Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
CountryUnited States
Presented byAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)
First awarded1929
Most recent winnerCord Jefferson,
American Fiction (2023)

The Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best screenplay adapted from previously established material. The most frequently adapted media are novels, but other adapted narrative formats include stage plays, musicals, short stories, TV series, and other films and film characters. All sequels are also considered adaptations by this standard, being based on the story and characters of the original film.

Prior to its current name, the award was known as the Academy Award for Best Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium.[1][2] The Best Adapted Screenplay category has been a part of the Academy Awards since their inception.


The first person to win twice in this category was Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who won the award in two consecutive years, 1949 and 1950. Others to win twice in this category include George Seaton, Robert Bolt (who also won in consecutive years), Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo, Alvin Sargent, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Michael Wilson, Alexander Payne and Christopher Hampton. Payne won both awards as part of a writing team, with Jim Taylor for Sideways and Jim Rash and Nat Faxon for The Descendants. Michael Wilson was blacklisted at the time of his second Oscar, so the award was given to a front (novelist Pierre Boulle). However, the Academy officially recognized him as the winner several years later.[3]

Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett, Paddy Chayefsky, Francis Ford Coppola, Horton Foote, William Goldman, Robert Benton, Bo Goldman, Waldo Salt, and the Coen brothers have won Oscars for both original and adapted screenplays.

Frances Marion (The Big House) was the first woman to win in any screenplay category, although she won for her original script for Best Writing, which then included both original and adapted screenplays before a separate award for Best Original Screenplay was introduced. Sarah Y. Mason (Little Women) was the first woman to win for adaptation from previously established material; she shared the award with her husband, Victor Heerman. They are also the first of two married couples to win in this category; Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) are the others.

Pierre Collings and Sheridan Gibney (The Story of Louis Pasteur) were the first to win for adapting their own work.

Philip G. Epstein and Julius J. Epstein (Casablanca) are the first siblings to win in this category. James Goldman (The Lion in Winter) and William Goldman (All the President's Men) are the first siblings to win for separate films. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men) are the third winning siblings.

Mario Puzo is the one of two writers whose work has been adapted and resulted in two wins. Puzo's novel The Godfather resulted in wins in 1972 and 1974 for himself and Francis Ford Coppola. The other is E. M. Forster, whose novels A Room with a View and Howards End resulted in wins for Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.

Larry McMurtry is the only person who has won for adapting someone else's work (Brokeback Mountain), and whose own work has been adapted by someone else, resulting in a win (Terms of Endearment).

William Monahan (The Departed) and Sian Heder (CODA) are the only people who have won this award by using another full-length feature film as the credited source of the adaptation.

Geoffrey S. Fletcher (Precious), John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) and Cord Jefferson (American Fiction) are the only African-Americans to win solo in this category; Fletcher is also the first African-American to win in any writing category. Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight) are the first African-American writing duo to win; Spike Lee and Kevin Willmott (BlacKkKlansman) are the second, although their co-writers, David Rabinowitz and Charlie Wachtel, are both white.

James Ivory (Call Me by Your Name) is the oldest person to receive the award at age 89. Charlie Wachtel (BlacKkKlansman) is the youngest at age 32.

Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit) is the first person of Māori descent to receive the award.

Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility) is the only winner who has also won for acting.[4] Winners Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade) and John Huston (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre) have been nominated for acting but not won.

Charles Schnee (The Bad and the Beautiful), Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade), and Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters) are the only winners whose respective films were not nominated for Best Picture.

Notable nominees

Noted novelists and playwrights nominated in this category include: George Bernard Shaw (who shared an award for an adaptation of his play Pygmalion), Graham Greene, Tennessee Williams, Vladimir Nabokov, James Hilton, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Lillian Hellman, Irwin Shaw, James Agee, Norman Corwin, S. J. Perelman, Terence Rattigan, John Osborne, Robert Bolt, Harold Pinter, David Mamet, Larry McMurtry, Arthur Miller, John Irving, David Hare, Tony Kushner, August Wilson, Florian Zeller and Kazuo Ishiguro.

Ted Elliott, Roger S. H. Schulman, Joe Stillman & Terry Rossio, writers of Shrek and Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich, writers of Toy Story 3, are as of 2020, the only writers to be nominated for an animated film.[5][6]

Scott Frank, James Mangold and Michael Green, writers of Logan, are the first writers to be nominated for a film based on superhero comic books (the X-Men).[7][8]

Howard Estabrook won for Cimarron (1931).
Victor Heerman co-won for Little Women (1933).
Sarah Y. Mason co-won for Little Women (1933).
George Froeschel co-won for Mrs. Miniver (1942).
Julius J. Epstein co-won for Casablanca (1943).
Billy Wilder co-won for The Lost Weekend (1945).
Joseph L. Mankiewicz won the award two years in a row, first for A Letter to Three Wives (1949) and then for All About Eve (1950).
Paddy Chayefsky won for Marty (1955).
Alan Jay Lerner won for Gigi (1958).
Ring Lardner Jr. won for M*A*S*H (1970).
Francis Ford Coppola co-won the award twice, first for The Godfather (1972) and then for The Godfather Part II (1974).
Mario Puzo co-won the award twice, first for The Godfather (1972) and then for The Godfather Part II (1974).
Alvin Sargent won the award twice, first for Julia (1977) and then for Ordinary People (1980).
Ernest Thompson won for On Golden Pond (1981), an adaptation of his play of the same name.
Costa-Gavras co-won for Missing (1982).
Donald E. Stewart co-won for Missing (1982).
Peter Shaffer won for Amadeus (1984).
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala won the award twice, first for A Room with a View (1986) and then for Howards End (1992).
Christopher Hampton won the award twice, first as a solo writer for Dangerous Liaisons (1988) and then as a co-writer for The Father (2020).
Alfred Uhry won for Driving Miss Daisy (1989), an adaptation of his play of the same name.
Curtis Hanson co-won for L.A. Confidential (1997).
Stephen Gaghan won for Traffic (2000).
Alexander Payne co-won the award twice, first for Sideways (2004) and then for The Descendants (2011).
Nat Faxon co-won for The Descendants (2011).
Jim Rash co-won for The Descendants (2011).
Adam McKay co-won for The Big Short (2015).
Barry Jenkins co-won for Moonlight (2016).
Tarell Alvin McCraney co-won for Moonlight (2016).
Spike Lee co-won for BlacKkKlansman (2018).
Taika Waititi won for Jojo Rabbit (2019).
Florian Zeller co-won for The Father (2020), an adaptation of his play of the same name.
Sian Heder won for CODA (2021).
Sarah Polley won for Women Talking (2022).

Winners and nominees

Winners are listed first in colored row, followed by the other nominees.


Year Film Nominees Source Material
[note 1]
7th Heaven Benjamin Glazer The play Seventh Heaven by Austin Strong
Glorious Betsy Anthony Coldeway The play by Rida Johnson Young
The Jazz Singer Alfred A. Cohn The play & short story "The Day of Atonement" by Samson Raphaelson
[note 2]
The Patriot Hanns Kräly The novel by Alfred Neumann, play by Ashley Dukes & novel Paul I by Dmitry Merezhkovsky
The Cop Elliott J. Clawson (original)
In Old Arizona Tom Barry The short story "The Caballero's Way" by O. Henry
The Last of Mrs. Cheyney Hanns Kräly The play by Frederick Lonsdale
The Leatherneck Elliott J. Clawson (original)
Our Dancing Daughters Josephine Lovett (original)
Sal of Singapore Elliott J. Clawson The novel The Sentimentalists by Dale Collins
Skyscraper A story by Dudley Murphy
The Valiant Tom Barry The play by Holworthy Hall & Robert Middlemass
A Woman of Affairs Bess Meredyth The novel The Green Hat by Michael Arlen
Wonder of Women The novel The Wife of Steffen Tromholt by Hermann Sudermann


Year Film Nominees Source Material
[note 3]
The Big House Frances Marion (original)
All Quiet on the Western Front Screenplay: George Abbott; Adaptation: Maxwell Anderson & Del Andrews; Dialogue: Anderson The novel by Erich Maria Remarque
Disraeli Julien Josephson The play by Louis N. Parker
The Divorcee John Meehan The novel Ex-Wife by Ursula Parrott
Street of Chance Howard Estabrook A story by Oliver H.P. Garrett
[note 1]
Cimarron Howard Estabrook The novel by Edna Ferber
The Criminal Code Seton I. Miller & Fred Niblo Jr. The play by Martin Flavin
Holiday Horace Jackson The play by Philip Barry
Little Caesar Screenplay: Francis Edward Faragoh; Continuity: Robert N. Lee The novel by W. R. Burnett
Skippy Joseph L. Mankiewicz & Sam Mintz The comic strip by Percy Crosby
[note 1]
Bad Girl Edwin J. Burke The novel by Viña Delmar and play by Delmar and Brian Marlowe
Arrowsmith Sidney Howard The novel by Sinclair Lewis
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Percy Heath & Samuel Hoffenstein The novella Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
[note 1][note 4]
Little Women Victor Heerman & Sarah Y. Mason The novel by Louisa May Alcott
Lady for a Day Robert Riskin The short story "Madame La Gimp" by Damon Runyon
State Fair Paul Green & Sonya Levien The novel by Phil Stong
[note 1][note 5]
It Happened One Night Robert Riskin The short story "Night Bus" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
The Thin Man Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett The novel by Dashiell Hammett
Viva Villa! Ben Hecht The book Viva Villa! A Recovery of the Real Pancho Villa, Peon, Bandit, Soldier, Patriot by Edgecumb Pinchon & O. B. Stade
(8th)[note 6]
[note 7][note 8]
The Informer Dudley Nichols[note 9][9] The novel by Liam O'Flaherty
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer Screenplay: Achmed Abdullah, John L. Balderston & Waldemar Young; Adaptation: Grover Jones & William Slavens McNutt The memoir by Francis Yeats-Brown
Mutiny on the Bounty Jules Furthman, Talbot Jennings & Carey Wilson The novel by James Norman Hall & Charles Nordhoff
The Story of Louis Pasteur Pierre Collings & Sheridan Gibney (original)
After the Thin Man Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett The novel The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
Dodsworth Sidney Howard The play by Howard & novel by Sinclair Lewis
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Robert Riskin The short story "Opera Hat" by Bud Kelland
My Man Godfrey Eric S. Hatch & Morrie Ryskind The novel 1101 Park Avenue by Hatch
The Life of Emile Zola Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg & Norman Reilly Raine The book Zola and His Time by Matthew Josephson
The Awful Truth Viña Delmar The play by Arthur Richman
Captains Courageous Marc Connelly, Dale Van Every & John Lee Mahin The novel Captain Courageous: A Story of the Grand Banks by Rudyard Kipling
Stage Door Morrie Ryskind & Anthony Veiller The play by Edna Ferber & George S. Kaufman
A Star Is Born Alan Campbell, Robert Carson & Dorothy Parker A story by William A. Wellman & Carson
Pygmalion Screenplay & Dialogue: George Bernard Shaw; Adaptation: Ian Dalrymple, Cecil Arthur Lewis & W. P. Lipscomb The play by Shaw
Boys Town John Meehan & Dore Schary A story by Schary & Eleanore Griffin
The Citadel Dalrymple, Betty Hill & Spig Wead The novel by A. J. Cronin
Four Daughters Lenore Coffee & Julius J. Epstein The short story "Sister Act" by Fannie Hurst
You Can't Take It with You Robert Riskin The play by George S. Kaufman & Moss Hart
Gone with the Wind Sidney Howard (p.r.) The novel by Margaret Mitchell
Goodbye, Mr. Chips Holt Marvell, R. C. Sherriff & Claudine West The novella by James Hilton
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Sidney Buchman A story by Lewis R. Foster
Ninotchka Charles Brackett, Walter Reisch & Billy Wilder A story by Melchior Lengyel
Wuthering Heights Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur The novel by Emily Brontë


Year Film Nominees Source Material
The Philadelphia Story Donald Ogden Stewart The play by Philip Barry
The Grapes of Wrath Nunnally Johnson The novel by John Steinbeck
Kitty Foyle Dalton Trumbo The novel by Christopher Morley
The Long Voyage Home Dudley Nichols The plays The Moon of the Caribees, In the Zone, Bound East for Cardiff & The Long Voyage Home by Eugene O'Neill
Rebecca Joan Harrison & Robert E. Sherwood The novel by Daphne du Maurier
Here Comes Mr. Jordan Sidney Buchman & Seton I. Miller The play Heaven Can Wait by Harry Segall
Hold Back the Dawn Charles Brackett & Billy Wilder The novel by Ketti Frings
How Green Was My Valley Philip Dunne The novel by Richard Llewellyn
The Little Foxes Lillian Hellman The play by Hellman
The Maltese Falcon John Huston The novel by Dashiell Hammett
Mrs. Miniver George Froeschel, James Hilton, Claudine West & Arthur Wimperis The character Mrs. Miniver from the articles by Jan Struther
49th Parallel Rodney Ackland & Emeric Pressburger A story by Pressburger
The Pride of the Yankees Herman J. Mankiewicz & Jo Swerling A story by Paul Gallico
Random Harvest Froeschel, West & Wimperis The novel by Hilton
The Talk of the Town Sidney Buchman & Irwin Shaw A story by Sidney Harmon
Casablanca Philip G. Epstein, Julius J. Epstein & Howard Koch The play Everybody Comes to Rick's by Joan Alison & Murray Burnett
Holy Matrimony Nunnally Johnson The novel Buried Alive by Arnold Bennett
The More the Merrier Richard Flournoy, Lewis R. Foster, Frank Ross & Robert W. Russell A story by Ross & Russell
The Song of Bernadette George Seaton The novel by Franz Werfel
Watch on the Rhine Dashiell Hammett The play by Lillian Hellman
Going My Way Frank Butler & Frank Cavett A story by Leo McCarey
Double Indemnity Raymond Chandler & Billy Wilder The novel Double Indemnity in Three of a Kind by James M. Cain
Gaslight John L. Balderston, Walter Reisch & John Van Druten The play Gas Light by Patrick Hamilton
Laura Jay Dratler, Samuel Hoffenstein & Elizabeth Reinhardt The novel by Vera Caspary
Meet Me in St. Louis Irving Brecher & Fred F. Finklehoffe The novel by Sally Benson
The Lost Weekend Charles Brackett & Billy Wilder The novel by Charles R. Jackson
G. I. Joe Leopold Atlas, Guy Endore & Philip Stevenson The memoirs Brave Men & Here Is Your War by Ernie Pyle
Mildred Pierce Ranald MacDougall The novel by James M. Cain
Pride of the Marines Albert Maltz The book Al Schmid, Marine by Roger Butterfield
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Frank Davis & Tess Slesinger (p.n.) The novel by Betty Smith
The Best Years of Our Lives Robert E. Sherwood The novella Glory for Me by MacKinlay Kantor
Anna and the King of Siam Sally Benson & Talbot Jennings The novel by Margaret Landon
Brief Encounter Anthony Havelock-Allan, David Lean & Ronald Neame The play Still Life by Noël Coward
The Killers Anthony Veiller The short story by Ernest Hemingway
Rome, Open City Sergio Amidei & Federico Fellini A story by Amidei & Alberto Consiglio
Miracle on 34th Street George Seaton A story by Valentine Davies
Boomerang Richard Murphy The article "The Perfect Case" by Anthony Abbot
Crossfire John Paxton The novel The Brick Foxhole by Richard Brooks
Gentleman's Agreement Moss Hart The novel by Laura Z. Hobson
Great Expectations David Lean, Anthony Havelock-Allan, & Ronald Neame The novel by Charles Dickens
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre John Huston The novel by B. Traven
A Foreign Affair Charles Brackett, Richard L. Breen & Billy Wilder A story by David Shaw
Johnny Belinda Allen Vincent & Irma von Cube The play by Elmer Blaney Harris
The Search Richard Schweizer & David Wechsler [de] (original screenplay)
The Snake Pit Millen Brand & Frank Partos The novel by Mary Jane Ward
A Letter to Three Wives Joseph L. Mankiewicz The novel by John Klempner
All the King's Men Robert Rossen The novel by Robert Penn Warren
The Bicycle Thief Cesare Zavattini The novel by Luigi Bartolini
Champion Carl Foreman The short story by Ring Lardner
The Fallen Idol Graham Greene The short story "The Basement Room" by Greene


Year Film Nominees Source Material
All About Eve Joseph L. Mankiewicz The short story "The Wisdom of Eve" by Mary Orr
The Asphalt Jungle John Huston & Ben Maddow The novel by W. R. Burnett
Born Yesterday Albert Mannheimer The play by Garson Kanin
Broken Arrow Albert Maltz[note 10] The novel Blood Brother by Elliott Arnold
Father of the Bride Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett The novel by E. Streeter
A Place in the Sun Harry Brown & Michael Wilson The novel An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser & play by Patrick Kearney
The African Queen James Agee & John Huston The novel by C. S. Forester
Detective Story Robert Wyler & Philip Yordan The play by Sidney Kingsley
La Ronde Jacques Natanson & Max Ophüls The play by Arthur Schnitzler
A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams The play by Williams
The Bad and the Beautiful Charles Schnee A story by George Bradshaw
5 Fingers Michael Wilson The novel Operation Cicero by Ludwig Carl Moyzisch
High Noon Carl Foreman The short story "The Tin Star" by John W. Cunningham
The Man in the White Suit John Dighton, Alexander Mackendrick & Roger MacDougall A story by MacDougall
The Quiet Man Frank Nugent The short story by Maurice Walsh
From Here to Eternity Daniel Taradash The novel by James Jones
The Cruel Sea Eric Ambler The novel by Nicholas Monsarrat
Lili Helen Deutsch The short story "The Man Who Hated People" by Paul Gallico
Roman Holiday John Dighton & Ian McLellan Hunter A story by Dalton Trumbo (front: Ian McLellan Hunter)
Shane A. B. Guthrie Jr. The novel by Jack Schaefer
The Country Girl George Seaton The play by Clifford Odets
The Caine Mutiny Stanley Roberts The novel by Herman Wouk
Rear Window John Michael Hayes The short story "It Had to Be Murder" by Cornell Woolrich
Sabrina Ernest Lehman, Samuel A. Taylor & Billy Wilder The play Sabrina Fair by Taylor
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett & Dorothy Kingsley The short story "The Sobbin' Women" by Stephen Vincent Benét
Marty Paddy Chayefsky The television play on The Philco Television Playhouse by Chayefsky
Bad Day at Black Rock Millard Kaufman The short story "Bad Time at Honda" by Howard Breslin
Blackboard Jungle Richard Brooks The novel by Evan Hunter
East of Eden Paul Osborn The novel by John Steinbeck
Love Me or Leave Me Daniel Fuchs & Isobel Lennart A story by Fuchs
Around the World in 80 Days John Farrow, S. J. Perelman & James Poe The novel by Jules Verne
Baby Doll Tennessee Williams The plays 27 Wagons Full of Cotton & The Long Stay Cut Short, or The Unsatisfactory Supper by Williams
Friendly Persuasion Michael Wilson[note 11] The novel by Jessamyn West
Giant Fred Guiol & Ivan Moffat The novel by Edna Ferber
Lust for Life Norman Corwin The novel by Irving Stone
The Bridge on the River Kwai Pierre Boulle, Carl Foreman, & Michael Wilson[note 12] The novel The Bridge over the River Kwai by Boulle
12 Angry Men Reginald Rose The teleplay on Westinghouse Studio One and play by Rose
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison John Huston & John Lee Mahin The novel by Charles Shaw
Peyton Place John Michael Hayes The novel by Grace Metalious
Sayonara Paul Osborn The novel by James A. Michener
Gigi Alan Jay Lerner The novella by Colette
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Richard Brooks & James Poe The play & short story "Three Players of a Summer Game" by Tennessee Williams
The Horse's Mouth Alec Guinness The novel by Joyce Cary
I Want to Live! Nelson Gidding & Don Mankiewicz Articles by Edward S. Montgomery & letters by Barbara Graham
Separate Tables John Gay & Terence Rattigan The plays by Rattigan
Room at the Top Neil Paterson The novel by John Braine
Anatomy of a Murder Wendell Mayes The novel by John D. Voelker
Ben-Hur Karl Tunberg The novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace
The Nun's Story Robert Anderson The novel by Kathryn Hulme
Some Like It Hot I. A. L. Diamond & Billy Wilder The 1935 French film Fanfare of Love written by Max Bronnet, Michael Logan, Pierre Prévert, René Pujol and Robert Thoeren & the 1951 German remake Fanfares of Love written by Logan, Thoeren and Heinz Pauck


Year Film Nominees Source Material
Elmer Gantry Richard Brooks The novel by Sinclair Lewis
Inherit the Wind Harold Jacob Smith & Nedrick Young[note 13] The play by Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee
Sons and Lovers T. E. B. Clarke & Gavin Lambert The novel by D. H. Lawrence
The Sundowners Isobel Lennart The novel by Jon Cleary
Tunes of Glory James Kennaway The novel by Kennaway
Judgment at Nuremberg Abby Mann The television play on Playhouse 90 by Mann
Breakfast at Tiffany's George Axelrod The novella by Truman Capote
The Guns of Navarone Carl Foreman The novel by Alistair MacLean
The Hustler Sidney Carroll & Robert Rossen The novel by Walter Tevis
West Side Story Ernest Lehman The musical by Arthur Laurents
To Kill a Mockingbird Horton Foote The novel by Harper Lee
David and Lisa Eleanor Perry The novella Lisa and David by Dr. Theodore Isaac Rubin
Lawrence of Arabia Robert Bolt & Michael Wilson[note 14] The memoir Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov The novel by Nabokov
The Miracle Worker William Gibson The play & television play on Playhouse 90 by Gibson
Tom Jones John Osborne The novel The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Henry Fielding
Captain Newman, M.D. Richard L. Breen, Henry & Phoebe Ephron The novel by Leo Rosten
Hud Harriet Frank Jr. & Irving Ravetch The novel Horseman, Pass By by Larry McMurtry
Lilies of the Field James Poe The novel by William Edmund Barrett
Sundays and Cybele Scenario: Serge Bourguignon & Antoine Tudal; Dialogue: Bourguignon The novel Les dimanches de Ville d'Avray by Bernard Eschassériaux
Becket Edward Anhalt The play by Jean Anouilh
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Stanley Kubrick, Peter George & Terry Southern The novel Red Alert by George
Mary Poppins Don DaGradi & Bill Walsh The novel series by P. L. Travers
My Fair Lady Alan Jay Lerner The musical by Lerner
Zorba the Greek Michael Cacoyannis The novel by Nikos Kazantzakis
Doctor Zhivago Robert Bolt The novel by Boris Pasternak
Cat Ballou Walter Newman & Frank Pierson The novel The Ballad of Cat Ballou by Roy Chanslor
The Collector John Kohn & Stanley Mann The novel by John Fowles
Ship of Fools Abby Mann The novel by Katherine Anne Porter
A Thousand Clowns Herb Gardner The play by Gardner
A Man for All Seasons Robert Bolt The play by Bolt
Alfie Bill Naughton The play by Naughton
The Professionals Richard Brooks The novel A Mule for the Marquesa by Frank O'Rourke
The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming William Rose The novel The Off-Islanders by Nathaniel Benchley
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Ernest Lehman The play by Edward Albee
In the Heat of the Night Stirling Silliphant The novel by John Ball
Cool Hand Luke Donn Pearce & Frank Pierson The novel by Pearce
The Graduate Buck Henry & Calder Willingham The novella by Charles Webb
In Cold Blood Richard Brooks The book by Truman Capote
Ulysses Fred Haines & Joseph Strick The novel by James Joyce
The Lion in Winter James Goldman The play by Goldman
The Odd Couple Neil Simon The play by Simon
Oliver! Vernon Harris The musical by Lionel Bart
Rachel, Rachel Stewart Stern The novel A Jest of God by Margaret Laurence
Rosemary's Baby Roman Polanski The novel by Ira Levin
Midnight Cowboy Waldo Salt The novel by James Leo Herlihy
Anne of the Thousand Days Screenplay: Bridget Boland & John Hale; Adaptation: Richard Sokolove The play by Maxwell Anderson
Goodbye, Columbus Arnold Schulman The novella by Philip Roth
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? James Poe & Robert E. Thompson The novel by Horace McCoy
Z Costa-Gavras & Jorge Semprún The novel by Vassilis Vassilikos


Year Film Nominees Source Material
M*A*S*H Ring Lardner Jr. The novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors by Richard Hooker
Airport George Seaton The novel by Arthur Hailey
I Never Sang for My Father Robert Anderson The play by Anderson
Lovers and Other Strangers Joseph Bologna, David Zelag Goodman & Renée Taylor The play by Bologna & Taylor
Women in Love Larry Kramer The novel by D. H. Lawrence
The French Connection Ernest Tidyman The book The French Connection: The World's Most Crucial Narcotics Investigation by Robin Moore
A Clockwork Orange Stanley Kubrick The novel by Anthony Burgess
The Conformist Bernardo Bertolucci The novel by Alberto Moravia
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis Vittorio Bonicelli & Ugo Pirro The novel by Giorgio Bassani
The Last Picture Show Peter Bogdanovich & Larry McMurtry The novel by McMurtry
The Godfather Francis Ford Coppola & Mario Puzo The novel by Puzo
Cabaret Jay Presson Allen The musical by Joe Masteroff
The Emigrants Bengt Forslund & Jan Troell The novels The Emigrants & Unto a Good Land by Vilhelm Moberg
Pete 'n' Tillie Julius J. Epstein The novella Witch's Milk by Peter De Vries
Sounder Lonne Elder III The novel by William H. Armstrong
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty The novel by Blatty
The Last Detail Robert Towne The novel by Darryl Ponicsan
The Paper Chase James Bridges The novel by John Jay Osborn Jr.
Paper Moon Alvin Sargent The novel Addie Pray by Joe David Brown
Serpico Waldo Salt & Norman Wexler The book Serpico: The Cop Who Defied the System by Peter Maas
The Godfather Part II Francis Ford Coppola & Mario Puzo The novel The Godfather by Puzo
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz Screenplay: Mordecai Richler; Adaptation: Lionel Chetwynd The novel by Richler
Lenny Julian Barry The play by Barry
Murder on the Orient Express Paul Dehn The novel by Agatha Christie
Young Frankenstein Mel Brooks & Gene Wilder The novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Bo Goldman & Lawrence Hauben The novel by Ken Kesey
Barry Lyndon Stanley Kubrick The novel The Luck of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray
The Man Who Would Be King Gladys Hill & John Huston The short story by Rudyard Kipling
Profumo di donna Ruggero Maccari & Dino Risi The novel Il buio e il mare by Giovanni Arpino
The Sunshine Boys Neil Simon The play by Simon
All the President's Men William Goldman The memoir by Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward
Bound for Glory Robert Getchell The memoir by Woody Guthrie
Fellini's Casanova Federico Fellini & Bernardino Zapponi The memoir History of My Life by Giacomo Casanova
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Nicholas Meyer The novel The Seven-Per-Cent Solution: Being a Reprint from the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D. by Meyer
Voyage of the Damned David Butler & Steve Shagan The book by Gordon Thomas & Max Morgan-Witts
Julia Alvin Sargent The memoir Pentimento: A Book of Portraits by Lillian Hellman
Equus Peter Shaffer The play by Shaffer
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden Lewis John Carlino & Gavin Lambert The novel by Joanne Greenberg
Oh, God! Larry Gelbart The novel by Avery Corman
That Obscure Object of Desire Scenario: Luis Buñuel; Collaboration: Jean-Claude Carrière The novel The Woman and the Puppet by Pierre Louÿs
Midnight Express Oliver Stone The memoir by Billy Hayes & William Hoffer
Bloodbrothers Walter Newman The novel by Richard Price
California Suite Neil Simon The play by Simon
Heaven Can Wait Warren Beatty & Elaine May The play by Harry Segall
Same Time, Next Year Bernard Slade The play by Slade
Kramer vs. Kramer Robert Benton The novel by Avery Corman
Apocalypse Now Francis Ford Coppola & John Milius The novel Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
La Cage aux Folles Marcello Danon, Édouard Molinaro, Jean Poiret & Francis Veber The play by Poiret
A Little Romance Allan Burns The novel E=mc2 Mon Amour by Patrick Cauvin
Norma Rae Harriet Frank Jr. & Irving Ravetch The book Crystal Lee, a Woman of Inheritance by Hank Leiferman


Year Film Nominees Source Material
Ordinary People Alvin Sargent The novel by Judith Guest
Breaker Morant Bruce Beresford, Jonathan Hardy & David Stevens The play Breaker Morant: A Play in Two Acts by Kenneth G. Ross
Coal Miner's Daughter Thomas Rickman The memoir Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner's Daughter by Loretta Lynn & George Vecsey
The Elephant Man Eric Bergren, Christopher De Vore & David Lynch The memoir The Elephant Man and Other Reminiscences by Frederick Treves & book The Elephant Man: A Study in Human Dignity by Ashley Montagu
The Stunt Man Screenplay: Lawrence B. Marcus; Adaptation: Richard Rush The novel by Paul Brodeur
On Golden Pond Ernest Thompson The play by Thompson
The French Lieutenant's Woman Harold Pinter The novel by John Fowles
Pennies from Heaven Dennis Potter The television series by Potter
Prince of the City Jay Presson Allen & Sidney Lumet The book Prince of the City: The True Story of a Cop Who Knew Too Much by Robert Daley
Ragtime Michael Weller The novel by E. L. Doctorow
Missing Costa-Gavras & Donald E. Stewart The book The Execution of Charles Horman: An American Sacrifice by Thomas Hauser
Das Boot Wolfgang Petersen The novel by Lothar-Günther Buchheim
Sophie's Choice Alan J. Pakula The novel by William Styron
The Verdict David Mamet The novel by Barry Reed
Victor/Victoria Blake Edwards The film Victor and Victoria by Reinhold Schünzel
Terms of Endearment James L. Brooks The novel by Larry McMurtry
Betrayal Harold Pinter The play by Pinter
The Dresser Ronald Harwood The play by Harwood
Educating Rita Willy Russell The play by Russell
Reuben, Reuben Julius J. Epstein The play Spofford by Herman Shumlin & novel by Peter De Vries
Amadeus Peter Shaffer The play by Shaffer
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes Michael Austin & Robert Towne[note 15][11] The novel Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Killing Fields Bruce Robinson The article "The Death and Life of Dith Pran: A Story of Cambodia" by Sydney Schanberg
A Passage to India David Lean The novel by E. M. Forster
A Soldier's Story Charles Fuller The play A Soldier's Play by Fuller
Out of Africa Kurt Luedtke The memoir by Karen Blixen & books Silence Will Speak: A Study of the Life of Denys Finch Hatton and His Relationship With Karen Blixen by Errol Trzebinski & Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller by Judith Thurman
The Color Purple Menno Meyjes The novel by Alice Walker
Kiss of the Spider Woman Leonard Schrader The novel by Manuel Puig
Prizzi's Honor Richard Condon & Janet Roach The novel by Condon
The Trip to Bountiful Horton Foote The play & television film by Foote
A Room with a View Ruth Prawer Jhabvala The novel by E. M. Forster
Children of a Lesser God Hesper Anderson & Mark Medoff The play by Medoff
The Color of Money Richard Price The novel by Walter Tevis
Crimes of the Heart Beth Henley The play by Henley
Stand by Me Bruce A. Evans & Raynold Gideon The novella The Body by Stephen King
The Last Emperor Bernardo Bertolucci & Mark Peploe The memoir From Emperor to Citizen: The Autobiography of Aisin-Gioro Pu Yi by Puyi
The Dead Tony Huston The short story by James Joyce
Fatal Attraction James Dearden The television film Diversion by Dearden
Full Metal Jacket Gustav Hasford, Michael Herr & Stanley Kubrick The novel The Short-Timers by Hasford
My Life as a Dog Per Berglund, Brasse Brännström, Lasse Hallström & Reidar Jönsson The novel Mitt liv som hund by Jönsson
Dangerous Liaisons Christopher Hampton The play Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Hampton & novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
The Accidental Tourist Frank Galati & Lawrence Kasdan The novel by Anne Tyler
Gorillas in the Mist Screenplay: Anna Hamilton Phelan; Story: Tab Murphy & Phelon The article by Harold Hayes
Little Dorrit Christine Edzard The novel by Charles Dickens
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Jean-Claude Carrière & Philip Kaufman The novel by Milan Kundera
Driving Miss Daisy Alfred Uhry The play by Uhry
Born on the Fourth of July Ron Kovic & Oliver Stone The memoir by Kovic
Enemies, A Love Story Paul Mazursky & Roger L. Simon The novel by Isaac Bashevis Singer
Field of Dreams Phil Alden Robinson The novel Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella
My Left Foot Shane Connaughton & Jim Sheridan The memoir by Christy Brown


Year Film Nominees Source Material
Dances with Wolves Michael Blake The novel by Blake
Awakenings Steven Zaillian The memoir by Oliver Sacks
Goodfellas Nicholas Pileggi & Martin Scorsese The book Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family by Pileggi
The Grifters Donald E. Westlake The novel by Jim Thompson
Reversal of Fortune Nicholas Kazan The memoir Reversal of Fortune: Inside the von Bülow Case by Alan Dershowitz
The Silence of the Lambs Ted Tally The novel by Thomas Harris
Europa Europa Agnieszka Holland The memoir I Was Hitler Youth Salomon by Solomon Perel
Fried Green Tomatoes Fannie Flagg & Carol Sobieski (p.n.) The novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Flagg
JFK Zachary Sklar & Oliver Stone The memoir On the Trail of the Assassins by Jim Garrison & book Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy by Jim Marrs
The Prince of Tides Pat Conroy & Becky Johnston The novel by Conroy
Howards End Ruth Prawer Jhabvala The novel by E. M. Forster
Enchanted April Peter Barnes The novel by Elizabeth von Arnim
The Player Michael Tolkin The novel by Tolkin
A River Runs Through It Richard Friedenberg The novella by Norman Maclean
Scent of a Woman Bo Goldman The novel Il buio e il miele by Giovanni Arpino & film by Ruggero Maccari & Dino Risi
Schindler's List Steven Zaillian The novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally
The Age of Innocence Jay Cocks & Martin Scorsese The novel by Edith Wharton
In the Name of the Father Terry George & Jim Sheridan The memoir Proved Innocent: The Story of Gerry Conlon of the Guildford Four by Gerry Conlon
The Remains of the Day Ruth Prawer Jhabvala The novel by Kazuo Ishiguro
Shadowlands William Nicholson The play & television film by Nicholson
Forrest Gump Eric Roth The novel by Winston Groom
The Madness of King George Alan Bennett The play The Madness of George III by Bennett
Nobody's Fool Robert Benton The novel by Richard Russo
Quiz Show Paul Attanasio The book Remembering America: A Voice from the Sixties by Richard N. Goodwin
The Shawshank Redemption Frank Darabont The novella "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" by Stephen King
Sense and Sensibility Emma Thompson The novel by Jane Austen
Apollo 13 William Broyles Jr. & Al Reinert The memoir Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 by Jeffrey Kluger & Jim Lovell
Babe George Miller & Chris Noonan The novel The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith
Leaving Las Vegas Mike Figgis The novel by John O'Brien
Il Postino: The Postman Screenplay: Anna Pavignano, Michael Radford, Furio & Giacomo Scarpelli & Massimo Troisi (p.n.); Story: F. & G. Scarpelli The novel Ardiente Paciencia by Antonio Skármeta
Sling Blade Billy Bob Thornton The short film Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade written by Thornton
The Crucible Arthur Miller The play by Miller
The English Patient Anthony Minghella The novel by Michael Ondaatje
Hamlet Kenneth Branagh The play The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare
Trainspotting John Hodge The novel by Irvine Welsh
L.A. Confidential Curtis Hanson & Brian Helgeland The novel by James Ellroy
Donnie Brasco Paul Attanasio The memoir Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia by Joseph D. Pistone & Richard Woodley
The Sweet Hereafter Atom Egoyan The novel by Russell Banks
Wag the Dog Hilary Henkin & David Mamet The novel American Hero by Larry Beinhart
The Wings of the Dove Hossein Amini The novel by Henry James
Gods and Monsters Bill Condon The novel Father of Frankenstein by Christopher Bram
Out of Sight Scott Frank The novel by Elmore Leonard
Primary Colors Elaine May The novel Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics by Joe Klein
A Simple Plan Scott Smith The novel by Smith
The Thin Red Line Terrence Malick The novel by James Jones
The Cider House Rules John Irving The novel by Irving
Election Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor The novel by Tom Perrotta
The Green Mile Frank Darabont The novel by Stephen King
The Insider Michael Mann & Eric Roth The article "The Man Who Knew Too Much" by Marie Brenner
The Talented Mr. Ripley Anthony Minghella The novel by Patricia Highsmith


Year Film Nominees Source Material
Traffic Stephen Gaghan The television series Traffik by Simon Moore
Chocolat Robert Nelson Jacobs The novel by Joanne Harris
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Wang Hui-ling, James Schamus & Kuo Jung Tsai The novel by Wang Dulu
O Brother, Where Art Thou? Joel and Ethan Coen The epic poem the Odyssey by Homer
Wonder Boys Steve Kloves The novel by Michael Chabon
A Beautiful Mind Akiva Goldsman The book by Sylvia Nasar
Ghost World Daniel Clowes & Terry Zwigoff The graphic novel by Clowes
In the Bedroom Rob Festinger & Todd Field The short story "Killings" by Andre Dubus
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson & Fran Walsh The novel The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
Shrek Ted Elliott, Roger S. H. Schulman, Joe Stillman & Terry Rossio The picture book by William Steig
The Pianist Ronald Harwood The memoir by Władysław Szpilman
About a Boy Peter Hedges, Chris & Paul Weitz The novel by Nick Hornby
Adaptation Charlie & Donald Kaufman[note 16][11] The book The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
Chicago Bill Condon The musical by Fred Ebb & Bob Fosse
The Hours David Hare The novel by Michael Cunningham
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson & Fran Walsh The novel The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
American Splendor Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini The comic books by Harvey Pekar & graphic novel Our Cancer Year by Pekar & Joyce Brabner
City of God Bráulio Mantovani The novel by Paulo Lins
Mystic River Brian Helgeland The novel by Dennis Lehane
Seabiscuit Gary Ross The book Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
Sideways Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor The novel by Rex Pickett
Before Sunset Screenplay: Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke & Richard Linklater; Story: Kim Krizan & Linklater Characters from the film Before Sunrise by Krizan & Linklater
Finding Neverland David Magee The play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee
Million Dollar Baby Paul Haggis The short story collection Rope Burns: Stories from the Corner by F.X. Toole
The Motorcycle Diaries José Rivera The memoirs Traveling with Che Guevara: The Making of a Revolutionary by Alberto Granado & The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara
Brokeback Mountain Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana The short story by Annie Proulx
Capote Dan Futterman The book by Gerald Clarke
The Constant Gardener Jeffrey Caine The novel by John le Carré
A History of Violence Josh Olson The graphic novel by Vince Locke & John Wagner
Munich Tony Kushner & Eric Roth The book Vengeance by George Jonas
The Departed William Monahan The film Infernal Affairs written by Felix Chong & Alan Mak
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan Screenplay: Sacha Baron Cohen, Peter Baynham, Anthony Hines & Dan Mazer; Story: Baron Cohen, Baynham, Hines & Todd Phillips The character Borat Sagdiyev from the television series Da Ali G Show by Baron Cohen
Children of Men David Arata, Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby & Timothy J. Sexton The novel by P. D. James
Little Children Todd Field & Tom Perrotta The novel by Perrotta
Notes on a Scandal Patrick Marber The novel by Zoë Heller
No Country for Old Men Coen Brothers The novel by Cormac McCarthy
Atonement Christopher Hampton The novel by Ian McEwan
Away from Her Sarah Polley The short story "The Bear Came Over the Mountain" by Alice Munro
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Ronald Harwood The memoir by Jean-Dominique Bauby
There Will Be Blood Paul Thomas Anderson The novel Oil! by Upton Sinclair
Slumdog Millionaire Simon Beaufoy The novel Q & A by Vikas Swarup
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay: Eric Roth; Story: Roth & Robin Swicord The short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Doubt John Patrick Shanley The play Doubt: A Parable by Shanley
Frost/Nixon Peter Morgan The play by Morgan
The Reader David Hare The novel by Bernhard Schlink
Precious Geoffrey S. Fletcher The novel Push by Sapphire
District 9 Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell The short film Alive in Joburg by Blomkamp
An Education Nick Hornby The memoir by Lynn Barber
In the Loop Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche The character Malcolm Tucker from the television series The Thick of It by Iannucci
Up in the Air Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner The novel by Walter Kirn


Year Film Nominees Source Material
The Social Network Aaron Sorkin The book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal by Ben Mezrich
127 Hours Simon Beaufoy & Danny Boyle The memoir Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston
Toy Story 3 Screenplay: Michael Arndt; Story: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich Characters from the film Toy Story by Pete Docter, Lasseter, Joe Ranft, & Stanton
True Grit Coen Brothers The novel by Charles Portis
Winter's Bone Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini The novel by Daniel Woodrell
The Descendants Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne & Jim Rash The novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings
Hugo John Logan The novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
The Ides of March George Clooney, Grant Heslov & Beau Willimon The play Farragut North by Willimon
Moneyball Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin & Steven Zaillian; Story: Stan Chervin The book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Bridget O'Connor (p.n.) & Peter Straughan The novel by John le Carré
Argo Chris Terrio The memoir The Master of Disguise by Tony Mendez & article "The Great Escape: How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran" by Joshuah Bearman
Beasts of the Southern Wild Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin The play Juicy and Delicious by Alibar
Life of Pi David Magee The novel by Yann Martel
Lincoln Tony Kushner The book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Silver Linings Playbook David O. Russell The novel by Matthew Quick
12 Years a Slave John Ridley The memoir by Solomon Northup
Before Midnight Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke & Richard Linklater Characters from the film Before Sunrise by Kim Krizan & Linklater
Captain Phillips Billy Ray The memoir A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips & Stephan Talty
Philomena Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope The book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith
The Wolf of Wall Street Terence Winter The memoir by Jordan Belfort
The Imitation Game Graham Moore The book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
American Sniper Jason Hall The memoir American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Jim DeFelice, Chris Kyle & Scott McEwan
Inherent Vice Paul Thomas Anderson The novel by Thomas Pynchon
The Theory of Everything Anthony McCarten The memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Hawking
Whiplash Damien Chazelle The short film by Chazelle
The Big Short Charles Randolph & Adam McKay The book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
Brooklyn Nick Hornby The novel by Colm Tóibín
Carol Phyllis Nagy The novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
The Martian Drew Goddard The novel by Andy Weir
Room Emma Donoghue The novel by Donoghue
Moonlight Screenplay: Barry Jenkins; Story: Tarell Alvin McCraney The unpublished play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by McCraney
Arrival Eric Heisserer The novella "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang
Fences August Wilson (p.n.) The play by Wilson
Hidden Figures Theodore Melfi & Allison Schroeder The book Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
Lion Luke Davies The memoir A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley & Larry Buttrose
Call Me by Your Name James Ivory The novel by André Aciman
The Disaster Artist Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber The memoir The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero & Tom Bissell
Logan Screenplay: Scott Frank, Michael Green & James Mangold; Story: Mangold The character Wolverine from the comic books by John Romita Sr. & Len Wein
Molly's Game Aaron Sorkin The memoir by Molly Bloom
Mudbound Dee Rees & Virgil Williams The novel by Hillary Jordan
BlacKkKlansman Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel & Kevin Willmott The memoir Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Coen Brothers The short stories "All Gold Canyon" by Jack London & "The Gal Who Got Rattled" by Stewart Edward White
Can You Ever Forgive Me? Nicole Holofcener & Jeff Whitty The memoir by Lee Israel
If Beale Street Could Talk Barry Jenkins The novel by James Baldwin
A Star Is Born Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters & Eric Roth The 1954 film by Moss Hart, 1976 film by Joan Didion, John Gregory Dunne & Frank Pierson & 1937 film by Robert Carson & William A. Wellman
Jojo Rabbit Taika Waititi The novel Caging Skies by Christine Leunens
The Irishman Steven Zaillian The memoir I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran and Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa by Charles Brandt
Joker Todd Phillips & Scott Silver The character from the comic books by Bill Finger, Bob Kane & Jerry Robinson
Little Women Greta Gerwig The novel by Louisa May Alcott
The Two Popes Anthony McCarten The play The Pope by McCarten


Year Film Nominees Source Material
The Father Christopher Hampton & Florian Zeller The play by Zeller
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm Screenplay: Sacha Baron Cohen, Peter Baynham, Jena Friedman, Anthony Hines, Lee Kern, Dan Mazer, Erica Rivinoja & Dan Swimer; Story: Baron Cohen, Hines, Nina Pedrad & Swimer The character Borat Sagdiyev from the television series Da Ali G Show by Baron Cohen
Nomadland Chloé Zhao The book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder
One Night in Miami... Kemp Powers The play by Powers
The White Tiger Ramin Bahrani The novel by Arvind Adiga
CODA Sian Heder The film La Famille Bélier by Victoria Bedos, Thomas Bidegain, Stanislas Carré de Malberg & Éric Lartigau
Drive My Car Ryusuke Hamaguchi & Takamasa Oe The short story by Haruki Murakami
Dune Eric Roth, Jon Spaihts & Denis Villeneuve The novel by Frank Herbert
The Lost Daughter Maggie Gyllenhaal The novel by Elena Ferrante
The Power of the Dog Jane Campion The novel by Thomas Savage
Women Talking Sarah Polley The novel by Miriam Toews
All Quiet on the Western Front Edward Berger, Lesley Paterson & Ian Stokell The novel by Erich Maria Remarque
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery Rian Johnson The character Benoit Blanc from the film Knives Out by Johnson
Living Kazuo Ishiguro The film Ikiru by Shinobu Hashimoto, Akira Kurosawa & Hideo Oguni
Top Gun: Maverick Screenplay: Ehren Kruger, Christopher McQuarrie & Eric Warren Singer; Story: Peter Craig & Justin Marks Characters from the film Top Gun by Jim Cash & Jack Epps Jr.
American Fiction Cord Jefferson The novel Erasure by Percival Everett
Barbie Noah Baumbach & Greta Gerwig The characters created by Ruth Handler
Oppenheimer Christopher Nolan The book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird & Martin J. Sherwin
Poor Things Tony McNamara The novel Poor Things: Episodes from the Early Life of Archibald McCandless M.D., Scottish Public Health Officer by Alisdair Gray
The Zone of Interest Jonathan Glazer The novel by Martin Amis

Multiple wins and nominations

Age superlatives

Record Writer Film Age Ref.
Oldest winner James Ivory Call Me by Your Name 89 [18]
Oldest nominee [19]
Youngest winner Charlie Wachtel BlacKkKlansman 32 [20]
Youngest nominee Joseph L. Mankiewicz Skippy 22

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e During these years, the award was bestowed as Best Writing, Adaptation.
  2. ^ The 2nd Academy Awards is unique in being the only occasion where there were no official nominees. Subsequent research by AMPAS has resulted in a list of unofficial or de facto nominees, based on records of which films were evaluated by the judges.
  3. ^ During this year, the award was bestowed as Best Writing and included both original and adapted screenplays.
  4. ^ The Academy also announced that Robert Riskin came in second and Paul Green and Sonya Levien third.
  5. ^ The Academy also announced that Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett came in second and Ben Hecht third.
  6. ^ From 1935 until 1955, the award was bestowed as Best Writing, Screenplay.
  7. ^ Captain Blood, written by Casey Robinson from the novel Captain Blood: His Odyssey by Rafael Sabatini, was not officially nominated for this award, but appears in Academy records because it placed third in voting as a write-in candidate in 1935.
  8. ^ The Academy also announced that Talbot Jennings, Jules Furthman, and Carey Wilson came in second and Casey Robinson third. This means Waldemar Young, John L. Balderston, Achmed Abdullah, Grover Jones, and William Slavens McNutt came in fourth.
  9. ^ Dudley Nichols refused to accept the award, but was in possession of it by 1949 according to Academy records.
  10. ^ Michael Blankfort was originally nominated as the screenwriter of Broken Arrow. In 1991, research proved blacklisted Albert Maltz was the screenwriter and his credit was restored. Blankfort was removed from the nomination and it was given to Maltz.
  11. ^ Michael Wilson was originally credited as the screenwriter of Friendly Persuasion, but Allied Artists, acting in agreement with the Screen Writers Guild, removed his credit because he was blacklisted. Early in 1957, the Academy revised its bylaws so the film would be eligible for a writing nomination without naming Wilson as a nominee. Friendly Persuasion was initially announced a nominee without a writer's name attached. The Academy's Board of Governors voted to strike the nomination altogether and it was not included on the final ballot. The Board of Governors, however, reinstated the nomination with Wilson's name attached in 2002.
  12. ^ Pierre Boulle was credited as the screenwriter of The Bridge on the River Kwai and ultimately won the award. Blacklisted writers Michael Wilson and Carl Foreman, who actually wrote the screenplay, were awarded posthumous Oscars by the Academy's Board of Governors in 1984.
  13. ^ Due to blacklisting, Young wrote under the pseudonym Nathan E. Douglas.
  14. ^ In 1995, research proved blacklisted Michael Wilson was also a screenwriter of Lawrence of Arabia. He was added as a nominee by the Academy's Board of Governors.
  15. ^ Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes was initially adapted by screenwriter Robert Towne, but he removed his name from the credits because he was unhappy with co-writer Michael Austin's alterations and the finished film itself. He instead used the pseudonym P.H. Vazak, the name of his late Hungarian sheepdog.
  16. ^ Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman is a character in his own script for Adaptation, as is his fictional twin brother Donald. The nonexistent Donald was credited as a screenwriter and was nominated for an Academy Award. The film's end credits claimed he had died during pre-production.


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  2. ^ "Oscar Week: Best Adapted Screenplay". 21 February 2008.
  3. ^ Aljean Harmetz (March 16, 1985). "Oscars Go to Writers of 'Kwai'". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Johnson, Andrew (28 March 2010). "Emma Thompson: How Jane Austen saved me from going under". The Independent. Archived from the original on 2010-04-06. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
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  6. ^ Aaron Sorkin Wins Adapted Screenplay: 2011 Oscars
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  16. ^ "Complete list of nominees for the 93rd Academy Awards". ABC News. March 15, 2021. Retrieved March 15, 2021.
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  18. ^ "James Ivory is oldest Oscar winner ever with screenplay award for Call Me by Your Name". The Guardian. 5 March 2018. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
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