Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

the 20s

  • 1927/28 – Benjamin Glazer for Seventh Heaven (“Seventh Heaven” – Austin Strong)
  • 1928/29 – Hanns Kräly for The Patriot (“Der Patriot” – Alfred Neumann)
  • 1929/30 – Frances Marion for The Big House

the 30s

  • 1930/31 – Howard Estabrook for Cimarron (“Cimarron” – Edna Ferber)
  • 1931/32 – Edwin J. Burke for Bad Girl (“Bad Girl” – Viña Delmar)
  • 1932/33 – Victor Heerman and Sarah Y. Mason for Little Women (“Little Women” – Louisa May Alcott)
  • 1934 – Robert Riskin for It Happened One Night (“Night Bus” – Samuel Hopkins Adams)
  • 1935 – Dudley Nichols for The Informer (“The Informer” – Liam O’Flaherty)
  • 1936 – Pierre Collings and Sheridan Gibney for The Story of Louis Pasteur
  • 1937 – Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg and Norman Reilly Raine for The Life of Emile Zola (“Zola and His Time” – Matthew Josephson)
  • 1938 – Ian Dalrymple, Cecil Lewis, W.P. Lipscomb and George Bernard Shaw for Pygmalion (“Pygmalion” – George Bernard Shaw)
  • 1939 – Sidney Howard for Gone with the Wind (“Gone with the Wind” – Margaret Mitchell)

the 40s

  • 1940 – Donald Ogden Stewart for The Philadelphia Story (“The Philadelphia Story” – Philip Barry)
  • 1941 – Sidney Buchman and Seton I. Miller for Here Comes Mr. Jordan (“Heaven Can Wait” – Harry Segall)
  • 1942 – George Froeschel, James Hilton, Claudine West and Arthur Wimperis for Mrs. Miniver (character Mrs. Miniver from the newspaper columns by Jan Struther)
  • 1943 – Philip G. Epstein, Julius J. Epstein and Howard Koch for Casablanca (“Everybody Comes to Rick’s” – Murray Burnett and Joan Alison)
  • 1944 – Frank Butler and Frank Cavett for Going My Way (story by Leo McCarey)
  • 1945 – Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder for The Lost Weekend (“The Lost Weekend” – Charles R. Jackson)
  • 1946 – Robert Sherwood for The Best Years of Our Lives (“Glory for Me” – MacKinlay Kantor)
  • 1947 – George Seaton for Miracle on 34th Street (story by Valentine Davis)
  • 1948 -John Huston for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (“The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” – B. Traven)
  • 1949 – Joseph L. Mankiewicz for A Letter to Three Wives (“Letter to Five Wives” – John Klempner)

the 50s

  • 1950 – Joseph L. Mankiewicz for All About Eve (“The Wisdom of Eve” – Mary Orr)
  • 1951 – Harry Brown and Michael Wilson for A Place in the Sun (“An American Tragedy” – novel by Theodore Dreiser and play by Patrick Kearney)
  • 1952 – Charles Schnee for The Bad and the Beautiful (“Tribute to a Badman” – George Bradshaw)
  • 1953 – Daniel Taradash for From Here to Eternity (“From Here to Eternity” – James Jones)
  • 1954 – George Seaton for The Country Girl (“The Country Girl” – Clifford Odels)
  • 1955 – Paddy Chayefsky for Marty (“Marty” – Paddy Chayefsky)
  • 1956 – John Farrow, S.J. Perelman and James Poe for Around the World in 80 Days (“Around the World in 80 Days” – Jules Verne)
  • 1957 – Pierre Boulle, Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson for The Bridge on the River Kwai (“The Bridge on the River Kwai” – Pierre Boulle)
  • 1958 – Alan Jay Lerner for Gigi (“Gigi” – Colette)
  • 1959 – Neil Paterson for Room at the Top (“Room at the Top” – John Braine)

the 60s

  • 1960 – Richard Brooks for Elmer Gantry (“Elmer Gantry” – Sinclair Lewis)
  • 1961 – Abby Mann for Judgement at Nuremberg (“Judgement at Nuremberg” – Abby Mann)
  • 1962 – Horton Foote for To Kill a Mockingbird (“To Kill a Mockingbird” – Harper Lee)
  • 1963 – John Osborne for Tom Jones (“The History of Tom Jones, a Founding” – Henry Fielding)
  • 1964 – Edward Anhalt for Becket (“Becket” – Jean Anouilh)
  • 1965 – Robert Bolt for Doctor Zhivago (“Doctor Zhivago” – Boris Pasternak)
  • 1966 – Robert Bolt for A Man for All Seasons (“A Man for All Season” – Robert Bolt)
  • 1967 – Stirling Silliphant for In the Heat of the Night (“In the Heat of the Night” – John Ball)
  • 1968 – James Goldman for The Lion in Winter (“The Lion in Winter” – James Goldman)
  • 1969 – Waldo Salt for Midnight Cowboy (“Midnight Cowboy” – James Leo Herlihy)

the 70s

  • 1970 – Ring Lardner Jr. for MASH (“MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors” – Richard Hooker)
  • 1971 – Ernest Tidyman for The French Connection (“The French Connection: A True Account of Cops, Narcotics, and International Conspiracy” – Robin Moore)
  • 1972 – Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola for The Godfather (“The Godfather” – Mario Puzo)
  • 1973 – William Peter Blatty for The Exorcist (“The Exorcist” – William Peter Blatty)
  • 1974 – Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo for The Godfather Part II (“The Godfather” – Mario Puzo)
  • 1975 – Bo Goldman and Laurence Hauben for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” – Ken Kesey)
  • 1976 – William Goldman for All the President’s Men (“All the President’s Men” – Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward)
  • 1977 – Alvin Sargent for Julia (“Pentimento” – Lillian Hellman)
  • 1978 – Oliver Stone for Midnight Express (“Midinight Express” – Billy Hayes and William Hoffer)
  • 1979 – Robert Benton for Kramer vs. Kramer (“Kramer vs. Kramer” – Avery Corman)

the 80s

  • 1980 – Alvin Sargent for Ordinary People (“Ordinary People” – Judith Guest)
  • 1981 – Ernest Thompson for On Golden Pond (“On Golden Pond” – Ernest Thompson)
  • 1982 – Costa-Gravas and Donald E. Stewart for Missing (“The Execution of Charles Horman: An American Sacrifice” – Thomas Hauser)
  • 1983 – James L. Brooks for Terms of Endearment (“Terms of Endearment” – Larry McMurtry)
  • 1984 – Peter Shaffer for Amadeus (“Amadeus” – Peter Shaffer)
  • 1985 – Kurt Luedtke for Out of Africa (“Out of Africa” memoir by Isak Dinesen, “Silence Will Speak” – Errol Trzebinski and “Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller” – Judith Thurman)
  • 1986 – Ruth Prawer Jhabvala for A Room with a View (“A Room with a View” – E.M. Forster)
  • 1987 – Bernardo Bertolucci and Mark People for The Last Emperor (“From Emperor to Citizen: The Autobiography of Aisin-Gioro Pu Yi” – Henry Pu Yi)
  • 1988 – Christopher Hampton for Dangerous Liaisons (“Les Liasons Dangereuses” play by Christopher Hampton based on the novel of the same name by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos)
  • 1989 – Alfred Uhry for Driving Miss Daisy (“Driving Miss Daisy” – Alfred Uhry)

the 90s

  • 1990 – Michael Blake for Dances with Wolves (“Dances with Wolves” – Michael Blake)
  • 1991 – Ted Tally for The Silence of the Lambs (“The Silence of the Lambs” – Thomas Harris)
  • 1992 – Ruth Prawer Jhabvala for Howards End (“Howeards End” – E.M. Forster)
  • 1993 – Steven Zaillian for Schindler’s List (“Schindler’s Ark” – Thomas Keneally)
  • 1994 – Eric Roth for Forrest Gump (“Forrest Gump” – Winston Groom)
  • 1995 – Emma Thompson for Sense and Sensibility (“Sense and Sensibility” – Jane Austen)
  • 1996 – Billy Bob Thornton for Sling Blade (“Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade” short film by Billy Bob Thornton)
  • 1997 – Curtis Hanson and Brian Helgeland for L.A. Confidential (“L.A. Confidential” – James Ellroy)
  • 1998 – Bill Condon for Gods and Monsters (“Father of Frankenstein” – Christopher Bram)
  • 1999 – John Irving for The Cider House Rules (“The Cider House Rules” – John Irving)

the 2000s

  • 2000 – Stephen Gaghan for Traffic (“Traffik” – Simon Moore)
  • 2001 – Akiva Goldsman for A Beautiful Mind (“A Beautiful Mind” – Sylvia Nasar)
  • 2002 – Ronald Harwood for The Pianist (“The Pianist” – Władysław Szpilman)
  • 2003 – Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (“The Return of the King” – J.R.R. Tolkien)
  • 2004 – Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor for Sideways (“Sideways” – Rex Pickett)
  • 2005 – Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana for Brokeback Mountain (“Brokeback Mountain” – Annie Proulx)
  • 2006 – William Monahan for The Departed (“Internal Affairs” film by Alan Mark and Felix Chong)
  • 2007 – Joel Coen and Ethan Coen for No Country for Old Men (“No Country for Old Men” – Cormac McCarthy)
  • 2008 – Simon Beaufoy for Slumdog Millionaire (“Q&A” – Vikas Swarup)
  • 2009 – Geoffrey Fletcher for Precious (“Push” – Sapphire)

the 2010s

  • 2010 – Aaron Sorkin for The Social Network (“The Accidental Billionaires” – Ben Mezrich)
  • 2011 – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash for The Descendants (“The Descendants” – Kaui Hart Hemmings)
  • 2012 – Chris Terrio for Argo (“The Master of Disguise” book by Antonio J. Mendez and “The Great Escape” article by Joshuah Bearman)
  • 2013 – John Ridley for 12 Years a Slave (“Twelve Years a Slave” – Solomon Northup)
  • 2014 – Graham Moore for The Imitation Game (“Alan Turing: The Enigma” – Andrew Hodges)
  • 2015 – Adam McKay and Charles Randolph for The Big Short (“The Big Short” – Michael Lewis)
  • 2016 – TBA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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