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Five full weeks after the Oscars, the Writers Guild of America finally got around to giving out its awards. Oscar winner Cord Jefferson (“American Fiction”) won the original screenplay prize while David Hemingson (“The Holdovers”) picked up the adapted screenplay trophy; he had lost at the Oscars to “Anatomy of a Fall,” which was ineligible here.

Three other scripts deemed ineligible by the WGA went on to win Oscars in the past decade: “Birdman” (2015; original), “The Father” (2021; adapted), and “Belfast” (2022; original). During that time, 68 of the WGA Awards nominees numbered among the 100 screenplays that reaped Oscar bids.

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Two other Oscar contenders — “Poor Things,” and “The Zone of Interest” — were ruled out of the running by the guild before nominations were announced way back on Feb. 21. The WGA included “Barbie” in the original lineup while the academy had it over in adapted. That was the third time in a decade that the two groups disagreed on a script following “Whiplash” (2015) and “Moonlight” (2017), the latter of which won the favor of both organizations.

Original Screenplay

Written by Alex Convery

Written by Greta Gerwig & Noah Baumbach

X – “The Holdovers”
Written by David Hemingson

“May December”
Screenplay by Samy Burch; Story by Samy Burch & Alex Mechanik

“Past Lives”
Written by Celine Song

Adapted Screenplay

X – “American Fiction”
Screenplay by Cord Jefferson
Based on the novel “Erasure” by Percival Everett

“Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.”
Screenplay by Kelly Fremon Craig
Based on the book by Judy Blume

“Killers of the Flower Moon”
Screenplay by Eric Roth & Martin Scorsese
Based on the book by David Grann

Screenplay by Julia Cox
Based on the book “Find a Way” by Diana Nyad

Screenplay by Christopher Nolan
Based on the book “American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer” by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin

Documentary Screenplay

Written by Jeff L. Lieberman

“It Ain’t Over”
Written by Sean Mullin

X  – “The Pigeon Tunnel”
Written by Errol Morris

“Stamped from the Beginning”
Written by David Teague
Based on the book by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

“What the Hell Happened to Blood, Sweat & Tears?”
Written by John Scheinfeld

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