Christopher Nolan, writer-director of "Inception," broke his award-season losing streak when he nabbed Writers Guild of America best original screenplay honors at the WGA prize ceremony on Saturday night. I'm not a fan of his work, but you had to appreciate his wit and character over the weekend.
He triumphed over such worthy contenders as "The Kids Are All Right" and "Please Give" and such hot ones as "Black Swan" and "The Fighter." But two of his strongest, most acclaimed competitors in the Oscar race -- "The King's Speech" and "Another Year" (the Mike Leigh film, just opening across the country) -- failed to satisfy guild rules and thus were not included in the nominees.
Nolan, while thanking the WGA, deplored the practice of eliminating worthy scripts from consideration because they weren't produced according to guild guidelines. Noting that his own "Memento" was ineligible nine years ago, he said, "There were some notables left off the list this year."
With a welcome dash of sardonic humor, he confessed,"I'm not going to name them, for fear that it boosts their chances at the other show," and added, "I hope next year the person who stands up here can give thanks without qualification."
His remarks were relevant to the adapted-screenplay category, too, where the WGA ruled out "Toy Story 3" and "Winter's Bone" before the nominations. Aaron Sorkin won for "The Social Network," beating out "127 Hours," "I Love You Phillip Morris," "The Town" and "True Grit."
"Inside Job" took home the trophy for best documentary screenplay. For a full list of WGA winners in movies and TV, click here.
Photo of Christopher Nolan by Alberto E. Rodriguez