Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay

The Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay is an award presented by the Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association. It is given in honor of a screenwriter who has delivered an outstanding screenplay while working in the film industry.

Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
Noah Baumbach Cannes 2017.jpg
The 2019 recipient: Noah Baumbach
Awarded forBest Achievement in Screenwriting
CountryUnited States
Presented byDallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association
First awardedMichael Blake
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Currently held byNoah Baumbach
Marriage Story (2019)



Year Winner Writer(s) Source
1990 Dances with Wolves Michael Blake novel by Michael Blake
1991 Thelma & Louise Callie Khouri
1992 Unforgiven David Webb Peoples
1993 Schindler's List Steven Zaillian novel by Thomas Keneally
1994 Pulp Fiction Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary
1995 The Usual Suspects Christopher McQuarrie
1996 Fargo Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
1997 L.A. Confidential Brian Helgeland and Curtis Hanson novel by James Ellroy
1998 The Truman Show Andrew Niccol
1999 American Beauty Alan Ball


Year Winner Writer(s) Source
2000 Almost Famous Cameron Crowe
2001 A Beautiful Mind Akiva Goldsman book by Sylvia Nasar
2002 Adaptation. Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson book by J. R. R. Tolkien
2004 Sideways Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor novel by Rex Pickett
2005 Brokeback Mountain Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana short story by Annie Proulx
2006 Little Miss Sunshine Michael Arndt
2007 Juno Diablo Cody
2008 Milk Dustin Lance Black
2009 Up in the Air Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner novel by Walter Kirn


Year Winner Writer(s) Source
2010 The Social Network Aaron Sorkin novel by Ben Mezrich
2011 The Descendants Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings
2012 Zero Dark Thirty Mark Boal
2013 12 Years a Slave John Ridley memoir by Solomon Northup
2014 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., and Armando Bo
2015 Spotlight Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer
2016 Manchester by the Sea Kenneth Lonergan
2017 Lady Bird Greta Gerwig
2018 The Favourite Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
2019 Marriage Story Noah Baumbach