Oscar could be shaping up for one helluva Hangover.
The hugely popular summer comedy could be shaking up the Academy Awards after scoring a big nomination today for the Writers Guild of America Awards, one of Hollywood's key tune-ups for the Oscars.
The script for The Hangover, by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, was one of five nominees for Best Original Screenplay, where it will go head to head with another blockbuster popcorn flick, James Cameron's Avatar. Rounding out the field are the screenplays for critical darling The Hurt Locker, the Coen brothers' A Serious Man and the indie charmer (500) Days of Summer.
Star Trek, meanwhile, beamed into the Adapted Screenplay race, where it will face off with usual suspects Precious and Up in the Air, along with a couple of more left-field nods: Crazy Heart and Julie & Julia.
But where was Inglourious Basterds? District 9? Up? The simple answer to the snubs is this...
Blame the WGA's ultrarestrictive eligibility requirements, which requires all nominees to be members of the scribblers union. Quentin Tarantino isn't, hence no nod for his Basterds.
Likewise, esteemed writer Nick Hornby was ineligible for An Education, not because he's not a member of the WGA (he has been for 10 years), but because of a newly instituted rule that required him to also be a member of WGA Great Britain (which he wasn't at the time).
The same murky eligibility requirements also nixed The Fantastic Mr. Fox, District 9, A Single Man, The Road and Up.
The WGA Awards will be handed out Feb. 20. Here's the complete list of nominees:
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