Last Updated on 11 March 2024

1927-present: Wikipedia

Recognizes excellence in the writing of a screenplay adapted from another source (usually a novel, play, short story, or TV show but sometimes another film)

YearMovieScreenwritersAdapted From
2023American FictionCord JeffersonThe novel: Erasure by Percival Everett
2022Women TalkingSarah PolleyThe novel: Women Talking by Miriam Toews
2021CODASian HederThe film: La Famille Bélier by Victoria Bedos, Thomas Bidegain, Stanislas Carré de Malberg & Éric Lartigau
2020The FatherChristopher Hampton and Florian ZellerThe play: Le Père by Zeller
2019Jojo RabbitTaika WaititiThe novel: Caging Skies by Christine Leunens
2018BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel, and Kevin WillmottThe memoir: Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth
2017Call Me By Your NameJames IvoryThe novel: Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman
2016MoonlightBarry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraneyThe play: In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney
2015The Big ShortAdam McKay and Charles RandolphThe book: The Big Short by Michael Lewis
2014The Imitation GameGraham MooreThe book: Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
201312 Years a SlaveJohn RidleyThe memoir: 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
2012ArgoChris TerrioThe book: The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez
The article: “The Great Escape” by Joshuah Bearman
2011The DescendantsAlexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim RashThe novel: The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings
2010The Social NetworkAaron SorkinThe book: The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich
2009PreciousGeoffrey FletcherThe novel: Push by Sapphire
2008Slumdog MillionaireSimon BeaufoyThe novel: Q & A by Vikas Swarup
2007No Country for Old MenJoel Coen and Ethan CoenThe novel: No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
2006The DepartedWilliam MonahanThe film: Infernal Affairs by Alan Mak and Felix Chong
2005Brokeback MountainLarry McMurtry and Diana OssanaThe short story: “Brokeback Mountain” by Annie Proulx
2004SidewaysAlexander Payne and Jim TaylorThe novel: Sideways by Rex Pickett
2003The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingFran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter JacksonThe novel: The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
2002The PianistRonald HarwoodThe book: The Pianist by Władysław Szpilman
2001A Beautiful MindAkiva GoldsmanThe book: A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar
2000TrafficStephen GaghanThe teleplay: Traffik, written by Simon Moore
1999The Cider House RulesJohn IrvingThe novel: The Cider House Rules by John Irving
1998Gods and MonstersBill CondonThe novel: Father of Frankenstein by Christopher Bram
1997L.A. ConfidentialCurtis Hanson and Brian HelgelandThe novel: L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy
1996Sling BladeBilly Bob ThorntonThe short film: Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade by Billy Bob Thornton
1995Sense and SensibilityEmma ThompsonThe novel: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
1994Forrest GumpEric RothThe novel: Forrest Gump by Winston Groom
1993Schindler’s ListSteven ZaillianThe novel: Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally
1992Howards EndRuth Prawer JhabvalaThe novel: Howards End by E.M. Forster
1991The Silence of the LambsTed TallyThe novel: The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
1990Dances with WolvesMichael BlakeThe novel: Dances with Wolves by Michael Blake
1989Driving Miss DaisyAlfred UhryThe play: Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry
1988Dangerous LiaisonsChristopher HamptonThe play: Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton from the novel of the same name by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
1987The Last EmperorBernardo Bertolucci and Mark PeploeThe autobiography: From Emperor to Citizen: The Autobiography of Aisin-Gioro Pu Yi by Henry Pu Yi
1986A Room with a ViewRuth Prawer JhabvalaThe novel: A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
1985Out of AfricaKurt LuedtkeThe memoir: Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
The book: Silence Will Speak by Errol Trzebinski
The book: Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller by Judith Thurman
1984AmadeusPeter ShafferThe play: Amadeus by Peter Shaffer
1983Terms of EndearmentJames L. BrooksThe novel: Terms of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
1982MissingCosta-Gavras and Donald E. StewartThe book: The Execution of Charles Horman: An American Sacrifice by Thomas Hauser
1981On Golden PondErnest ThompsonThe play: On Golden Pond by Ernest Thompson
1980Ordinary PeopleAlvin SargentThe novel: Ordinary People by Judith Guest
1979Kramer vs. KramerRobert BentonThe novel: Kramer vs. Kramer by Avery Corman
1978Midnight ExpressOliver StoneThe book: Midnight Express by Billy Hayes and William Hoffer
1977JuliaAlvin SargentThe novel: Pentimento by Lillian Hellman
1976All the President’s MenWilliam GoldmanThe book: All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
1975One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s NestBo Goldman and Laurence HaubenThe novel: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
1974The Godfather Part IIFrancis Ford Coppola and Mario PuzoThe novel: The Godfather by Mario Puzo
1973The ExorcistWilliam Peter BlattyThe novel: The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
1972The GodfatherMario Puzo and Francis Ford CoppolaThe novel: The Godfather by Mario Puzo
1971The French ConnectionErnest TidymanThe book: The French Connection: A True Account of Cops, Narcotics, and International Conspiracy by Robin Moore
1970MASHRing Lardner, Jr.The novel: MASH: A Novel about Three Army Doctors by Richard Hooker
1969Midnight CowboyWaldo SaltThe novel: Midnight Cowboy by James Leo Herlihy
1968The Lion in WinterJames GoldmanThe play: The Lion in Winter by James Goldman
1967In the Heat of the NightStirling SilliphantThe novel: In the Heat of the Night by John Ball
1966A Man for All SeasonsRobert BoltThe play: A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt
1965Doctor ZhivagoRobert BoltThe novel: Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
1964BecketEdward AnhaltThe play: Becket by Jean Anouilh
1963Tom JonesJohn OsborneThe novel: The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Henry Fielding
1962To Kill a MockingbirdHorton FooteThe novel: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
1961Judgment at NurembergAbby MannThe teleplay: Judgment at Nuremberg by Abby Mann
1960Elmer GantryRichard BrooksThe novel: Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis
1959Room at the TopNeil PatersonThe novel: Room at the Top by John Braine
1958GigiAlan Jay LernerThe novella: Gigi by Colette
1957The Bridge on the River KwaiPierre Boulle, Carl Foreman, and Michael WilsonThe novel: The Bridge over the River Kwai by Pierre Boulle
1956Around the World in 80 DaysJohn Farrow, S. J. Perelman, and James PoeThe novel: Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
1955MartyPaddy ChayefskyThe teleplay: Marty by Paddy Chayefsky
1954The Country GirlGeorge SeatonThe play: The Country Girl by Clifford Odets
1953From Here to EternityDaniel TaradashThe novel: From Here to Eternity by James Jones
1952The Bad and the BeautifulCharles SchneeThe story: Tribute to a Badman by Charles Bradshaw
1951A Place in the SunHarry Brown and Michael WilsonThe novel: An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
The play: An American Tragedy by Patrick Kearney
1950All About EveJoseph L. MankiewiczThe short story: The Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr
1949A Letter to Three WivesJoseph L. MankiewiczThe novel: Letter to Five Wives by John Klempner
1948The Treasure of the Sierra MadreJohn HustonThe novel: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre by B. Traven
1947Miracle on 34th StreetGeorge SeatonThe story: Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies
1946The Best Years of Our LivesRobert SherwoodThe novel: Glory for Me by MacKinlay Kantor
1945The Lost WeekendCharles Brackett and Billy WilderThe novel: The Lost Weekend by Charles R. Jackson
1944Going My WayFrank Butler and Frank CavettThe story: Going My Way by Leo McCarey
1943CasablancaPhilip G. Epstein, Julius J. Epstein, and Howard KochThe play: Everybody Comes to Rick’s by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison
1942Mrs. MiniverGeorge Froeschel, James Hilton, Claudine West, and Arthur WimperisThe character: Mrs. Miniver, from the newspaper columns by Jan Struther
1941Here Comes Mr. JordanSidney Buchman and Seton I. MillerThe play: Heaven Can Wait by Harry Segall
1940The Philadelphia StoryDonald Ogden StewartThe play: The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry
1939Gone with the WindSidney HowardThe novel: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
1938PygmalionIan Dalrymple, Cecil Lewis, W.P. Lipscomb, and George Bernard ShawThe play: Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
1937The Life of Emile ZolaHeinz Herald, Geza Herczeg, and Norman Reilly RaineThe book: Zola and His Time by Matthew Josephson 
1936The Story of Louis PasteurPierre Collings and Sheridan Gibney(original)
1935The InformerDudley Nichols (declined)The novel: The Informer by Liam O’Flaherty
1934It Happened One NightRobert RiskinThe story: Night Bus by Samuel Hopkins Adams
1932/33Little WomenVictor Heerman and Sarah Y. MasonThe novel: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
1931/32Bad GirlEdwin J. BurkeThe novel and play: Bad Girl by Viña Delmar
1930/31CimarronHoward EstabrookThe novel: Cimarron by Edna Ferber
1929/30The Big HouseFrances Marion(original)
1928/29The PatriotHanns KrälyAshley Dukes’ translation of the play: Der Patriot by Alfred Neumann
The story: Paul I by Dmitry Merezhkovsky
1927/287th HeavenBenjamin GlazerThe play: Seventh Heaven by Austin Strong