[Featured image courtesy Arrival Official Facebook page]
LaLa Land may be the heavy favorite to sweep the Oscars this year, but on February 19 the Writers Guild of America (WGA) awarded Best Adapted Screenplay to the underdog science fiction film Arrival.
Based on Ted Chiang’s short story “Story of Your Life,” Arrival has a total of eight Academy Award Nominations, including the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. As noted on Deadline, getting the WGA nod for either Original or Adapted Screenplay is usually a good omen for capturing the Little Golden Man, since “nine of the past 10 WGA winners also scooped the Academy Award, including The Big Short in 2016.”
A prestigious accolade like the WGA award is a welcome sign for films like Arrival – smart science fiction movies popular with critics and moviegoers alike. Hopefully Hollywood will realize that intelligent SF movies are worth the investment after all.
You can see the full list of WGA nominees and winners here.