Guardians Of The Galaxy was the number one film at the US box office in 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy has received a surprise nomination in the adapted screenplay shortlist, as selected by the Writers Guild of America (WGA).
The Disney space adventure is joined by The Imitation Game, Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, Gone Girl and Wild.
Guardians, based on a Marvel comic, topped the US box office in 2014, with ticket sales of $332.8m (£203.9m).
The guild nominated 14 screenplays across three categories: Adapted, original and documentary.
Boyhood, Foxcatcher, Nightcrawler, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Whiplash vie in the original screenplay category.
Finding Vivian Maier, The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, Last Days of Vietnam and Red Army are nominated in the documentary category.
Golden Globe nominee JK Simmons stars opposite Miles Teller in Whiplash
WGA winners have a reliable track record for predicting the Oscar screenplay winners.
However, this year there exists some disparity as Whiplash, the Sundance winner about a jazz drummer, is nominated as an original screenplay in the WGA shortlist but is considered a contender in the adapted category for the Oscar nominations.
Damien Chazelle’s tale was inspired by his own life. However, it first appeared as short film at the 2012 Sundance film festival in order to drum up finance.
Academy rules considers a “short” to qualify under their guidelines of “screenplays based on previously produced or published material”.
Sony Pictures submitted it as an original screenplay to both bodies, but did not learn until earlier this week that the Academy had marked it for consideration in the adapted category.
Musical adaptation Into the Woods and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken did not make the WGA nominations.
Source:: BBC Entertainment