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AWARDS WATCH: Writers Guild animation nominees

The Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America, East have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in animation during the 2010 season.

ANIMATION — any length

“Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences” (Futurama), Written by Patric M. Verrone; Comedy Central

“Moe Letter Blues” (The Simpsons), Written by Stephanie Gillis; Fox

“O Brother, Where Bart Thou?” (The Simpsons), Written by Matt Selman; Fox

“The Prisoner of Brenda” (Futurama), Written by Ken Keeler; Comedy Central

“Treasure Hunt” (Back at the Barnyard), Written by Tom Sheppard; Nickelodeon

The 2011 Writers Guild Awards will be held simultaneously at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles and the AXA Equitable Center in New York City on Saturday, February 5, 2011.

  • Sonic the Hedgehog

    How can anything compete, TV or Movie or otherwise, with The Prisoner of Benda? That was poetry in 22 minute Time Traveling Robot form/

  • DonaldC

    Are they serious? I don’t really see what’s so astounding about those episodes.

  • Scarabim

    Well, I really liked those 2 Futurama episodes, so I’m pleased.

    The Simpsons ep “Oh Brother Where Bart Thou” wasn’t too bad either.

  • “The Late Philip J. Fry” was definitely the best “Futurama” episode last year. Such a shame it was not nominated.

    • I don’t understand that either. “The Late Philip J. Fry” got me emotionally, like all the best Futurama episodes do. Whereas “Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences” felt like it was going out of its way to be cliche and ignore established character relationships. Doesn’t Lrrr have any Omicronian friends’ couches to sleep on?

    • I’m surprised at the omission of ‘The Late Philip J. Fry” as well. “The Prisoner of Benda” was fun, and more original than “Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences,” but my only guess as to why “Fry” was ignored was perhaps a distaste for “emotional” Futurama episodes (along the lines of “Luck of the Fryrish” or “Jurrasic Bark.”) I personally love those kinds of episodes, but am glad they are few and far between so the impact isn’t cheapened.

      As for the Simpsons, “Oh Brother Where Bart Thou” is one of the ones that stood out to me, though this last season had several really good ones, much to my surprise/delight after a really rough premiere ep. The Simpsons seems to have turned it around, much like a pro sports team that was once mighty but had fallen into years of mediocrity.

  • The Prisoner of “Brenda”? Ahem. It’s The Prisoner of “Benda.” Not to be a Futurama nerd, but how could it be “Brenda”?

  • AgumonKid

    Seriously? That’s their nominations? No Generator Rex, no Ben 10, no Sym-Bionic Titan?? This is so F’ed up.

    • I don’t think Sym-Bionic Titan would be eligible yet, as these nominations were for the 2009-2010 “season.” I realize the traditional definition of seasons is somewhat out the window in this day and age, but I would assume the awards committees still have some kind of start and stop dates for eligibility. I suspect we will see Sym-Bionic Titan get some notice in the next round of awards.