Successfully writing a screenplay for a documentary film means taking a real life narrative with an incalculable number of dangling parts and participles and shaping it into a clear, concise story that resonates with meaning greater than the sum of its parts.
That requires special skills and a visionary outlook.
Celebrating those special skills and honoring those writers who hone and wield them brilliantly, the Writers Guild of America presents a Best Documentary Screenplay award, along with its awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay for narrative features.
The nominees for the Writers Guild of America's 2013 Best Documentary Screenplay are:
- The Central Park Five, written by Sarah Burns and David McMahon and Ken Burns
- The Invisible War, written by Kirby Dick
- Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, written by Alex Gibney
- Searching for Sugar Man, written by Malik Bendejelloul
- We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, written by Brian Knappenberger
- West of Memphis, written by Amy Berg & Billy McMillin
The winners will be announced on February 17, at ceremonies held simultaneously at the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) in Los Angeles and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) in New York.
That gives you plenty of time to see and savor the exceptional storytelling skills shown in the six very worthy nominated films.