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WGA finds 'The King's Speech' and 'Winter's Bone' ineligible for WGA awards

December 29, 2010 | 11:32 am

Kings speech 

It happens every year, so it really should come as no surprise, but the Writers Guild of America has once again eliminated some of the year's best films for consideration for its awards because the films are not signatories to the guild's Minimum Basic Guarantee. Among this year's omissions are "The King's Speech," "Winter's Bone" and "Toy Story 3."

The guild's rules always get the companies behind the omitted films all riled up; they typically declare that the WGA isn't judging the best films of the year but the best films made by WGA members under WGA guidelines. (Steve Pond at The Wrap first reported the news.) But these are guild awards, and just as SAG gives its awards only to SAG members, it's not completely surprising that the WGA would omit films made by people who aren't guild members.

What is unfortunate is that the WGA's stance immediately diminishes its importance as a predictor for the Oscars. (Last year, such contenders as "Inglourious Basterds" and "An Education" were omitted from consideration.) This year the situation may not be as extreme, because so many of the top Oscar contenders are still eligible for award consideration, including "The Social Network," "The Kids Are All Right," "Black Swan," "127 Hours," "Inception," "The Town" and "The Fighter."

Ineligible are the two most prominent animated flicks -- "Toy Story 3" and "How to Train Your Dragon" -- as well as some smaller films, predominantly the ones belonging to the Weinstein Co. ("Blue Valentine"  in addition to "The King's Speech").  Also ineligible are foreign films "Another Year," "Biutiful" and "Made in Dagenham."

The WGA is not commenting on its list or confirming whether are not the films listed above are officially being omitted. The guild will release its list of eligible films on Tuesday, when it presents its nominations.

-- Nicole Sperling

Photo: Colin Firth in "The King's Speech."  Credit:  The Weinstein Co.