Martin McDonagh conspicuously absent from top WGA screenplay nominations


Noticeably absent from the Writers Guild of America (WGA) list for Best Original Screenplay was Martin McDonagh.

British-Irish director Steven Spielberg’s main awards season rivals, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, and Todd Field all earned nominations in the WGA top category.

It comes after all five directors were nominated for Best Original Screenplay Oscars on Tuesday, along with Triangle Of Sadness writer Ruben Ostlund.

Spielberg was nominated for WGA Best Original Screenplay for The Fabelmans, Field for Tar and Kwan and Scheinert for Everything Everywhere All At Once.

McDonagh’s The Banshees Of Inisherin has already won the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay and was also nominated in the equivalent category at the Critics Choice Awards (CCA).

But the film was snubbed Wednesday by the WGA.

The surprise contenders for WGA Best Original Screenplay were The Menu, written by Seth Reiss and Will Tracy; and Nope by Jordan Peele.

No film script was nominated for the Golden Globes or the CCA.

Jordan Peele’s Nope was a surprise contender for WGA Best Original Screenplay (Ian West/PA)

Snubs also came for the nine-time Oscar-nominated German film All Quiet On The Western Front and Living – starring Bill Nighy – neither of which made it into the WGA’s Best Adapted Screenplay category.

The hit sequels Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery and Top Gun: Maverick, all received nominations in the category.

Sarah Polley’s Women Talking, starring Frances McDormand, Claire Foy and Ben Whishaw, also won awards, as did She Said, written by Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer and Christopher McQuarrie.

In the WGA TV categories, Quinta Brunson’s Abbott Elementary picked up nominations for Comedy Series and New Series, as did The Bear.

The Crown was nominated for Best Drama Series and Sharon Horgan’s Bad Sisters was also nominated in the WGA’s Best New Series category.

Winners of the 75th Annual Writers Guild of America Awards will be announced on Sunday, March 5.


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