Okay, well, not officially. You won’t hear the actual words, “And the award goes to…” until Saturday night, February 20 when the WGA kudofest hosted by Seth MacFarlane takes place.
No, we’re talking about the winners as predicted by the hotly anticipated, never-wrong (it’s our first year!), Movie Smackdown poll. Come Sunday morning, of course, we may have to modify our verbiage but until then that’s our hype and we’re rollin’ with it.
We’ve had a poll up on the site since the nominations were announced and we’ve gotten a decent turnout. So, given that we have a lot of screenwriters who read us, we’re prepared to claim “bellweather” status… at least until we can’t. Here’s what our readers had to say with their ballots.
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Up in the Air39%
Julie & Julia13%
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
(500) Days of Summer30%
The Hurt Locker24%
A Serious Man18%
Congratulations to our Smackdown winners. For (500) Days of Summer that’s Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. For Up in the Air, that’s Sheldon Turner and Jason Reitman, based on the novel by Walter Kirn.
Our particular congrats, of course, go to the actual WGA winners Saturday night. In 2008, during the final days of the WGA strike, Jackie and I won a WGA award in the “Original Longform” TV category for our script to the “Pandemic” miniseries. It’s by far the coolest trophy I’ve ever taken home for anything because it’s given by writers to writers, based on the script being read and not the final product of the film. In other words, it’s on the page, not the stage…
It really does start with a blank screen or a blank page. Someone has to fill that in. That someone is a writer. None of this works without them.
Read our Smack: Up in the Air -vs- It’s Complicated by Sherry Coben
Read our Smack: (500) Days of Summer -vs- Annie Hall by Jackie Zabel