BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Awarded forBest Adapted Screenplay
LocationUnited Kingdom
Presented byBritish Academy of Film and Television Arts
Currently held byCord Jefferson for American Fiction (2023)

The BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay is a British Academy Film Award presented annually by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) to a screenwriter for a specific film.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is a British organisation that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, children's film and television, and interactive media. Since 1983, selected films have been awarded with the BAFTA award for Best Adapted Screenplay at an annual ceremony.

In the following lists, the titles and names in bold with a gold background are the winners and recipients respectively; those not in bold are the remaining nominees. The winner is also the first name listed in each category.


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for Best Adapted Screenplay has been presented to its winners since 1968, when the original category (BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay) was split into two awards, the other being the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay.[citation needed]

Christopher Hampton holds the record for the most wins in this category, with two. Ronald Harwood, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Eric Roth and Aaron Sorkin tie for the most nominations in this category, with four each.

Winners and nominees

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Year Film Screenwriter(s) Adapted from
Heat and Dust Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Betrayal Harold Pinter Betrayal by Harold Pinter
Educating Rita Willy Russell Educating Rita by Willy Russell
Tootsie Larry Gelbart and Murray Schisgal
The Killing Fields Bruce Robinson The experiences of Dith Pran and Sydney Schanberg
Another Country Julian Mitchell Another Country by Julian Mitchell
The Dresser Ronald Harwood The Dresser by Ronald Harwood
Paris, Texas Sam Shepard Paris, Texas by L. M. Kit Carson
Prizzi's Honor Richard Condon and Janet Roach Prizzi's Honor by Richard Condon
Amadeus Peter Shaffer Amadeus by Peter Shaffer
A Passage to India David Lean A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
The Shooting Party Julian Bond The Shooting Party by Isabel Colegate
Out of Africa Kurt Luedtke Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
Children of a Lesser God Hesper Anderson and Mark Medoff Children of a Lesser God by Mark Medoff
The Color Purple Menno Meyjes The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Ran Masato Ide, Akira Kurosawa, and Hideo Oguni Legends of the daimyō Mōri Motonari, as well as King Lear by William Shakespeare.
A Room with a View Ruth Prawer Jhabvala A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
Jean de Florette Claude Berri and Gérard Brach L'Eau des collines by Marcel Pagnol
84 Charing Cross Road Hugh Whitemore 84 Charing Cross Road by James Roose-Evans
Little Dorrit Christine Edzard Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
Prick Up Your Ears Alan Bennett Prick Up Your Ears by John Lahr
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Jean-Claude Carrière and Philip Kaufman The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Babettes gæstebud Gabriel Axel Babette's Feast by Isak Dinesan
Empire of the Sun Tom Stoppard Empire of the Sun by J. G. Ballard
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman Who Censored Roger Rabbit? by Gary K. Wolf
Dangerous Liaisons Christopher Hampton Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton
The Accidental Tourist Frank Galati and Lawrence Kasdan The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
My Left Foot Shane Connaughton and Jim Sheridan My Left Foot by Christy Brown
Shirley Valentine Willy Russell Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell


Year Film Screenwriter(s) Adapted from
Goodfellas Nicholas Pileggi and Martin Scorsese Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi
Born on the Fourth of July Ron Kovic and Oliver Stone Born on the Fourth of July by Ron Kovic
Driving Miss Daisy Alfred Uhry Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry
Postcards from the Edge Carrie Fisher Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher
The War of the Roses Michael J. Leeson The War of the Roses by Warren Adler
The Commitments Dick Clement, Roddy Doyle, and Ian La Frenais The Commitments by Roddy Doyle
Cyrano de Bergerac Jean-Claude Carrière and Jean-Paul Rappeneau Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
Dances with Wolves Michael Blake Dances with Wolves by Michael Blake
The Silence of the Lambs Ted Tally The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
The Player Michael Tolkin The Player by Michael Tolkin
Howards End Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Howards End by E. M. Forster
JFK Zachary Sklar and Oliver Stone On the Trail of the Assassins by Jim Garrison
Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy by Jim Marrs
Strictly Ballroom Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce Strictly Ballroom by Baz Luhrmann
Schindler's List Steven Zaillian Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally
In the Name of the Father Terry George and Jim Sheridan Proved Innocent: The Story of Gerry Conlon of the Guildford Four by Gerry Conlon
The Remains of the Day Ruth Prawer Jhabvala The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Shadowlands William Nicholson Shadowlands by William Nicholson
Scent of a Woman Bo Goldman Il buio e il miele by Giovanni Arpino
Quiz Show Paul Attanasio Remembering America by Richard N. Goodwin
The Browning Version Ronald Harwood The Browning Version by Terence Rattigan
Forrest Gump Eric Roth Forrest Gump by Winston Groom
The Joy Luck Club Ronald Bass and Amy Tan The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Three Colours: Red Krzysztof Kieślowski and Krzysztof Piesiewicz
Trainspotting John Hodge Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
Babe George Miller, Chris Noonan The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith
Leaving Las Vegas Mike Figgis Leaving Las Vegas by John O'Brien
The Madness of King George Alan Bennett The Madness of George III by Alan Bennett
Il Postino: The Postman Anna Pavignano, Michael Radford, Furio Scarpelli, Giacomo Scarpelli, and Massimo Troisi Ardiente paciencia by Antonio Skármeta
Sense and Sensibility Emma Thompson Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
The English Patient Anthony Minghella The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
The Crucible Arthur Miller The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Evita Alan Parker and Oliver Stone Evita by Eva Perón
Richard III Richard Loncraine and Ian McKellen Richard III by William Shakespeare
Romeo + Juliet Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
The Ice Storm James Schamus The Ice Storm by Rick Moody
L.A. Confidential Curtis Hanson and Brian Helgeland L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy
The Wings of the Dove Hossein Amini The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
Primary Colors Elaine May Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics by Joe Klein
Hilary and Jackie Frank Cottrell Boyce A Genius in the Family by Piers and Hilary du Pré
Little Voice Mark Herman The Rise and Fall of Little Voice by Jim Cartwright
Wag the Dog Hilary Henkin and David Mamet American Hero by Larry Beinhart
The End of the Affair Neil Jordan The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
East Is East Ayub Khan-Din East Is East by Ayub Khan-Din
An Ideal Husband Oliver Parker An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde
The Talented Mr. Ripley Anthony Minghella The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith


Year Film Screenwriter(s) Adapted from
Traffic Stephen Gaghan Traffik by Alastair Reid
Chocolat Robert Nelson Jacobs Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon James Schamus, Wang Hui-ling, and Kuo Jung Tsai Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon by Wang Dulu
High Fidelity John Cusack, D. V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, and Scott Rosenberg High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
Wonder Boys Steve Kloves Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon
Shrek Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Roger S. H. Schulman, and Joe Stillman Shrek! by William Steig
A Beautiful Mind Akiva Goldsman A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar
Bridget Jones's Diary Richard Curtis, Andrew Davies, and Helen Fielding Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
Iris Richard Eyre and Charles Wood Elegy for Iris by John Bayley
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, and Fran Walsh The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
Adaptation. Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
About a Boy Peter Hedges, Chris Weitz, and Paul Weitz About a Boy by Nick Hornby
Catch Me If You Can Jeff Nathanson Catch Me if You Can by Frank Abagnale and Stan Redding
The Hours David Hare The Hours by Michael Cunningham
The Pianist Ronald Harwood The Pianist by Władysław Szpilman
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, and Fran Walsh The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
Big Fish John August Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions by Daniel Wallace
Cold Mountain Anthony Minghella Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Girl with a Pearl Earring Olivia Hetreed Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
Mystic River Brian Helgeland Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
Sideways Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor Sideways by Rex Pickett
The Chorus Christophe Barratier and Philippe Lopes-Curval A Cage of Nightingales directed by Jean Dréville
Closer Patrick Marber Closer by Patrick Marber
Finding Neverland David Magee The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee
The Motorcycle Diaries José Rivera The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara
Brokeback Mountain Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana Brokeback Mountain by E. Annie Proulx
Capote Dan Futterman Capote by Gerald Clarke
The Constant Gardener Jeffrey Caine The Constant Gardener by John le Carré
A History of Violence Josh Olson A History of Violence by John Wagner and Vince Locke
Pride & Prejudice Deborah Moggach Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Last King of Scotland Jeremy Brock and Peter Morgan The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden
Casino Royale Paul Haggis, Neal Purvis, and Robert Wade Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
The Departed William Monahan Infernal Affairs by Alan Mak and Felix Chong
The Devil Wears Prada Aline Brosh McKenna The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
Notes on a Scandal Patrick Marber Notes on a Scandal by Zoë Heller
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Ronald Harwood The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Atonement Christopher Hampton Atonement by Ian McEwan
The Kite Runner David Benioff The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
No Country for Old Men Joel Coen and Ethan Coen No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
There Will Be Blood Paul Thomas Anderson Oil! by Upton Sinclair
Slumdog Millionaire Simon Beaufoy Q & A by Vikas Swarup
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Eric Roth The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Frost/Nixon Peter Morgan Frost/Nixon by Peter Morgan
The Reader David Hare The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
Revolutionary Road Justin Haythe Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
Up in the Air Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner Up in the Air by Walter Kirn
District 9 Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell Alive in Joburg by Neill Blomkamp
An Education Nick Hornby An Education by Lynn Barber
In the Loop Simon Blackwell, Jesse Armstrong, Armando Iannucci, and Tony Roche The Thick of It by Armando Iannucci
Precious Geoffrey Fletcher Push by Sapphire


Year Film Screenwriter(s) Adapted from
The Social Network Aaron Sorkin The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich
127 Hours Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Rasmus Heisterberg and Nikolaj Arcel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Toy Story 3 Michael Arndt Characters from the film Toy Story created by John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton, Joe Ranft, Joss Whedon, Joel Cohen, and Alec Sokolow
Characters from the film Toy Story 2 created by John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Ash Brannon, Andrew Stanton, Rita Hsiao, Doug Chamberlin, and Chris Webb
True Grit Joel Coen and Ethan Coen True Grit by Charles Portis
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carré
The Descendants Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings
The Help Tate Taylor The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Ides of March George Clooney, Beau Willimon, and Grant Heslov Farragut North by Beau Willimon
Moneyball Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin Moneyball by Michael Lewis
Silver Linings Playbook David O. Russell The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
Argo Chris Terrio The Master of Disguise by Tony Mendez
The Great Escape by Joshuah Bearman
Beasts of the Southern Wild Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin Juicy and Delicious by Lucy Alibar
Life of Pi David Magee Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Lincoln Tony Kushner Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Philomena Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith
12 Years a Slave John Ridley Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
Behind the Candelabra Richard LaGravenese Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace by Scott Thorson
Captain Phillips Billy Ray A Captain's Duty by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty
The Wolf of Wall Street Terence Winter The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort
The Theory of Everything Anthony McCarten Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Wilde Hawking
American Sniper Jason Hall American Sniper by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, and Jim DeFelice
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Imitation Game Graham Moore Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
Paddington Paul King Paddington Bear by Michael Bond
The Big Short Adam McKay and Charles Randolph The Big Short by Michael Lewis
Brooklyn Nick Hornby Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
Carol Phyllis Nagy The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
Room Emma Donoghue Room by Emma Donoghue
Steve Jobs Aaron Sorkin Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Lion Luke Davies A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley and Larry Buttrose
Arrival Eric Heisserer Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang
Hacksaw Ridge Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan The Conscientious Objector by Terry Benedict
Hidden Figures Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Nocturnal Animals Tom Ford Tony and Susan by Austin Wright
Call Me by Your Name James Ivory Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman
The Death of Stalin Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin, and David Schneider The Death of Stalin by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool Matt Greenhalgh Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool by Peter Turner
Molly's Game Aaron Sorkin Molly's Game by Molly Bloom
Paddington 2 Simon Farnaby and Paul King Paddington Bear by Michael Bond
BlacKkKlansman Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, and Spike Lee Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth
Can You Ever Forgive Me? Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty Can You Ever Forgive Me? by Lee Israel
First Man Josh Singer First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen
If Beale Street Could Talk Barry Jenkins If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
A Star Is Born Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, and Will Fetters A Star Is Born by William A. Wellman, Robert Carson, Dorothy Parker, and Alan Campbell
Jojo Rabbit Taika Waititi Caging Skies by Christine Leunens
The Irishman Steven Zaillian I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt
Joker Todd Phillips and Scott Silver Characters by DC
Little Women Greta Gerwig Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Two Popes Anthony McCarten The Pope by Anthony McCarten


Year Film Screenwriter(s) Adapted from
The Father Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller Le Père (The Father) by Florian Zeller
The Dig Moira Buffini The Dig by John Preston
The Mauritanian Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani, and M.B. Traven Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi
Nomadland Chloé Zhao Nomadland by Jessica Bruder
The White Tiger Ramin Bahrani The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
CODA Sian Heder La Famille Bélier by Victoria Bedos
Drive My Car Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe Drive My Car by Haruki Murakami
Dune Eric Roth, Jon Spaihts, and Denis Villeneuve Dune by Frank Herbert
The Lost Daughter Maggie Gyllenhaal The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante
The Power of the Dog Jane Campion The Power of the Dog by Thomas Savage
All Quiet on the Western Front Edward Berger, Lesley Paterson, and Ian Stokell All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
Living Kazuo Ishiguro Ikiru by Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto and Hideo Oguni
The Quiet Girl Colm Bairéad Foster by Claire Keegan
She Said Rebecca Lenkiewicz She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey
The Whale Samuel D. Hunter The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter
American Fiction Cord Jefferson Erasure by Percival Everett
All of Us Strangers Andrew Haigh Strangers by Taichi Yamada
Oppenheimer Christopher Nolan American Prometheus by Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin
Poor Things Tony McNamara Poor Things by Alasdair Gray
The Zone of Interest Jonathan Glazer The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis

Multiple wins and nominations

See also


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