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Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

The Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Original Screenplay is one of the annual awards given by the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association.

Winners and nomineesEdit


Year Writer(s) Film Source
2002 Charlie Kaufman Adaptation. The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
2003 Brian Helgeland Mystic River novel by Dennis Lehane
Bráulio Mantovani City of God (Cidade de Deus) novel by Paulo Lins
Peter Jackson, Frances Walsh and Philippa Boyens The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King novel by J. R. R. Tolkien
Billy Ray Shattered Glass article by H. G. Bissinger
Peter Weir and John Collee Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World novels by Patrick O'Brian
2004 Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor Sideways novel by Rex Pickett
2005 Dan Futterman Capote In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana Brokeback Mountain short story by Annie Proulx
Arthur Golden, Robin Swicord and Doug Wright Memoirs of a Geisha novel by Arthur Golden
Tony Kushner and Eric Roth Munich book by George Jonas
Deborah Moggach Pride and Prejudice novel by Jane Austen
2006 Jason Reitman Thank You for Smoking novel by Christopher Buckley
2007 Aaron Sorkin Charlie Wilson's War novel by George Crile III
2008 Simon Beaufoy Slumdog Millionaire Q & A by Vikas Swarup
2009 Sheldon Turner and Jason Reitman Up in the Air novel by Walter Kirn
Nick Hornby An Education memoir by Lynn Barber
Geoffrey Fletcher Precious novel by Sapphire
John Lee Hancock The Blind Side book by Michael Lewis
Joe Penhall The Road novel by Cormac McCarthy


Year Writer(s) Film Source
2010 Aaron Sorkin The Social Network The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich
Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy 127 Hours Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston
Michael Arndt Toy Story 3 characters by John Lasseter
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen True Grit novel by Charles Portis
Debra Granik and Anne Rosselini Winter's Bone novel by Daniel Woodrell
2011 Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash The Descendants novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings
Tate Taylor The Help novel by Kathryn Stockett
John Logan Hugo The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin Moneyball novel by Charles Portis
Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy novel by John le Carré
2012 David O. Russell Silver Linings Playbook The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
Chris Terrio Argo The Master of Disguise by Tony Mendez
David Magee Life of Pi novel by Yann Martel
Tony Kushner Lincoln Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Stephen Chbosky The Perks of Being a Wallflower novel by Stephen Chbosky
2013 John Ridley 12 Years a Slave memoir by Solomon Northup
Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy Before Midnight characters by Richard Linklater and Kim Krizan
Billy Ray Captain Phillips A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips
Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber The Spectacular Now novel by Tim Tharp
Terence Winter The Wolf of Wall Street memoir by Jordan Belfort
2014 Gillian Flynn Gone Girl novel by Gillian Flynn
Graham Moore The Imitation Game Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
Paul Thomas Anderson Inherent Vice novel by Thomas Pynchon
Anthony McCarten The Theory of Everything Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Hawking
Nick Hornby Wild memoir by Cheryl Strayed
2015 Emma Donoghue Room novel by Emma Donoghue
Nick Hornby Brooklyn novel by Colm Tóibín
Phyllis Nagy Carol The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
Drew Goddard The Martian novel by Andy Weir
Aaron Sorkin Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson
2016 Eric Heisserer Arrival "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang
August Wilson Fences play by August Wilson
Luke Davies Lion A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley
Patrick Ness A Monster Calls novel by Patrick Ness
Tom Ford Nocturnal Animals Tony and Susan by Austin Wright
2017 Virgil Williams and Dee Rees Mudbound novel by Hillary Jordan
Hampton Fancher and Michael Green Blade Runner 2049 characters from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
James Ivory Call Me by Your Name novel by André Aciman
Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber The Disaster Artist memoir by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell
Aaron Sorkin Molly's Game memoir by Molly Bloom
2018 Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty Can You Ever Forgive Me? memoir by Lee Israel
Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel and Kevin Willmott BlacKkKlansman Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth
Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole Black Panther characters by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee
Barry Jenkins If Beale Street Could Talk novel by James Baldwin
Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters and Eric Roth A Star Is Born A Star Is Born by William A. Wellman, Robert Carson, Dorothy Parker and Alan Campbell