Screenplay from Pohlad's '12 Years a Slave' deemed ineligible for writer's award


A high-profile film co-produced by Minnesota filmmaker Bill Pohlad will not be getting a shot at Writers Guild of America glory.

Variety reported that the screenplay for the historical drama "12 Years a Slave" does not qualify for the guild's annual awards.

The Writers Guild of America announced Tuesday 95 screenplays — 41 in the adapted category and 54 in the original category — can be voted on to determine the finalists for the guild's annual honors.

The guild did not comment on why "12 Years a Slave" or other screenplays were excluded from the nomination process.

According to Variety, the WGA has strict requirements. The publication said to be eligible for the WGA Awards, screenplays must be "produced under WGA jurisdiction or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.K."

Other notable screenplays excluded from the WGA nomination race include the scripts for the dramas "Rush," "Fruitvale Station" and "Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom."

Meanwhile, Minnesota filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen's screenplay for the folk music tale "Inside Llewyn Davis" was deemed eligible for the WGA's Best Original Screenplay honor.

The "12 Years a Slave" screenplay, written by John Ridley, has already been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Pohlad, who co-produced the film along with Brad Pitt and five others, was nominated for the Spirit Awards' Best Feature honor.

Despite the omission, movie awards prognosticator said "12 Years a Slave" has the "overwhelming lead" for Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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