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"Bridesmaids," "Midnight in Paris," "Dragon Tattoo" & "Moneyball" Among Writers Guild Nominees

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    The Writers Guild Awards nominations were announced today, and as is typical of such things, there was a mix of forgone conclusions and pleasant surprises, but nobody had a better day than Steve Zaillian, who scored not one, but two nods.

    Zaillian received two nominations in the Adapted Screenplay category, for his work on both "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and "Moneyball." In the pleasant surprise category were Will Reiser's cancer comedy "50/50" and Tom McCarthy's "Win Win," a pair of genuinely funny and insightful movies that didn't get anywhere near their due at the box office.

    As for forgone conclusions, was there any doubt Woody Allen would get the call for "Midnight in Paris"? Or that "The Descendants" would be in the mix for Adapted Screenplay?

    Here's the complete list of nominees:

    "Midnight in Paris"

    [NATL] "Midnight in Paris"
    Owen Wilson stars in Woody Allen's latest, as a struggling novelist who vacations in the City of Lights with his fiancee, played by Rachel McAdams, and her family, only to fall for the charms of the city and, more specifically, a beautiful fashion student played by Marion Cotillard. Opens May 20. (Published Thursday, Feb 7, 2013)

    ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
    50/50, Will Reiser
    Bridesmaids, Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
    Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen
    Win Win, Tom McCarthy; Story by Tom McCarthy & Joe Tiboni
    Young Adult, Diablo Cody

    ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
    The Descendants, Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash; Based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemming
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Steven Zaillian; Based on the novel by Stieg Larsson
    The Help, Tate Taylor; Based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett
    Hugo, John Logan; Based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
    Moneyball, Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin; Story by Stan Chervin; Based on the book by Michael Lewis

    It's The "Bridesmaids" Trailer -- Think "The Hangover" for Ladies

    [NATL] "Bridesmaids"
    Kristen Wiig stars as a broke and heartbroken woman determined to be the best maid of honor she can be to her friend, played by Maya Rudolph. Co-stars Rose Byrne, Wendi Mclendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy (Published Wednesday, May 30, 2012)

    DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY
    Better This World, Katie Galloway & Kelly Duane de la Vega
    If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, Marshall Curry and Matthew Hamachek
    Nostalgia for the Light, Patricio Guzmán
    Pina, Wim Wenders
    Position Among the Stars, Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich, Leonard Retel Helmrich
    Senna, Manish Pandey