Right now, the Academy Awards have not been announced, but we have a pretty good feeling for which screenplays from 2021 movies will be nominated for the Best Original and Best Adapted Screenplay awards by the Academy. We've got a bunch of them in contention currently, so why wouldn't you read as many of them as possible and expand your learning?

That's why we're assembling this list of PDFs of some of the best writing of the year. As the studios make more available, we'll add more. And once the nominations are out, we'll group them below. So bookmark this page to come back to!  

NOTE: These screenplays are free and legal to download for educational purposes. The studios will only keep them online throughout the awards season. 

Read and Download the 2022 Academy Award Nominated Screenplays


20th Century Studios

West Side Story – Undated, unspecified FYC drafpt by Tony Kushner, Based on the book for the musical by Arthur Laurents


C’Mon C’Mon – Undated FYC draft Written by Mike Mills
The Humans – FYC draft Written by Stephen Karam, From a play by Stephen Karam
Red Rocket – FYC draft written by Sean Baker & Chris Bergoch


Annette – Undated draft by Ron Mael and Russell Mael
Being The Ricardos – Undated script by Aaron Sorkin
The Electric Life Of Louis Wain – Undated script by Simon Stephenson and Will Sharpe
A Hero – October 2020 unspecified draft by Asghar Farhadi
Invasion (aka Encounter) – September 29, 2020 White draft script by Joe Barton and Michael Pearce
The Tender Bar – Undated script by William Monahan (based on the book by J.R. Moehringer)
The Tomorrow War – Undated draft by Zach Dean


Coda – Undated, unspecified script by Sian Heder (Based on La Famille Belier)
Swan Song – FCY draft Written by Benjamin Cleary
The Tragedy Of Macbeth – Undated FYC draft Screenplay by Joel Coen Based on the play by William Shakespeare

Bleeker Street

Mass – Undated draft by Fran Kranz

Focus Features

Belfast – Shooting Draft August 2020 By Kenneth Branagh
The Card Counter – FYC draft written by Paul Schrader
Last Night In Soho – FYC draft written by Edgar Wright & Krysty Wilson-Cairns, Story by Edgar Wright
Stillwater – FYC draft Written by Tom McCarthy & Marcus Hinchey and Thomas Bidegain & Noé Debré


Spencer – FYC draft by Steven Knight


Don’t Look Up – Undated FYC Draft Written by Adam McKay Story by Adam McKay and David Sirota
The Hand Of God (E’ Stata La Mano DiDio) – Undated third draft by Paolo Sorrentino
The Harder They Fall – FYC draft screenplay by Jeymes Samuel and Boaz Yakin, Screen Story by Jeymes Samuel
The Lost Daughter – FYC draft by Maggie Gyllenhaal, based on the novel by Elena Ferrante
The Mitchells Vs. The Machines – FYC draft Written by Mike Rianda And Jeff Rowe
Passing – Undated FYC draft by Rebecca Hall, Based on the Novella by Nella Larsen
The Power of the Dog – Undated, unspecified FYC draft by Jane Campion, Based on The Power of the Dog By Thomas Savage
Tick, Tick… Boom! – FYC draft Screenplay by Steven Levenson, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson, Based on the musical by Jonathan Larson


Encanto – Undated, unspecified draft by Charise Castro Smith & Jared Bush


The French Dispatch – Undated, unspecified FYC draft By Wes Anderson, Story By Wes Anderson Roman Coppola Hugo Guinness Jason Schwartzman
Nightmare Alley – Undated FYC draft Written by Guillermo del Toro & Kim Morgan, Based on the Novel by William Lindsay Gresham

Sony Classics

Jocky – Undated draft script by Clint Bentley & Greg Kwedar
Nine Days – August 2, 2019 yellow draft by Edson Oda

United Artists

Cyrano – Undated FYC draft by Erica Schmidt, Based on the stage musical adapted and directed by Erica Schmidt from Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, Music by Aaron & Bryce Dessner, Lyrics by Matt Berninger & Carin Besser
House Of Gucci – Undated, unspecified FYC draft by Becky Johnston and Roberto Bentivegna, Story by Becky Johnston, Based on the book The House of Gucci by Sara Gay Forden
No Time To Die – Undated, unspecified FYC draft by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Cary Joji Fukunaga and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Story by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Cary Joji Fukunaga
Respect – Undated, unspecified FYC draft by Tracey Scott Wilson, Story by Callie Khouri and Tracey Scott Wilson


The Boss Baby: Family Business – January 2, 2021 Final Draft by Michael McCullers (Story by Tom McGrath & Michael McCullers)
Spirit Untamed – January 29, 2021 Unspecified draft by Aury Wallington and Kristin Hahn, Additional Dialogue by Katherine Nolfi

Walt Disney Animation

Raya and The Last Dragon – Undated, unspecified FYC draft by Qui Nguyen and Adele Lim

Warner Brothers

Dune – June 19, 2020 Salmon Revisions Final Shooting Draft script by Jon Spaihts and Denis Villeneuve and Eric Roth (Based on the novel ‘Dune’ by Frank Herbert)
King Richard – November 19, 2021 Final As Filmed Draft script by Zach Baylin