'The Trial of the Chicago 7,' 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' lead Writers Guild nominations

Kim Willis
USA TODAY

Netflix’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” are one step closer to Oscar glory, picking up Writers Guild Awards nominations on Tuesday.

Aaron Sorkin’s all-star “Chicago 7” will compete for best original screenplay honors with Emerald Fennell’s “Promising Young Woman,” the Fred Hampton biopic “Judas and the Black Messiah,” the hearing loss story “Sound of Metal” and the time loop rom-com “Palm Springs.”

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” which marks the late Chadwick Boseman’s final role, is up for adapted screenplay honors along with Regina King’s Kemp Powers adaptation “One Night in Miami,” Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” the Tom Hanks film “News of the World” and Netflix’s “The White Tiger.”

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Chadwick Boseman plays a self-centered cornet player who has designs for having his own band in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom."

Documentary screenplay nominees are “All In: The Fight for Democracy,” “The Dissident,” “Herb Alpert Is …,” “Red Penguins” and “Totally Under Control.”

Winners of the 73rd annual awards will be announced March 21.

The nominees are:

Original screenplay

“Judas and the Black Messiah” (written by Will Berson and Shaka King, story by Berson, King, Kenny Lucas and Keith Lucas)

“Palm Springs” (written by Andy Siara, story by Siara and Max Barbakow)

“Promising Young Woman” (written by Emerald Fennell)

“Sound of Metal” (written by Darius Marder and Abraham Marder, story by Darius Marder and Derek Cianfrance)

“The Trial of the Chicago 7” (written by Aaron Sorkin)

Adapted screenplay

“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer, Peter Baynham, Erica Rivinoja, Dan Mazer, Jena Friedman and Lee Kern, story by Cohen, Hines, Swimer and Nina Pedrad, based on characters created by Cohen)

“Ma Rainey's Black Bottom” (written by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, based on the play by August Wilson)

“News of the World” (written by Paul Greengrass and Luke Davies, based on the novel by Paulette Jiles)

“One Night in Miami” (written by Kemp Powers, based on the play by Powers)

“The White Tiger” (written by Ramin Bahrani, based on the novel by Aravind Adiga)

Documentary screenplay

“All In: The Fight for Democracy” (written by Jack Youngelson)

“The Dissident” (written by Mark Monroe and Bryan Fogel)

“Herb Alpert Is …” (written by John Scheinfeld)

“Red Penguins” (written by Gabe Polsky)

“Totally Under Control” (written by Alex Gibney)

'Screen Actors Guild Awards:'Trial of the Chicago 7,' 'Da 5 Bloods,' 'Minari,' 'Ma Rainey' lead nominees