As Hollywood's award season continues to move along, each of the major film critic organizations and industry guilds are ready to hand out their top honors from the past year. Recently, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) revealed its nominees for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay, which will be honored by the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) at the 2013 Writers Guild Awards on Feb. 17 during simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. However, with a number of top Oscar contending films deemed "ineligible" under the guild's strict guidelines, it does beg the question: Are these really the best written flicks of 2012?
Best Original Screenplay
Flight (Paramount Pictures)
Written by John Gatins
Normally, whenever Denzel Washington is portraying your lead character, he automatically makes any script better due to his amazing on-screen presence, yet with Flight, the script was already in fine form. Gatins worked on the screenplay for over a decade and originally hoped to direct the film, which centers on an airline pilot's world spinning out of control after his sobriety is called into question following a miracle landing. An inside look at the battle against addiction, Flight's screenplay is as much of a character study as it is anything else.