Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

The Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay is one of the three screenwriting Writers Guild of America Awards, one that is specifically for film. The Writers Guild of America began making the distinction between an original screenplay and an adapted screenplay in 1970, when Waldo Salt, screenwriter for Midnight Cowboy, won for "Best Adapted Drama" and Arnold Schulman won "Best Adapted Comedy" for his screenplay of Goodbye, Columbus.[1] Separate awards for dramas and comedies continued until 1985.[1]

Winners and nominated films

The following lists the nominated films.


Best Adapted Drama

Best Adapted Comedy


Best Adapted Drama

Best Adapted Comedy

Year Nominees Writers
1985 The Killing Fields Bruce Robinson
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes Robert Towne and Michael Austin ‡
The Natural Roger Towne and Phil Dusenberry
A Passage to India David Lean
A Soldier's Story Charles Fuller
1986 Prizzi's Honor Richard Condon and Janet Roach
Agnes of God John Pielmeier
The Color Purple Menno Meyjes
Out of Africa Kurt Luedtke
The Trip to Bountiful Horton Foote
1987 A Room with a View Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Children of a Lesser God Hesper Anderson and Mark Medoff
Down and Out in Beverly Hills Paul Mazursky and Leon Capetanos
Little Shop of Horrors Howard Ashman
Stand by Me Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon ‡
1988 Roxanne Steve Martin
Fatal Attraction James Dearden
Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick, Michael Herr, and Gustav Hasford
The Princess Bride William Goldman
The Untouchables David Mamet
1989 Dangerous Liaisons Christopher Hampton
The Accidental Tourist Frank Galati and Lawrence Kasdan
Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey Anna Hamilton Phelan and Tab Murphy
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Jean-Claude Carrière and Philip Kaufman
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman


Year Nominees Writers
1990 Driving Miss Daisy Alfred Uhry
Born on the Fourth of July Oliver Stone and Ron Kovic
Field of Dreams Phil Alden Robinson
Glory Kevin Jarre
My Left Foot Jim Sheridan and Shane Connaughton
1991 Dances with Wolves Michael Blake
Awakenings Steven Zaillian
Goodfellas Martin Scorsese and Nicholas Pileggi
The Grifters Donald E. Westlake
Reversal of Fortune Nicholas Kazan
1992 The Silence of the Lambs Ted Tally
The Commitments Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, and Roddy Doyle
Fried Green Tomatoes Fannie Flagg and Carol Sobieski
JFK Oliver Stone and Zachary Sklar ‡
The Prince of Tides Pat Conroy and Becky Johnston
1993 The Player Michael Tolkin
Enchanted April Peter Barnes
Glengarry Glen Ross David Mamet
Howards End Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Scent of a Woman Bo Goldman
1994 Schindler’s List Steven Zaillian
The Fugitive Jeb Stuart and David Twohy
In the Name of the Father Terry George and Jim Sheridan
The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan and Ronald Bass
The Remains of the Day Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
1995 Forrest Gump Eric Roth
Little Women Robin Swicord
The Madness of King George Alan Bennett
Quiz Show Paul Attanasio
The Shawshank Redemption Frank Darabont
1996 Sense and Sensibility Emma Thompson
Apollo 13 William Broyles, Jr. and Al Reinert
Babe George Miller and Chris Noonan
Get Shorty Scott Frank
Leaving Las Vegas Mike Figgis
1997 Sling Blade Billy Bob Thornton
The Birdcage Elaine May
Emma Douglas McGrath
The English Patient Anthony Minghella
Trainspotting John Hodge
1998 L.A. Confidential Curtis Hanson and Brian Helgeland
Donnie Brasco Paul Attanasio
The Ice Storm James Schamus
Wag the Dog Hilary Henkin and David Mamet
The Wings of the Dove Hossein Amini
1999 Out of Sight Scott Frank
A Civil Action Steven Zaillian
Gods and Monsters Bill Condon
Primary Colors Elaine May
A Simple Plan Scott B. Smith


Year Nominees Writers
2000 Election Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor
The Cider House Rules John Irving
The Insider Eric Roth and Michael Mann
October Sky Lewis Colick
The Talented Mr. Ripley Anthony Minghella
2001 Traffic Stephen Gaghan
Chocolat Robert Nelson Jacobs
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Hui-Ling Wang, James Schamus, and Tsai Kuo Jung ‡
High Fidelity D. V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, John Cusack, and Scott Rosenberg
Wonder Boys Steve Kloves
2002 A Beautiful Mind Akiva Goldsman
Black Hawk Down Ken Nolan
Bridget Jones's Diary Andrew Davies and Richard Curtis
Ghost World Daniel Clowes and Terry Zwigoff
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson
2003 The Hours David Hare
About a Boy Peter Hedges, Chris Weitz, and Paul Weitz
About Schmidt Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor
Adaptation. Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman
Chicago Bill Condon
2004 American Splendor Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
Cold Mountain Anthony Minghella
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson
Mystic River Brian Helgeland
Seabiscuit Gary Ross
2005 Sideways Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor
Before Sunset Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, and Kim Krizan
Mean Girls Tina Fey
Million Dollar Baby Paul Haggis
The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de motocicleta) José Rivera
2006 Brokeback Mountain Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana
Capote Dan Futterman
The Constant Gardener Jeffrey Caine
A History of Violence Josh Olson
Syriana Stephen Gaghan
2007 The Departed William Monahan
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan Sacha Baron Cohen, Peter Baynham, Anthony Hines, Todd Phillips, and Dan Mazer
The Devil Wears Prada Aline Brosh McKenna
Little Children Todd Field and Tom Perrotta
Thank You for Smoking Jason Reitman
2008 No Country for Old Men Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Ronald Harwood
Into the Wild Sean Penn
There Will Be Blood Paul Thomas Anderson
Zodiac James Vanderbilt
2009 Slumdog Millionaire Simon Beaufoy
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Eric Roth and Robin Swicord
The Dark Knight Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan, and David S. Goyer
Doubt John Patrick Shanley
Frost/Nixon Peter Morgan


Year Nominees Writers
2010 Up in the Air Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner
Crazy Heart Scott Cooper
Julie & Julia Nora Ephron
Precious Geoffrey S. Fletcher
Star Trek Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman
2011 The Social Network Aaron Sorkin
127 Hours Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy
I Love You Phillip Morris Glenn Ficarra and John Requa
The Town Ben Affleck, Peter Craig, and Aaron Stockard
True Grit Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
2012 The Descendants Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Steven Zaillian
The Help Tate Taylor
Hugo John Logan
Moneyball Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian
2013 Argo Chris Terrio
Life of Pi David Magee
Lincoln Tony Kushner
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky
Silver Linings Playbook David O. Russell
Captain Phillips Billy Ray
August: Osage County Tracy Letts
Before Midnight Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy
Lone Survivor Peter Berg
The Wolf of Wall Street Terence Winter
The Imitation Game Graham Moore
American Sniper Jason Hall
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
Guardians of the Galaxy James Gunn and Nicole Perlman
Wild Nick Hornby
The Big Short Adam McKay and Charles Randolph
Carol Phyllis Nagy
The Martian Drew Goddard
Steve Jobs Aaron Sorkin
Trumbo John McNamara

See also


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