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The Writers Guild of America Awards is an award for
film A film also called a movie, motion picture, moving picture, picture, photoplay or (slang) flick is a work of visual art that simulates experiences and otherwise communicates ideas, stories, perceptions, feelings, beauty, or atmosphere ...
,
television Television, sometimes shortened to TV, is a telecommunication medium for transmitting moving images and sound. The term can refer to a television set, or the medium of Transmission (telecommunications), television transmission. Television ...
, and
radio Radio is the technology of signaling and telecommunication, communicating using radio waves. Radio waves are electromagnetic waves of frequency between 30 hertz (Hz) and 300 gigahertz (GHz). They are generated by an electronic device ...
writing including both fiction and non-fiction categories given by the Writers Guild of America, East and
Writers Guild of America West The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) is a labor union A trade union (labor union in American English), often simply referred to as a union, is an organization of workers intent on "maintaining or improving the conditions of their employ ...
since 1949.


Eligibility

The screen awards are for films that were exhibited theatrically during the preceding calendar year. The television awards are for series that were produced and aired between December 1 and November 30, regardless of how many episodes aired during this time period. Additionally, scripts must be produced under the jurisdiction of the WGA or under a collective bargaining agreement in
Canada Canada is a country in North America. Its Provinces and territories of Canada, ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering over , making it the world ...
,
Ireland Ireland ( ; ga, Éire ; Ulster Scots dialect, Ulster-Scots: ) is an island in the Atlantic Ocean, North Atlantic Ocean, in Northwestern Europe, north-western Europe. It is separated from Great Britain to its east by the North Channel (Grea ...
,
New Zealand New Zealand ( mi, Aotearoa ) is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It consists of two main landmasses—the North Island () and the South Island ()—and over 700 List of islands of New Zealand, smaller islands. It is the ...
, or the
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.


Lifetime achievement awards

Each year at the awards, two lifetime achievement awards are presented. One is for screenwriting, and the other is for TV writing: * Laurel Award for TV Writing Achievement * Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement


Categories

(As of 2022.) ;Film * Best Adapted Screenplay *
Best Original Screenplay The Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay is the Academy Awards, Academy Award for the best screenplay not based upon previously published material. It was created in 1940 as a separate writing award from the Academy Award for Best Story. Be ...
* Best Documentary Screenplay ;Television * Comedy Series * Drama Series * Episodic Comedy * Episodic Drama * Long Form – Adapted * Long Form – Original * Adapted Short Form New Media * New Series *
Animation Animation is a method by which image, still figures are manipulated to appear as Motion picture, moving images. In traditional animation, images are drawn or painted by hand on transparent cel, celluloid sheets to be photographed and exhibited ...
* Comedy/Variety Talk Series * Comedy/Variety – Sketch Series * Best Comedy/Variety – Specials * Daytime Serials * Children's Script * Best Quizz and Audience * Documentary Script – Current Events * Documentary Script – Other Than Current Events ;News * TV News Script – Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin, or Breaking Report * TV News Script – Analysis, Feature, or Commentary * Digital News ;Radio * Radio News Script – Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin, or Breaking Report * Radio News Script – Analysis, Feature or Commentary * Radio Documentary


History

In 2004, the awards show was broadcast on television for the first time. In the years 2008 through 2018, the awards also included
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writing.


Discontinued categories

* Best Written Musical (1949–1969) * Best Written Western (1949–1951) * Best Written Film Concerning American Scene (1949–1952) * Best Written Drama (1949–1969) ** Best Drama Written Directly for the Screenplay (1970–1984) ** Best Drama Adapted from Another Media (1970–1984) * Best Written Comedy (1949–1969) ** Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screenplay (1970–1984) ** Best Comedy Adapted from Another Media (1970–1984) * Best Videogame Writing (2008–2018)


Ceremonies

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Winners

A * denotes a film that also went on to win an
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Films


Current awards

;Best Original Screenplay * 1968: '' Bonnie and Clyde'' – David Newman and
Robert Benton Robert Douglas Benton (born September 29, 1932) is an American screenwriter and film director. He is best known as the writer and director of the film ''Kramer vs. Kramer'', for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director and Best Adapted S ...
* 1969: '' The Producers'' –
Mel Brooks Mel Brooks (born Melvin James Kaminsky; June 28, 1926) is an American actor, comedian and filmmaker. With a career spanning over seven decades, he is known as a writer and director of a variety of successful broad farce Farce is a comedy that ...
* * 1985: ''
Broadway Danny Rose ''Broadway Danny Rose'' is a 1984 American black-and-white comedy film written and directed by Woody Allen. It follows a hapless theatrical agent who, by helping a client, gets dragged into a love triangle involving the mob. The film stars Allen a ...
'' –
Woody Allen Heywood "Woody" Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg; November 30, 1935) is an American film director, writer, actor, and comedian whose career spans more than six decades and multiple Academy Award-winning films. He began his career writing ...
* 1986: ''
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'' – Pamela Wallace, William Kelley, and Earl W. Wallace * * 1987: ''
Hannah and Her Sisters ''Hannah and Her Sisters'' is a 1986 American comedy drama, comedy-drama film which tells the intertwined stories of an extended family over two years that begins and ends with a family Thanksgiving#Thanksgiving dinner, Thanksgiving dinner. The f ...
'' –
Woody Allen Heywood "Woody" Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg; November 30, 1935) is an American film director, writer, actor, and comedian whose career spans more than six decades and multiple Academy Award-winning films. He began his career writing ...
* * 1988: ''
Moonstruck ''Moonstruck'' is a 1987 American romantic comedy-drama Comedy drama, also known by the portmanteau ''dramedy'', is a genre of dramatic works that combines elements of comedy and Drama (film and television), drama. The modern, scripted-telev ...
'' – John Patrick Shanley * * 1989: '' Bull Durham'' – Ron Shelton * 1990: ''
Crimes and Misdemeanors ''Crimes and Misdemeanors'' is a 1989 American Existentialism, existential comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen, who stars alongside Martin Landau, Mia Farrow, Anjelica Huston, Jerry Orbach, Alan Alda, Sam Waterston, and Joanna G ...
'' –
Woody Allen Heywood "Woody" Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg; November 30, 1935) is an American film director, writer, actor, and comedian whose career spans more than six decades and multiple Academy Award-winning films. He began his career writing ...
* 1991: ''
Avalon Avalon (; la, Insula Avallonis; cy, Ynys Afallon, Ynys Afallach; kw, Enys Avalow; literally meaning "the isle of fruit r appletrees"; also written ''Avallon'' or ''Avilion'' among various other spellings) is a mythical island featured in ...
'' –
Barry Levinson Barry Lee Levinson (born April 6, 1942) is an American filmmaker, comedian and actor. Levinson's best-known works are mid-budget comedy drama and Drama (film and television), drama films such as ''Diner (1982 film), Diner'' (1982); ''The Natura ...
* 1992: ''
Thelma & Louise ''Thelma & Louise'' is a 1991 American Road movie, road Crime film, crime comedy-drama film directed by Ridley Scott and written by Callie Khouri. It stars Susan Sarandon as Louise and Geena Davis as Thelma, two friends who embark on a road trip ...
'' – Callie Khouri * * 1993: '' The Crying Game'' –
Neil Jordan Neil Patrick Jordan (born 25 February 1950) is an Irish film director, screenwriter, novelist and short-story writer. His first book, ''Night in Tunisia (short story collection), Night in Tunisia'', won a Somerset Maugham Award and the Guardian ...
* * 1994: '' The Piano'' –
Jane Campion Dame Elizabeth Jane Campion (born 30 April 1954) is a New Zealand filmmaker. She is best known for writing and directing the critically acclaimed films ''The Piano'' (1993) and ''The Power of the Dog (film), The Power of the Dog'' (2021), for ...
* * 1995: ''
Four Weddings and a Funeral ''Four Weddings and a Funeral'' is a 1994 British romantic comedy film directed by Mike Newell (director), Mike Newell. It is the first of several films by screenwriter Richard Curtis to feature Hugh Grant, and follows the adventures of Charles ...
'' –
Richard Curtis Richard Whalley Anthony Curtis (born 8 November 1956) is a New Zealand-born British screenwriter, producer and film director. One of Britain's most successful comedy screenwriters, he is known primarily for romantic comedy films, among them '' ...
* 1996: ''
Braveheart ''Braveheart'' is a 1995 American historical fiction, historical drama film directed and produced by, and starring Mel Gibson. Gibson portrays Sir William Wallace, a late-13th century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First War of Scot ...
'' – Randall Wallace * 1997: '' Fargo'' – Joel Coen and Ethan Coen * * 1998: ''
As Good as It Gets ''As Good as It Gets'' is a 1997 American Romantic comedy, romantic comedy-drama film directed by James L. Brooks, who co-wrote it with Mark Andrus. The film stars Jack Nicholson as a misanthropy, misanthropic, Prejudice, bigoted, and Obsessive ...
'' – Mark Andrus and James L. Brooks * 1999: ''
Shakespeare in Love ''Shakespeare in Love'' is a 1998 romantic period comedy-drama Comedy drama, also known by the portmanteau ''dramedy'', is a genre of dramatic works that combines elements of comedy and Drama (film and television), drama. The modern, scri ...
'' –
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and
Tom Stoppard Sir Tom Stoppard (born , 3 July 1937) is a Czech born British playwright and screenwriter. He has written for film, radio, stage, and television, finding prominence with plays. His work covers the themes of human rights, censorship, and politic ...
* * 2000: '' American Beauty'' – Alan Ball * * 2001: '' You Can Count on Me'' –
Kenneth Lonergan Kenneth Lonergan (born October 16, 1962) is an American film director, playwright, and screenwriter. He is the co-writer of the film ''Gangs of New York'' (2002), and wrote and directed ''You Can Count on Me'' (2000), ''Margaret (2011 film), Mar ...
* 2002: ''
Gosford Park ''Gosford Park'' is a 2001 satire, satirical black comedy mystery film directed by Robert Altman and written by Julian Fellowes. It was influenced by Jean Renoir's French classic ''La Règle du jeu'' (''The Rules of the Game''). The film stars ...
'' –
Julian Fellowes Julian Alexander Kitchener-Fellowes, Baron Fellowes of West Stafford, (born 17 August 1949) is an English actor, novelist, film director and screenwriter, and a Conservative Conservatism is a Philosophy of culture, cultural, Social ...
* * 2003: '' Bowling for Columbine'' –
Michael Moore Michael Francis Moore (born April 23, 1954) is an American filmmaker, author and Left-wing politics, left-wing activist. His works frequently address the topics of globalization and capitalism. Moore won the 2002 Academy Award for Best Docum ...
* 2004: '' Lost in Translation'' –
Sofia Coppola Sofia Carmina Coppola (; born May 14, 1971) is an American filmmaker and actress. The youngest child and only daughter of filmmakers Eleanor Coppola, Eleanor and Francis Ford Coppola, she made her film debut as an infant in her father's acclaimed ...
* * 2005: ''
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ''Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'' (also simply known as ''Eternal Sunshine'') is a 2004 American Romance film, romantic Science fiction film, science fiction Drama (film and television), drama film written by Charlie Kaufman, directed ...
'' –
Charlie Kaufman Charles Stuart Kaufman (; born November 19, 1958) is an American filmmaker and novelist. He wrote the films '' Being John Malkovich'' (1999), ''Adaptation In biology, adaptation has three related meanings. Firstly, it is the dynamic evo ...
, Michael Gondry, and Pierre Bismuth * * 2006: '' Crash'' – Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco * * 2007: ''
Little Miss Sunshine ''Little Miss Sunshine'' is a 2006 American tragicomedy road film and the feature film directorial debut of the husband–wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The screenplay was written by first-time writer Michael Arndt. The film sta ...
'' – Michael Arndt * * 2008: '' Juno'' –
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* * 2009: ''
Milk Milk is a white liquid food produced by the mammary glands of mammals. It is the primary source of nutrition for young mammals (including breastfeeding, breastfed human infants) before they are able to digestion, digest solid food. Immune fact ...
'' – Dustin Lance Black * * 2010: ''
The Hurt Locker ''The Hurt Locker'' is a 2008 American war film, war thriller film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal. It stars Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Christian Camargo, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse (actor), David Morse, ...
'' – Mark Boal * * 2011: ''
Inception ''Inception'' is a 2010 science fiction action film written and directed by Christopher Nolan, who also produced the film with Emma Thomas, his wife. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a professional thief who steals information by infiltra ...
'' –
Christopher Nolan Christopher Edward Nolan (born 30 July 1970) is a British-American filmmaker. Known for his lucrative Cinema of the United States, Hollywood blockbusters with complex storytelling, Nolan is considered a leading filmmaker of the 21st century. ...
* 2012: '' Midnight in Paris'' –
Woody Allen Heywood "Woody" Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg; November 30, 1935) is an American film director, writer, actor, and comedian whose career spans more than six decades and multiple Academy Award-winning films. He began his career writing ...
* * 2013: ''
Zero Dark Thirty ''Zero Dark Thirty'' is a 2012 American thriller film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal. The film dramatizes the Manhunt for Osama bin Laden, nearly decade-long international manhunt for Osama bin Laden, leader of terrorist n ...
'' – Mark Boal * 2014: '' Her'' –
Spike Jonze Adam H. Spiegel (born October 22, 1969), known professionally as Spike Jonze, is an American filmmaker, actor, musician, and photographer. His work includes commercials, film, music videos, skateboard videos and television. Jonze began his ca ...
* * 2015: ''
The Grand Budapest Hotel ''The Grand Budapest Hotel'' is a 2014 comedy-drama film written and directed by Wes Anderson. Ralph Fiennes leads a seventeen-actor ensemble cast as Monsieur Gustave H., famed concierge of a twentieth-century mountainside resort in the fiction ...
'' –
Wes Anderson Wesley Wales Anderson (born May 1, 1969) is an American filmmaker. His films are known for their eccentricity (behavior), eccentricity and unique visual and narrative styles. They often contain themes of grief, innocence, loss of innocence, and ...
and Hugo Guinness * 2016: '' Spotlight'' – Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer * * 2017: ''
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Barry Jenkins Barry Jenkins (born November 19, 1979) is an American filmmaker. After making his filmmaking debut with the short film ''My Josephine'' (2003), he directed his first feature film '' Medicine for Melancholy'' (2008) for which he received an Inde ...
; story by Tarell Alvin McCraney * * 2018: '' Get Out'' – Jordan Peele * * 2019: ''
Eighth Grade Eighth grade (or grade eight in some regions) is the eighth post-kindergarten year of formal education in the US. The eighth grade is the ninth school year, the second, third, fourth, or final year of middle school, or the second and/or final ye ...
'' – Bo Burnham * 2020: ''
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Bong Joon-ho Bong Joon-ho (, ; Hanja: 奉俊昊; born September 14, 1969) is a South Korean film director, producer and screenwriter. The recipient of four Academy Awards The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, are awards for artistic and te ...
and Han Jin-won; story by Bong Joon-ho * *2021: '' Promising Young Woman'' — Emerald Fennell * *2022: ''
Don't Look Up ''Don't Look Up'' is a 2021 American Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, apocalyptic political satire black comedy film written, co-produced, and directed by Adam McKay from a story he co-wrote with David Sirota. It stars Leonardo DiCap ...
'' — Adam McKay and David Sirota ;Best Adapted Screenplay * 1985: '' The Killing Fields'' – Bruce Robinson * 1986: ''
Prizzi's Honor ''Prizzi's Honor'' is a 1985 American black comedy crime drama, crime film directed by John Huston, starring Jack Nicholson and Kathleen Turner as two highly-skilled Mafia, mob assassins who, after falling in love, are hired to kill each other. ...
'' –
Richard Condon Richard Thomas Condon (March 18, 1915 – April 9, 1996) was an American political novelist. Though his works were satire, they were generally transformed into thrillers or semi-thrillers in other media, such as cinema. All 26 books were writte ...
and Janet Roach * 1987: ''
A Room with a View ''A Room with a View'' is a 1908 novel by English writer E. M. Forster, about a young woman in the restrained culture of Edwardian era England. Set in Italy and England, the story is both a romance and a humorous critique of English society a ...
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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (; 7 May 19273 April 2013) was a British author and screenwriter. She is best known for her collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions, made up of director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant. In 1951, Jhabvala ...
* * 1988: '' Roxanne'' –
Steve Martin Stephen Glenn Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and musician. He has won five Grammy Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and was awarded an Honorary Academy Award in 2013. Additionally, he was nominated ...
* 1989: ''
Dangerous Liaisons ''Dangerous Liaisons'' is a 1988 American historical drama, period romantic drama film directed by Stephen Frears from a screenplay by Christopher Hampton, based on his 1985 play ''Les Liaisons Dangereuses (play), Les liaisons dangereuses'', it ...
'' – Christopher Hampton * * 1990: '' Driving Miss Daisy'' – Alfred Uhry * * 1991: ''
Dances with Wolves ''Dances with Wolves'' is a 1990 American epic western film starring, directed, and produced by Kevin Costner in his feature directorial debut. It is a film adaptation A film adaptation is the transfer of a work or story, in whole or in pa ...
'' – Michael Blake * * 1992: '' The Silence of the Lambs'' – Ted Tally * * 1993: '' The Player'' – Michael Tolkin * 1994: ''
Schindler's List ''Schindler's List'' is a 1993 American epic historical drama A historical drama (also period drama, costume drama, and period piece) is a work set in a past time period, usually used in the context of film and television. Historical dram ...
'' –
Steven Zaillian Steven Ernest Bernard Zaillian (born January 30, 1953) is an American screenwriter, film director and producer. He won an Academy Awards, Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award for his screenplay ''Schindler's List'' (1993) and has ...
* * 1995: ''
Forrest Gump ''Forrest Gump'' is a 1994 American comedy-drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Eric Roth. It is based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom and stars Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti William ...
'' – Eric Roth * * 1996: ''
Sense and Sensibility ''Sense and Sensibility'' is a novel by Jane Austen, published in 1811. It was published anonymously; ''By A Lady'' appears on the title page where the author's name might have been. It tells the story of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor (age 19) a ...
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Emma Thompson Dame Emma Thompson (born 15 April 1959) is a British actress. Regarded as one of the best actresses of her generation, she has received numerous accolades throughout her four-decade-long career, including two Academy Awards, two British Ac ...
* * 1997: '' Sling Blade'' –
Billy Bob Thornton Billy Bob Thornton (born August 4, 1955) is an American actor, filmmaker and musician. He had his first break when he co-wrote and starred in the 1992 thriller ''One False Move'', and received international attention after writing, directing, a ...
* * 1998: '' L.A. Confidential'' – Brian Helgeland and Curtis Hanson * * 1999: '' Out of Sight'' – Scott Frank * 2000: ''
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Alexander Payne Constantine Alexander Payne (; born February 10, 1961) is an American film director, screenwriter and producer. He is best known for the films ''Citizen Ruth'' (1996), ''Election (1999 film), Election'' (1999), ''About Schmidt'' (2002), ''Sideway ...
and Jim Taylor * 2001: ''
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'' – Stephen Gaghan * * 2002: '' A Beautiful Mind'' –
Akiva Goldsman Akiva J. Goldsman (born July 7, 1962) is an American filmmaker. He is known for making motion pictures and adaptations of popular novels. Goldsman's filmography as a screenwriter includes ''The Client (1994 film), The Client''; ''Batman Forever ...
* * 2003: '' The Hours'' – David Hare * 2004: '' American Splendor'' – Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini * 2005: ''
Sideways ''Sideways'' is a 2004 American comedy-drama road film directed by Alexander Payne and written by Jim Taylor (writer), Jim Taylor and Payne. A film adaptation of Rex Pickett's 2004 Sideways (novel), novel of the same name, ''Sideways'' follows t ...
'' –
Alexander Payne Constantine Alexander Payne (; born February 10, 1961) is an American film director, screenwriter and producer. He is best known for the films ''Citizen Ruth'' (1996), ''Election (1999 film), Election'' (1999), ''About Schmidt'' (2002), ''Sideway ...
and Jim Taylor * * 2006: ''
Brokeback Mountain ''Brokeback Mountain'' is a 2005 American neo-Western Romance film, romantic Drama (film and television), drama film directed by Ang Lee and produced by Diana Ossana and James Schamus. Adapted from the Brokeback Mountain (short story), 1997 sh ...
'' – Larry McMurty and Diana Ossana * * 2007: ''
The Departed ''The Departed'' is a 2006 American Epic film, epic Crime-thriller film, crime thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan. It is both a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong cinema, Hong Kong film ''Infernal Affairs'' and ...
'' – William Monahan * * 2008: ''
No Country for Old Men ''No Country for Old Men'' is a 2007 American neo-Western Crime-thriller film, crime thriller film written and directed by Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan Coen, based on Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men (novel), 2005 novel of the same n ...
'' – Joel Coen and Ethan Coen * * 2009: ''
Slumdog Millionaire ''Slumdog Millionaire'' is a 2008 British Drama (film and television), drama film that is a loose adaptation of the novel ''Q & A (novel), Q & A'' (2005) by Indian English literature, Indian author Vikas Swarup. It narrates the story of 18-yea ...
'' – Simon Beaufoy * * 2010: '' Up in the Air'' –
Jason Reitman Jason R. Reitman (; born October 19, 1977) is a Canadian-American actor and filmmaker, best known for directing the films '' Thank You for Smoking'' (2005), '' Juno'' (2007), '' Up in the Air'' (2009), '' Young Adult'' (2011), and '' Ghostbuste ...
* 2011: '' The Social Network'' – Aaron Sorkin * * 2012: '' The Descendants'' –
Alexander Payne Constantine Alexander Payne (; born February 10, 1961) is an American film director, screenwriter and producer. He is best known for the films ''Citizen Ruth'' (1996), ''Election (1999 film), Election'' (1999), ''About Schmidt'' (2002), ''Sideway ...
, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash * * 2013: '' Argo'' – Chris Terrio * * 2014: '' Captain Phillips'' – Billy Ray * 2015: ''
The Imitation Game ''The Imitation Game'' is a 2014 American historical drama A historical drama (also period drama, costume drama, and period piece) is a work set in a past time period, usually used in the context of film and television. Historical drama in ...
'' – Graham Moore * * 2016: '' The Big Short'' – Adam McKay and Charles Randolph * * 2017: '' Arrival'' – Eric Heisserer * 2018: '' Call Me by Your Name'' —
James Ivory James Francis Ivory (born June 7, 1928) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. For many years, he worked extensively with Indian-born film producer Ismail Merchant, his domestic as well as professional partner, and with screen ...
* * 2019: ''
Can You Ever Forgive Me? ''Can You Ever Forgive Me?'' is a 2018 American biographical film directed by Marielle Heller and with a screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, based on the 2008 confessional memoir of the same name by Lee Israel. Melissa McCarthy stars ...
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Nicole Holofcener Nicole Holofcener (; born March 22, 1960) is an American film and television Film director, director and screenwriter. She has directed six feature films, including ''Walking and Talking'', ''Friends with Money'' and ''Enough Said (film), Enough S ...
and Jeff Whitty * 2020: '' Jojo Rabbit'' –
Taika Waititi Taika David Cohen (born 16 August 1975), known professionally as Taika Waititi ( ), is a New Zealanders, New Zealand filmmaker, actor, and comedian. He is a recipient of an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Grammy Award, and has received two ...
* *2021: '' Borat Subsequent Moviefilm'' — Screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Swimer & Peter Baynham & Erica Rivinoja & Dan Mazer & Jena Friedman & Lee Kern; story by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Swimer & Nina Pedrad; based on characters created by Sacha Baron Cohen * 2022: '' CODA'' – Sian Heder * ;Best Documentary Screenplay * 2005: Super Size MeMorgan Spurlock * 2006: Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Alex Gibney Philip Alexander Gibney (; born October 23, 1953) is an American documentary film director and producer. In 2010, ''Esquire'' magazine said Gibney "is becoming the most important documentarian of our time". Gibney's works as director include ''T ...
* 2007: Deliver Us from EvilAmy J. Berg * 2008: Taxi to the Dark – Alex Gibney * 2009: Waltz with Bashir
Ari Folman Ari Folman ( he, ארי פולמן) (born December 17, 1962) is an Israeli film director A film director controls a film's artistic and dramatic aspects and visualizes the screenplay (or script) while guiding the film crew and actors in ...
* 2010: The CoveMark Monroe * 2011: Inside JobCharles Ferguson * 2012: Better This World – Katie Galloway, and Kelly Duane de la Vega * 2013: Searching for Sugar ManMalik Bendjelloul * 2014: Stories We TellSarah Polley * 2015: The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz – Brian Knappenberger * 2016: Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief – Alex Gibney * 2017:
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Robert Kenner, Brian Pearle, Kim Roberts, and Eric Schlosser * 2018: JaneBrett Morgen * 2019: Bathtubs Over BroadwayOzzy Inguanzo, and Dava Whisenant * 2020: The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley – Alex Gibney *2021: The Dissident — Mark Monroe and Bryan Fogel


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;Best Written Drama * 1949: '' The Snake Pit'' – Frank Partos and Millen Brand * 1950: ''
All the King's Men ''All the King's Men'' is a 1946 novel by Robert Penn Warren Robert Penn Warren (April 24, 1905 – September 15, 1989) was an American poet, novelist, and literary critic and was one of the founders of New Criticism. He was also a charter me ...
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Robert Rossen Robert Rossen (March 16, 1908 – February 18, 1966) was an American screenwriter, film director, and producer whose film career spanned almost three decades. His 1949 film ''All the King's Men (1949 film), All the King's Men'' won Oscars for Ac ...
* 1951: ''
Sunset Boulevard Sunset Boulevard is a boulevard in the central and western part of Los Angeles, California Los Angeles ( ; es, Los Ángeles, link=no , ), often referred to by its initials L.A., is the List of municipalities in California, largest ...
'' – Charles Brackett,
Billy Wilder Billy Wilder (; ; born Samuel Wilder; June 22, 1906 – March 27, 2002) was an Austrian-American filmmaker. His career in Hollywood spanned five decades, and he is regarded as one of the most brilliant and versatile filmmakers of Classic Hol ...
, and D. M. Marshman Jr. * * 1952: '' A Place in the Sun'' – Michael Wilson and Harry Brown * * 1953: ''
High Noon ''High Noon'' is a 1952 American Western (genre), Western film produced by Stanley Kramer from a screenplay by Carl Foreman, directed by Fred Zinnemann, and starring Gary Cooper. The plot, which occurs in Real time (media), real time, center ...
'' – Carl Foreman * 1954: ''
From Here to Eternity ''From Here to Eternity'' is a 1953 American drama (film and television), drama romance film, romance war film directed by Fred Zinnemann, and written by Daniel Taradash, based on the 1951 From Here to Eternity (novel), novel of the same name by ...
'' – Daniel Taradash * * 1955: ''
On the Waterfront ''On the Waterfront'' is a 1954 American crime drama film, directed by Elia Kazan and written by Budd Schulberg. It stars Marlon Brando and features Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Pat Henning, and Eva Marie Saint in her film debut. The ...
'' – Budd Schulberg * * 1956: '' Marty'' –
Paddy Chayefsky Sidney Aaron "Paddy" Chayefsky (January 29, 1923 – August 1, 1981) was an American playwright, screenwriter and novelist. He is the only person to have won three solo Academy Awards for writing both adapted and original screenplays. He was ...
* * 1957: '' Friendly Persuasion'' – Michael Wilson * 1958: '' 12 Angry Men'' –
Reginald Rose Reginald Rose (December 10, 1920 – April 19, 2002) was an American screenwriter. He wrote about controversial social and political issues. His realism (arts), realistic approach was particularly influential in the anthology programs of the ...
* 1959: '' The Defiant Ones'' – Nedrick Young and Harold Jacob Smith * * 1960: '' The Diary of Anne Frank'' – Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett * 1961: '' Elmer Gantry'' – Richard Brooks * * 1962: ''
The Hustler ''The Hustler'' is a 1961 American sports film, sports romantic drama film directed by Robert Rossen from Walter Tevis's The Hustler (novel), 1959 novel of the same name, adapted by Rossen and Sidney Carroll. It tells the story of small-time po ...
'' – Sidney Carroll and
Robert Rossen Robert Rossen (March 16, 1908 – February 18, 1966) was an American screenwriter, film director, and producer whose film career spanned almost three decades. His 1949 film ''All the King's Men (1949 film), All the King's Men'' won Oscars for Ac ...
* 1963: ''
To Kill a Mockingbird ''To Kill a Mockingbird'' is a novel by the American author Harper Lee. It was published in 1960 and was instantly successful. In the United States, it is widely read in high schools and middle schools. ''To Kill a Mockingbird'' has become a ...
'' – Horton Foote * * 1964: '' Hud'' – Harriet Frank Jr. and Irving Ravetch * 1965: '' Becket'' – Edward Anhalt * * 1966: '' The Pawnbroker'' – Edward Lewis Wallant,
Morton Fine Morton Fine (December 24, 1916 – March 7, 1991) was an American screenwriter. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Fine worked in an advertising agency, a bookstore, and an aircraft factory before joining the Army Air Force in 1942. A graduate of ...
, and
David Friedkin David Friedkin (March 8, 1912 – October 15, 1976) was an American writer and director of radio shows, film, and television shows. Early life and education Friedkin was born on March 8, 1912 in Kansas City, Missouri to Russian Jewish immigrant ...
* 1967: ''
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? ''Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'' is a play by Edward Albee first staged in October 1962. It examines the complexities of the marriage of a middle-aged couple, Martha and George. Late one evening, after a university faculty party, they receiv ...
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Ernest Lehman Ernest Paul Lehman (December 8, 1915 – July 2, 2005) was an American screenwriter. He was nominated six times for Academy Awards for his screenplays during his career, but did not win. At the 73rd Academy Awards in 2001, he received an Ac ...
* 1968: '' Bonnie and Clyde'' – David Newman and
Robert Benton Robert Douglas Benton (born September 29, 1932) is an American screenwriter and film director. He is best known as the writer and director of the film ''Kramer vs. Kramer'', for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director and Best Adapted S ...
* 1969: '' The Lion in Winter'' – James Goldman * ;Best Original Drama * 1970: ''
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid ''Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid'' is a 1969 American Western (genre), Western Buddy film, buddy film directed by George Roy Hill and written by William Goldman. Based loosely on fact, the film tells the story of Wild West outlaws Robert LeR ...
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William Goldman William Goldman (August 12, 1931 – November 16, 2018) was an American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. He first came to prominence in the 1950s as a novelist before turning to screenwriting. He won Academy Awards for his screenplays '' ...
* * 1971: '' Patton'' –
Francis Ford Coppola Francis Ford Coppola (; ; born April 7, 1939) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is considered one of the major figures of the New Hollywood filmmaking movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Coppola is the List of awards and n ...
and Edmund H. North * * 1972: ''
Sunday Bloody Sunday "Sunday Bloody Sunday" is a song by Irish Rock music, rock band U2. It is the opening track from their 1983 album ''War (U2 album), War'' and was released as the album's third single on 21 March 1983 in the Netherlands and West Germany. "Sunda ...
'' – Penelope Gilliatt * 1973: '' The Candidate'' – Jeremy Larner * * 1974: '' Save the Tiger'' – Steve Shagan * 1975: ''
Chinatown A Chinatown () is an ethnic enclave of Chinese people located outside Greater China, most often in an urban setting. Areas known as "Chinatown" exist throughout the world, including Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Africa and Aust ...
'' – Robert Towne * * 1976: ''
Dog Day Afternoon ''Dog Day Afternoon'' is a 1975 American biographical crime drama Crime films, in the broadest sense, is a film genre inspired by and analogous to the crime fiction literary genre. Films of this genre generally involve various aspects of cr ...
'' – Frank Pierson * * 1977: ''
Network Network, networking and networked may refer to: Science and technology * Network theory Network theory is the study of Graph (discrete mathematics), graphs as a representation of either symmetric relations or directed graph, asymmetric relati ...
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Paddy Chayefsky Sidney Aaron "Paddy" Chayefsky (January 29, 1923 – August 1, 1981) was an American playwright, screenwriter and novelist. He is the only person to have won three solo Academy Awards for writing both adapted and original screenplays. He was ...
* * 1978: '' The Turning Point'' –
Arthur Laurents Arthur Laurents (July 14, 1917 – May 5, 2011) was an American playwright, theatre director, film producer and screenwriter. After writing scripts for radio shows after college and then training films for the U.S. Army during World War I ...
* 1979: '' Coming Home'' – Nancy Dowd, Robert C. Jones, and Waldo Salt * * 1980: '' The China Syndrome'' – Mike Gray, T. S. Cook and James Bridges * 1981: '' Melvin and Howard'' – Bo Goldman * * 1982: '' Reds'' –
Warren Beatty Henry Warren Beatty (né Beaty; born March 30, 1937) is an American actor and filmmaker, whose career spans over six decades. He was nominated for 15 Academy Awards, including four for Academy Award for Best Actor, Best Actor, four for Academy ...
and Trevor Griffiths * 1983: '' E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial'' – Melissa Mathison * 1984: ''
Tender Mercies ''Tender Mercies'' is a 1983 American drama (film and television), drama film directed by Bruce Beresford. The screenplay by Horton Foote focuses on Mac Sledge, a recovering alcoholism, alcoholic country music singer who seeks to turn his life aro ...
'' – Horton Foote * ;Best Adapted Drama * 1970: ''
Midnight Cowboy ''Midnight Cowboy'' is a 1969 American drama film In film and television show, television, drama is a category or genre of narrative fiction (or docudrama, semi-fiction) intended to be more serious than humour, humorous in tone. Drama of ...
'' – Waldo Salt * * 1971: '' I Never Sang for My Father'' – Robert Anderson * 1972: '' The French Connection'' – Ernest Tidyman * * 1973: ''
The Godfather ''The Godfather'' is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, who co-wrote the screenplay with Mario Puzo, based on Puzo's best-selling 1969 The Godfather (novel), novel of the same title. The film stars Marlon Brando, Al ...
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Mario Puzo Mario Francis Puzo (; ; October 15, 1920 – July 2, 1999) was an American author, screenwriter, and journalist. He is known for his crime novels about the Italian-American Mafia and Sicilian Mafia, most notably ''The Godfather (novel), The Godf ...
and
Francis Ford Coppola Francis Ford Coppola (; ; born April 7, 1939) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is considered one of the major figures of the New Hollywood filmmaking movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Coppola is the List of awards and n ...
* * 1974: ''
Serpico ''Serpico'' is a 1973 American neo-noir biography film, biographical crime drama film directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Al Pacino in the title role. The screenplay was adapted by Waldo Salt and Norman Wexler from the book of the same name w ...
'' – Waldo Salt and Norman Wexler * 1975: ''
The Godfather Part II ''The Godfather Part II'' is a 1974 American epic film, epic crime film produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. The film is partially based on the 1969 novel ''The Godfather (novel), The Godfather'' by Mario Puzo, who co-wrote the scree ...
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Francis Ford Coppola Francis Ford Coppola (; ; born April 7, 1939) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is considered one of the major figures of the New Hollywood filmmaking movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Coppola is the List of awards and n ...
and
Mario Puzo Mario Francis Puzo (; ; October 15, 1920 – July 2, 1999) was an American author, screenwriter, and journalist. He is known for his crime novels about the Italian-American Mafia and Sicilian Mafia, most notably ''The Godfather (novel), The Godf ...
* * 1976: '' One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'' – Bo Goldman and Lawrence Hauben * * 1977: '' All the President's Men'' –
William Goldman William Goldman (August 12, 1931 – November 16, 2018) was an American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. He first came to prominence in the 1950s as a novelist before turning to screenwriting. He won Academy Awards for his screenplays '' ...
* * 1978: '' Islands in the Stream'' – Denne Bart Petitclerc * 1979: '' Midnight Express'' –
Oliver Stone William Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. Stone won an Academy Awards, Academy Award for Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay as writer of ''Midnight E ...
* * 1980: '' Kramer vs. Kramer'' –
Robert Benton Robert Douglas Benton (born September 29, 1932) is an American screenwriter and film director. He is best known as the writer and director of the film ''Kramer vs. Kramer'', for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director and Best Adapted S ...
* * 1981: '' Ordinary People'' – Alvin Sargent * * 1982: '' On Golden Pond'' –
Ernest Thompson Ernest Thompson (born Richard Ernest Thompson; November 6, 1949) is an American writer, actor, and director. He won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for ''On Golden Pond (1981 film), On Golden Pond'', an adaptation of his own On Go ...
* * 1983: '' Missing'' –
Costa-Gavras Costa-Gavras (short for Konstantinos Gavras; el, Κωνσταντίνος Γαβράς; born 12 February 1933) is a Greek-French film director, screenwriter, and producer who lives and works in France. He is known for films with political and s ...
and Donald E. Stewart * * 1984: '' Reuben, Reuben'' – Julius J. Epstein ;Best Written Comedy * 1949: '' Sitting Pretty'' – F. Hugh Herbert * 1950: ''
A Letter to Three Wives ''A Letter to Three Wives'' is a 1949 American Romance film, romantic comedy-drama which tells the story of a woman who mails a letter to three women, telling them she has left town with the husband of one of them, but not saying which one. It st ...
'' – Joseph L. Mankiewicz * * 1951: '' All About Eve'' – Joseph L. Mankiewicz * * 1952: '' Father's Little Dividend'' – Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich * 1953: ''
The Quiet Man ''The Quiet Man'' is a 1952 American Romance film, romantic Comedy drama, comedy-drama film directed by John Ford. It stars John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond and Victor McLaglen. The screenplay by Frank S. Nugent was based ...
'' – Frank Nugent * 1954: '' Roman Holiday'' – Ian McLellan Hunter, Dalton Trumbo, and John Dighton * * 1955: '' Sabrina'' –
Billy Wilder Billy Wilder (; ; born Samuel Wilder; June 22, 1906 – March 27, 2002) was an Austrian-American filmmaker. His career in Hollywood spanned five decades, and he is regarded as one of the most brilliant and versatile filmmakers of Classic Hol ...
, Samuel Taylor, and
Ernest Lehman Ernest Paul Lehman (December 8, 1915 – July 2, 2005) was an American screenwriter. He was nominated six times for Academy Awards for his screenplays during his career, but did not win. At the 73rd Academy Awards in 2001, he received an Ac ...
* 1956: '' Mister Roberts'' –
Joshua Logan Joshua Lockwood Logan III (October 5, 1908 – July 12, 1988) was an American director, writer, and actor. He shared a Pulitzer Prize for co-writing the musical ''South Pacific (musical), South Pacific'' and was involved in writing other musical ...
and Frank Nugent * 1957: ''
Around the World in 80 Days ''Around the World in Eighty Days'' (french: link=no, Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours) is an adventure novel Adventure fiction is a type of fiction that usually presents danger, or gives the reader a sense of excitement. Some advent ...
'' – James Poe, John Farrow, and S. J. Perelman * * 1958: '' Love in the Afternoon'' –
Billy Wilder Billy Wilder (; ; born Samuel Wilder; June 22, 1906 – March 27, 2002) was an Austrian-American filmmaker. His career in Hollywood spanned five decades, and he is regarded as one of the most brilliant and versatile filmmakers of Classic Hol ...
and I. A. L. Diamond * 1959: '' Me and the Colonel'' – S. N. Behrman and George Froeschel * 1960: ''
Some Like It Hot ''Some Like It Hot'' is a 1959 American crime comedy film directed, produced and co-written by Billy Wilder. It stars Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, with George Raft, Pat O'Brien (actor), Pat O'Brien, Joe E. Brown, Joan Shawlee, Gr ...
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Billy Wilder Billy Wilder (; ; born Samuel Wilder; June 22, 1906 – March 27, 2002) was an Austrian-American filmmaker. His career in Hollywood spanned five decades, and he is regarded as one of the most brilliant and versatile filmmakers of Classic Hol ...
and I. A. L. Diamond * 1961: ''
The Apartment ''The Apartment'' is a 1960 American Romance film, romantic comedy drama, comedy-drama film directed and produced by Billy Wilder from a screenplay he co-wrote with I. A. L. Diamond. It stars Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Wal ...
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Billy Wilder Billy Wilder (; ; born Samuel Wilder; June 22, 1906 – March 27, 2002) was an Austrian-American filmmaker. His career in Hollywood spanned five decades, and he is regarded as one of the most brilliant and versatile filmmakers of Classic Hol ...
and I. A. L. Diamond * * 1962: '' Breakfast at Tiffany's'' – George Axelrod * 1963: '' That Touch of Mink'' – Stanley Shapiro and Nate Monastar * 1964: '' Lilies of the Field'' – James Poe * 1965: '' Dr. Strangelove'' –
Stanley Kubrick Stanley Kubrick (; July 26, 1928 – March 7, 1999) was an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and photographer. Widely considered one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, his films, almost all of which are adaptations of nove ...
,
Terry Southern Terry Southern (May 1, 1924 – October 29, 1995) was an American novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and university lecturer, noted for his distinctive satirical style. Part of the Paris postwar literary movement in the 1950s and a companion to ...
, and Peter George * 1966: '' A Thousand Clowns'' –
Herb Gardner Herbert George Gardner (December 28, 1934 – September 25, 2003), was an American commercial artist, cartoonist, playwright and screenwriter. Early life Born in Brooklyn, New York (state), New York, Gardner was the son of a bar owner. His la ...
* 1967: '' The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming'' – William Rose * 1968: ''
The Graduate ''The Graduate'' is a 1967 American romance film, romantic comedy drama, comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols and written by Buck Henry and Calder Willingham, based on the The Graduate (novel), 1963 novel of the same name by Charles Webb ...
'' – Calder Willingham and Buck Henry * 1969: '' The Odd Couple'' –
Neil Simon Marvin Neil Simon (July 4, 1927 – August 26, 2018) was an American playwright, screenwriter and author. He wrote more than 30 plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, mostly film adaptations of his plays. He has received mo ...
;Best Original Comedy * 1970: ''
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice ''Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice'' is a 1969 American comedy-drama film directed by Paul Mazursky, written by Mazursky and Larry Tucker (screenwriter), Larry Tucker, who also produced the film, and starring Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Elliott Gould, ...
'' – Paul Mazursky and Larry Tucker * 1971: '' The Out-of-Towners'' –
Neil Simon Marvin Neil Simon (July 4, 1927 – August 26, 2018) was an American playwright, screenwriter and author. He wrote more than 30 plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, mostly film adaptations of his plays. He has received mo ...
* 1972: '' The Hospital'' –
Paddy Chayefsky Sidney Aaron "Paddy" Chayefsky (January 29, 1923 – August 1, 1981) was an American playwright, screenwriter and novelist. He is the only person to have won three solo Academy Awards for writing both adapted and original screenplays. He was ...
* * 1973: '' What's Up, Doc?'' –
Peter Bogdanovich Peter Bogdanovich (July 30, 1939 – January 6, 2022) was an American director, writer, actor, producer, critic, and film historian. One of the "New Hollywood" directors, Bogdanovich started as a film journalist until he was hired to work on R ...
, Buck Henry, David Newman, and
Robert Benton Robert Douglas Benton (born September 29, 1932) is an American screenwriter and film director. He is best known as the writer and director of the film ''Kramer vs. Kramer'', for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director and Best Adapted S ...
* 1974: '' A Touch of Class'' – Melvin Frank and Jack Rose * 1975: ''
Blazing Saddles ''Blazing Saddles'' is a 1974 American Satire (film and television), satirical Western (genre), western Comedy film#Black comedy, black comedy film directed by Mel Brooks, who also wrote the screenplay with Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor, Norman ...
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Mel Brooks Mel Brooks (born Melvin James Kaminsky; June 28, 1926) is an American actor, comedian and filmmaker. With a career spanning over seven decades, he is known as a writer and director of a variety of successful broad farce Farce is a comedy that ...
, Norman Steinberg, Andrew Bergman,
Richard Pryor Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor Sr. (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an American stand-up comedian and actor. He reached a broad audience with his trenchant observations and storytelling style, and is widely regarded as on ...
, and Alan Uger * 1976: ''
Shampoo Shampoo () is a hair care product, typically in the form of a Viscosity, viscous liquid, that is used for cleaning hair. Less commonly, shampoo is available in solid bar format. Shampoo is used by applying it to wet hair, massaging the product ...
'' – Robert Towne and
Warren Beatty Henry Warren Beatty (né Beaty; born March 30, 1937) is an American actor and filmmaker, whose career spans over six decades. He was nominated for 15 Academy Awards, including four for Academy Award for Best Actor, Best Actor, four for Academy ...
* 1977: '' The Bad News Bears'' – Bill Lancaster * 1978: ''
Annie Hall ''Annie Hall'' is a 1977 American Satire (film and television), satirical Romance film, romantic comedy-drama film directed by Woody Allen from a screenplay written by him and Marshall Brickman, and produced by Allen's manager, Charles H. Joff ...
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Woody Allen Heywood "Woody" Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg; November 30, 1935) is an American film director, writer, actor, and comedian whose career spans more than six decades and multiple Academy Award-winning films. He began his career writing ...
and Marshall Brickman * * 1979: '' Movie Movie'' – Larry Gelbart and Sheldon Keller * 1980: '' Breaking Away'' – Steve Tesich * * 1981: '' Private Benjamin'' – Nancy Meyers, Harvey Miller, and Charles Shyer * 1982: ''
Arthur Arthur is a common male given name of Brittonic languages, Brythonic origin. Its popularity derives from it being the name of the legendary hero King Arthur. The etymology is disputed. It may derive from the Celtic ''Artos'' meaning “Bear”. An ...
'' – Steve Gordon * 1983: ''
Tootsie ''Tootsie'' is a 1982 American satirical Satire is a genre of the visual arts, visual, literature, literary, and performing arts, usually in the form of fiction and less frequently Nonfiction, non-fiction, in which vices, follies, abuse ...
'' – Don McGuire, Larry Gelbart and Murray Schisgal * 1984: '' The Big Chill'' – Lawrence Kasdan and Barbara Benedek ;Best Adapted Comedy * 1970: '' Goodbye, Columbus'' – Arnold Schulman * 1971: '' MASH'' – Ring Lardner Jr. * * 1972: ''
Kotch ''Kotch'' is a 1971 American comedy-drama film directed by Jack Lemmon and starring Walter Matthau, Deborah Winters, Felicia Farr, Charles Aidman, and Ellen Geer. Adapted by John Paxton from Katharine Topkins' 1965 novel of the same name, the fi ...
'' – John Paxton * 1973: ''
Cabaret Cabaret is a form of theatrical entertainment featuring music, song, dance, recitation, or drama. The performance venue might be a pub, a casino, a hotel, a restaurant, or a nightclub with a stage for performances. The audience, often dining or d ...
'' – Jay Presson Allen * 1974: '' Paper Moon'' – Alvin Sargent * 1975: '' The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz'' – Lionel Chetwynd and
Mordecai Richler Mordecai Richler (January 27, 1931 – July 3, 2001) was a Canadian writer. His best known works are ''The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (novel), The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz'' (1959) and ''Barney's Version (novel), Barney's Versi ...
* 1976: '' The Sunshine Boys'' –
Neil Simon Marvin Neil Simon (July 4, 1927 – August 26, 2018) was an American playwright, screenwriter and author. He wrote more than 30 plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, mostly film adaptations of his plays. He has received mo ...
* 1977: '' The Pink Panther Strikes Again'' –
Blake Edwards Blake Edwards (born William Blake Crump; July 26, 1922 – December 15, 2010) was an American film director, producer, screenwriter and actor. Edwards began his career in the 1940s as an actor, but he soon began writing screenplays and radio s ...
and Frank Waldman * 1978: '' Oh, God!'' – Larry Gelbart * 1979: '' Heaven Can Wait'' –
Elaine May Elaine Iva May (née Berlin; born April 21, 1932) is an American comedian, filmmaker, playwright, and actress. She has received List of awards and nominations received by Elaine May, numerous awards including an Academy Honorary Award, Oscar, a B ...
and
Warren Beatty Henry Warren Beatty (né Beaty; born March 30, 1937) is an American actor and filmmaker, whose career spans over six decades. He was nominated for 15 Academy Awards, including four for Academy Award for Best Actor, Best Actor, four for Academy ...
and '' Same Time, Next Year'' –
Bernard Slade Bernard Slade Newbound (May 2, 1930 – October 30, 2019) was a Canadian playwright and screenwriter. As a screenwriter, he created the sitcoms '' The Flying Nun'' and ''The Partridge Family ''The Partridge Family'' is an American musical si ...
* 1980: ''
Being There ''Being There'' is a 1979 American satire film directed by Hal Ashby. Based on the Being There (novel), 1970 novel of the same name by Jerzy Kosiński, it was adapted for the screen by Kosiński and the uncredited Robert C. Jones. The film sta ...
'' – Jerzy Kosiński * 1981: ''
Airplane! ''Airplane!'' (alternatively titled ''Flying High!'') is a 1980 American parody film written and directed by the brothers David Zucker, David and Jerry Zucker, and Jim Abrahams in their directorial debuts, and produced by Jon Davison (film prod ...
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Jim Abrahams James S. Abrahams (born May 10, 1944) is an American movie director and writer, best known as a member of Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker. Life and career Abrahams was born to a American Jews, Jewish family in Shorewood, Wisconsin, the son of Louis ...
, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker * 1982: '' Rich and Famous'' – Gerard Ayres * 1983: ''
Victor/Victoria ''Victor/Victoria'' is a 1982 Musical film, musical comedy film written and directed by Blake Edwards and starring Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston (actor), Robert Preston, Lesley Ann Warren, Alex Karras, and John Rhys-Davies. The fi ...
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Blake Edwards Blake Edwards (born William Blake Crump; July 26, 1922 – December 15, 2010) was an American film director, producer, screenwriter and actor. Edwards began his career in the 1940s as an actor, but he soon began writing screenplays and radio s ...
* 1984: '' Terms of Endearment'' – James L. Brooks * ;Best Written Musical * 1949: '' Easter Parade'' – Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, and
Sidney Sheldon Sidney Sheldon (February 11, 1917 – January 30, 2007) was an American writer. He was prominent in the 1930s, first working on Broadway theatre, Broadway plays, and then in motion pictures, notably writing the successful comedy ''The Bachelor a ...
* 1950: '' On the Town'' –
Adolph Green Adolph Green (December 2, 1914 – October 23, 2002) was an American lyricist and playwright who, with long-time collaborator Betty Comden, penned the screenplays and songs for some of the most beloved film musicals, particularly as part of Art ...
and
Betty Comden Betty Comden (May 3, 1917 - November 23, 2006) was an American lyricist, playwright, and screenwriter A screenplay writer (also called screenwriter, scriptwriter, scribe or scenarist) is a writer who practices the craft of screenwriting ...
* 1951: '' Annie Get Your Gun'' –
Sidney Sheldon Sidney Sheldon (February 11, 1917 – January 30, 2007) was an American writer. He was prominent in the 1930s, first working on Broadway theatre, Broadway plays, and then in motion pictures, notably writing the successful comedy ''The Bachelor a ...
* 1952: ''
An American in Paris ''An American in Paris'' is a jazz-influenced orchestral piece by American composer George Gershwin first performed in 1928. It was inspired by the time that Gershwin had spent in Paris and evokes the sights and energy of the French capital d ...
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Alan Jay Lerner Alan Jay Lerner (August 31, 1918 – June 14, 1986) was an American lyricist and librettist. In collaboration with Frederick Loewe, and later Burton Lane, he created some of the world's most popular and enduring works of musical theatr ...
* * 1953: ''
Singin' in the Rain ''Singin' in the Rain'' is a 1952 American musical romantic comedy film directed and choreographed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Kelly, Donald O'Connor, and Debbie Reynolds and featuring Jean Hagen, Millard Mitchell and Cyd ...
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Betty Comden Betty Comden (May 3, 1917 - November 23, 2006) was an American lyricist, playwright, and screenwriter A screenplay writer (also called screenwriter, scriptwriter, scribe or scenarist) is a writer who practices the craft of screenwriting ...
and
Adolph Green Adolph Green (December 2, 1914 – October 23, 2002) was an American lyricist and playwright who, with long-time collaborator Betty Comden, penned the screenplays and songs for some of the most beloved film musicals, particularly as part of Art ...
* 1954: '' Lili'' – Helen Deutsch and Paul Gallico * 1955: '' Seven Brides for Seven Brothers'' – Albert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, and Dorothy Kingsley * 1956: '' Love Me or Leave Me'' – Daniel Fuchs and Isobel Lennart * * 1957: ''
The King and I ''The King and I'' is the fifth musical theatre, musical by the team of Rodgers and Hammerstein. It is based on Margaret Landon's novel ''Anna and the King of Siam (novel), Anna and the King of Siam'' (1944), which is in turn derived from the m ...
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Ernest Lehman Ernest Paul Lehman (December 8, 1915 – July 2, 2005) was an American screenwriter. He was nominated six times for Academy Awards for his screenplays during his career, but did not win. At the 73rd Academy Awards in 2001, he received an Ac ...
* 1958: ''
Les Girls ''Les Girls'' (also known as ''Cole Porter's Les Girls'') is a 1957 American CinemaScope Musical film, musical comedy film directed by George Cukor and produced by Sol C. Siegel, with Saul Chaplin as associate producer. The screenplay by John Pat ...
'' – Vera Caspary and John Patrick * 1959: '' Gigi'' –
Alan Jay Lerner Alan Jay Lerner (August 31, 1918 – June 14, 1986) was an American lyricist and librettist. In collaboration with Frederick Loewe, and later Burton Lane, he created some of the world's most popular and enduring works of musical theatr ...
* * 1960: '' The Five Pennies'' – Robert Smith, Jack Rose, and Melville Shavelson * 1961: '' Bells Are Ringing'' –
Betty Comden Betty Comden (May 3, 1917 - November 23, 2006) was an American lyricist, playwright, and screenwriter A screenplay writer (also called screenwriter, scriptwriter, scribe or scenarist) is a writer who practices the craft of screenwriting ...
and
Adolph Green Adolph Green (December 2, 1914 – October 23, 2002) was an American lyricist and playwright who, with long-time collaborator Betty Comden, penned the screenplays and songs for some of the most beloved film musicals, particularly as part of Art ...
* 1962: ''
West Side Story ''West Side Story'' is a Musical theatre, musical conceived by Jerome Robbins with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a Book (musical theatre), book by Arthur Laurents. Inspired by William Shakespeare's play ''Romeo and ...
'' –
Ernest Lehman Ernest Paul Lehman (December 8, 1915 – July 2, 2005) was an American screenwriter. He was nominated six times for Academy Awards for his screenplays during his career, but did not win. At the 73rd Academy Awards in 2001, he received an Ac ...
* 1963: ''
The Music Man ''The Music Man'' is a musical theatre, musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. The plot concerns confidence trick, con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys' band organizer and le ...
'' –
Meredith Willson Robert Reiniger Meredith Willson (May 18, 1902 – June 15, 1984) was an American flutist, composer, Conducting, conductor, musical arranger, bandleader, playwright, and writer. He is perhaps best known for writing the book, music, and lyrics ...
, Franklin Lacey, and Marion Hargrove * 1964: Not awarded * 1965: '' Mary Poppins'' – Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi * 1966: ''
The Sound of Music ''The Sound of Music'' is a musical theatre, musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. It is based on the 1949 memoir of Maria von Trapp, ''The Story of the Trapp Fami ...
'' – Maria Augusta Trapp,
Howard Lindsay Howard Lindsay, born Herman Nelke, (March 29, 1889 – February 11, 1968) was an American playwright, librettist, Theatre director, director, actor and theatrical producer. He is best known for his writing work as part of the collaboration of L ...
, Russel Crouse, and
Ernest Lehman Ernest Paul Lehman (December 8, 1915 – July 2, 2005) was an American screenwriter. He was nominated six times for Academy Awards for his screenplays during his career, but did not win. At the 73rd Academy Awards in 2001, he received an Ac ...
* 1967: Not awarded * 1968: ''
Thoroughly Modern Millie ''Thoroughly Modern Millie'' is a 1967 American musical film, musical-romantic comedy, romantic comedy film directed by George Roy Hill and starring Julie Andrews. The screenplay, by Richard Morris based on the 1956 British musical ''Chrysanth ...
'' – Richard Morris * 1969: '' Funny Girl'' – Isobel Lennart ;Best Written Film Concerning Problems with the American Scene * 1949: '' The Snake Pit'' – Frank Partos and Millen Brand * 1950: ''
All the King's Men ''All the King's Men'' is a 1946 novel by Robert Penn Warren Robert Penn Warren (April 24, 1905 – September 15, 1989) was an American poet, novelist, and literary critic and was one of the founders of New Criticism. He was also a charter me ...
'' –
Robert Rossen Robert Rossen (March 16, 1908 – February 18, 1966) was an American screenwriter, film director, and producer whose film career spanned almost three decades. His 1949 film ''All the King's Men (1949 film), All the King's Men'' won Oscars for Ac ...
* 1951: '' The Men'' – Carl Foreman * 1952: '' Bright Victory'' – Robert Buckner ;Best Written Western * 1949: '' The Treasure of the Sierra Madre'' –
John Huston John Marcellus Huston ( ; August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987) was an American film director, screenwriter, actor and visual artist. He wrote the screenplays for most of the 37 feature films he directed, many of which are today considered ...
* * 1950: '' Yellow Sky'' – W. R. Burnett and Lamar Trotti * 1951: '' Broken Arrow'' –
Albert Maltz Albert Maltz (; October 28, 1908 – April 26, 1985) was an American playwright, fiction writer and screenwriter. He was one of the Hollywood blacklist#The Hollywood Ten and other 1947 blacklistees, Hollywood Ten who were jailed in 1950 for thei ...


Television


Video games

The video game category was first added in 2008, but discontinued after the 2019 awards. ;Outstanding Achievement in Video Game Writing * 2008: '' Dead Head Fred'' – Dave Ellis, Adam Cogan * 2009: '' Star Wars: The Force Unleashed'' – Haden Blackman, Shawn Pitman, John Stafford, and Cameron Suey * 2010: '' Uncharted 2: Among Thieves'' – Amy Hennig * 2011: '' Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood'' – Patrice Désilets, Jeffrey Yohalem, and Corey May * 2012: '' Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception'' – Amy Hennig * 2013: '' Assassin's Creed III: Liberation'' – Richard Farrese and Jill Murray * 2014: ''
The Last of Us ''The Last of Us'' is a 2013 action-adventure game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. Players control Joel (The Last of Us), Joel, a smuggler tasked with escorting a teenage girl, Ellie (The Last of Us), Ell ...
'' – Neil Druckmann * 2015: '' The Last of Us: Left Behind'' – Neil Druckmann * 2016: ''
Rise of the Tomb Raider ''Rise of the Tomb Raider'' is a 2015 Action-adventure game, action-adventure video game developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Microsoft Studios and Square Enix's Square Enix Europe, European subsidiary. The game is the eleventh main ...
'' – John Stafford, Cameron Suey, Rhianna Pratchett, and Philip Gelatt * 2017: '' Uncharted 4: A Thief's End'' – Neil Druckmann, Josh Scherr, Tom Bissell, and Ryan James * 2018: '' Horizon Zero Dawn'' – John Gonzalez, Benjamin McCaw, Ben Schroder, Anne Toole, Dee Warrick, and Meg Jayanth * 2019: '' God of War'' – Matt Sophos, Richard Zangrande Gaubert, and Cory Barlog


See also

* WGA script registration service *
WGA screenwriting credit system The Writers Guild of America (WGA) credit system for motion pictures and television programs covers all works under the jurisdiction of the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW). The WGA, originally ...
* 1960 Writers Guild of America strike * 1988 Writers Guild of America strike *
International Affiliation of Writers Guilds The International Affiliation of Writers Guilds is an international trade union federation representing guilds of professional screenwriters and playwrights. Some affiliates also belong to national trade union federations. Activities The IAWG st ...
* 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike * List of writing awards


References


External links


Writers Guild of America awards list

Writers Guild of America, East website

Writers Guild of America, West website
* {{Film awards American film awards American television awards Awards established in 1949 1949 establishments in the United States