It all starts with the script -- and on Monday, the Writers Guild Awards announced their nominations for 2020's best screenplays. The original screenplay field proved the most fun, with the inclusion of awards season dark horses like Booksmart and Knives Out alongside anticipated nominees 1917, Marriage Story and Parasite.
Notably absent from the list of nominees is Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which won the Best Screenplay award at Sunday's Golden Globes. Before you cry snub, however, know that Quentin Tarantino has never been nominated by the Writers Guild of America because he is not a guild member. (Similarly, Lulu Wang's The Farewell and Pedro Almodóvar's Pain and Glory were ineligible due to WGA guidelines.)
Here is the full list of nominees:
1917, Written by Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns
Booksmart, Written by Emily Halpern & Sarah Haskins and Susanna Fogel and Katie Silberman
Knives Out, Written by Rian Johnson
Marriage Story, Written by Noah Baumbach
Parasite, Screenplay by Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won, Story by Bong Joon Ho
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster
The Irishman, Screenplay by Steven Zaillian
Jojo Rabbit, Screenplay by Taika Waititi
Joker, Written by Todd Phillips & Scott Silver
Little Women, Screenplay by Greta Gerwig
Citizen K, Written by Alex Gibney
Foster, Written by Mark Jonathan Harris
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, Written by Alex Gibney
Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People, Written by Robert Seidman & Oren Rudavsky
The Kingmaker, Written by Lauren Greenfield
So, what do these nominations tell us about the Oscars? Neither of last year's WGA winners -- Eighth Grade in original screenplay and Can You Ever Forgive Me? in adapted -- went on to win at the Oscars, though the latter did receive a nomination. And with a heavy hitter like Tarantino sitting this one out, the original screenplay nominees shouldn't get too comfortable just yet.
The WGA will announce its winners during dual ceremonies in L.A. and NYC on Feb. 1.