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Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

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Writers Guild of America Award for Adapted Screenplay
Awarded forOutstanding Writing for a Film Adapted from Another Medium
CountryUnited States
Presented byWriters Guild of America
First awarded1970
Currently held byCord Jefferson, American Fiction (2024)

The Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay is one of the three screenwriting Writers Guild of America Awards, focused specifically for film. The Writers Guild of America began making the distinction between an original screenplay and an adapted screenplay in 1970, when Waldo Salt, screenwriter for Midnight Cowboy, won for "Best Adapted Drama" and Arnold Schulman won "Best Adapted Comedy" for his screenplay of Goodbye, Columbus.[1] Separate awards for dramas and comedies continued until 1985.[1]

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Winners and nominees


Year Film Recipient(s) Source material
Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium
Midnight Cowboy Waldo Salt The novel by James Leo Herlihy
Anne of the Thousand Days John Hale, and Bridget Boland The play by Maxwell Anderson
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Jay Presson Allen The novel by Muriel Spark
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? James Poe, and Robert E. Thompson The novel by Horace McCoy
True Grit Marguerite Roberts The novel by Charles Portis
Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium
Goodbye, Columbus Arnold Schulman The novella by Philip Roth
Cactus Flower I.A.L. Diamond The play by Abe Burrows
Gaily, Gaily Abram S. Ginnes The memoir by Ben Hecht
John and Marty John Mortimer The novel by Mervyn Jones
The Reivers Irving Ravetch, and Harriet Frank Jr. The novel The Reivers: A Reminiscence by William Faulkner


Year Film Recipient(s) Source material
Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium
I Never Sang for My Father Robert Anderson The play by Robert Anderson
Airport George Seaton The novel by Arthur Hailey
Catch-22 Buck Henry The novel by Joseph Heller
The Great White Hope Howard Sackler The play by Howard Sackler
Little Big Man Calder Willingham The novel by Thomas Berger
Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium
M*A*S*H Ring Lardner Jr. The novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors by Richard Hooker
Lovers and Other Strangers Renée Taylor, Joseph Bologna, David Zelag Goodman The play by Renée Taylor and Joseph Bologna
The Owl and the Pussycat Buck Henry The play by Bill Manhoff
The Twelve Chairs Mel Brooks The novel by Ilf and Petrov
Where's Poppa Robert Klane The novel by Robert Klane
Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium
The French Connection Ernest Tidyman The book by Robin Moore
A Clockwork Orange Stanley Kubrick The novel by Anthony Burgess
Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo The novel by Dalton Trumbo
The Last Picture Show Larry McMurtry, and Peter Bodganovich The novel by Larry McMurtry
McCabe & Mrs. Miller Robert Altman, and Brian McKay The novel McCabe by Edmund Naughton
Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium
Kotch John Paxton The novel by Katharine Topkins
The Boy Friend Ken Russell The musical by Sandy Wilson
Fiddler on the Roof Joseph Stein The musical by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joseph Stein and the novel by Sholem Aleichem
Little Murders Jules Feiffer The play by Jules Feiffer
A New Leaf Elaine May The short story "The Green Heart" by Jack Ritchie
Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium
The Godfather Mario Puzo, and Francis Ford Coppola The novel by Mario Puzo
Deliverance James Dickey The novel by James Dickey
Pete 'n' Tillie Julius J. Epstein The novella Witch's Milk by Peter De Vries
Slaughterhouse-Five Stephen Geller The novel by Kurt Vonnegut
Sounder Lonne Elder III The novel by William H. Armstrong
Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium
Cabaret Jay Presson Allen The musical by John Van Druten and the book by Joe Masteroff
Avanti! Billy Wilder, and I.A.L. Diamond The play by Samuel A. Taylor
Butterflies Are Free Leonard Gershe The play by Leonard Gershe
The Heartbreak Kid Neil Simon The short story "A Change of Plan" by Bruce Jay Friedman
Travels with My Aunt Jay Presson Allen, and Hugh Wheeler The novel by Graham Greene
Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium
Serpico Waldo Salt, and Norman Wexler The book by Peter Maas
Cinderella Liberty Darryl Ponicsan The novel by Darryl Ponicsan
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty The novel by William Peter Blatty
The Last Detail Robert Towne The novel by Darryl Ponicsan
The Paper Chase James Bridges The novel by John Jay Osborn Jr.
Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium
Paper Moon Alvin Sargent The novel Addie Pray by Joe David Brown
40 Carats Leonard Gershe The play by Jay Presson Allen based on the play Quarante carats by Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Gredy
Godspell David Greenne, and John-Michael Tebelak The musical by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak
Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium
The Godfather Part II Francis Ford Coppola, and Mario Puzo The novel The Godfather by Mario Puzo
Conrack Irving Ravetch, and Harriet Frank Jr. The memoir The Water Is Wide by Pat Conroy
Lenny Julian Barry The play by Julian Barry
The Parallax View David Giler and Lorenzo Sempler Jr. The novel by Loren Singer
The Talking of Pelham One Two Three Peter Stone The novel by John Godey
Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz Mordecai Richler, and Lionel Chetwynd The novel by Mordecai Richler
The Front Page Billy Wilder, and I.A.L. Diamond The comedy by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur
Young Frankenstein Gene Wilder, and Mel Brooks The characters on the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Lawrence Hauben, and Bo Goldman The novel by Ken Kesey
Barry Lyndon Stanley Kubrick The novel The Luck of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray
Jaws Peter Benchley, and Carl Gottlieb The novel by Peter Benchley
The Man in the Glass Booth Edward Anhalt The novel and play by Robert Shaw
The Man Who Would Be King John Huston, and Gladys Hill The novella by Rudyard Kipling
Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium
The Sunshine Boys Neil Simon The play by Neil Simon
Hester Street Joan Micklin Silver The novella Yekl: A Tale of the New York Ghetto by Abraham Cahan
The Prisoner of Second Avenue Neil Simon The play by Neil Simon
Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium
All the President's Men William Goldman The book by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
Bound for Glory Robert Getchell The book by Woody Guthrie
Marathon Man William Goldman The novel by William Goldman
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Nicholas Meyer The novel by Nicholas Meyer
The Shootist Miles Hood Swarthout, and Scott Hale The novel by Glendon Swarthout
Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium
The Pink Panther Strikes Again Frank Waldman, and Blake Edwards The film series The Pink Panther
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings Hal Barwood, and Matthew Robbins The novel by William Brashler
Family Plot Ernest Lehman The novel The Rainbird Pattern by Victor Canning
The Ritz Terrence McNally The play by Terrence McNally
Stay Hungry Charles Gaines, and Bob Rafelson The novel by Charles Gaines
Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium
Julia Alvin Sargent A chapter from the book Pentimento by Lillian Hellman
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden Gavin Lambert, and Lewis John Carlino The novel by Joanne Greenberg
Islands in the Stream Denne Bart Petitclerc The novel by Ernest Hemingway
Looking for Mr. Goodbar Richard Brooks The novel by Judith Rossner
Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium
Oh, God! Larry Gelbart The novel by Avery Corman
Semi-Tough Walter Bernstein The novel by Dan Jenkins
The Spy Who Loved Me Christopher Wood, and Richard Maibaum The characters by Ian Fleming
Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium
Midnight Express Oliver Stone The book by Billy Hayes
Bloodbrothers Walter Newman The novel by Richard Price
Go Tell the Spartans Wendell Mayes The novel Incident at Muc Wa by Daniel Ford
Invasion of the Body Snatchers W.D. Richter The novel The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney
Who'll Stop the Rain Judith Rascoe, and Robert Stone The novel Dog Soldiers by Robert Stone
Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium
Heaven Can Wait Elaine May, and Warren Beatty The play by Harry Segall
California Suite Neil Simon The play by Neil Simon
Same Time, Next Year Bernard Slade The play by Bernard Slade
Superman Mario Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman, and Robert Benton The character Superman by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster
Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? Peter Stone The novel by Nan Lyons and Ivan Lyons
Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium
Kramer vs. Kramer Robert Benton The novel by Avery Corman
Norma Rae Irving Ravetch, and Harriet Frank Jr. The book Crystal Lee, a Woman of Inheritance by Henry P. Leifermann
Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium
Being There Jerzy Kosinski The novel by Jerzy Kosinski
A Little Romance Allan Burns The novel E=mc2 Mon Amour by Patrick Cauvin
Starting Over James L. Brooks The novel by Dan Wakefield


Year Film Recipient(s) Source material
Best Drama Adapted from Other Medium
Ordinary People Alvin Sargent The novel by Judith Guest
Coal Miner's Daughter Thomas Rickman The autobiography by Loretta Lynn and George Vecsey
The Elephant Man Christopher De Vore, Eric Bergren, and David Lynch The books The Elephant Man and Other Reminiscences by Frederick Treves and The Elephant Man: A Study in Human Dignity by Ashley Montagu
The Great Santini Lewis John Carlino The novel by Pat Conroy
The Stunt Man Lawrence B. Marcus, Richard Rush The novel by Paul Brodeur
Best Comedy Adapted from Other Another Medium
Airplane! Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker The film Zero Hour! by Arthur Hailey, Hall Bartlett and John Champion and the Airport film series based on the novel by Hailey
Hopscotch Brian Garfield, and Bryan Forbes The novel by Brian Garfield
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Leigh Brackett, and Lawrence Kasdan The story by George Lucas
Best Drama Adapted from Other Medium
On Golden Pond Ernest Thompson, and Donald E. Stewart The play by Ernest Thompson
Cutter's Way Jeffrey Alan Fiskin The novel Cutter and Bone by Newton Thornburg
Prince of the City Jay Presson Allen, and Sidney Lumet The book by Robert Daley
Ragtime Michael Weller The novel by E. L. Doctorow
Best Comedy Adapted from Other Another Medium
Rich and Famous Gerald Ayres The play Old Acquaintance by John Van Druten
For Your Eyes Only Richard Maibaum, and Michael G. Wilson The short stories "For Your Eyes Only" and "Risico" by Ian Fleming
First Monday in October Jerome Lawrence, and Robert E. Lee The play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Best Drama Adapted from Other Medium
Missing Costa-Gavras, and Donald E. Stewart The book The Execution of Charles Horman: An American Sacrifice by Thomas Hauser
Sophie's Choice Alan J. Pakula The novel by William Styron
The Verdict David Mamet The novel by Barry Reed
The World According to Garp Steve Tesich The novel by John Irving
Best Comedy Adapted from Other Another Medium
Victor Victoria Blake Edwards The film Viktor und Viktoria, concept by Hans Hoemburg and script by Reinhold Schünzel
Fast Times at Ridgemont High Cameron Crowe The book Fast Times at Ridgemont High: A True Story by Cameron Crowe
Best Drama Adapted from Other Medium
Reuben, Reuben Julius J. Epstein The play Spofford by Herman Shumlin
The Year of Living Dangerously David Williamson, Peter Weir and C.J. Koch The novel by Christopher Koch
The Right Stuff Philip Kaufman The book by Tom Wolfe
Best Comedy Adapted from Other Another Medium
Terms of Endearment James L. Brooks The novel by Larry McMurtry
A Christmas Story Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown, and Bob Clark The novel In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd
To Be or Not to Be Thomas Meehan, and Ronny Graham The 1942 screenplay by Edwin Justus Mayer and the story of Melchior Lengyel and Ernst Lubitsch
The Killing Fields Bruce Robinson The biography The Death and Life of Dith Pran by Sydney Schanberg
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes Robert Towne and Michael Austin The novel Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Natural Roger Towne and Phil Dusenberry The novel by Bernard Malamud
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 Charles Fuller
Prizzi's Honor Richard Condon and Janet Roach The novel by Richard Condon
Agnes of God John Pielmeier The play by John Pielmeier
The Color Purple Menno Meyjes The novel by Alice Walker
Out of Africa Kurt Luedtke The books Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Story Teller by Judith Thurman and Silence Will Speak by Errol Trzebinski
The Trip to Bountiful Horton Foote The play by Horton Foote
A Room with a View Ruth Prawer Jhabvala The novel by E. M. Forster
Children of a Lesser God Hesper Anderson and Mark Medoff The play by Mark Medoff
Down and Out in Beverly Hills Paul Mazursky and Leon Capetanos The film Boudu Saved from Drowning by Jean Renoir based on the play by René Fauchois
Little Shop of Horrors Howard Ashman The musical by Howard Ashman and the 1960 screenplay by Charles B. Griffith
Stand by Me Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon The novella The Body by Stephen King
Roxanne Steve Martin The play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
Fatal Attraction James Dearden The short film Diversion by James Dearden
Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick, Michael Herr, and Gustav Hasford The novel The Short-Timers by Gustav Hasford
The Princess Bride William Goldman The novel by William Goldman
The Untouchables David Mamet The book by Eliot Ness and Oscar Fraley
Dangerous Liaisons Christopher Hampton The play by Christopher Hampton based on the novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
The Accidental Tourist Frank Galati and Lawrence Kasdan The novel by Anne Tyler
Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey Anna Hamilton Phelan and Tab Murphy The work by Dian Fossey and the article of Harold T.P. Hayes
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Jean-Claude Carrière and Philip Kaufman The novel by Milan Kundera
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman The novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit? by Gary K. Wolf
Driving Miss Daisy Alfred Uhry The play by Alfred Uhry
Born on the Fourth of July Oliver Stone and Ron Kovic The autobiography by Ron Kovic
Field of Dreams Phil Alden Robinson The novel Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella
Glory Kevin Jarre The books Lay This Laurel 1973 by Lincoln Kirstein and One Gallant Rush by Peter Burchard
My Left Foot Jim Sheridan and Shane Connaughton The memoii by Christy Brown


Year Film Recipient(s) Source material
Dances with Wolves Michael Blake The book by Michael Blake
Awakenings Steven Zaillian The memoir by Oliver Sacks
Goodfellas Martin Scorsese and Nicholas Pileggi The book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi
The Grifters Donald E. Westlake The book by Jim Thompson
Reversal of Fortune Nicholas Kazan The book Reversal of Fortune: Inside the von Bülow Case by Alan Dershowitz
The Silence of the Lambs Ted Tally The novel by Thomas Harris
The Commitments Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais and Roddy Doyle The novel by Roddy Doyle
Fried Green Tomatoes Fannie Flagg and Carol Sobieski The novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
JFK Oliver Stone and Zachary Sklar The books On the Trail of the Assassins by Jim Garrison and Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy by Jim Marrs
The Prince of Tides Pat Conroy and Becky Johnston The novel by Pat Conroy
The Player Michael Tolkin The novel by Michael Tolkin
Enchanted April Peter Barnes The novel The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
Glengarry Glen Ross David Mamet The play by David Mamet
Howards End Ruth Prawer Jhabvala The novel by E. M. Forster
Scent of a Woman Bo Goldman The novel Il buio e il miele by Bo Goldman
Schindler's List Steven Zaillian The novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally
The Fugitive Jeb Stuart and David Twohy The television series created by Roy Huggins
In the Name of the Father Terry George and Jim Sheridan The autobiography Proved Innocent: The Story of Gerry Conlon of the Guildford Four by Gerry Conlon
The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan and Ronald Bass The novel by Amy Tan
The Remains of the Day Ruth Prawer Jhabvala The novel by Kazuo Ishiguro
Forrest Gump Eric Roth The novel by Winston Groom
Little Women Robin Swicord The novel by Louisa May Alcott
The Madness of King George Alan Bennett The play The Madness of George III by Alan Bennett
Quiz Show Paul Attanasio The memoir 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. and Al Reinert The book Lost Moon by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger
Babe George Miller and Chris Noonan The novel The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith
Get Shorty Scott Frank The novel by Elmore Leonard
Leaving Las Vegas Mike Figgis The novel by John O'Brien
Sling Blade Billy Bob Thornton The short film Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade by Billy Bob Thornton
The Birdcage Elaine May The play La Cage aux Folles by Jean Poiret
Emma Douglas McGrath The novel by Jane Austen
The English Patient Anthony Minghella The novel by Michael Ondaatje
Trainspotting John Hodge The novel by Irvine Welsh
L.A. Confidential Curtis Hanson and Brian Helgeland The novel by James Ellroy
Donnie Brasco Paul Attanasio The book Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia by Joseph D. Pistone
The Ice Storm James Schamus The novel by Rick Moody
Wag the Dog Hilary Henkin and David Mamet The novel American Hero by Larry Beinhart
The Wings of the Dove Hossein Amini The novel by Henry James
Out of Sight Scott Frank The novel by Elmore Leonard
A Civil Action Steven Zaillian The book by Jonathan Harr
Gods and Monsters Bill Condon The novel Father of Frankenstein by Christopher Bram
Primary Colors Elaine May The novel by Joe Klein
A Simple Plan Scott B. Smith The novel by Scott B. Smith
Election Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor The novel by Tom Perrotta
The Cider House Rules John Irving The novel by John Irving
The Insider Eric Roth and Michael Mann The article "The Man Who Knew Too Much" by Marie Brenner
October Sky Lewis Colick The book by Homer Hickam Jr.
The Talented Mr. Ripley Anthony Minghella The novel by Patricia Highsmith


Year Film Recipient(s) Source material
Traffic Stephen Gaghan The television serial Traffik by Simon Moore
Chocolat Robert Nelson Jacobs The novel by Joanne Harris
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Hui-Ling Wang, James Schamus, and Tsai Kuo Jung The novel by Wang Dulu
High Fidelity D. V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, John Cusack, and Scott Rosenberg The novel by Nick Hornby
Wonder Boys Steve Kloves The novel by Michael Chabon
A Beautiful Mind Akiva Goldsman The book by Sylvia Nasar
Black Hawk Down Ken Nolan The book by Mark Bowden
Bridget Jones's Diary Andrew Davies and Richard Curtis The novel by Helen Fielding
Ghost World Daniel Clowes and Terry Zwigoff The graphic noval by Daniel Clowes
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson The novel The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Hours David Hare The novel by Michael Cunningham
About a Boy Peter Hedges, Chris Weitz, and Paul Weitz The novel by Nick Hornby
About Schmidt Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor The novel by Louis Begley
Adaptation. Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman The book The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
Chicago Bill Condon The musical by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse
American Splendor Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini The comics American Splendor by Harvey Pekar and Our Cancer Year by Pekar and Joyce Brabner
Cold Mountain Anthony Minghella The novel by Charles Frazier
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson The book The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
Mystic River Brian Helgeland The novel by Dennis Lehane
Seabiscuit Gary Ross The book Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
Sideways Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor The novel by Rex Pickett
Before Sunset Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, and Kim Krizan Characters from the film Before Sunrise by Kim Krizan and Richard Linklater
Mean Girls Tina Fey The book Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman
Million Dollar Baby Paul Haggis The book Rope Burns: Stories from the Corner by F.X. Toole
The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de motocicleta) José Rivera The books Con el Che por America Latina by Alberto Granado and The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara
Brokeback Mountain Larry McMurtry and 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 John Wagner and Vince Locke
Syriana Stephen Gaghan The memoir See No Evil by Robert Baer
The Departed William Monahan The film Infernal Affairs written by Alan Mak and Felix Chong
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan Sacha Baron Cohen, Peter Baynham, Anthony Hines, Todd Phillips, and Dan Mazer The character Borat Sagdiyev, from the television series Da Ali G Show by Sacha Baron Cohen
The Devil Wears Prada Aline Brosh McKenna The novel by Lauren Weisberger
Little Children Todd Field and Tom Perrotta The novel by Tom Perrotta
Thank You for Smoking Jason Reitman The novel by Christopher Buckley
No Country for Old Men Joel Coen and Ethan Coen The novel by Cormac McCarthy
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Ronald Harwood The memoir by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Into the Wild Sean Penn The book by Jon Krakauer
There Will Be Blood Paul Thomas Anderson The novel Oil! by Upton Sinclair
Zodiac James Vanderbilt The book by Robert Graysmith
Slumdog Millionaire Simon Beaufoy The novel Q & A by Vikas Swarup
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Eric Roth and Robin Swicord The short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Dark Knight Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan, and David S. Goyer The characters from the DC Comics created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger
Doubt John Patrick Shanley The play Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Shanley
Frost/Nixon Peter Morgan The play by Peter Morgan
Up in the Air Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner The novel by Walter Kirn
Crazy Heart Scott Cooper The novel by Thomas Cobb
Julie & Julia Nora Ephron The books My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud'homme and Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell
Precious Geoffrey S. Fletcher The novel Push by Sapphire
Star Trek Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman The characters created by Gene Roddenberry


Year Film Recipient(s) Source material
The Social Network Aaron Sorkin The book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich
127 Hours Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy The book Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston
I Love You Phillip Morris Glenn Ficarra and John Requa The book I Love You Phillip Morris: A True Story of Life, Love, and Prison Breaks by Steven McVicker
The Town Ben Affleck, Peter Craig, and Aaron Stockard The novel Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan
True Grit Joel Coen and Ethan Coen The novel by Charles Portis
The Descendants Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash The novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Steven Zaillian The novel by Stieg Larsson
The Help Tate Taylor The novel by Kathryn Stockett
Hugo John Logan The book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Moneyball Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian The book by Michael Lewis
Argo Chris Terrio The book The Master of Disguise by Tony Mendez and the article "The Great Escape: How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran" by Joshuah Bearman
Life of Pi David Magee The novel by Yann Martel
Lincoln Tony Kushner The book Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky The novel by Stephen Chbosky
Silver Linings Playbook David O. Russell The novel by Matthew Quick
Captain Phillips Billy Ray The book A Captain's Duty by Richard Phillips and Stephan Talty
August: Osage County Tracy Letts The play by Tracy Letts
Before Midnight Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy The characters created by Richard Linklater and Kim Krizan
Lone Survivor Peter Berg The book by Marcus Lutrell and Patrick Robinson
The Wolf of Wall Street Terence Winter The memoir by Jordan Belfort
The Imitation Game Graham Moore The biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
American Sniper Jason Hall The autobiography by Jim DeFelice, Chris Kyle and Scott McEwan
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn The novel by Gillian Flynn
Guardians of the Galaxy James Gunn and Nicole Perlman The comic by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
Wild Nick Hornby The memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
The Big Short Adam McKay and Charles Randolph The book by Michael Lewis
Carol Phyllis Nagy The novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
The Martian Drew Goddard The novel by Andy Weir
Steve Jobs Aaron Sorkin The biography by Walter Isaacson
Trumbo John McNamara The biography by Bruce Alexander Cook
Arrival Eric Heisserer The novella Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang
Deadpool Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick The X-Men comic book character created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld
Fences August Wilson The play by August Wilson
Hidden Figures Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi The book by Margot Lee Shetterly
Nocturnal Animals Tom Ford The novel Tony and Susan by Austin Wright
Call Me by Your Name James Ivory The novel by André Aciman
The Disaster Artist Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber The book by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell
Logan Scott Frank, James Mangold and Michael Green The characters from the X-Men comic books and theatrical motion pictures
Molly's Game Aaron Sorkin The memoir by Molly Bloom
Mudbound Virgil Williams and Dee Rees The novel by Hillary Jordan
Can You Ever Forgive Me? Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty The memoir by Lee Israel
Black Panther Joe Robert Cole and Ryan Coogler The Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
BlacKkKlansman Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel and Kevin Willmott The memoir Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth
If Beale Street Could Talk Barry Jenkins The novel by James Baldwin
A Star Is Born Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper and Will Fetters The 1954 screenplay by Moss Hart and the 1976 screenplay by John Gregory Dunne & Joan Didion and Frank Pierson, based on a story by William A. Wellman and Robert Carson
Jojo Rabbit Taika Waititi The novel Caging Skies by Christine Leunens
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster The article "Can You Say ... Hero?" by Tom Junod
The Irishman Steven Zaillian The novel I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt
Joker Todd Phillips and Scott Silver The characters from DC Comics
Little Women Greta Gerwig The novel by Louisa May Alcott


Year Film Recipient(s) Source material
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer, Peter Baynham, Erica Rivinoja, Dan Mazer, Jena Friedman, Lee Kern & Nina Pedrad The characters created by Sacha Baron Cohen
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Ruben Santiago-Hudson The play by August Wilson
News of the World Paul Greengrass and Luke Davies The novel by Paulette Jiles
One Night in Miami... Kemp Powers The play by Kemp Powers
The White Tiger Ramin Bahrani The novel by Aravind Adiga
CODA Siân Heder The film La Famille Belier by Victoria Bedos, Thomas Bidegain, Stanislas Carree de Malberg, and Eric Lartigau
Dune Eric Roth, Jon Spaihts & Denis Villeneuve The novel by Frank Herbert
Nightmare Alley Guillermo del Toro & Kim Morgan The novel by William Lindsay Gresham
tick…tick…BOOM! Steven Levenson The stage musical by Jonathan Larson
West Side Story Tony Kushner The stage musical, by Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins, and Stephen Sondheim
Women Talking Sarah Polley The novel by Miriam Toews
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole The Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery Rian Johnson The character Benoit Blanc, from the film Knives Out by Johnson
She Said Rebecca Lenkiewicz The New York Times article by Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey and Rebecca Corbett and the book by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey
Top Gun: Maverick Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer and Christopher McQuarrie (screenplay), Peter Craig and Justin Marks (story) Characters created by Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr.
American Fiction Cord Jefferson The novel by Percival Everett
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. Kelly Fremon Craig The novel by Judy Blume
Killers of the Flower Moon Eric Roth and Martin Scorsese The book by David Grann
Nyad Julia Cox The book Find a Way by Diana Nyad
Oppenheimer Christopher Nolan The biography by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin

Writers with multiple awards

3 Awards
2 Awards

Writers with multiple nominations

The following writers have received three or more nominations:

6 Nominations
4 Nominations
3 Nominations


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