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Charles Stuart Kaufman (born November 19, 1958) is an American screenwriter, producer, director, and lyricist. He wrote the films Being John Malkovich
Being John Malkovich
(1999), Adaptation (2002), and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). He made his directorial debut with Synecdoche, New York
Synecdoche, New York
(2008), which was also well-received; film critic Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
dubbed it "the best movie of the decade" in 2009.[1] It was followed by Anomalisa
Anomalisa
(2015). One of the most celebrated screenwriters of his era,[2][3][4][5] Kaufman has been nominated for four Academy Awards: twice for Best Original Screenplay for Being John Malkovich
Being John Malkovich
and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (winning for the latter), Best Adapted Screenplay (with his fictional brother) for Adaptation, and Best Animated
Animated
Feature for Anomalisa. He also won two BAFTA
BAFTA
Award for Best Original Screenplays and one BAFTA
BAFTA
Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Three of Kaufman's scripts appear in the Writers Guild of America's list of the 101 greatest movie screenplays ever written.[6]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Themes and influences 4 Personal life 5 Work

5.1 Filmography 5.2 Television 5.3 Plays 5.4 Lyrics

6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Kaufman was born in New York City to a Jewish family[7][8] on November 19, 1958, the son of Helen and Myron Kaufman.[9] He grew up in Massapequa, New York
Massapequa, New York
before moving to West Hartford, Connecticut
West Hartford, Connecticut
where he graduated high school.[10] While attending high school, Kaufman was part of the school's drama club, performing in numerous productions before landing the lead role in a production of Play It Again, Sam during his senior year.[10] After high school graduation, Kaufman attended Boston University before transferring to New York University
New York University
where he studied film. While attending New York University, Kaufman met Paul Proch, with whom he would write many unproduced scripts and plays.[10] Career[edit] Between 1983 and 1984, Kaufman and Proch wrote comedic articles and spoofs on spec for National Lampoon. His work included parodies of Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut
and the X-Men.[11] Kaufman and Proch tried to get their screenplays produced, sending them to many people in film industry. The only response the two ever received for their work was a supportive letter from Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin
in regards to their screenplay titled Purely Coincidental.[12] In hope of finding talent agents the two began to write spec scripts for television series such as Married... with Children
Married... with Children
and Newhart. In 1991, Kaufman moved from Minneapolis
Minneapolis
to Los Angeles
Los Angeles
in search of more job prospects. Kaufman got his start in television by writing two episodes for Chris Elliott's Get a Life during the 1991–1992 season.[10] During the 1993–1994 season, Kaufman worked on Fox's sketch comedy show The Edge. Kaufman wrote some pilot scripts while working as a television writer, but none of them were produced.[10] He later worked as a writer for Ned and Stacey and The Dana Carvey Show.[13] He first came to mainstream notice as the writer of Being John Malkovich, directed by Spike Jonze, earning an Academy Award nomination for his effort and winning a BAFTA. He wrote the script on spec in 1994, sending it to many companies and studios, all turning it down. The script eventually reached Francis Ford Coppola, who passed it on to his then-son-in-law Jonze, who agreed to direct the film.[14] After the success of Being John Malkovich, another one of Kaufman's screenplays was produced titled Human Nature, which was directed by Michel Gondry
Michel Gondry
and produced by Kaufman and Jonze. Kaufman and Jonze reunited yet again as the screenwriter and director, respectively, for Adaptation, which earned him another Academy Award nomination and his second BAFTA. Adaptation featured a fictionalized version of Kaufman and his fictional brother, Donald, who is credited as writer of the film along with Kaufman. The idea came to Kaufman while attempting to adapt Susan Orlean's novel The Orchid Thief into film. Struggling with writer's block, Kaufman turned the script into an exaggerated account of his struggles with adapting the screenplay.[15] Kaufman wrote the screenplay for Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, a biopic based on the "unauthorized autobiography" of Chuck Barris, the creator of such popular game shows as The Dating Game
The Dating Game
and host of The Gong Show. The film focuses on Barris's claim to have been a CIA
CIA
hit man. It was George Clooney's directorial debut. Kaufman criticized Clooney for making drastic alterations to the script without consulting him (instead, Clooney consulted Barris). Kaufman said in an interview with William Arnold: "The usual thing for a writer is to deliver a script and then disappear. That's not for me. I want to be involved from beginning to end. And these directors [Gondry and Jonze] know that, and respect it."[16] Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, released in 2004, was Kaufman's second pairing with director Michel Gondry. Kaufman won his first Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
and third BAFTA
BAFTA
for the film together with Gondry and French artist Pierre Bismuth. The trio also received the prestigious PEN American Center
PEN American Center
2005 prize for screenplay for the film.[17] David Edelstein described the film in Slate as " The Awful Truth
The Awful Truth
turned inside-out by Philip K. Dick, with nods to Samuel Beckett, Chris Marker, John Guare—the greatest dramatists of our modern fractured consciousness. But the weave is pure Kaufman."[18] After agreeing to participate in Carter Burwell's Theater of the New Ear, a double bill "sound play", Kaufman wrote and directed the audio play Hope Leaves the Theater, while the other play in the production, titled Sawbones, was written and directed by the Coen Brothers[19] Theater of the New Ear debuted in April 2005 at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York.[20] Due to scheduling conflicts, later productions of Theater of the New Ear did not feature the Coen's play, replacing it with Anomalisa
Anomalisa
which was written by Kaufman under the pseudonym "'Francis Fregoli".[21] Kaufman made his directorial film debut with the postmodern film Synecdoche, New York.[22] It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Film Festival
in 2008. The idea for the film came when Kaufman and Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze
were approached to direct a horror film. Rather than make a conventional horror film, the two agreed to have the film deal with things they found frightening in real life, rather than typical horror film tropes.[23] Kaufman decided to direct the film after Jonze left the project as the director to direct Where the Wild Things Are instead. Kaufman was slated to write and direct a film with the working title Frank or Francis. Few details have been confirmed about the plot except that it is a musical comedy about internet anger culture.[24] In July 2012, Jack Black, who was to star in the film, revealed in an interview that funding for the project had fallen through, as the studio was unsure about its chances for success after the financial failure of Kaufman's last directorial effort. Although the future of the project is not certain, Kaufman says "It could still happen. It would have to be reinvented, though. We had a whole cast and we were headed into pre-production. So, I’d have to get people back and who knows if they would be interested anymore. But, at this point, we don’t have any money, so that’s a secondary concern."[25] Dino Stamatopoulos, a former colleague of Kaufman's from The Dana Carvey Show, became interested in adapting Kaufman's Anomalisa
Anomalisa
play script into a stop motion animated film. With Kaufman's permission, Stamatopoulos turned to the crowdfunding website Kickstarter
Kickstarter
in order to fund the film. The Kickstarter
Kickstarter
page for the film was set up in August 2012 and by the time funding had ended $406,237 was pledged.[26] It had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on September 4, 2015,[27] receiving universal acclaim from critics.[28] Trying to make a return to television, Kaufman directed and wrote a pilot for FX titled How and Why in 2014. The plot was described as being about a "man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works but is clueless about life". FX decided to not pick up the pilot, but it has been shopped to other outlets.[29] In May 2017, he was announced as one of the three writers of the upcoming film adaptation of the Patrick Ness' Chaos Walking
Chaos Walking
book series, together with John Lee Hancock and Ness himself.[30] Themes and influences[edit] Kaufman's works explore such universal themes as identity crisis, mortality, and the meaning of life through a metaphysical or parapsychological framework. While his work resists labels, it is sometimes described as surrealist.[31] He sometimes includes fictionalized "facts" about his life in his work, notably Adaptation. and Hope Leaves the Theater. Apes recur in Kaufman's work: in Being John Malkovich, Lotte has a pet chimp named Elijah; in Human Nature, Puff was raised as an ape; in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Penny dreams about an ape; and in Adaptation, the original deus ex machina was a swamp ape.[32] Some writers and directors Kaufman has named as favorites of his, or as influences, are Franz Kafka,[33] Samuel Beckett,[34] Stanisław Lem,[35] Flannery O'Connor,[36] Shirley Jackson,[37] Italo Svevo,[citation needed] David Lynch,[38] Lars von Trier,[39] and Patricia Highsmith.[40] Personal life[edit] Kaufman lived and worked for a time during the late 1980s in Minneapolis, answering calls about missing newspapers at the Star Tribune, before moving to Los Angeles.[10] He currently lives in Pasadena, California, with his wife Denise and their child.[13] Work[edit] Filmography[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Producer Executive producer Notes

1999 Being John Malkovich

Yes

Yes BAFTA
BAFTA
Award for Best Original Screenplay Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Screenplay Saturn Award for Best Writing Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay Nominated– Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Original Screenplay Nominated–Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay Nominated–Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay

2001 Human Nature

Yes Yes

National Board of Review Award for Best Screenplay

2002 Adaptation.

Yes

Yes BAFTA
BAFTA
Award for Best Adapted Screenplay Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Screenplay Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screenplay National Board of Review Award for Best Screenplay New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screenplay Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Adapted Screenplay San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Adapted Screenplay Satellite Award for Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated– Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated–Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay Nominated–Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Yes

Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Screenplay National Board of Review Award for Best Screenplay

2004 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Yes

Yes Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Original Screenplay BAFTA
BAFTA
Award for Best Original Screenplay London Film Critics' Circle Award for Screenwriter
Screenwriter
of the Year National Board of Review Award for Best Original Screenplay Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Adapted Screenplay Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Original Screenplay Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay Nominated–Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay Nominated–Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Screenplay Nominated–Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay Nominated– Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay Nominated–National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay Nominated–Saturn Award for Best Writing

2008 Synecdoche, New York Yes Yes Yes

Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature Robert Altman Award Nominated–Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay Nominated–Palme d'Or Nominated–Caméra d'Or Nominated–Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Original Screenplay Nominated–Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay Nominated– Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay Nominated–National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay Nominated–Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Screenplay

2015 Anomalisa Yes Yes Yes

Co-directed by Duke Johnson Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screenplay Nominated– Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Animated
Animated
Feature Nominated–Independent Spirit Award for Best Film Nominated–Independent Spirit Award for Best Director Nominated–Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay Nominated–Golden Lion Nominated–Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Original Screenplay Nominated– Austin Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated–National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay Nominated–Producers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated
Animated
Theatrical Motion Pictures Nominated–Annie Award for Directing in a Feature Production

2019 Chaos Walking

Yes

TBA I'm Thinking of Ending Things Yes Yes

Television[edit]

Year Title Credit Notes

1991–1992 Get a Life Writer 2 episodes

1992–1993 The Edge Writer 20 episodes

1993 The Trouble with Larry Story editor 7 episodes

1995 Misery Loves Company Co-producer 6 episodes

1996 The Dana Carvey Show Writer 8 episodes

1996–1997 Ned and Stacey Writer and producer 22 episodes

2006 Moral Orel Story Uncredited Episode: "Love"

2014 How and Why Director, writer, and executive producer Pilot[41]

Plays[edit]

Year Title Credit Notes

2005 Hope Leaves the Theater Director and writer

2005 Anomalisa Director and writer Under the pseudonym Francis Fregoli

Lyrics[edit]

Year Soundtrack Songs

2001 Human Nature "Hair Everywhere" and "Here with You"

2008 Synecdoche, New York "Synecdoche Song", "Gravity", "Little Person", and "Song for Caden"

2015 Anomalisa "None of Them are You"

References[edit]

^ Ebert, Roger. (2009-12-13) The best films of the decade – Roger Ebert's Journal Archived 2010-07-11 at WebCite. Blogs.suntimes.com. Retrieved on 2010-12-19. ^ Ebert, Roger (November 5, 2008). " Synecdoche, New York
Synecdoche, New York
Movie Review (2008)". Retrieved October 16, 2015.  " Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
is one of the few truly important writers to make screenplays his medium." ^ " Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
Is The 21st Century's 'Mad Genius Of Cinema'". GQ. June 3, 2016. Retrieved January 9, 2017.  ^ "Charlie Kaufman: Screenwriters Lecture". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved October 16, 2015.  "One of modern cinema's most celebrated writers"... ^ Ulin, David L. (May 14, 2006). "Why Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
Is Us". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 16, 2015.  "In exploring our inner selves, he's become one of the best writers of his generation, David L. Ulin argues." ^ "101 Greatest Screenplays List". Writers Guild of America, West. Archived from the original on August 13, 2006. Retrieved September 13, 2015.  ^ The Jewish Chronicle: "It’s not easy being Charlie Kaufman" By Stephen Applebaum May 7, 2009 ^ Times of Israel: "The tribe at the Oscars, 2016" by Nate Bloom. February 25, 2016 ^ LaRocca, D. (2011). The Philosophy of Charlie Kaufman. University Press of Kentucky. p. 3. ISBN 9780813133928. Retrieved 2014-10-15.  ^ a b c d e f "Biography". BeingCharlieKaufman.com. Retrieved 2012-08-28.  ^ "Scans of said articles". Beingcharliekaufman.com. Retrieved 2017-12-04.  ^ "Journey Into Madness". Archived from the original on 2017-02-10. CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) ^ a b "Salon.com Interview by Michael Sragow". Retrieved 2007-05-15.  ^ Kobel, Peter (October 24, 1999). "FILM; The Fun and Games of Living a Virtual Life". The New York Times. Archived from the original on November 28, 2010. Retrieved November 4, 2010.  ^ Claude Brodesser (November 10, 1999). "Scribe revisiting reality". Variety. Retrieved December 5, 2017.  ^ "Kaufman interviewed by William Arnold". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 2004-03-18. Retrieved 2007-05-19.  ^ "PEN Center USA: 2005 Literary Awards Winners". Archived from the original on 2006-11-25. Retrieved 2007-01-12.  ^ David Edelstein. "Forget Me Not: The genius of Charlie Kaufman's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind". Retrieved 2016-07-24.  ^ "Creative Screenwriting Magazine on Hope Leaves the Theater". Archived from the original on 2007-04-29. CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) ^ "The Body – Projects – Theater of the New Ear". Archived from the original on 2007-01-07. Retrieved 2007-01-12.  ^ "Theater of the New Ear". Retrieved 2015-07-30.  ^ "Kaufman's Directorial Debut Lands Williams, Hoffman". Retrieved 2017-12-05.  ^ "Synecdoche, New York: A Great Film About the Upcoming Zombie Apocalypse? Blog WorldMaker.net". Blog.worldmaker.net. May 18, 2009. Retrieved November 27, 2012.  ^ "Is this the plot of "Frank or Francis"?". BeingCharlieKaufman.com. 2011-07-30. Retrieved 2012-08-28.  ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (November 12, 2015). " Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
Explains Why Star-Studded 'Frank Or Francis' Fell Apart, Says It Could Still Happen". Indiewire. Retrieved December 9, 2015.  ^ Charlie Kaufman's Anomalisa ^ Kohn, Eric (September 5, 2015). "Telluride Review: Charlie Kaufman's Marvelously Strange 'Anomalisa' is An Animated
Animated
Identity Crisis". Indiewire.com. Retrieved December 9, 2015.  ^ " Anomalisa
Anomalisa
(2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 9, 2015.  ^ "FX's Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
Pilot Not Going Forward". Deadline.com.  ^ "Daisy Ridley-Starring 'Chaos Walking' will Shoot in Canada". Backstage.  ^ Indie Wire interview. Archived September 24, 2005, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Adaptation (Draft 2) Archived March 28, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. ^ "IN CONVERSATION: CHARLIE KAUFMAN". Vulture.com. Retrieved 8 March 2017.  ^ " Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
interview: Life's little dramas". Scotsman.com. Retrieved 8 March 2017.  ^ "Talking with the Kaufman About Pandas". The L Magazine. Retrieved 8 March 2017.  ^ "Being Charlie Kaufman". Salon. Retrieved 8 March 2017.  ^ "Being Charlie Kaufman". Salon. Retrieved 8 March 2017.  ^ "IN CONVERSATION: CHARLIE KAUFMAN". Vulture.com. Retrieved 8 March 2017.  ^ "IN CONVERSATION: CHARLIE KAUFMAN". Vulture.com. Retrieved 8 March 2017.  ^ "Being Charlie Kaufman". Salon. Retrieved 8 March 2017.  ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 14, 2014). "John Hawkes & Michael Cera To Star In Charlie Kaufman's FX Comedy Pilot". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 

External links[edit]

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on IMDb Charlie Kaufman
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at Rotten Tomatoes Charlie Kaufman
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on National Public Radio Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
lecture on screenwriting, BAFTA
BAFTA
Lecture Series, 30 September 2011. (1:10:08 hours)

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Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
filmography

As screenwriter and director

Synecdoche, New York
Synecdoche, New York
(2008) Anomalisa
Anomalisa
(2015)

As screenwriter only

Being John Malkovich
Being John Malkovich
(1999) Human Nature (2001) Adaptation (2002) Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
(2002) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) Chaos Walking
Chaos Walking
(2019)

Awards for Charlie Kaufman

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Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Original Screenplay

1940–1960

Preston Sturges
Preston Sturges
(1940) Herman J. Mankiewicz
Herman J. Mankiewicz
and Orson Welles
Orson Welles
(1941) Michael Kanin
Michael Kanin
and Ring Lardner Jr.
Ring Lardner Jr.
(1942) Norman Krasna (1943) Lamar Trotti (1944) Richard Schweizer (1945) Muriel Box and Sydney Box (1946) Sidney Sheldon (1947) No award (1948) Robert Pirosh (1949) Charles Brackett, D. M. Marshman Jr. and Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1950) Alan Jay Lerner
Alan Jay Lerner
(1951) T. E. B. Clarke (1952) Charles Brackett, Richard L. Breen and Walter Reisch (1953) Budd Schulberg
Budd Schulberg
(1954) Sonya Levien and William Ludwig (1955) Albert Lamorisse
Albert Lamorisse
(1956) George Wells (1957) Nathan E. Douglas and Harold Jacob Smith (1958) Clarence Greene, Maurice Richlin, Russell Rouse and Stanley Shapiro (1959) I. A. L. Diamond and Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1960)

1961–1980

William Inge
William Inge
(1961) Ennio de Concini, Pietro Germi, and Alfredo Giannetti (1962) James Webb (1963) Peter Stone and Frank Tarloff (1964) Frederic Raphael (1965) Claude Lelouch
Claude Lelouch
and Pierre Uytterhoeven (1966) William Rose (1967) Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
(1968) William Goldman
William Goldman
(1969) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
and Edmund H. North (1970) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1971) Jeremy Larner (1972) David S. Ward
David S. Ward
(1973) Robert Towne
Robert Towne
(1974) Frank Pierson
Frank Pierson
(1975) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1976) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
and Marshall Brickman (1977) Robert C. Jones, Waldo Salt, and Nancy Dowd (1978) Steve Tesich
Steve Tesich
(1979) Bo Goldman
Bo Goldman
(1980)

1981–2000

Colin Welland (1981) John Briley (1982) Horton Foote (1983) Robert Benton (1984) William Kelley, Pamela Wallace and Earl W. Wallace (1985) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1986) John Patrick Shanley
John Patrick Shanley
(1987) Ronald Bass and Barry Morrow (1988) Tom Schulman (1989) Bruce Joel Rubin (1990) Callie Khouri
Callie Khouri
(1991) Neil Jordan
Neil Jordan
(1992) Jane Campion
Jane Campion
(1993) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
and Roger Avary
Roger Avary
(1994) Christopher McQuarrie
Christopher McQuarrie
(1995) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (1996) Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck
and Matt Damon
Matt Damon
(1997) Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard
(1998) Alan Ball (1999) Cameron Crowe
Cameron Crowe
(2000)

2001–present

Julian Fellowes
Julian Fellowes
(2001) Pedro Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar
(2002) Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppola
(2003) Pierre Bismuth, Michel Gondry
Michel Gondry
and Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
(2004) Paul Haggis
Paul Haggis
and Bobby Moresco (2005) Michael Arndt
Michael Arndt
(2006) Diablo Cody
Diablo Cody
(2007) Dustin Lance Black
Dustin Lance Black
(2008) Mark Boal
Mark Boal
(2009) David Seidler (2010) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(2011) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(2012) Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze
(2013) Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., and Armando Bo (2014) Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (2015) Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan
(2016) Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele
(2017)

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BAFTA
BAFTA
Award for Best Original Screenplay

Paul D. Zimmerman (1983) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1984) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1985) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1986) David Leland (1987) Shawn Slovo (1988) Nora Ephron
Nora Ephron
(1989) Giuseppe Tornatore
Giuseppe Tornatore
(1990) Anthony Minghella
Anthony Minghella
(1991) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1992) Harold Ramis
Harold Ramis
and Danny Rubin
Danny Rubin
(1993) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
and Roger Avary
Roger Avary
(1994) Christopher McQuarrie
Christopher McQuarrie
(1995) Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(1996) Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman
(1997) Andrew Niccol
Andrew Niccol
(1998) Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
(1999) Cameron Crowe
Cameron Crowe
(2000) Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
and Guillaume Laurant (2001) Pedro Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar
(2002) Tom McCarthy (2003) Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
(2004) Paul Haggis
Paul Haggis
and Bobby Moresco (2005) Michael Arndt
Michael Arndt
(2006) Diablo Cody
Diablo Cody
(2007) Martin McDonagh
Martin McDonagh
(2008) Mark Boal
Mark Boal
(2009) David Seidler (2010) Michel Hazanavicius
Michel Hazanavicius
(2011) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(2012) Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
David O. Russell
(2013) Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson
and Hugo Guinness (2014) Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (2015) Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan
(2016) Martin McDonagh
Martin McDonagh
(2017)

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BAFTA
BAFTA
Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
(1983) Bruce Robinson
Bruce Robinson
(1984) Richard Condon and Janet Roach (1985) Kurt Luedtke (1986) Claude Berri
Claude Berri
and Gérard Brach (1987) Jean-Claude Carrière
Jean-Claude Carrière
and Philip Kaufman
Philip Kaufman
(1988) Christopher Hampton
Christopher Hampton
(1989) Nicholas Pileggi
Nicholas Pileggi
and Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(1990) Dick Clement, Roddy Doyle
Roddy Doyle
and Ian La Frenais (1991) Michael Tolkin
Michael Tolkin
(1992) Steven Zaillian (1993) Paul Attanasio
Paul Attanasio
(1994) John Hodge (1995) Anthony Minghella
Anthony Minghella
(1996) Baz Luhrmann
Baz Luhrmann
and Craig Pearce
Craig Pearce
(1997) Elaine May
Elaine May
(1998) Neil Jordan
Neil Jordan
(1999) Stephen Gaghan
Stephen Gaghan
(2000) Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Roger S. H. Schulman and Joe Stillman (2001) Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
and Donald Kaufman (2002) Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
and Fran Walsh (2003) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
and Jim Taylor (2004) Larry McMurtry
Larry McMurtry
and Diana Ossana (2005) Jeremy Brock and Peter Morgan (2006) Ronald Harwood (2007) Simon Beaufoy (2008) Jason Reitman
Jason Reitman
and Sheldon Turner (2009) Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin
(2010) Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan (2011) David O. Russell
David O. Russell
(2012) Steve Coogan
Steve Coogan
and Jeff Pope
Jeff Pope
(2013) Anthony McCarten (2014) Adam McKay
Adam McKay
and Charles Randolph (2015) Luke Davies
Luke Davies
(2016) James Ivory
James Ivory
(2017)

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Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Screenplay

Screenplay (1995–1996, 2001–2008, retired)

Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
(1995) Anthony Minghella
Anthony Minghella
(1996) Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
(2001) Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
(2002) Jim Sheridan, Kirsten Sheridan, and Naomi Sheridan (2003) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
and Jim Taylor (2004) Paul Haggis
Paul Haggis
and Bobby Moresco (2005) Michael Arndt
Michael Arndt
(2006) Diablo Cody
Diablo Cody
(2007) Simon Beaufoy (2008)

Screenplay, Original (1997–2000, 2009–present)

Matt Damon
Matt Damon
and Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck
(1997) Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard
and Marc Norman (1998) Alan Ball (1999) Cameron Crowe
Cameron Crowe
(2000) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(2009) David Seidler (2010) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(2011) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(2012) Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze
(2013) Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., and Armando Bo (2014) Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (2015) Damien Chazelle
Damien Chazelle
/ Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan
(2016) Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele
(2017)

Screenplay, Adapted (1997–2000, 2009–present)

Curtis Hanson
Curtis Hanson
and Brian Helgeland (1997) Scott Smith (1998) Frank Darabont
Frank Darabont
(1999) Stephen Gaghan
Stephen Gaghan
(2000) Jason Reitman
Jason Reitman
and Sheldon Turner (2009) Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin
(2010) Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, and Stan Chervin (2011) Tony Kushner
Tony Kushner
(2012) John Ridley
John Ridley
(2013) Gillian Flynn
Gillian Flynn
(2014) Adam McKay
Adam McKay
and Charles Randolph (2015) Eric Heisserer (2016) James Ivory
James Ivory
(2017)

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London Film Critics' Circle Award for Screenwriter
Screenwriter
of the Year

Steve Tesich
Steve Tesich
(1980) Colin Welland (1981) Costa-Gavras
Costa-Gavras
and Donald E. Stewart (1982) Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
(1983) Philip Kaufman
Philip Kaufman
(1984) Alan Bennett
Alan Bennett
(1985) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1986) Alan Bennett
Alan Bennett
(1987) David Mamet
David Mamet
(1988) Christopher Hampton
Christopher Hampton
(1989) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1990) David Mamet
David Mamet
(1991) Michael Tolkin
Michael Tolkin
(1992) Harold Ramis
Harold Ramis
and Danny Rubin
Danny Rubin
(1993) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(1994) Paul Attanasio
Paul Attanasio
(1995) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (1996) Curtis Hanson
Curtis Hanson
and Brian Helgeland (1997) Andrew Niccol
Andrew Niccol
(1998) Alan Ball (1999) Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
(2000) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2001) Andrew Bovell (2002) John Collee
John Collee
and Peter Weir
Peter Weir
(2003) Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
(2004) Paul Haggis
Paul Haggis
and Bobby Moresco (2005) Peter Morgan (2006) Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
(2007) Simon Beaufoy (2008) Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, and Tony Roche (2009) Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin
(2010) Asghar Farhadi
Asghar Farhadi
(2011) Michael Haneke
Michael Haneke
(2012) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2013) Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson
(2014) Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (2015) Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan
(2016) Martin McDonagh
Martin McDonagh
(2017)

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National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay

1967–2000

David Newman and Robert Benton (1967) John Cassavetes
John Cassavetes
(1968) Paul Mazursky
Paul Mazursky
and Larry Tucker (1969) Éric Rohmer
Éric Rohmer
(1970) Penelope Gilliatt (1971) Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1972) George Lucas, Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck (1973) Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1974) Robert Towne
Robert Towne
and Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(1975) Alain Tanner
Alain Tanner
and John Berger
John Berger
(1976) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
and Marshall Brickman (1977) Paul Mazursky
Paul Mazursky
(1978) Steve Tesich
Steve Tesich
(1979) Bo Goldman
Bo Goldman
(1980) John Guare
John Guare
(1981) Murray Schisgal and Larry Gelbart
Larry Gelbart
(1982) Bill Forsyth
Bill Forsyth
(1983) Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel and Bruce Jay Friedman (1984) Albert Brooks
Albert Brooks
and Monica Johnson (1985) Hanif Kureishi
Hanif Kureishi
(1986) John Boorman
John Boorman
(1987) Ron Shelton (1988) Gus Van Sant
Gus Van Sant
and Daniel Yost (1989) Charles Burnett (1990) David Cronenberg
David Cronenberg
(1991) David Webb Peoples (1992) Jane Campion
Jane Campion
(1993) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
and Roger Avary
Roger Avary
(1994) Amy Heckerling (1995) Albert Brooks
Albert Brooks
and Monica Johnson (1996) Curtis Hanson
Curtis Hanson
and Brian Helgeland (1997) Scott Frank (1998) Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
(1999) Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan
(2000)

2001–present

Julian Fellowes
Julian Fellowes
(2001) Ronald Harwood (2002) Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
(2003) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
and Jim Taylor (2004) Noah Baumbach
Noah Baumbach
(2005) Peter Morgan (2006) Tamara Jenkins
Tamara Jenkins
(2007) Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(2008) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2009) Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin
(2010) Asghar Farhadi
Asghar Farhadi
(2011) Tony Kushner
Tony Kushner
(2012) Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy
Julie Delpy
(2013) Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson
(2014) Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (2015) Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan
(2016) Greta Gerwig
Greta Gerwig
(2017)

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Satellite Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

Anthony Minghella
Anthony Minghella
(1996) Curtis Hanson
Curtis Hanson
and Brian Helgeland (1997) Bill Condon (1998) John Irving
John Irving
(1999) Doug Wright (2000) Robert Festinger and Todd Field
Todd Field
(2001) Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
and Donald Kaufman (2002) Brian Helgeland (2003) Paul Haggis
Paul Haggis
(2004) Robin Swicord (2005) William Monahan
William Monahan
(2006) Christopher Hampton
Christopher Hampton
(2007) Peter Morgan (2008) Geoffrey S. Fletcher
Geoffrey S. Fletcher
(2009) Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin
(2010) Alexander Payne, Jim Rash, and Nat Faxon
Nat Faxon
(2011) David Magee (2012) Steve Coogan
Steve Coogan
and Jeff Pope
Jeff Pope
(2013) Graham Moore (2014) Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin
(2015) Kieran Fitzgerald and Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
(2016) Scott Neustadter
Scott Neustadter
and Michael H. Weber (2017)

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Saturn Award for Best Writing

William Peter Blatty
William Peter Blatty
(1973) Ib Melchior/ Harlan Ellison
Harlan Ellison
(1974/75) Jimmy Sangster
Jimmy Sangster
(1976) George Lucas
George Lucas
(1977) Elaine May
Elaine May
and Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(1978) Nicholas Meyer
Nicholas Meyer
(1979) William Peter Blatty
William Peter Blatty
(1980) Lawrence Kasdan
Lawrence Kasdan
(1981) Melissa Mathison
Melissa Mathison
(1982) Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury
(1983) James Cameron
James Cameron
and Gale Anne Hurd
Gale Anne Hurd
(1984) Tom Holland (1985) James Cameron
James Cameron
(1986) Michael Miner and Edward Neumeier
Edward Neumeier
(1987) Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg (1988) William Peter Blatty
William Peter Blatty
(1989/90) Ted Tally (1991) James V. Hart
James V. Hart
(1992) Michael Crichton
Michael Crichton
and David Koepp (1993) Jim Harrison
Jim Harrison
and Wesley Strick
Wesley Strick
(1994) Andrew Kevin Walker (1995) Kevin Williamson (1996) Mike Werb and Michael Colleary (1997) Andrew Niccol
Andrew Niccol
(1998) Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
(1999) David Hayter
David Hayter
(2000) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(2001) Scott Frank and Jon Cohen (2002) Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
(2003) Alvin Sargent (2004) Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
and David S. Goyer
David S. Goyer
(2005) Michael Dougherty
Michael Dougherty
and Dan Harris (2006) Brad Bird
Brad Bird
(2007) Christopher and Jonathan Nolan
Jonathan Nolan
(2008) James Cameron
James Cameron
(2009) Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
(2010) Jeff Nichols
Jeff Nichols
(2011) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(2012) Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze
(2013) Christopher and Jonathan Nolan
Jonathan Nolan
(2014) Lawrence Kasdan, J. J. Abrams, and Michael Arndt
Michael Arndt
(2015) Eric Heisserer (2016)

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Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay

Original Drama (1969–1983, retired)

William Goldman
William Goldman
(1969) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
and Edmund H. North (1970) Penelope Gilliatt (1971) Jeremy Larner (1972) Steve Shagan (1973) Robert Towne
Robert Towne
(1974) Frank Pierson
Frank Pierson
(1975) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1976) Arthur Laurents
Arthur Laurents
(1977) Nancy Dowd, Robert C. Jones and Waldo Salt (1978) Mike Gray, T. S. Cook and James Bridges (1979) Bo Goldman
Bo Goldman
(1980) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
and Trevor Griffiths (1981) Melissa Mathison
Melissa Mathison
(1982) Horton Foote (1983)

Original Comedy (1969–1983, retired)

Paul Mazursky
Paul Mazursky
and Larry Tucker (1969) Neil Simon
Neil Simon
(1970) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1971) Peter Bogdanovich, Buck Henry, David Newman and Robert Benton (1972) Melvin Frank and Jack Rose (1973) Mel Brooks, Norman Steinberg, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor
Richard Pryor
and Alan Uger (1974) Robert Towne
Robert Towne
and Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(1975) Bill Lancaster
Bill Lancaster
(1976) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
and Marshall Brickman (1977) Larry Gelbart
Larry Gelbart
and Sheldon Keller (1978) Steve Tesich
Steve Tesich
(1979) Nancy Meyers, Harvey Miller and Charles Shyer
Charles Shyer
(1980) Steve Gordon (1981) Don McGuire, Larry Gelbart
Larry Gelbart
and Murray Schisgal (1982) Lawrence Kasdan
Lawrence Kasdan
and Barbara Benedek (1983)

Original Screenplay (1984–present)

Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1984) William Kelley and Earl W. Wallace (1985) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1986) John Patrick Shanley
John Patrick Shanley
(1987) Ron Shelton (1988) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1989) Barry Levinson
Barry Levinson
(1990) Callie Khouri
Callie Khouri
(1991) Neil Jordan
Neil Jordan
(1992) Jane Campion
Jane Campion
(1993) Richard Curtis
Richard Curtis
(1994) Randall Wallace (1995) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (1996) James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
and Mark Andrus (1997) Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard
(1998) Alan Ball (1999) Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan
(2000) Julian Fellowes
Julian Fellowes
(2001) Michael Moore
Michael Moore
(2002) Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppola
(2003) Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
(2004) Paul Haggis
Paul Haggis
and Bobby Moresco (2005) Michael Arndt
Michael Arndt
(2006) Diablo Cody
Diablo Cody
(2007) Dustin Lance Black
Dustin Lance Black
(2008) Mark Boal
Mark Boal
(2009) Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
(2010) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(2011) Mark Boal
Mark Boal
(2012) Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze
(2013) Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson
and Hugo Guinness (2014) Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (2015) Barry Jenkins
Barry Jenkins
and Tarell Alvin McCraney
Tarell Alvin McCraney
(2016) Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele
(2017)

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