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Amy Schumer Is Nominated by the Writers Guild of America for Trainwreck. Could She Get an Oscar Nod?

Amy (Amy Schumer) and Aaron (Bill Hader) in Trainwreck.

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The Writers Guild of America announced its screenplay nominations today, and one name in particular stands out among the rest: Amy Schumer. The comedian was nominated for Original Screenplay for Trainwreck, which up until now has been pretty much absent from pre-Oscars awards buzz. (It did get two Golden Globes nominations, but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has separate categories for comedy and drama and therefore tends to do its own thing apart from the academy.)

Does this mean Schumer has a shot at capping off a stellar, career-high 2015 with an Oscar nomination? I wouldn’t bet on it—rarely does the academy pay much attention to straightforward comedies (and much less rom-coms), favoring the super serious or the darkly comic when it comes to accolades. To add to that, the WGA awards are much stricter about eligibility than the other guilds—only screenplays written by members are considered, which is why two-time Best Original Screenplay Oscar winner Quentin Tarantino has never been nominated by the WGA. This leads to varying overlap with the academy every year, which makes it hard to base Oscar predictions on the WGA awards.


So it’s unlikely that Trainwreck will garner her the life-long marker of “Oscar nominee Amy Schumer,” but even so, the WGA nomination is further confirmation that her movie career is off to a great start. Check out the full list of nominees below.

Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies, Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, and Joel Coen

Sicario, Taylor Sheridan

Spotlight, Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy

Straight Outta Compton, screenplay Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff; story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

Trainwreck, Written by Amy Schumer

Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short, Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay; Based on the Book by Michael Lewis 

Carol, Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy; Based on the Novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith

The Martian, Screenplay by Drew Goddard; Based on the Novel by Andy Weir

Steve Jobs, Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin; Based on the Book by Walter Isaacson

Trumbo, Written by John McNamara; Based on the Biography by Bruce Cook

Documentary Screenplay

Being Canadian, Robert Cohen 

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Alex Gibney

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, Brett Morgen

Prophet’s Prey, Amy J. Berg