Dead pool movie WGA award
If 2016 was the year of the dumpster fire, clearly 2017 is the year that great cracks open in the crust of the earth and Apocalypse is set loose on the land. A comic book movie has gotten a WGA Award nomination for best screenplay adapted from another medium. Not just any comic book movie. 


 The profane, pansexual, violent merc with a mouth. And one of the most successful comics films of the year – thought I was going to say ever, didn’t you? 

THR analyzes what this means for our doomsday prepping, assuring us that it’s because the rules left some other front runners ineligible and this isn’t even the first time it happened:

In the end, the WGA did nominate Moonlight and Loving for best original screenplay, alongside La La Land and Manchester by the Sea (which shared the original screenplay prize at the Critics’ Choice Awards) and Hell or High Water. The fact that they weren’t competing in the adapted category clearly benefited Deadpool, which will compete against Arrival, Fences (posthumous recognition for August Wilson, who died in 2005), Hidden Figures and Nocturnal Animals. Deadpool’s inclusion wasn’t a complete surprise, though, since the guild also has seen fit to nominate other superhero movies in the category as well, such as 2008’s The Dark Knight and 2015’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

 Still there’s no denying that the script, credited to Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, was very clever, subverting tired tropes, giving us catch phrases galore and bringing the madcap tomfoolery that the comics are known for to the screen in larger than life form, lovingly captured by Ryan REynolds in the role of his life. 

The WGA Awards are selected by the WRiters Guild of America and are thought to honor films that are a but more literate, thought provoking and quotable than your average Transformers movie. 

All we can say is: somewhere, probably on Twitter, Rob Liefeld’s smile is a mile wide.  

The whole list of nominees:

Best Original Screenplay

Hell or High Water

Written by Taylor Sheridan; CBS Films
La La Land
Written by Damien Chazelle; Lionsgate
Written by Jeff Nichols; Focus Features
Manchester by the Sea
Written by Kenneth Lonergan; Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions
Written by Barry Jenkins, Story by Tarell McCraney; A24
Best Screenplay Adpated from Another Medium 


Screenplay by Eric Heisserer; Based on the Story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang; Paramount Pictures 
Written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick; Based on the X-Men Comic Books; Twentieth Century Fox Film
Screenplay by August Wilson; Based on his Play; Paramount Pictures 
Hidden Figures
Screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi; Based on the Book by Margot Lee Shetterly; Twentieth Century Fox Film
Nocturnal Animals
Screenplay by Tom Ford; Based on the Novel Tony and Susan by Austin Wright; Focus Features
 Documentary Screenplay

Author: The JT LeRoy Story
Written by Jeff Feuerzeig; Amazon Studios
Zero Days
Written by Alex Gibney; Magnolia Pictures
Command and Control
Telescript by Robert Kenner and Eric Schlosser, Story by Brian Pearle and Kim Roberts; Based on the book Command and Control by Eric Schlosser; American Experience Films
Drama Series

The Americans, Written by Peter Ackerman, Tanya Barfield, Joshua Brand, Joel Fields, Stephen Schiff, Joe Weisberg, Tracey Scott Wilson; FX
Better Call Saul, Written by Ann Cherkis, Vince Gilligan, Jonathan Glatzer, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, Heather Marion, Thomas Schnauz, Gordon Smith; AMC
Game of Thrones, Written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, Dave Hill, D.B. Weiss; HBO
Stranger Things, Written by Paul Dichter, Justin Doble, The Duffer Brothers, Jessica Mecklenburg, Jessie Nickson-Lopez, Alison Tatlock; Netflix
Westworld, Written by Ed Brubaker, Bridget Carpenter; Dan Dietz, Halley Gross; Lisa Joy; Katherine Lingenfelter, Dominic Mitchell, Jonathan Nolan, Roberto Patino, Daniel T. Thomsen, Charles Yu; HBO
Comedy Series
Atlanta, Written by Donald Glover, Stephen Glover, Stefani Robinson, Paul Simms; FX
Silicon Valley, Written by Megan Amram, Alec Berg, Donick Cary, Adam Countee, Jonathan Dotan, Mike Judge, Carrie Kemper, John Levenstein, Dan Lyons, Carson Mell, Dan O’Keefe, Clay Tarver, Ron Weiner; HBO
Transparent, Written by Arabella Anderson, Bridget Bedard, Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster, Jessi Klein, Stephanie Kornick, Ethan Kuperberg, Ali Liebegott, Our Lady J, Faith Soloway, Jill Soloway; Amazon Studios
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Written by Emily Altman, Robert Carlock, Azie Mira Dungey, Tina Fey, Lauren Gurganous, Sam Means, Dylan Morgan, Marlena Rodriguez, Dan Rubin, Meredith Scardino, Josh Siegal, Allison Silverman, Leila Strachan; Netflix
Veep, Written by Rachel Axler, Sean Gray, Alex Gregory, Peter Huyck, Eric Kenward, Billy Kimball, Steve Koren, David Mandel, Jim Margolis, Lew Morton, Georgia Pritchett, Will Smith, Alexis Wilkinson; HBO
New Series

Atlanta, Written by Donald Glover, Stephen Glover, Stefani Robinson, Paul Simms; FX
Better Things, Written by Pamela Adlon, Louis C.K., Cindy Chupack, Gina Fattore; FX
Stranger Things, Written by Paul Dichter, Justin Doble, The Duffer Brothers, Jessica Mecklenburg, Jessie Nickson-Lopez, Alison Tatlock; Netflix
This Is Us, Written by Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger, Bekah Brunstetter, Dan Fogelman, Vera Herbert, Joe Lawson, Kay Oyegun, Aurin Squire, K.J. Steinberg, Donald Todd; NBC
Westworld, Written by Ed Brubaker, Bridget Carpenter, Dan Dietz, Halley Gross, Lisa Joy, Katherine Lingenfelter, Dominic Mitchell, Jonathan Nolan, Roberto Patino, Daniel T. Thomsen, Charles Yu; HBO
Longform – Original

American Crime, Written by Julie Hébert, Sonay Hoffman, Keith Huff, Stacy A. Littlejohn, Kirk A. Moore, Davy Perez, Diana Son; ABC

Confirmation, Written by Susannah Grant; HBO
Harley and the Davidsons, Written by Seth Fisher, Nick Schenk, Evan Wright; Discovery Channel
Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le, Written by Dianne Houston; Lifetime
Longform – Adapted

11.22.63, Written by Bridget Carpenter, Brigitte Hales, Joe Henderson, Brian Nelson, Quinton Peeples, Based on the novel by Stephen King; Hulu
American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson, Written by Scott Alexander, Joe Robert Cole, D.V. DeVincentis, Maya Forbes, Larry Karaszewski, Wally Wolodarsky, Based on the book The Run of His Life by Jeffrey Toobin; FX
Madoff, Written by Ben Robbins, Inspired by the Book The Madoff Chronicles: Inside the Secret World of Bernie and Ruth by Brian Ross; ABC
The Night Of, Written by Richard Price, Steve Zaillian, Based on the BBC Series Criminal Justice Created by Peter Moffat; HBO
Roots, Written by Lawrence Konner, Alison McDonald, Charles Murray, Mark Rosenthal, Based upon the Book by Alex Haley; History Channel
Shortform New Media – Original

“Episode 101” (Now We’re Talking), Written by Tug Coker, Tommy Dewey;
“Escape the Room” (Life Ends at 30), Written by Michael Field;
“Itsy Bitsy Spider” Episode 1 (Thug Passion), Written by Motrya Tomycz;
“The Party” (The Commute), Written by Linsey Stewart & Dane Clark;
Shortform New Media – Adapted

“Passage” Part 4 (Fear the Walking Dead), Written by Lauren Signorino & Mike Zunic;
“Under Siege” (The Strain), Written by Bradley Thompson & David Weddle, Based on the novels by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan;

“Barthood” (The Simpsons), Written by Dan Greaney; Fox
“First Day of Rule” (Elena of Avalor), Written by Craig Gerber; Disney Channel
“Fish Out of Water” (BoJack Horseman), Written by Elijah Aron & Jordan Young; Netflix
“A Princess on Lothal” (Star Wars Rebels), Written by Steven Melching; Disney XD
“Stop the Presses” (BoJack Horseman), Written by Joe Lawson; Netflix 

Episodic Drama

“Gloves Off” (Better Call Saul), Written by Gordon Smith; AMC
“I Am a Storm” (Shameless), Written by Sheila Callaghan; Showtime
“Klick” (Better Call Saul), Written by Heather Marion & Vince Gilligan; AMC
“Switch” (Better Call Saul), Written by Thomas Schnauz; AMC
“The Trip” (This Is Us), Written by Vera Herbert; NBC
“The Winds of Winter” (Game of Thrones), Written for Television by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss; HBO
Episodic Comedy

“Kimmy Finds Her Mom!” (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Written by Tina Fey & Sam Means; Netflix
“Kimmy Goes on a Playdate!” (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Written by Robert Carlock; Netflix
“Pilot” (One Mississippi), Written by Diablo Cody & Tig Notaro; Amazon Studios
“R-A-Y-C-Ray-Cation” (Speechless), Written by Carrie Rosen & Seth Kurland; ABC
“Streets on Lock” (Atlanta), Written by Stephen Glover; FX
“A Taste of Zephyria” (Son of Zorn), Written by Dan Mintz; Fox


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