Sci-fi films seem to be making up for years in which the genre has largely been ignored, with Avatar and Star Trek scoring screenplay nominations from the Writers Guild of America.
The WGA Screen nominees picked James Cameron’s global juggernaut as a contender for its best original screenplay honor, while Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman’s Trek script is competing for best adapted screenplay.
The full list of nominees follows:
‘ (500) Days of Summer, Written by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber; Fox Searchlight
‘ Avatar, Written by James Cameron; 20th Century Fox
‘ The Hangover, Written by Jon Lucas & Scott Moore; Warner Bros.
‘ The Hurt Locker, Written by Mark Boal; Summit Entertainment
‘ A Serious Man, Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen; Focus Features
‘ Crazy Heart, Screenplay by Scott Cooper; Based on the novel by Thomas Cobb; Fox Searchlight
‘ Julie & Julia, Screenplay by Nora Ephron; Based on the books Julie & Julia by Julie Powell and My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme; Sony Pictures
‘ Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire, Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher; Based on the novel Push by Sapphire; Lionsgate
‘ Star Trek, Written by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman; Based upon Star Trek, Created by Gene Roddenberry; Paramount Pictures
‘ Up in the Air, Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner; Based upon the novel by Walter Kirn; Paramount Pictures
‘ Against the Tide, Screenplay by Richard Trank; Moriah Films
‘ Capitalism: A Love Story, Written by Michael Moore; Overture Films
‘ The Cove, Written by Mark Monroe; Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions
‘ Earth Days, Written by Robert Stone; Zeitgeist Films
‘ Good Hair, Written by Chris Rock & Jeff Stilson and Lance Crouther and Chuck Sklar; Roadside Attractions
‘ Soundtrack for a Revolution, Written by Bill Guttentag & Dan Sturman; Freedom Song Productions and Louverture Films
Winners will be announced an the 2010 Writers Guild Awards, set for Feb. 20 at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.