'Descendants,' 'Bridesmaids' Earn Writers Noms

By the Associated Press | January 5, 2012 | 1:31 PM EST

In this publicity image released by Universal Pictures, from left, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig are shown in a scene from "Bridesmaids." The film, written by Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig, was nominated for a Writers Guild Award, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 for best original screenplay. Winners will be honored at the 2012 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, Feb. 19, during simultaneous ceremonies in Hollywood and New York.(AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Suzanne Hanover)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — George Clooney's "The Descendants," Brad Pitt's "Moneyball," Kristen Wiig's "Bridesmaids" and Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" are among nominees for the Writers Guild of America Awards.

"The Descendants" earned an adapted-screenplay nomination Thursday for director Alexander Payne and co-writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. "Moneyball" is up for the same prize for writers Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin.

"Bridesmaids" star Wiig shared an original-screenplay nomination for co-writing her wedding comedy with Annie Mumolo. Director Allen also was nominated for original screenplay for "Midnight in Paris."

Other contenders for original screenplay: the cancer story "50/50"; the family tale "Win Win"; and the dark comedy "Young Adult."

Also nominated for adapted screenplay: the thriller "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"; the Deep South drama "The Help"; and the Paris adventure "Hugo."