“I Love You Phillip Morris” Gets WGA Best Adapted Screenplay Nomination

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The Writers Guild of America threw a major kudo at the largely-overlooked big screen comedy I Love You Phillip Morris, which stars Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor as lovers who meet in prison.

John Requa & Glenn Ficarra are among the five nominees in the adapted screenplay category for their script, which was based on the book by Steven McVicker.

Their competition is 127 Hours by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy; The Social Network by Aaron Sorkin; The Town by Peter Craig and Ben Affleck & Aaron Stockard; and True Grit by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen.

The film focuses on a love affair between a con man (Carrey) and his cellmate (McGregor). Carrey’s character commits all kinds of crazy misdeeds, like breaking out of Texas prisons four times, to be with his lover.

Morris premiered to raves at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009 but was stuck in a distribution nightmare all year. It finally hit theaters Dec. 3 but has not made it into wide release. Currently playing in 68 locations, it has grossed just over $1.1 million domestically.

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