Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay

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The Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay is one of the three film writing awards given by the Writers Guild of America Award.

Winners[edit]

Notes[edit]

1970s[edit]

Best Original Drama

Best Original Comedy

1980s[edit]

Best Original Drama

Best Original Comedy

Year Film Screenwriter(s) Academy Award
1984
(37th)
Broadway Danny Rose Woody Allen Nominated
El Norte Gregory Nava and Anna Thomas Nominated
Places in the Heart Robert Benton Won
Romancing the Stone Diane Thomas
Splash Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel, Bruce Jay Friedman and Brian Grazer Nominated
1985
(38th)
Witness William Kelley and Earl W. Wallace Won
Back to the Future Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale Nominated
Cocoon Tom Benedek
Mask Anna Hamilton Phelan
The Purple Rose of Cairo Woody Allen Nominated
1986
(39th)
Hannah and Her Sisters Woody Allen Won
Blue Velvet David Lynch
Mona Lisa Neil Jordan and David Leland
Platoon Oliver Stone Nominated
Salvador Richard Boyle and Oliver Stone Nominated
1987
(40th)
Moonstruck John Patrick Shanley Won
Broadcast News James L. Brooks Nominated
Hope and Glory John Boorman Nominated
The Last Emperor Bernardo Bertolucci and Mark Peploe
Radio Days Woody Allen Nominated
1988
(41st)
Bull Durham Ron Shelton Nominated
Big Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg Nominated
A Fish Called Wanda John Cleese and Charles Crichton Nominated
Rain Man Ronald Bass and Barry Morrow Won
Working Girl Kevin Wade
1989
(42nd)
Crimes and Misdemeanors Woody Allen Nominated
Dead Poets Society Tom Schulman Won
The Fabulous Baker Boys Steve Kloves
Sex, Lies, and Videotape Steven Soderbergh Nominated
When Harry Met Sally... Nora Ephron Nominated

1990s[edit]

Year Film Screenwriter(s) Academy Award
1990
(43rd)
Avalon Barry Levinson Nominated
Alice Woody Allen Nominated
Ghost Bruce Joel Rubin Won
Green Card Peter Weir Nominated
Pretty Woman J. F. Lawton
1991
(44th)
Thelma & Louise Callie Khouri Won
Boyz n the Hood John Singleton Nominated
Bugsy James Toback Nominated
The Fisher King Richard LaGravenese Nominated
Grand Canyon Lawrence and Meg Kasdan Nominated
1992
(45th)
The Crying Game Neil Jordan Won
Husbands and Wives Woody Allen Nominated
Lorenzo's Oil Nick Enright and George Miller Nominated
Passion Fish John Sayles Nominated
Unforgiven David Webb Peoples Nominated
1993
(46th)
The Piano Jane Campion Won
Dave Gary Ross Nominated
In the Line of Fire Jeff Maguire Nominated
Philadelphia Ron Nyswaner Nominated
Sleepless in Seattle Jeff Arch, Nora Ephron, and David S. Ward Nominated
1994
(47th)
Four Weddings and a Funeral Richard Curtis Nominated
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Stephan Elliott
Bullets Over Broadway Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath Nominated
Ed Wood Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski
Heavenly Creatures Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh Nominated
1995
(48th)
Braveheart Randall Wallace Nominated
The American President Aaron Sorkin
Clueless Amy Heckerling
Mighty Aphrodite Woody Allen Nominated
Muriel's Wedding P. J. Hogan
1996
(49th)
Fargo Ethan and Joel Coen Won
Jerry Maguire Cameron Crowe Nominated
Lone Star John Sayles Nominated
Secrets & Lies Mike Leigh Nominated
Shine Scott Hicks and Jan Sardi Nominated
1997
(50th)
As Good as It Gets James L. Brooks and Mark Andrus Nominated
Boogie Nights Paul Thomas Anderson Nominated
The Full Monty Simon Beaufoy Nominated
Good Will Hunting Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Won
Titanic James Cameron
1998
(51st)
Shakespeare in Love Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard Won
Bulworth Warren Beatty and Jeremy Pikser Nominated
The Opposite of Sex Don Roos
Saving Private Ryan Robert Rodat Nominated
The Truman Show Andrew Niccol Nominated
1999
(52nd)
American Beauty Alan Ball Won
Being John Malkovich Charlie Kaufman Nominated
Magnolia Paul Thomas Anderson Nominated
The Sixth Sense M. Night Shyamalan Nominated
Three Kings John Ridley and David O. Russell

2000s[edit]

Year Film Screenwriter(s) Academy Award
2000
(53rd)
You Can Count on Me Kenneth Lonergan Nominated
Almost Famous Cameron Crowe Won
Best in Show Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy
Billy Elliot Lee Hall Nominated
Erin Brockovich Susannah Grant Nominated
2001
(54th)
Gosford Park Julian Fellowes Won
The Man Who Wasn't There Ethan and Joel Coen
Monster's Ball Milo Addica and Will Rokos Nominated
Moulin Rouge! Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce
The Royal Tenenbaums Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson Nominated
2002
(55th)
Bowling for Columbine Michael Moore
Antwone Fisher Antwone Fisher
Far from Heaven Todd Haynes Nominated
Gangs of New York Jay Cocks, Kenneth Lonergan, and Steven Zaillian Nominated
My Big Fat Greek Wedding Nia Vardalos Nominated
2003
(56th)
Lost in Translation Sofia Coppola Won
Bend It Like Beckham Paul Mayeda Berges, Guljit Bindra, and Gurinder Chadha
Dirty Pretty Things Steven Knight Nominated
In America Jim, Kirsten, and Naomi Sheridan Nominated
The Station Agent Thomas McCarthy
2004
(57th)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Charlie Kaufman Won
The Aviator John Logan Nominated
Garden State Zach Braff
Hotel Rwanda Terry George and Keir Pearson Nominated
Kinsey Bill Condon
2005
(58th)
Crash Paul Haggis and Robert Moresco Won
The 40-Year-Old Virgin Judd Apatow and Steve Carell
Cinderella Man Akiva Goldsman and Cliff Hollingsworth
Good Night, and Good Luck George Clooney and Grant Heslov Nominated
The Squid and the Whale Noah Baumbach Nominated
2006
(59th)
Little Miss Sunshine Michael Arndt Won
Babel Guillermo Arriaga Nominated
The Queen Peter Morgan Nominated
Stranger than Fiction Zach Helm
United 93 Paul Greengrass
2007
(60th)
Juno Diablo Cody Won
Knocked Up Judd Apatow
Lars and the Real Girl Nancy Oliver Nominated
Michael Clayton Tony Gilroy Nominated
The Savages Tamara Jenkins Nominated
2008
(61st)
Milk Dustin Lance Black Won
Burn After Reading Ethan and Joel Coen
Vicky Cristina Barcelona Woody Allen
The Visitor Tom McCarthy
The Wrestler Robert Siegel
2009
(62nd)
The Hurt Locker Mark Boal Won
500 Days of Summer Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
Avatar James Cameron
The Hangover Jon Lucas and Scott Moore
A Serious Man Ethan and Joel Coen Nominated

2010s[edit]

Winners are listed first in colored row, followed by the other nominees.

Year Film Screenwriter(s) Academy Award
2010
(63rd
Inception Christopher Nolan Nominated
Black Swan Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, and John McLaughlin
The Fighter Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, and Keith Dorrington Nominated
The Kids Are All Right Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg Nominated
Please Give Nicole Holofcener
2011
(64th)
Midnight in Paris Woody Allen Won
50/50 Will Reiser
Bridesmaids Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig Nominated
Win Win Tom McCarthy
Young Adult Diablo Cody
2012
(65th)
Zero Dark Thirty Mark Boal Nominated
Flight John Gatins Nominated
Looper Rian Johnson
The Master Paul Thomas Anderson
Moonrise Kingdom Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola Nominated
2013
(66th)
Her Spike Jonze Won
American Hustle Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell Nominated
Blue Jasmine Woody Allen Nominated
Dallas Buyers Club Craig Borten and Melissa Wallack Nominated
Nebraska Bob Nelson Nominated

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