Logan, Hugh Jackman’s critically acclaimed swan song as Wolverine, is among the films nominated at the 2018 Writers Guild of America awards. Oscar season is now in full effect, with studios piecing together campaigns for their films and cinephiles tracking down screenings of any contender they can find. But before the Academy Awards are held in March, there are numerous precursors that hand out honors of their own. Already, the nominees for the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, and others have been announced.
The Writers Guild, as the name implies, recognizes the best screenplays of the year. Like the Oscars, they separate the field into two categories: original and adapted. Today, the WGA came out with their full list of competitors, and there’s one notable franchise installment among the usual suspects.
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Per IndieWire, Logan landed a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, pulling off the same feat Fox’s Deadpool managed during last year’s awards race. The X-Men film is pitted against Call Me By Your Name, The Disaster Artist, Molly’s Game, and Mudbound in the adapted field. As for the original screenplays, the WGA chose The Big Sick, Get Out, I, Tonya, Lady Bird, and The Shape of Water. The winners will be revealed on February 11.
Many of the titles listed above have long been perennial favorites for various accolades, but Logan’s inclusion is a pleasant surprise. Fox has worked diligently to get the film in the hands of awards voters, and while it was snubbed completely by the Golden Globes, the studio’s efforts have paid dividends. In addition to the WGA nod, Logan‘s was also named one of the National Board Review’s top 10 movies of 2017. It’s rare for comic book adaptations to break through like this, so the development is quite exciting for the filmmakers and fans. Time will tell what other nominations Logan picks up before it’s done.
Viewers looking to see Wolverine crash the Oscars may not want to get their hopes up just yet. In all likelihood, the Academy’s lineup will be a little different from the WGA. Due to guid regulations, the likes of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Darkest Hour (among others) were ineligible for this batch of awards, and they’re expected to contend for the Oscar’s screenplay trophies. Even if WGA is all Logan gets from here on out, it’s still an impressive achievement for James Mangold’s film. Many felt the Western was a fitting sendoff for one of the icons of a genre, something voters could not disagree with.
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