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Writers Guild nominations include 'Black Swan,' 'Inception,' '127 Hours'

January 4, 2011 | 12:10 pm

A surreal film about dreams, a comedy-drama about a modern-day family and a drama about the birth of an online social network were among the nominees Tuesday morning for the Writers Guild of America Awards.

Nominees for best original screenplay are  "Black Swan," screenplay by Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin, story by Andres Heinz; "The Fighter," screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; "Inception," written by Christopher Nolan; "The Kids Are All Right," written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg; and "Please Give," written by Nicole Holofcener.

Nominees for adapted screenplay are "127 Hours," screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy, based on the book "Between a Rock and a Hard Place" by Aron Ralston; "I Love You Phillip Morris," written by John Requa & Glenn Ficarra, based on the book by Steven McVicker; "The Social Network," screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, based on the book "The Accidental Billionaires" by Ben Mezrich; "The Town, " screenplay by Peter Craig and Ben Affleck & Aaron Stockard, based on the novel "Prince of Thieves" by Charles Hogan; and "True Grit," screenplay by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, based on the novel by Charles Portis.

Earlier Tuesday morning, the majority of the WGA nominees also were nominated for the Producers Guild of America's Motion Picture Award, save for "Please Give" and "I Love You Phillip Morris."

"Morris," which finally had a long-delayed release this fall and received mixed notices, is probably the biggest surprise among the WGA nominations.

Notably missing from the list are the screenplays to such acclaimed films as "The King's Speech," "Toy Story 3," "Winter's Bone," "How to Train Your Dragon," "Another Year" and "Biutiful" because they are not signatories to the guild's Minimum Basic Guarantee.

The WGA is considered one of the leading Oscar bellwethers, though last year the WGA and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were divided. Both groups gave original screenplay to "The Hurt Locker," with the WGA selecting "Up in the Air" for adapted screenplay and "Precious" winning the Oscar in that category.

Nominees Tuesday in the documentary screenplay category are "Enemies of the People," written, directed and filmed by Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath; "Freedom Riders," written, produced and directed by Stanley Nelson; "Inside Job," produced, written and directed by Charles Ferguson; co-written by Chad Beck and Adam Bolt; "The Two Escobars," written by Michael Zimbalist and Jeff Zimbalist; and "Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?" written and directed by John Scheinfeld.

 The awards will be handed out Feb. 5 at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.

-- Susan King

Photo: Leonardo DiCaprio in "Inception." Credit: Warner Bros.