September 25, 2022

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

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Read and download the best screenplays of the last decade. 

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. 

2022 Oscar Contending Screenplays

2021 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WINNER

  • THE FATHER – Screenplay by Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller

NOMINEES

  • NOMADLAND – Written for the screen by Chloé Zhao

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

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • JOKER – Written by Todd Phillips & Scott Silver

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

WINNER

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

WINNER

NOMINEES

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

2017 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WINNER

NOMINEES

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

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • THE LOBSTER – Written by Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou

2016 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WINNER

NOMINEES

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

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

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • BOYHOOD – Written by Richard Linklater
  • FOXCATCHER – Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman

2014 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • PHILOMENA – Screenplay by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope

WINNER

  • HER – Written by Spike Jonze

NOMINEES

2013 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WINNER

  • ARGO – Screenplay by Chris Terrio

NOMINEES

  • LINCOLN – Screenplay by Tony Kushner

WINNER

NOMINEES

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

2012 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WINNER

NOMINEES

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

2011 Oscar Contending Screenplays

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

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

WINNER

NOMINEES

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

WINNER

NOMINEES

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

2009 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • DOUBT – Written by John Patrick Shanley

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

2007 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WINNER

NOMINEES

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

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • BABEL – Written by Guillermo Arriaga

2006 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WINNER

NOMINEES

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

WINNER

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

NOMINEES

  • SYRIANA – Written by Stephen Gaghan

 

2005 Oscar Contending Screenplays

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

2004 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WINNER

NOMINEES

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

2003 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WINNER

NOMINEES

  • ADAPTATION – Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman

2002 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WINNER

NOMINEES

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

2001 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WINNER

  • TRAFFIC – Screenplay by Stephen Gaghan

NOMINEES

  • CHOCOLAT – Screenplay by Robert Nelson Jacobs

WINNER

NOMINEES

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

2000 Oscar Contending Screenplays

1999 Oscar Contending Screenplays

WINNER

NOMINEES

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