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Writers Guild Awards nominees announced

A graduate of Juilliard, Jessica Chastain burst onto the film scene in 2011 with a flurry of features which -- owing to the viscissitudes of release schedules -- hit movie screens all at once: Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life," Al Pacino's "Wilde Salome," "Take Shelter," "Coriolanus," "The Debt," "Texas Killing Fields," and "The Help," for which she received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. Chastain told the Hollywood Reporter that, while shooting scenes in which she witnessed torture, she had to go against everything she had learned as an actress. "I'm playing a character that's been trained to be unemotional and analytically precise. My whole life, I've been trained to be emotional," she said. "During those scenes, anything I felt -- it was like wearing a straitjacket."
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Nominees have been announced for the annual Writers Guild Awards, honoring "outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during 2012," and several awards-season favorites  have gotten another nod.

The nominees were selected by the Writers Guild of America, West and Writers Guild of America, East. Winners will be announced at the 2013 Writers Guild Awards on Feb. 17, 2013, during simultaneous ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles.

Here is the list of the WGA film nominees:

Original Screenplay:
"Flight," Written by John Gatins; Paramount Pictures
"Looper," Written by Rian Johnson; TriStar Pictures
"The Master," Written by Paul Thomas Anderson; The Weinstein Company
"Moonrise Kingdom," Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola; Focus Features
"Zero Dark Thirty," Written by Mark Boal; Columbia Pictures

Adapted Screenplay:
"Argo," Screenplay by Chris Terrio; Based on a selection from "The Master of Disguise" by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired Magazine article "The Great Escape" by Joshuah Bearman; Warner Bros. Pictures
"Life of Pi," Screenplay by David Magee; Based on the novel by Yann Martel; 20th Century Fox
"Lincoln," Screenplay by Tony Kushner; Based in part on the book "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" by Doris Kearns Goodwin; DreamWorks Pictures
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower," Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky; Based on his book; Summit Entertainment
"Silver Linings Playbook," Screenplay by David O. Russell; Based on the novel by Matthew Quick; The Weinstein Company

Documentary Screenplay:
"The Central Park Five," Written by Sarah Burns and David McMahon and Ken Burns; Sundance Selects
"The Invisible War," Written by Kirby Dick; Cinedigm Entertainment Group
"Mea Maxima Culpa:" Silence in the House of God, Written by Alex Gibney; HBO Documentary Films
"Searching for Sugar Man," Written by Malik Bendejelloul; Sony Pictures Classics
"We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists," Written by Brian Knappenberger; Cinetic Media
"West of Memphis," Written by Amy Berg & Billy McMillin; Sony Pictures Classics