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WGA reveals its best screenplay nominations for 2008

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Sean Penn stars in “Milk”


Today the Writers Guild of America disclosed the list of its nominees for “outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during the 2008 season.” The writers are being honored for a variety of projects, from major motion pictures to documentary films.

In the original screenplay category the nominations went to Joel and Ethan Coen for “Burn After Reading,” Dustin Lance Black for “Milk,” “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” by Woody Allen, “The Visitor” by Tom McCarthy, and “The Wrestler” by Robert Siegel.

For best adapted screenplay John Patrick Shanley for “Doubt” based on his stage play, Peter Morgan for “Frost/Nixon” based on another stage play, “Slumdog Millionaire” by Simon Beaufoy and based on a novel, “The Dark Knight” by Jonathan and Christopher Nolan, story by David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan, based on DC Comics characters and Batman created by Bob Krane, and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” by Eric Roth, screen story by Robin Swicord and Eric Roth based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Those nominated for documentary screenplays are Stefan Forbes and Nolan Walker for “Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story,” Brett Morgen for “Chicago 10,” Johnny O’Hara for “Fuel,” Alex Gibney for “Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson,” and Ari Folman for “Waltz with Bashir.”

The 2008 Writers Guild Awards will be handed out at ceremonies simultaneously in Los Angeles and New York on Saturday, February 7, 2009.

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