Spoof documentary Borat has picked up a Writers Guild of America (WGA) award nomination for its star and creator Sacha Baron Cohen.
Sacha Baron Cohen's character has been a hit in US and UK cinemas
The movie, which Baron co-wrote, is nominated for adapted screenplay.
The Devil Wears Prada, Little Children, Thank You For Smoking and The Departed are also up for the same prize.
The original screenplay award sees Babel compete against Little Miss Sunshine, The Queen, Stranger Than Fiction and United 93.
The Borat nomination adds to speculation that the film - about a spoof Kazakh reporter - could be up for an Oscar, although it failed to collect any Bafta nominations.
The WGA awards will take place in New York and Los Angeles on 11 February.
The WGA also recognises writing for television, with Grey's Anatomy, Lost, The Sopranos, Deadwood and 24 up for best dramatic series.
The best TV comedy shortlist features 30 Rock, The Office, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development and Entourage.
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan sparked controversy even before it hit cinemas.
The documentary-style movie, which poked fun at some American idealisms, has had several court cases filed against it, mainly by people who claim they were humiliated and never agreed to take part in the movie.
Nevertheless, the movie stormed both the UK and US box office charts, despite only being shown in a relatively small amount of cinemas across America.