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Beverly Hills News – Writers Guild of America Awards Nominees Announced Today

Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2017 – 1:08 PM

(CNS) – Writers of the films Hell or High Water, La La Land, Loving, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight were nominated Wednesday for the Writers Guild of America Award for best original screenplay.

For adapted screenplay, WGA nominations went to the writers of Arrival, Deadpool, Fences, Hidden Figures and Nocturnal Animals.

The WGA Awards will be presented Feb. 19 at the Beverly Hilton in a ceremony hosted by actor-comedian Patton Oswalt. A separate ceremony will be held simultaneously in New York City at the Edison Ballroom.

WGA nominations were announced last month in the television, new media, news, radio and promotional writing categories. Videogame writing nominations will be announced Jan. 12.

The nominations announced Wednesday were:

Original Screenplay

Hell or High Water, written by Taylor Sheridan, CBS Films

La La Land, written by Damien Chazelle, Lionsgate 

Loving, written by Jeff Nichols, Focus Features 

Manchester by the Sea, written by Kenneth Lonergan, Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions 

Moonlight, written by Barry Jenkins, story by Tarell McCraney, A24

Adapted Screenplay

Arrival, screenplay by Eric Heisserer; based on Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang, Paramount Pictures  

Deadpool, written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick; based on the X-Men comic books, Twentieth Century Fox Film

Fences, screenplay by August Wilson, based on his play, Paramount Pictures  

Hidden Figures, screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Thoedore Melfi, based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly, Twentieth Century Fox Film

Nocturnal Animals, screenplay by Tom Ford, based on the novel Tony and Susan by Austin Wright, Focus Features

 Documentary Screenplay

Author: The JT LeRoy Story, written by Jeff Feuerzeig, Amazon Studios

Command and Control, telescript by Robert Kenner and Eric Schlosser; story by Brian Pearle and Kim Roberts; based on the book Command and Control by Eric Schlosser, American Experience Films

Zero Days, written by Alex Gibney, Magnolia Pictures

Feature films eligible for a Writers Guild Award were exhibited theatrically for at least one week in Los Angeles during 2016.

Documentaries eligible for a Writers Guild Award featured an onscreen writing credit and were exhibited theatrically in L.A. or New York for one week during 2016.

For more information about the 2017 Writers Guild Awards, visit or

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