2005 is over, and everyone and their blog is reflecting on the best of the year, including Hollywood types. A slew of award nominations from the Writers Guild and Producers Guild were recently announced, for films that were released in 2005. But wait – there's more. Thursday, the Screen Actors Guild and Directors Guild will step up with their nominees. In the entertainment industry, it seems the holiday season was a mere diversion in the midst of awards season.
The Golden Globes get their nominations out early, and the venerable Oscars get the last word with their nomination announcements on Jan. 31, but in between, there are a number of more targeted entertainment industry awards where peers vote for peers. Though that should give them more credibility than, say, the Golden Globes, these are the awards that tend to get only passing notice from the public, lumped together as precursors to the awards that count - the Oscars.
But some of us do care at least a little - maybe because they’re a barometer for the Oscars, maybe because we want our favourites to be nominated for any accolade that exists, maybe because we just can’t get enough of Hollywood congratulating itself.
According to the collective wisdom of the writers and producers, some of the big contenders would appear to be Brokeback Mountain; Crash; Good Night, and Good Luck; and Capote.
Writers Guild of America awards
The Writers Guild announced their film awards nominees on Tuesday, and will name the winners at a Feb. 4 awards ceremony. (The WGA television and radio nominations were announced in December.) There is at least one major surprise here - The 40-Year-Old Virgin is on my list of “I’ll see it eventually," but even without knowing if I’ll like it, I have to admire the writers for nominating a pure comedy amid the weightier dramas, something the Oscars rarely do.