Read and Download the Academy Award Nominated Screenplays from 1999-Present

Read and download the best screenplays of the last decade. 

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CREDIT: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Over the last decade, there have been so many amazing screenplays, and it's really incredible to see the breadth of talent we've experienced. While the winners of awards live on in infamy, there are dozens if not hundreds of lessons you can learn about the craft of writing just by reading your favorite screenplays from certain years.

I compiled PDFs of scripts over the last decade, focusing on Oscar-nominated and Oscar-winning films, as well as other hot titles those years. Check them out, learn what you can, and then get back to writing. 


Some of these links lead to articles about the screenplays - we will try to update them, as PDFs are published. 

Some of these links will go away quickly, so make sure you download the PDFs if you can. These are all for educational purposes only. 

Read and Download the Academy Award Nominated Screenplays from 1999-Present

2022 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

NOMINEES

  • CODA - Screenplay by Siân Heder
  • DUNE - Screenplay by Jon Spaihts and Denis Villeneuve and Eric Roth

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

NOMINEES

  • BELFAST - Written by Kenneth Branagh
  • DON'T LOOK UP - Screenplay by Adam McKay; Story by Adam McKay & David Sirota

2021 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

  • THE FATHER - Screenplay by Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller

NOMINEES

  • NOMADLAND - Written for the screen by Chloé Zhao

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • MINARI - Written by Lee Isaac Chung
  • SOUND OF METAL - Screenplay by Darius Marder & Abraham Marder; Story by Darius Marder & Derek Cianfrance

2020 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • JOKER - Written by Todd Phillips & Scott Silver

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

  • PARASITE - Screenplay by Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won; Story by Bong Joon Ho

NOMINEES

  • 1917- Written by Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns

2019 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

  • BLACKKKLANSMAN - Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee

NOMINEES

  • A STAR IS BORN - Screenplay by Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

  • GREEN BOOK - Written by Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrell

NOMINEES

  • ROMA - Written by Alfonso Cuarón
  • VICE - Written by Adam McKay

2018 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • LOGAN - Screenplay by Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green; Story by James Mangold
  • MUDBOUND - Screenplay by Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • THE BIG SICK - Written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani

  • THE SHAPE OF WATERScreenplay by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor; Story by Guillermo del Toro

2017 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

  • MOONLIGHT - Screenplay by Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney

NOMINEES

  • ARRIVAL - Screenplay by Eric Heisserer
  • FENCES - Screenplay by August Wilson
  • LION - Screenplay by Luke Davies

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • THE LOBSTER - Written by Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou

2016 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • CAROL - Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy
  • ROOM - Screenplay by Emma Donoghue

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

  • SPOTLIGHT - Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy

NOMINEES

  • INSIDE OUT - Screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen
  • STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

2015 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

NOMINEES

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • BOYHOOD - Written by Richard Linklater
  • FOXCATCHERWritten by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman

2014 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • PHILOMENA - Screenplay by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

  • HER - Written by Spike Jonze

NOMINEES

2013 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

  • ARGO - Screenplay by Chris Terrio

NOMINEES

  • LINCOLN - Screenplay by Tony Kushner

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • AMOUR - Written by Michael Haneke
  • FLIGHT - Written by John Gatins

2012 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • HUGO - Screenplay by John Logan
  • MONEYBALL - Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin; Story by Stan Chervin

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

NOMINEES

2011 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • 127 HOURS - Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
  • TOY STORY 3 - Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
  • TRUE GRIT - Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • THE FIGHTER - Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson

2010 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • IN THE LOOP - Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • UP - Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter; Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy

2009 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • DOUBT - Written by John Patrick Shanley

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

  • MILK - Written by Dustin Lance Black

NOMINEES

  • WALL-E - Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon; Original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter

2008  Oscar Contending Screenplays

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • ATONEMENT - Screenplay by Christopher Hampton

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

WINNER 

  • JUNO - Written by Diablo Cody

NOMINEES

  • RATATOUILLE - Screenplay by Brad Bird; Story by Jan Pinkava, Jim Capobianco, Brad Bird

2007 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • CHILDREN OF MEN - Screenplay by Alfonso Cuarón, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • BABEL - Written by Guillermo Arriaga

2006 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • CAPOTE - Screenplay by Dan Futterman
  • MUNICH - Screenplay by Tony Kushner and Eric Roth

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

  • CRASH - Screenplay by Paul Haggis & Bobby Moresco; Story by Paul Haggis

NOMINEES

  • SYRIANA - Written by Stephen Gaghan

 

2005 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

  • SIDEWAYS - Screenplay by Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor

NOMINEES

  • BEFORE SUNSET - Screenplay by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, & Ethan Hawke; Story by Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

NOMINEES

2004 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

NOMINEES

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • FINDING NEMO - Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson and David Reynolds; Original Story by Andrew Stanton

2003 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • ADAPTATION - Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • GANGS OF NEW YORK - Screenplay by Jay Cocks and Steve Zaillian and Kenneth Lonergan; Story by Jay Cocks

2002 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WRITING (SCREENPLAY BASED ON MATERIAL PREVIOUSLY PRODUCED OR PUBLISHED)

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • SHREK - Written by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Joe Stillman & Roger S.H. Schulman

WRITING (SCREENPLAY WRITTEN DIRECTLY FOR THE SCREEN)

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • AMÉLIE - Screenplay by Guillaume Laurant and Jean-Pierre Jeunet; Dialogue by Guillaume Laurant

  • MEMENTOScreenplay by Christopher Nolan; Story by Jonathan Nolan

2001 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WRITING (SCREENPLAY BASED ON MATERIAL PREVIOUSLY PRODUCED OR PUBLISHED)

WINNER

  • TRAFFIC - Screenplay by Stephen Gaghan

NOMINEES

  • CHOCOLAT - Screenplay by Robert Nelson Jacobs

WRITING (SCREENPLAY WRITTEN DIRECTLY FOR THE SCREEN)

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • GLADIATOR - Screenplay by David Franzoni and John Logan and William Nicholson; Story by David Franzoni

2000 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WRITING (SCREENPLAY BASED ON MATERIAL PREVIOUSLY PRODUCED OR PUBLISHED)

WINNER

NOMINEES

WRITING (SCREENPLAY WRITTEN DIRECTLY FOR THE SCREEN)

WINNER

NOMINEES

1999 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WRITING (SCREENPLAY BASED ON MATERIAL PREVIOUSLY PRODUCED OR PUBLISHED)

WINNER

NOMINEES

WRITING (SCREENPLAY WRITTEN DIRECTLY FOR THE SCREEN)

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • BULWORTH - Screenplay by Warren Beatty, Jeremy Pikser; Story by Warren Beatty
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