WGA Creates Docu Category
Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine will be the first and only documentary ever nominated for the Guild's original screenplay award.
The Writers Guild of America is tweaking its awards system, creating a feature documentary writing award and excluding documentaries eligibility for its original screenplay award.
The new awards will be presented at a reception early next year rather than at the WGA Awards ceremony on February 19.
The change was made partially because the amount of documentaries released this year in Los Angeles has more than doubled, going from 23 to 50. Thirty contain writing credits, while last year, only eight did.
The change means that Michael Moore will not be winning his second WGA award for original screenplay for Fahrenheit 9/11, after winning the original screenplay award in 2002 for Bowling for Columbine. That film is now officially the first and last documentary ever nominated for the guild's original screenplay award.
Moore is unconcerned. He has chosen to submit Fahrenheit 9/11 for a Best Picture Oscar, rather than best documentary.