2016 WGA Awards Nominations: 'Spotlight', 'Straight Outta Compton', And 'The Big Short' Are Going Strong

The long, exhausting journey through awards season continues today, as the Writers Guild of America announce their nominations for their 2016 honors. As it turns out, they like a lot of the same things the Producers Guild and the Screen Actors Guild do, namely SpotlightThe Big Short, and Straight Outta Compton. They are, however, the only one of the three guilds to put Trainwreck in the race. Read the list of 2016 WGA Awards nominations after the jump. 

This awards season started out with one of the most wide-open fields in recent memory. Presumed frontrunners like Joy fell flat, while others like The Revenant proved more divisive than expected. But a consensus is finally emerging. The three films named above – SpotlightThe Big Short, and Straight Outta Compton — are the only ones nominated for all three of the top guild prizes, although Compton struck out with the Golden Globes. Trainwreck feels like the only real surprise between the two narrative film categories.

The WGA's strict rules disqualify a lot of films that might otherwise get awards season attention. This year, The Hateful Eight, Inside OutBrooklynThe Danish Girl, and Mad Max: Fury Road were among the original and adapted screenplays deemed ineligible. These unique requirements mean the WGA Awards are a less reliable predictor of the Oscars than the PGA or SAG prizes are. Still, it's an important stop for titles hoping for awards-season glory. According to TheWrap, 22 of the 32 WGA's adapted and original screenplay winners since 2000 have gone on to win Oscars.

Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies, Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen; DreamWorks Pictures

Sicario, Written by Taylor Sheridan; Lionsgate

Spotlight, Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy; Open Road Films

Straight Outta Compton, Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff; Universal Pictures

Trainwreck, Written by Amy Schumer; Universal Pictures

Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short, Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay; Based on the Book by Michael Lewis; Paramount Pictures

Carol, Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy; Based on the Novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith; The Weinstein Company

The Martian, Screenplay by Drew Goddard; Based on the Novel by Andy Weir; Twentieth Century Fox

Steve Jobs, Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin; Based on the Book by Walter Isaacson; Universal Pictures

Trumbo, Written by John McNamara; Based on the Biography by Bruce Cook; Bleecker Street Media

Documentary Screenplay

Being Canadian, Written by Robert Cohen; Candy Factory Films

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Written by Alex Gibney; HBO Documentary Films

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, Written by Brett Morgen; HBO Documentary Films

Prophet's Prey, Written by Amy J. Berg; Showtime Documentary Films