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WRITING AWARDS / BEST SCREENPLAY


One of the most important things to remember about motion pictures is that every single movie begins when a gifted writer sits down with an empty page and puts those two awesome words down ... "FADE IN." From there, they craft a screenplay from which every other element flows, eventually resulting in an audience sitting down to see the film unfold that started in the mind of a screenwriter, or sometimes even more daunting, a screenwriter taking an already published work to adapt it to the film medium. For either case, these were the wonderful and imaginative screenplays that the Academy selected as the best each year.

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ORIGINAL STORY
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
1927 / 28
UNDERWORLD
-Ben Hecht
7TH HEAVEN
-Benjamin Glazer
1928 / 29
THE PATRIOT
- Hans Kraly
1929 / 30
THE BIG HOUSE
- Frances Marion
1930 / 31
THE DAWN PATROL
- John Monk Saunders
CIMARRON
- Howard Estabrook
1931 / 32
THE CHAMP
- Frances Marion
BAD GIRL
- Edwin Burke
1932 / 33
ONE WAY PASSAGE
- Robert Lord
LITTLE WOMEN
- Victor Heerman, Sarah Y. Mason
1934
MANHATTAN MELODRAMA
- Arthur Caesar
IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT
- Robert Riskin
1935
THE SCOUNDREL
- Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur
THE INFORMER
- Dudley Nichols
1936
THE STORY OF LOUIS PASTEUR
- Pierre Collings, Sheridan Gibney
THE STORY OF LOUIS PASTEUR
- Pierre Collings, Sheridan Gibney
1937
A STAR IS BORN
- Robert Carson, William A. Wellman
THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA
- Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg, Norman Reilly Raine
1938
BOYS TOWN
- Eleanore Griffin, Dore Schary
PYGMALION
- Ian Dalrymple, Cecil Lewis, W.P. Lipscomb, George Bernard Shaw
1939
MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
- Lewis R. Foster
GONE WITH THE WIND
- Sidney Howard
1940
ARISE, MY LOVE
- Benjamin Glazer, John S. Toldy
THE GREAT MCGINTY
- Preston Sturges
THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
- Donald Ogden Stewart
1941
HERE COMES MR. JORDAN
- Harry Segall
CITIZEN KANE
- Herman J. Mankiewicz, Orson Welles
HERE COMES MR. JORDAN
- Harry Segall, Seton I. Miller
1942
THE INVADERS
- Emeric Pressburger
WOMAN OF THE YEAR
- Michael Kanin, Ring Lardner Jr.
MRS. MINIVER
- George Froeschel, James Hilton, Claudine West, Arthur Wimperis
1943
THE HUMAN COMEDY
- William Saroyan
PRINCESS O'ROURKE
- Norman Krasna
CASABLANCA
- Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch
1944
GOING MY WAY
- Leo McCarey
WILSON
- Lamar Trotti
GOING MY WAY
- Frank Butler, Frank Cavett
1945
THE HOUSE ON 92ND STREET
- Charles G. Booth
MARIE-LOUISE
- Richard Schweizer
THE LOST WEEKEND
- Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder
1946
VACATION FROM MARRIAGE
- Clemence Dane
THE SEVENTH VEIL
- Muriel Box, Sydney Box
THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES
- Robert E. Sherwood
1947
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET
- Valentine Davies
THE BACHELOR AND THE BOBBY-SOXER
- Sidney Sheldon
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET
- George Seaton
1948
THE SEARCH
- Richard Schweizer, David Wechsler
THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE
- John Huston
1949
THE STRATTON STORY
- Douglas Morrow
A LETTER TO THREE WIVES
- Joseph L. Mankiewicz
BATTLEGROUND
- Robert Pirosh
1950
PANIC IN THE STREETS
- Edna Anhalt, Edward Anhalt
ALL ABOUT EVE
- Joseph L. Mankiewicz
SUNSET BOULEVARD
- Charles Brackett, D.M. Marshman Jr., Billy Wilder
1951
SEVEN DAYS TO NOON
- James Bernard, Paul Dehn
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
- Alan Jay Lerner
A PLACE IN THE SUN
- Harry Brown, Michael Wilson
1952
THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH
- Frank Cavett, Frederic M. Frank, Theodore St. John
THE LAVENDER HILL MOB
- T.E. B. Clarke
THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
- Charles Schnee
1953
ROMAN HOLIDAY
- Dalton Trumbo
TITANIC
- Charles Brackett, Richard Breen, Walter Reisch
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY
- Daniel Taradash
1954
BROKEN LANCE
- Philip Yordan
ON THE WATERFRONT
- Budd Schulberg
THE COUNTRY GIRL
- George Seaton
1955
LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME
- Daniel Fuchs
INTERRUPTED MELODY
- Sonya Levien, William Ludwig
MARTY
- Paddy Chayefsky
1956
THE BRAVE ONE
- Dalton Trumbo
THE RED BALLOON
- Albert Lamorisse
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
- John Farrow, S.J. Perelman, James Poe
1957
DESIGNING WOMAN
- George Wells
THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI
- Pierre Boulle, Carl Foreman, Michael Wilson
1958
THE DEFIANT ONES
- Harold Jacob Smith, Nedrick Young
GIGI
- Alan Jay Lerner
1959
PILLOW TALK
- Clarence Greene, Maurice Richlin, Russell Rouse, Stanley Shapiro
ROOM AT THE TOP
- Neil Paterson
1960
THE APARTMENT
- I.A.L. Diamond, Billy Wilder
ELMER GANTRY
- Richard Brooks
1961
SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS
- William Inge
JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG
- Abby Mann
1962
DIVORCE--ITALIAN STYLE
- Ennio de Concini, Pietro Germi, Alfredo Giannetti
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
- Horton Foote
1963
HOW THE WEST WAS WON
- James R. Webb
TOM JONES
- John Osborne
1964
FATHER GOOSE
- S.H. Barnett, Peter Stone, Frank Tarloff
BECKET
- Edward Anhalt
1965
DARLING
- Frederic Raphael
DOCTOR ZHIVAGO
- Robert Bolt
1966
A MAN AND A WOMAN
- Claude Lelouch, Pierre Uytterhoeven
A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS
- Robert Bolt
1967
GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER
- William Rose
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT
- Stirling Silliphant
1968
THE PRODUCERS
- Mel Brooks
THE LION IN WINTER
- James Goldman
1969
BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID
- William Goldman
MIDNIGHT COWBOY
- Waldo Salt
1970
PATTON
- Francis Ford Coppola, Edmund H. North
M*A*S*H
- Ring Lardner, Jr.
1971
THE HOSPITAL
- Paddy Chayefsky
THE FRENCH CONNECTION
- Ernest Tidyman
1972
THE CANDIDATE
- Jeremy Larner
THE GODFATHER
- Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo
1973
THE STING
- David S. Ward
THE EXORCIST
- William Peter Blatty
1974
CHINATOWN
- Robert Towne
THE GODFATHER PART II
- Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo
1975
DOG DAY AFTERNOON
- Frank Pierson
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST
- Bo Goldman, Lawrence Hauben
1976
NETWORK
- Paddy Chayefsky
ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN
- William Goldman
1977
ANNIE HALL
- Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman
JULIA
- Alvin Sargent
1978
COMING HOME
- Nancy Dowd, Robert C. Jones, Waldo Salt
MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
- Oliver Stone
1979
BREAKING AWAY
- Steve Tesich
KRAMER VS. KRAMER
- Robert Benton
1980
MELVIN AND HOWARD
- Bo Goldman
ORDINARY PEOPLE
- Alvin Sargent
1981
CHARIOTS OF FIRE
- Colin Welland
ON GOLDEN POND
- Ernest Thompson
1982
GANDHI
- John Briley
MISSING
- Costa-Gavras, Donald Stewart
1983
TENDER MERCIES
- Horton Foote
TERMS OF ENDEARMENT
- James L. Brooks
1984
PLACES IN THE HEART
- Robert Benton
AMADEUS
- Peter Shaffer
1985
WITNESS
- William Kelley, Earl W. Wallace, Pamela Wallace
OUT OF AFRICA
- Kurt Luedtke
1986
HANNAH AND HER SISTERS
- Woody Allen
A ROOM WITH A VIEW
- Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
1987
MOONSTRUCK
- John Patrick Shanley
THE LAST EMPEROR
- Bernardo Bertolucci, Mark Peploe
1988
RAIN MAN
- Ronald Bass, Barry Morrow
DANGEROUS LIAISONS
- Christopher Hampton
1989
DEAD POETS SOCIETY
- Tom Schulman
DRIVING MISS DAISY
- Alfred Uhry
1990
GHOST
- Bruce Joel Rubin
DANCES WITH WOLVES
- Michael Blake
1991
THELMA & LOUISE
- Callie Khouri
THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
- Ted Tally
1992
THE CRYING GAME
- Neil Jordan
HOWARDS END
- Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
1993
THE PIANO
- Jane Campion
SCHINDLER'S LIST
- Steven Zaillian
1994
PULP FICTION
- Roger Avary, Quentin Tarantino
FORREST GUMP
- Eric Roth
1995
THE USUAL SUSPECTS
- Christopher McQuarrie
SENSE AND SENSIBILITY
- Emma Thompson
1996
FARGO
- Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
SLING BLADE
- Billy Bob Thornton
1997
GOOD WILL HUNTING
- Ben Affleck, Matt Damon
L.A. CONFIDENTIAL
- Curtis Hanson, Brian Helgeland
1998
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
- Marc Norman, Tom Stoppard
GODS AND MONSTERS
- Bill Condon
1999
AMERICAN BEAUTY
- Alan Ball
THE CIDER HOUSE RULES
- John Irving
2000
ALMOST FAMOUS
- Cameron Crowe
TRAFFIC
- Steven Gaghan
2001
GOSFORD PARK
- Julian Fellowes
A BEAUTIFUL MIND
- Akiva Goldsman
2002
TALK TO HER
- Pedro Almodovar
THE PIANIST
- Ronald Harwood
2003
LOST IN TRANSLATION
- Sofia Coppola
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
- Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, & Peter Jackson
2004
ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
- Charlie Kaufman
SIDEWAYS
- Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor
2005
CRASH
- Paul Haggis & Bobby Moresco
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
- Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana
2006
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
- Michael Arndt
THE DEPARTED
- William Monahan
2007
JUNO
- Diablo Cody
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
- Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
2008
MILK
- Dustin Lance Black
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
- Simon Beaufoy
2009
THE HURT LOCKER
- Mark Boal
PRECIOUS
- Geoffrey Fletcher
2010
THE KING'S SPEECH
- David Siedler
THE SOCIAL NETWORK
- Aaron Sorkin
2011
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
- Woody Allen
THE DESCENDANTS
- Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, & Jim Rash
2012
DJANGO UNCHAINED
- Quentin Tarantino
ARGO
- Chris Terrio
2013
HER
- Spike Jonze
12 YEARS A SLAVE
- John Ridley
2014
BIRDMAN
- Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo
THE IMITATION GAME
- Graham Moore
2015
SPOTLIGHT
- Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy
THE BIG SHORT
- Charles Randolph & Adam McKay
2016
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
- Kenneth Lonergan
MOONLIGHT
- Barry Jenkins & Tarell Alvin McCraney
2017
GET OUT
- Jordan Peele
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
- James Ivory

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