BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay

The BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay is a British Academy Film Award presented annually by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) to a screenwriter for a specific film.

BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
Awarded forBest Original Screenplay
LocationUnited Kingdom
Presented byBritish Academy of Film and Television Arts
Currently held byJustine Triet and Arthur Harari for Anatomy of a Fall (2023)

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is a British organisation that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, children's film and television, and interactive media. Since 1983, selected films have been awarded with the BAFTA award for Best Adapted Screenplay at an annual ceremony.

In the following lists, the titles and names in bold with a gold background are the winners and recipients respectively; those not in bold are the remaining nominees. The winner is also the first name listed in each category.



The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for Best Original Screenplay has been presented to its winners since 1984, when the original category (BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay) was split into two awards, the other being the BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Screenplay.

Woody Allen holds the record for the most wins with four awards.

Winners and nominees

  indicates the winner


Year Film Screenwriter(s)
The King of Comedy Paul D. Zimmerman
Local Hero Bill Forsyth
Trading Places Timothy Harris and Herschel Weingrod
Zelig Woody Allen
Broadway Danny Rose Woody Allen
The Big Chill Barbara Benedek and Lawrence Kasdan
Comfort and Joy Bill Forsyth
A Private Function Alan Bennett
The Purple Rose of Cairo Woody Allen
Back to the Future Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale
My Beautiful Laundrette Hanif Kureishi
Witness William Kelley and Earl W. Wallace
Hannah and Her Sisters Woody Allen
Crocodile Dundee John Cornell, Paul Hogan and Ken Shadie
The Mission Robert Bolt
Mona Lisa Neil Jordan and David Leland
Wish You Were Here David Leland
Hope and Glory John Boorman
Personal Services David Leland
Radio Days Woody Allen
A World Apart Shawn Slovo
Au revoir les enfants Louis Malle
A Fish Called Wanda John Cleese
Moonstruck John Patrick Shanley
When Harry Met Sally... Nora Ephron
Dead Poets Society Tom Schulman
Rain Man Ronald Bass and Barry Morrow
Sex, Lies and Videotape Steven Soderbergh


Year Film Screenwriter(s)
Cinema Paradiso Giuseppe Tornatore
Crimes and Misdemeanors Woody Allen
Ghost Bruce Joel Rubin
Pretty Woman J. F. Lawton
Truly, Madly, Deeply Anthony Minghella
The Fisher King Richard LaGravenese
Green Card Peter Weir
Thelma & Louise Callie Khouri
Husbands and Wives Woody Allen
The Crying Game Neil Jordan
Hear My Song Peter Chelsom and Adrian Dunbar
Unforgiven David Webb Peoples
Groundhog Day Harold Ramis and Danny Rubin
In the Line of Fire Jeff Maguire
The Piano Jane Campion
Sleepless in Seattle Jeff Arch, Nora Ephron and David S. Ward
Pulp Fiction Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Stephan Elliott
Four Weddings and a Funeral Richard Curtis
Philadelphia Ron Nyswaner
The Usual Suspects Christopher McQuarrie
Bullets over Broadway Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath
Muriel's Wedding P. J. Hogan
Se7en Andrew Kevin Walker
Secrets & Lies Mike Leigh
Brassed Off Mark Herman
Fargo Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Lone Star John Sayles
Shine Jan Sardi
Nil by Mouth Gary Oldman
Boogie Nights Paul Thomas Anderson
The Full Monty Simon Beaufoy
Mrs Brown Jeremy Brock
The Truman Show Andrew Niccol
Elizabeth Michael Hirst
Life Is Beautiful Roberto Benigni and Vincenzo Cerami
Shakespeare in Love Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Being John Malkovich Charlie Kaufman
All About My Mother Pedro Almodóvar
American Beauty Alan Ball
The Sixth Sense M. Night Shyamalan
Topsy-Turvy Mike Leigh


Year Film Screenwriter(s)
Almost Famous Cameron Crowe
Billy Elliot Lee Hall
Erin Brockovich Susannah Grant
Gladiator David Franzoni, John Logan and William Nicholson
O Brother, Where Art Thou? Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Amélie Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant
Gosford Park Julian Fellowes
Moulin Rouge! Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce
The Others Alejandro Amenábar
The Royal Tenenbaums Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson
Talk to Her Pedro Almodóvar
Y tu mamá también Alfonso Cuarón and Carlos Cuarón
Dirty Pretty Things Steven Knight
Gangs of New York Jay Cocks, Steven Zaillian and Kenneth Lonergan
The Magdalene Sisters Peter Mullan
The Station Agent Tom McCarthy
21 Grams Guillermo Arriaga
The Barbarian Invasions Denys Arcand
Finding Nemo Bob Peterson, David Reynolds and Andrew Stanton
Lost in Translation Sofia Coppola
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Charlie Kaufman
The Aviator John Logan
Collateral Stuart Beattie
Ray James L. White
Vera Drake Mike Leigh
Crash Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco
Cinderella Man Akiva Goldsman and Cliff Hollingsworth
Good Night and Good Luck George Clooney and Grant Heslov
Hotel Rwanda Terry George and Keir Pearson
Mrs Henderson Presents Martin Sherman
Little Miss Sunshine Michael Arndt
Babel Guillermo Arriaga
Pan's Labyrinth Guillermo del Toro
The Queen Peter Morgan
United 93 Paul Greengrass
Juno Diablo Cody
American Gangster Steven Zaillian
The Lives of Others Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Michael Clayton Tony Gilroy
This Is England Shane Meadows
In Bruges Martin McDonagh
Burn After Reading Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Changeling J. Michael Straczynski
I've Loved You So Long Philippe Claudel
Milk Dustin Lance Black
The Hurt Locker Mark Boal
The Hangover Jon Lucas and Scott Moore
Inglourious Basterds Quentin Tarantino
A Serious Man Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Up Pete Docter and Bob Peterson


Year Film Screenwriter(s)
The King's Speech David Seidler
Black Swan Mark Heyman andres Heinz and John McLaughlin
The Fighter Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson
Inception Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg
The Artist Michel Hazanavicius
Bridesmaids Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo
The Guard John Michael McDonagh
The Iron Lady Abi Morgan
Midnight in Paris Woody Allen
Django Unchained Quentin Tarantino
Amour Michael Haneke
The Master Paul Thomas Anderson
Moonrise Kingdom Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty Mark Boal
American Hustle Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
Blue Jasmine Woody Allen
Gravity Alfonso Cuarón and Jonás Cuarón
Inside Llewyn Davis Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Nebraska Bob Nelson
The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr. and Armando Bo
Boyhood Richard Linklater
Nightcrawler Dan Gilroy
Whiplash Damien Chazelle
Spotlight Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer
Bridge of Spies Matt Charman, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Ex Machina Alex Garland
The Hateful Eight Quentin Tarantino
Inside Out Pete Docter, Josh Cooley and Meg LeFauve
Manchester by the Sea Kenneth Lonergan
Hell or High Water Taylor Sheridan
I, Daniel Blake Paul Laverty
La La Land Damien Chazelle
Moonlight Barry Jenkins
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Martin McDonagh
Get Out Jordan Peele
I, Tonya Steven Rogers
Lady Bird Greta Gerwig
The Shape of Water Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor
The Favourite Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
Cold War Paweł Pawlikowski and Janusz Głowacki
Green Book Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie and Peter Farrelly
Roma Alfonso Cuarón
Vice Adam McKay
Parasite Han Jin Won and Bong Joon-ho
Booksmart Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins and Katie Silberman
Marriage Story Noah Baumbach
Knives Out Rian Johnson
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Quentin Tarantino


Year Film Screenwriter(s)
Promising Young Woman Emerald Fennell
Another Round Tobias Lindholm and Thomas Vinterberg
Mank Jack Fincher
Rocks Theresa Ikoko and Claire Wilson
The Trial of the Chicago 7 Aaron Sorkin
Licorice Pizza Paul Thomas Anderson
Being the Ricardos Aaron Sorkin
Belfast Kenneth Branagh
Don't Look Up Adam McKay
King Richard Zach Baylin
The Banshees of Inisherin Martin McDonagh
Everything Everywhere All at Once Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert
The Fabelmans Tony Kushner and Steven Spielberg
Tár Todd Field
Triangle of Sadness Ruben Östlund
Anatomy of a Fall Justine Triet and Arthur Harari
Barbie Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach
The Holdovers David Hemingson
Maestro Bradley Cooper and Josh Singer
Past Lives Celine Song

Multiple wins and nominations


See also



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