Guardians of the Galaxy Gets Surprise WGA Nomination
The Writers Guild of America nominations came out today, and there's one film in the Best Adapted Screenplay category that sticks out like a sore thumb: Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. Not because it isn't deserving (it topped our list of the best sci-fi movies of the year), but because it's a lighthearted superhero movie starring a talking raccoon and a sentient tree, a stark contrast to fellow nominees American Sniper, Gone Girl, Wild, and The Imitation Game, all of which are dark, Oscar bait-y dramas.
Does this nomination say anything about Guardians of the Galaxy's Oscar chances? Yes and no. No, it probably doesn't mean that it stands a chance at a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination with the Academy, as several films that are gunning for Oscars- Birdman, Selma, Theory of Everything, and Mr. Turner- weren't eligible to be nominated by the WGA under their Basic Agreement. As all of those films except for Birdman are in the "adapted" category, it seems safe to say that one of these three films will likely replace Guardians of the Galaxy and probably Wild in the Oscar race.
However, any kind of awards attention bodes well for Guardians of the Galaxy, as it's still a prime contender for a VFX nomination and possibly even a win. It'll be an uphill battle for Guardians to beat out special effects juggernaut Interstellar, but awards attention during this critical time may make it more doable.