days, at least 30 of which fall in winter, during which the writer submits daily urine samples to the WGA to test for talent-enhancing substances; it must contain exactly 23 speaking parts, at least 12 of which are for male characters; it must be printed on off-white A4 paper and numbered on the bottom right corner, not including the first page, with left- and right hand margins of exactly 2,0 centimeters and 1,5 line spacing, in Arial or Tahoma font, and the screenplay itself may not weigh more than 300 grams, although each individual sheet of paper must weigh exactly 2,3 grams; the author must be right handed, is not allowed to write on sundays or any major religous or Bank holiday, must be a card-carrying member of the WGA and at least three other organizations to be selected from a predetermined list of 43, including the local WGA chapter or the Price Club; the writer’s age in months divided by the number of pages in his screenplay multiplied by the number of years he has been a member multiplied by the number of previous nominations he received, and divided by the largest number of films he has written for a single director must exceed ’10’ in order to qualify.

    Any deviation from these rules renders a screenplay ineligible for the WGA award, right?

  • 22 1-06-2010 at 4:44 pm

    Anna said...

    Ewww. This award is going to be a complete joke.

  • 23 1-06-2010 at 7:30 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    Bright Star should be original here, I think. After all, Syriana was adapted by WGA standards.

    I agree that Avatar will be nominated, barring some Campion/The Hangover lovefest….Which I’d prefer =).

    (500) Days of Summer
    The Hurt Locker
    The Messenger
    A Serious Man

    Obviously, The Messenger…well, I’d say…is the one that could miss here. It’s the most likely to get an Oscar nomination on it’s own, based on passion. But I’ll stick with it.

    Crazy Heart
    Julie & Julia
    Up in the Air
    Where the Wild Things Are

    Naturally, I’m scared of Invictus. But the writers SEEM like they’d prefer other works more, so I’ll have faith in their potentially good taste.

  • 24 1-06-2010 at 9:55 pm

    Joe said...

    Avatar has just been ruled ineligible for the WGA because the Navi are not WGA members, and they even worked for less than minimum wage. Also, Where the Wild Things Are is ineligible because the Wild Things are not members of their jungle’s local guild.
    Larry Gopnik’s a professor, so he’s gotta belong to some sort of union. So he should be safe. Plus, he probably has tenure.

  • 25 1-06-2010 at 9:56 pm

    Glenn said...

    So everyone keeps talking about movies written under the WGA’s written agreements or whatever, but what ARE they? What do they mean by “District 9” not being written under these agreements? I haven’t seen anyone actually expain this.

  • 26 1-07-2010 at 8:51 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    See the prior post with the link to a 461 page document.

  • 27 1-17-2010 at 5:06 pm

    Mark said...

    Sounds likr the WGA is out of touch with reality.