The Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay is one of the annual awards given by the Toronto Film Critics Association.



Year Winner Film Ref
1999 Charlie Kaufman Being John Malkovich [1]
Paul Thomas Anderson Magnolia
Alan Ball American Beauty


Year Winner Film Ref
2000 Kenneth Lonergan You Can Count on Me [2]
Hirokazu Kore-eda After Life
2001 Christopher Nolan Memento [3]
Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson The Royal Tenenbaums
Terry Zwigoff, Daniel Clowes Ghost World
2002 Charlie Kaufman Adaptation. [4]
Paul Thomas Anderson Punch-Drunk Love
David Hare The Hours
2003 Sofia Coppola Lost in Translation [5]
Denys Arcand The Barbarian Invasions
2004 Charlie Kaufman Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind [6]
2005 Noah Baumbach The Squid and the Whale [7]
2006 Peter Morgan The Queen [8]
Guillermo Arriaga Babel
William Monahan The Departed
2007 Joel Coen, Ethan Coen No Country for Old Men [9]
Diablo Cody Juno
Tony Gilroy Michael Clayton
2008 Jenny Lumet Rachel Getting Married [10]
Peter Morgan Frost/Nixon
John Patrick Shanley Doubt
2009 Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds [11]
Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner Up in the Air
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen A Serious Man


Year Winner Film Ref
2010 Aaron Sorkin The Social Network [12]
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen True Grit
David Seidler The King's Speech
2011 Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin Moneyball [13]
Terrence Malick The Tree of Life
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash The Descendants
2012 Paul Thomas Anderson The Master [14]
Mark Boal Zero Dark Thirty
Tony Kushner Lincoln
2013 Spike Jonze Her [15]
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen Inside Llewyn Davis
Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy Before Midnight
2014 Wes Anderson The Grand Budapest Hotel [16]
Paul Thomas Anderson Inherent Vice
Richard Linklater Boyhood
2015 Adam McKay, Charles Randolph The Big Short [17]
Charlie Kaufman Anomalisa
Phyllis Nagy Carol
Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy Spotlight
2016 Kenneth Lonergan Manchester by the Sea [18]
Maren Ade Toni Erdmann
Barry Jenkins Moonlight
2017 Jordan Peele Get Out [19]
Greta Gerwig Lady Bird
Martin McDonagh Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
2018 Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara The Favourite [20]
Paul Schrader First Reformed
Alfonso Cuarón Roma
2019 Steven Zaillian The Irishman [21]
Noah Baumbach Marriage Story
Bong Joon-ho, Han Jin-won Parasite


Year Winner Film Ref
2020 Lee Isaac Chung Minari [22]
Darius Marder, Abraham Marder Sound of Metal
Chloé Zhao Nomadland
2021 Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Takamasa Oe Drive My Car [23]
Paul Thomas Anderson Licorice Pizza
Jane Campion The Power of the Dog
2022 Martin McDonagh The Banshees of Inisherin [24]
Todd Field Tár
Sarah Polley Women Talking

Original Screenplay

Year Winner Film Ref
2023 Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach Barbie [25]
Justine Triet, Arthur Harari Anatomy of a Fall
Celine Song Past Lives

Adapted Screenplay

Year Winner Film Ref
2023 Eric Roth, Martin Scorsese Killers of the Flower Moon [25]
Andrew Haigh All of Us Strangers
Tony McNamara Poor Things


  1. ^ "Toronto critics pick Magnolia as best film of 1999 Yet-unreleased second picture from director of Boogie Nights follows linked stories of characters in San Fernando Valley". The Globe and Mail, December 17, 1999.
  2. ^ Peter Howell, "Toronto critics like Lee ; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon named top movie". Toronto Star, December 21, 2000.
  3. ^ "Memento named best picture". Calgary Herald, December 20, 2001.
  4. ^ "Toronto critics pick Adaptation as top film". Ottawa Citizen, December 20, 2022.
  5. ^ "Coppola's Lost in Translation honoured by Toronto critics". Waterloo Region Record, December 18, 2003.
  6. ^ "Sideways named best film of 2004 by Toronto critics". Sault Star, December 17, 2004.
  7. ^ "Cronenberg's History of Violence tops T.O. critics' best-of list". Sudbury Star, December 22, 2005.
  8. ^ Lee-Anne Goodman, "'The Queen' named best picture by Toronto's film critics". Canadian Press, December 20, 2006.
  9. ^ Bruce Kirkland, "Old Men No. 1; Coen Brothers flick tops T.O. film critics' 2007 list". Toronto Sun, December 19, 2007.
  10. ^ Chris Knight, "Toronto critics pick Wendy and Lucy". Windsor Star, December 17, 2008.
  11. ^ "Basterds, Hunger top Toronto critics' picks". Waterloo Region Record, December 17, 2009.
  12. ^ Peter Knegt, "“Social Network” Tops San Francisco and Toronto Film Critics’ Awards". IndieWire, December 14, 2010.
  13. ^ Brian D. Johnson, "Toronto critics name 'Tree of Life' Best Picture". Maclean's, December 14, 2011.
  14. ^ Cassandra Szklarski, "'The Master' rules with Toronto film critics, named best film, screenplay". Canadian Press, December 18, 2012.
  15. ^ "Toronto Film Critics Association awards for 2013". Toronto Star, December 17, 2013.
  16. ^ Norman Wilner, "Toronto film critics champion Boyhood". Now, December 16, 2014.
  17. ^ Jeremy Kay, "Toronto critics honour 'Carol'". Screen Daily, December 14, 2015.
  18. ^ Norman Wilner, "Toronto critics bask in the Moonlight". Now, December 12, 2016.
  19. ^ Jim Slotek, "Toronto film critics give best picture thumbs up to The Florida Project". Original Cin, December 10, 2017.
  20. ^ Corey Atad, "Toronto Film Critics Association Names ‘Roma’ Best Picture Of 2018". ET Canada, December 10, 2018.
  21. ^ Radheyan Simonpillai, "Toronto Film Critics Association names Parasite the year’s best movie". Now, December 9, 2019.
  22. ^ Etan Vlessing, "Chloe Zhao's 'Nomadland' Named Best Picture by Toronto Film Critics Association". The Hollywood Reporter, February 7, 2021.
  23. ^ Sarah Curran, "Maggie Gyllenhaal’s ‘The Lost Daughter’ Wins Big At Toronto Film Critics Association Awards". ET Canada, January 16, 2022.
  24. ^ Pat Mullen, "Toronto Film Critics Name All the Beauty and the Bloodshed Top Doc". Point of View, January 8, 2023.
  25. ^ a b Erik Anderson, "Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA) Awards: ‘The Zone of Interest’ Wins Best Picture, Director". AwardsWatch, December 17, 2023.