Predict the WGA and Scripter winners

Posted by · 4:57 pm · February 4th, 2011

This weekend brings a couple of screenwriting competitions: the WGA Awards and the USC Scripter Award ceremony.  I might as well give you some space to predict.

My bet on WGA is “The Kids Are All Right” for original, but it does seem like an open race.  I consider it the spoiler possibility for Oscar, but if “The King’s Speech” were eligible here we all know it would likely win.

Meanwhile, the adapted field is a little easier.  I think Aaron Sorkin will coast to a win for “The Social Network.” These are writers voting, after all (and not a mish-mash of disciplines like the DGA).  It won’t be as easy on Oscar night, given the broader spectrum of voters, but I think tomorrow night should be simple enough.

The Scripter, meanwhile, is likely to go to “The Social Network,” too.  It’s between that and “Winter’s Bone,” really, because when you look at the committee — an assortment of critics, journalists, writers, authors and filmmakers — it just seems like the kind of crowd that would lean one of those two ways.

You can watch a live web cast of tonight’s event, which I’ll be attending, at the USC Scripter site here.

Meanwhile, Jeff Goldsmith of Creative Screenwriting Magazine is hosting his annual Q&A/podcast with a number of this year’s Oscar-nominated screenwriters Sunday.  It’s an hour after the damn Super Bowl, though, so I hope I can make it.  It was a treat last year to hear the back and forth.

What are your expectations for the weekend’s awards slate?

[Photo: Columbia Pictures]

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  • 1 2-04-2011 at 5:19 pm

    Lenny said...

    USC Scripter: The Social Network

    Alt: True Grit

    WGA Original Screenplay: The Kids are All Right

    Alt: Inception

    WGA Adapted Screenplay: The Social Network

    Alt: True Grit

  • 2 2-04-2011 at 6:29 pm

    Graysmith said...

    Original: Inception
    Adapted: The Social Network
    Scripter: True Grit

    Gonna go out on a limb and pick True Grit because it’s an award honoring the screenwriters and the original author, and there really isn’t any reason to award to the guy who wrote the book that The Social Network really isn’t adapted from.

    It could very easily go to The Social Network though, but that’d just be lazy autopilot voting as this is the one writing award it really doesn’t deserve.

  • 3 2-04-2011 at 7:03 pm

    DylanS said...

    Original: TKAAR
    Adapted: TSN
    Scripter: TSN

    I’m keeping it safe, but they all feel like locks to me.

  • 4 2-04-2011 at 7:19 pm

    Paul Outlaw said...

    WGA Original: TKAAR
    WGA Adapted: True Grit
    USC Scripter: Winter’s Bone

  • 5 2-04-2011 at 9:11 pm

    Cordy said...

    WGA O: Inception (I hope Kids wins though)

    WGA A: TSN (But Sorkin has made it clear he hates the org)

    Scripter TSn (No comment. Lock.