Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Screenplay

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The Critics' Choice Award for Best Original and Adapted Screenplay (previously known as Awards for Best Writer) is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

List of winners and nominees[edit]

1995–1996 (Best Screenplay)[edit]

Year Writer(s) Film
1995 Emma Thompson Sense and Sensibility
1996 Anthony Minghella The English Patient

1997–2000 (Best Screenplay, Original & Adaptation)[edit]

Year Screenplay, Original Screenplay, Adaptation
Writer(s) Film Writer(s) Film
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Good Will Hunting Curtis Hanson and Brian Helgeland L.A. Confidential
Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman Shakespeare in Love Scott Smith A Simple Plan
Alan Ball American Beauty Frank Darabont The Green Mile
Cameron Crowe Almost Famous Stephen Gaghan Traffic

2001–2008 (Best Writer)[edit]

Year Writer(s) Film
Christopher Nolan Memento
Akiva Goldsman A Beautiful Mind
Joel and Ethan Coen The Man Who Wasn't There
Charlie Kaufman Adaptation and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor About Schmidt
Nia Vardalos My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Jim Sheridan, Kirsten Sheridan, and Naomi Sheridan In America
John August Big Fish
Sofia Coppola Lost in Translation
Brian Helgeland Mystic River
Gary Ross Seabiscuit
Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor Sideways
Bill Condon Kinsey
Charlie Kaufman Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
John Logan The Aviator
David Magee Finding Neverland
Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco Crash
Noah Baumbach The Squid and the Whale
George Clooney and Grant Heslov Good Night, and Good Luck
Dan Futterman Capote
Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana Brokeback Mountain
Michael Arndt Little Miss Sunshine
Guillermo Arriaga Babel
Todd Field and Tom Perrotta Little Children
Zach Helm Stranger Than Fiction
William Monahan The Departed
Peter Morgan The Queen
Diablo Cody Juno
Joel and Ethan Coen No Country for Old Men
Tony Gilroy Michael Clayton
Nancy Oliver Lars and the Real Girl
Sean Penn Into the Wild
Aaron Sorkin Charlie Wilson's War
Simon Beaufoy Slumdog Millionaire
Dustin Lance Black Milk
Peter Morgan Frost/Nixon
Eric Roth The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
John Patrick Shanley Doubt

2009 & 2010s (Best Original & Adapted Screenplay)[edit]

Year Original Screenplay Adapted Screenplay
Writer(s) Film Writer(s) Film
Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner Up in the Air
Mark Boal The Hurt Locker Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach The Fantastic Mr. Fox
Joel and Ethan Coen A Serious Man Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell District 9
Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (500) Days of Summer Geoffrey Fletcher Precious
Bob Peterson and Peter Docter Up Tom Ford and David Searce A Single Man
Nick Hornby An Education
David Seidler The King's Speech Aaron Sorkin The Social Network
Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg The Kids Are All Right Michael Arndt (story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Lee Unkrich) Toy Story 3
Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, and John McLaughlin Black Swan Simon Beaufoy and Danny Boyle 127 Hours
Mike Leigh Another Year Joel and Ethan Coen True Grit
Christopher Nolan Inception Ben Affleck, Peter Craig, and Aaron Stockard The Town
Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, and Eric Johnson (story by Keith Dorrington, Paul Tamasy, and Eric Johnson) The Fighter Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini Winter's Bone
Woody Allen Midnight in Paris Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin (story by Stan Chervin) Moneyball
Diablo Cody Young Adult John Logan Hugo
Michel Hazanavicius The Artist Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash The Descendants
Tom McCarthy (story by Tom McCarthy and Joe Tiboni) Win Win Eric Roth Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Will Reiser 50/50 Tate Taylor The Help
Quentin Tarantino Django Unchained Tony Kushner (based on a novel by Doris Kearns Goodwin) Lincoln
Paul Thomas Anderson The Master Chris Terrio Argo
Mark Boal Zero Dark Thirty David Magee Life of Pi
Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola Moonrise Kingdom David O. Russell Silver Linings Playbook
John Gatins Flight Stephen Chbosky The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Rian Johnson Looper
Spike Jonze Her John Ridley 12 Years a Slave
Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell American Hustle Tracy Letts August: Osage County
Woody Allen Blue Jasmine Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy Before Midnight
Joel and Ethan Coen Inside Llewyn Davis Billy Ray Captain Phillips
Bob Nelson Nebraska Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan Philomena
Terence Winter The Wolf of Wall Street
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., and Armando Bó Birdman Gillian Flynn Gone Girl
Richard Linklater Boyhood Graham Moore The Imitation Game
Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness The Grand Budapest Hotel Paul Thomas Anderson Inherent Vice
Dan Gilroy Nightcrawler Anthony McCarten The Theory of Everything
Damien Chazelle Whiplash Joel and Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese, and William Nicholson Unbroken
Nick Hornby Wild