Another big precursor helped shed some light on the screenplay races today. The Writer’s Guild of America provided their choices for the best screenplays of 2019. Several big surprises found their way into the hunt, with Knives OutBooksmart, and Joker finding traction. A nomination here goes a long way towards a nomination in a screenplay category at Oscar, and should be seen as a big win.

However, there is a word of caution. Some films were deemed inelligible for various reasons. For example, Quentin Tarantino and Lulu Wang were not snubbed for Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood or The Farewell. Additionally, The Two Popes was classified in the Original Screenplay category here, while at Oscar it will compete in the weaker Adapted Screenplay race. This means that you should refrain from simply using this group as the basis of your predictions. Still, they provide an excellent look at how the industry views the films in question.

Check out the full list of nominees below!


1917, Written by Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns; Universal Pictures

Booksmart, Written by Emily Halpern & Sarah Haskins and Susanna Fogel and Katie Silberman; United Artists Releasing

Knives Out, Written by Rian Johnson; Lionsgate

Marriage Story, Written by Noah Baumbach; Netflix

Parasite, Screenplay by Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won, Story by Bong Joon Ho; Neon


A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster, Inspired by the Article “Can You Say…Hero?” by Tom Junod; TriStar Pictures

The Irishman, Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, Based upon the Book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt; Netflix

Jojo Rabbit, Screenplay by Taika Waititi, Based on the book Caging Skies by Christine Leunens; Fox Searchlight

Joker, Written by Todd Phillips & Scott Silver, Based on Characters from DC Comics; Warner Bros. Pictures

Little Women, Screenplay by Greta Gerwig, Based on the Novel by Louisa May Alcott; Sony Pictures


Citizen K, Written by Alex Gibney; Greenwich Entertainment

Foster, Written by Mark Jonathan Harris; HBO Documentary Films

The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, Written by Alex Gibney; HBO Documentary Films

Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People, Written by Robert Seidman & Oren Rudavsky; First Run Features

The Kingmaker, Written by Lauren Greenfield; Showtime Documentary Films

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