List of Oscar Winning Screenwriters

The first Oscar for screenwriting was awarded in 1928…

5 screenwriters have won 3 Screenwriting Oscars

Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett, Francois Ford Coppola, Paddy Chaywfsky and Woody Allen.

27 screenwriters have won 2 Screenwriting Oscars

Alan Jay Lerner, Alexander Payne, Alvin Sargent, Ben Hecht, Benjamin Glazer, Bo Goldman, Christopher Hampton, Dalton Trumbo (as Ian McLellan Hunter and as Robert Rich), Edward Anhalt, Ethan Coen, Frank Cavett, George Seaton, Horton Foote, Joel Coen, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Mario Puzo, Michael Wilson, Pierre Collings, Quentin Tarantino, Richard Schweizer, Ring Lardner, Jr., Robert Benton, Robert Bolt, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Sheridan Gibney, Waldo Salt and William Goldman.

and 220 other screenwriters have won a single Screenwriting Oscar



Year Original Screenplay Adaptated Screenplay
2020 Promising Young Woman The Father
Emerald Fennell Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller
2019 Parasite Jojo Rabbit
Bong Joon-ho & Han Jin-won Taika Waititi
2018 Green Book BlacKkKlansman
Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly & Nick Vallelonga Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel & Kevin Willmott
2017 Get Out Call Me By Your Name
Jordan Peele James Ivory (Based on the novel by André Aciman)
2016 Manchester By The Sea Moonlight
by Kenneth Lonergan Barry Jenkins (screenplay) and Tarell Alvin McCraney (story)
2015 Spotlight The Big Short
Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer Adam McKay & Charles Randolph
2014 Birdman The Imitation Game
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo Graham Moore
2013 Her 12 Years a Slave
Spike Jonze John Ridley
2012 Django Unchained Argo
Quentin Tarantino Chris Terrio
2011 Midnight in Paris The Descendants
Woody Allen Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
2010 The King’s Speech The Social Network
David Seidler Aaron Sorkin
2009 The Hurt Locker Precious
Mark Boal Geoffry Fletcher
2008 Milk Slumdog Millionaire
Dustin Lance Black Simon Beaufoy
2007 Juno No Country For Old Men
Diablo Cody Joel and Ethan Coen
2006 Little Miss Sunshine The Departed
Michael Arndt William Monahan
2005 Crash Brokeback Mountain
Paul Haggis & Bobby Moresco Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana
2004 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Sideways
Charlie Kaufman Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor
2003 Lost in Translation The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Sofia Coppola Frances Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson
2002 Talk To Her (Hable con ella) The Pianist
Pedro Almodóvar Ronald Harwood
Year Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Screenplay Based on Material
Previously Produced or Published
2001 Gosford Park A Beautiful Mind
Julian Fellows Akiva Goldsman
2000 Almost Famous Traffic
Cameron Crowe Stephen Gaghan
1999 American Beauty The Cider House Rules
Alan Ball John Irving
1998 Shakespeare In Love Gods And Monsters
Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard Bill Condon
1997 Good Will Hunting L.A. Confidential
Ben Affleck & Matt Damon Brian Helgeland & Curtis Hanson
1996 Fargo Sling Blade
Ethan Coen & Joel Coen Billy Bob Thornton
1995 The Usual Suspects Sense And Sensibility
Christopher McQuarrie Emma Thompson
1994 Pulp Fiction Forrest Gump
Quentin Tarantino & Roger Avery Eric Roth
1993 The Piano Schindler’s List
Jane Campion Steven Zaillian
1992 The Crying Game Howards End
Neil Jordan Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
1991 Thelma & Louise The Silence Of The Lambs
Callie Khouri Ted Tally
Year Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Screenplay Based on Material
from Another Medium
1990 Ghost Dances With Wolves
Bruce Joel Rubin Michael Blake
1989 Dead Poets Society Driving Miss Daisy
Tom Schulman Alfred Uhry
1988 Rain Man Dangerous Liaisons
Ronald Bass & Barry Morrow Christopher Hampton
1987 Moonstruck The Last Emperor
John Patrick Shanley Mark Peploe & Bernardo Bertolucci
1986 Hannah And Her Sisters A Room With A View
Woody Allen Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
1985 Witness Out Of Africa
Earl W. Wallace, William Kelley & Pamela Wallace Kurt Luedtke
1984 Places In The Heart Amadeus
Robert Benton Peter Shaffer
1983 Tender Mercies Terms Of Endearment
Horton Foote James L. Brooks
1982 Gandhi Missing
John Briley Costa-Gavras & Donald E Stewart
1981 Chariots Of Fire On Golden Pond
Colin Welland Ernest Thompson
1980 Melvin And Howard Ordinary People
Bo Goldman Alvin Sargent
1979 Breaking Away Kramer Vs. Kramer
Steve Tesich Robert Benton
1978 Coming Home Midnight Express
Nancy Dowd, Waldo Salt & Robert C. Jones Oliver Stone
1977 Annie Hall Julia
Woody Allen & Marshall Brickman Alvin Sargent
1976 Network All The President’s Men
Paddy Chayefsky William Goldman
Year Original Screenplay Screenplay Adapted from Other Material
1975 Dog Day Afternoon One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
Frank Pierson Lawrence Hauben & Bo Goldman
1974 Chinatown The Godfather Part II
Robert Towne Francis Ford Coppola & Mario Puzo
Year Story and Screenplay–based on factual material
or material not previously published or produced
Screenplay–based on material from another medium
1973 The Sting The Exorcist
David S. Ward William Peter Blatty
1972 The Candidate The Godfather
Jeremy Larner Mario Puzo & Francis Ford Coppola
1971 Hospital The French Connection
Paddy Chayefsky Ernest Tidyman
1970 Patton M*A*S*H
Francis Ford Coppola & Edmund H. North Ring Lardner, Jr.
1969 Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid Midnight Cowboy
William Goldman Waldo Salt
Year Story and Screenplay–written directly for the screen Screenplay–based on material from another medium
1968 The Producers The Lion In Winter
Mel Brooks James Goldman
1967 Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner In The Heat Of The Night
William Rose Stirling Silliphant
1966 A Man And A Woman A Man For All Seasons
Claude Lelouch & Pierre Uytterhoeven Robert Bolt
1965 Darling Doctor Zhivago
Frederic Raphael Robert Bolt
1964 Father Goose Becket
S. H. Barnett, Peter Stone & Frank Tarloff Edward Anhalt
1963 How The West Was Won Tom Jones
James R. Webb John Osborne
1962 Divorce – Italian Style To Kill A Mockingbird
Ennio de Concini, Alfredo Giannetti & Pietro Germi Horton Foote
1961 Splendor In The Grass Judgment At Nuremberg
William Inge Abby Mann
1960 The Apartment Elmer Gantry
Billy Wilder & I. A. L. Diamond Richard Brooks
1959 Pillow Talk Room At The Top
Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene, Stanley Shapiro & Maurice Richlin Neil Paterson
1958 The Defiant Ones Gigi
Nedrick Young, Harold Jacob Smith Alan Jay Lerner
1957 Designing Woman The Bridge On The River Kwai
George Wells Pierre Boulle, Michael Wilson & Carl Foreman
Year Motion Picture Story Original Screenplay Adapted Screenplay
1956 The Brave One The Red Balloon Around The World In 80 Days
Harry S. Franklin and Merrill G. White & originally uncredited Robert Rich (Alias for Dalton Trumbo) Albert Lamorisse James Poe, John Farrow & S. J. Perelman
Year Motion Picture Story Screenplay Story & Screenplay
1955 Love Me or Leave Me Marty Interrupted Melody
Daniel Fuchs; ‎Isobel Lennart Paddy Chayefsky William Ludwig, Sonya Levien
1954 Broken Lance The Country Girl On The Waterfront
Philip Yordan George Seaton Budd Schulberg
1953 Roman Holiday From Here To Eternity Titanic
Ian McLellan Hunter (alias for Dalton Trumbo) Daniel Taradash Charles Brackett, Walter Reisch, & Richard Breen
1952 The Greatest Show On Earth The Bad And The Beautiful The Lavender Hill Mob
Frederic M. Frank, Theodore St. John, Frank Cavett Charles Schnee T. E. B. Clarke
1951 Seven Days To Noon A Place In The Sun An American In Paris
Paul Dehn & James Bernard Michael Wilson & Harry Brown Alan Jay Lerner
1950 Panic In The Streets All About Eve Sunset Blvd.
Edna Anhalt & Edward Anhalt Joseph L. Mankiewicz Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder & D. M. Marshman, Jr.
1949 The Stratton Story A Letter To Three Wives Battleground
Douglas Morrow Joseph L. Mankiewicz Robert Pirosh
Year Motion Picture Story Screenplay
1948 The Search The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre
Richard Schweizer & David Wechsler John Huston
Year Motion Picture Story Original Screenplay Screenplay
1947 Miracle On 34th Street The Bachelor And The Bobby-Soxer Miracle on 34th Street
Valentine Davies Sidney Sheldon George Seaton
Year Original Motion Picture Story Original Screenplay Screenplay
1946 Vacation From Marriage The Seventh Veil The Best Years of Our Lives
Clemence Dane Muriel Box & Sydney Box Robert E. Sherwood
1945 The House On 92nd Street Marie-Louise The Lost Weekend
Charles G. Booth Richard Schweizer Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder
1944 Going My Way Wilson Going My Way
Leo McCarey Lamar Trotti Frank Butler, Frank Cavett
1943 The Human Comedy Princess O’Rourke Casablanca
William Saroyan Norman Krasna Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch
1942 The Invaders Woman Of The Year Mrs. Miniver
Emeric Pressburger Ring Lardner, Jr. & Michael Kanin Arthur Wimperis, George Froeschel, James Hilton & Claudine West
Year Original Screenplay Original Story Screenplay
1941 Citizen Kane Here Comes Mr. Jordan Here Comes Mr. Jordan
Herman J. Mankiewicz & Orson Wells Harry Segall Sidney Buchman & Seton I. Miller
1940 The Great McGinty Arise, My Love The Philadelphia Story
Preston Sturges Benjamin Glazer & John S. Toldy Donald Ogden Stewart
Year Original Story Screenplay
1939 Mr. Smith Goes To Washington Gone With The Wind
Lewis R. Foster Sidney Howard
1938 Boys Town Pygmalion
Dore Schary & Eleanore Griffin George Bernard Shaw, W. P. Lipscomb & Ian Dalrymple
1937 A Star Is Born The Life Of Emile Zola
William A. Wellman & Robert Carson Norman Reilly Raine, Heinz Herald & Geza Herczeg
1936 The Story Of Louis Pasteur The Story Of Louis Pasteur
Pierre Collings & Sheridan Gibney Pierre Collings & Sheridan Gibney
1935 The Scoundrel The Informer
Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur Dudley Nichols
Year Adaptation Original Story
1934 It Happened One Night Manhattan Melodrama
Robert Riskin Arthur Caesar
1933 Little Women One Way Passage
Vistor Heerman & Sarah Y. Mason Robert Lord
1932 Bad Girl The Champ
Edwin Burke Francis Marion
1931 Cimarron The Dawn Patrol
Howard Estabrook John Monk Saunders
Year Screenplay
1930 The Big House
Frances Marion
1929 The Patriot
Hans Kraly
Year Adaptation Original Story Title Writing
1928 7th Heaven Underworld Joseph Farnham
Benjamin Glazer Ben Hecht