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Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

The Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay is one of the three screenwriting Writers Guild of America Awards, focused specifically for film. The Writers Guild of America began making the distinction between an original screenplay and an adapted screenplay in 1970, when Waldo Salt, screenwriter for Midnight Cowboy, won for "Best Adapted Drama" and Arnold Schulman won "Best Adapted Comedy" for his screenplay of Goodbye, Columbus.[1] Separate awards for dramas and comedies continued until 1985.[1]

Writers Guild of America Award for Adapted Screenplay
Awarded forOutstanding Writing for a Film Adapted from Another Medium
CountryUnited States
Presented byWriters Guild of America
First awarded1970
Currently held byCan You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)
Websitehttp://www.wga.org/

Winners and nomineesEdit

NotesEdit

1960sEdit

Year Film Writer(s)
1969
(22nd)[2]
Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium
Midnight Cowboy Waldo Salt
Anne of the Thousand Days John Hale, and Bridget Boland
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Jay Presson Allen
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? James Poe, and Robert E. Thompson
True Grit Marguerite Roberts
Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium
Goodbye, Columbus Arnold Schulman
Cactus Flower I.A.L. Diamond
Gaily, Gaily Abram S. Ginnes
John and Marty John Mortimer
The Reivers Irving Ravetch, and Harriet Frank Jr.

1970sEdit

Year Film Writer(s)
1970
(23rd)[3]
Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium
I Never Sang for My Father Robert Anderson
Airport George Seaton
Catch-22 Buck Henry
Little Big Man Calder Willingham
The Great White Hope Howard Sackler
Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium
M*A*S*H Ring Lardner Jr.
Lovers and Other Strangers Renée Taylor, Joseph Bologna, David Zelag Goodman
The Owl and the Pussycat Buck Henry
The Twelve Chairs Mel Brooks
Where's Poppa Robert Klane
1971
(24th)[4]
Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium
The French Connection Ernest Tidyman
A Clockwork Orange Stanley Kubrick
Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo
McCabe & Mrs. Miller Robert Altman, and Brian McKay
The Last Picture Show Larry McMurtry, and Peter Bodganovich
Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium
Kotch John Paxton
A New Leaf Elaine May
Fiddler on the Roof Joseph Stein
Little Murders Jules Feiffer
The Boy Friend Ken Russell
1972
(25th)[5]
Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium
The Godfather Mario Puzo, and Francis Ford Coppola
Deliverance James Dickley
Pete 'n' Tillie Julius J. Epstein
Slaughterhouse-Five Stephen Geller
Sounder Lonne Elder III
Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium
Cabaret Jay Presson Allen
Avanti! Billy Wilder, and I.A.L. Diamond
Butterflies Are Free Leonard Gershe
The Heartbreak Kid Neil Simon
Travels with My Aunt Jay Presson Allen, and Hugh Wheeler
1973
(26th)[6]
Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium
Serpico Waldo Salt, and Norman Wexler
Cinderella Liberty Darryl Ponicsan
The Exorcist William Peter Blatty
The Last Detail Robert Towne
The Paper Chase James Bridges
Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium
Paper Moon Alvin Sargent
40 Carats Leonard Gershe
Godspell David Greenne, and John-Michael Tebelak
1974
(27th)[7]
Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium
The Godfather Part II Francis Ford Coppola, and Mario Puzo
Conrack Irving Ravetch, and Harriet Frank Jr.
Lenny Julian Barry
The Parallax View David Giler, and Lorenzo Sempler Jr.
The Talking of Pelham One Two Three Peter Stone
Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz Mordecai Richler, and Lionel Chetwynd
The Front Page Billy Wilder, and I.A.L. Diamond
Young Frankenstein Gene Wilder, and Mel Brooks
1975
(28th)[8]
Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Lawrence Hauben, and Bo Goldman
Barry Lyndon Stanley Kubrick
The Man Whou Would Be King John Huston, and Gladys Hill
Jaws Peter Benchley, and Carl Gottlieb
The Man in the Glass Booth Edward Anhalt
Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium
The Sunshine Boys Neil Simon
Hester Street Joan Micklin Silver
The Prisoner of Second Avenue Neil Simon
1976
(29th)[9]
Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium
All the President's Men William Goldman
Bound for Glory Robert Getchell
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Nicholas Meyer
Marathon Man William Goldman
The Shootist Miles Hood Swarthout, and Scott Hale
Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium
The Pink Panther Strikes Again Frank Waldman, and Blake Edwards
Family Plot Ernest Lehman
Stay Hungry Charles Gaines, and Bob Rafelson
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings Hal Barwood, and Matthew Robbins
The Ritz Terrence McNally
1977
(30th)[10]
Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium
Julia Alvin Sargent
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden Gavin Lambert, and Lewis John Carlino
Islands in the Stream Denne Bart Petitclerc
Looking for Mr. Goodbar Richard Brooks
Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium
Oh, God! Larry Gelbart
The Spy Who Loved Me Christopher Wood, and Richard Maibaum
Semi-Tough Walter Bernstein
1978
(31st)[11]
Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium
Midnight Express Oliver Stone
Bloodbrothers Walter Newman
Go Tell the Spartans Wendell Mayes
Invasion of the Body Snatchers W.D. Richter
Who'll Stop the Rain Judith Rascoe, and Robert Stone
Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium
Heaven Can Wait Elaine May, and Warren Beatty
California Suite Neil Simon
Same Time, Next Year Bernard Slade
Superman Mario Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman, and Robert Benton
Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? Peter Stone
1979
(32nd)[12]
Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium
Kramer vs. Kramer Robert Benton
Norma Rae Irving Ravetch, and Harriet Frank Jr.
Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium
Being There Jerzy Kosinski
Starting Over James L. Brooks
A Little Romance Allan Burns

1980sEdit

Year Nominees Writer(s)
1980
(33rd)[13]
Best Drama Adapted from Other Medium
Ordinary People Alvin Sargent
Coal Miner's Daughter Thomas Rickman
The Elephant Man Christopher De Vore, Eric Bergren, and David Lynch
The Great Santini Lewis John Carlino
The Stunt Man Lawrence B. Marcus, Richard Rush
Best Comedy Adapted from Other Another Medium
Airplane! Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker
Hopscotch Brian Garfield, and Bryan Forbes
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Leigh Brackett, and Lawrence Kasdan
1981
(34th)[14]
Best Drama Adapted from Other Medium
On Golden Pond Ernest Thompson, and Donald E. Stewart
Cutler's Way Jeffrey Alan Fiskin
Prince of the City Jay Presson Allen, and Sidney Lumet
Ragtime Michael Weller
Best Comedy Adapted from Other Another Medium
Rich and Famous Gerald Ayres
For Your Eyes Only' Richard Maibaum, and Michael G. Wilson
First Monday in October Jerome Lawrence, and Robert E. Lee
1982
(35th)[15]
Best Drama Adapted from Other Medium
Missing Costa-Gavras, and Donald E. Stewart
Sophie's Choice Alan J. Pakula
The Verdict David Mamet
The World According to Garp Steve Tesich
Best Comedy Adapted from Other Another Medium
Victor Victoria Blake Edwards
Fast Times at Ridgemont High Cameron Crowe
1983
(36th)[16]
Best Drama Adapted from Other Medium
Reuben, Reuben Julius J. Epstein
The Year of Living Dangerously David Williamson, Peter Weir, and C.J. Koch
The Right Stuff Philip Kaufman
Best Comedy Adapted from Other Another Medium
Terms of Endearment James L. Brooks
A Christmas Story Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown, and Bob Clark
To Be or Not to Be Thomas Meehan, and Ronny Graham
1984
(37th)[17]
The Killing Fields Bruce Robinson
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes Robert Towne and Michael Austin
The Natural Roger Towne and Phil Dusenberry
A Passage to India David Lean
A Soldier's Story Charles Fuller
1985
(38th)[18]
Prizzi's Honor Richard Condon and Janet Roach
Agnes of God John Pielmeier
The Color Purple Menno Meyjes
Out of Africa Kurt Luedtke
The Trip to Bountiful Horton Foote
1986
(39th)[19]
A Room with a View Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Children of a Lesser God Hesper Anderson and Mark Medoff
Down and Out in Beverly Hills Paul Mazursky and Leon Capetanos
Little Shop of Horrors Howard Ashman
Stand by Me Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon
1987
(40th)[20]
Roxanne Steve Martin
Fatal Attraction James Dearden
Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick, Michael Herr, and Gustav Hasford
The Princess Bride William Goldman
The Untouchables David Mamet
1988
(41st)[21]
Dangerous Liaisons Christopher Hampton
The Accidental Tourist Frank Galati and Lawrence Kasdan
Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey Anna Hamilton Phelan and Tab Murphy
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Jean-Claude Carrière and Philip Kaufman
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman
1989
(42nd)[22]
Driving Miss Daisy Alfred Uhry
Born on the Fourth of July Oliver Stone and Ron Kovic
Field of Dreams Phil Alden Robinson
Glory Kevin Jarre
My Left Foot Jim Sheridan and Shane Connaughton

1990sEdit

Year Nominees Writer(s)
1990
(43rd)[23]
Dances with Wolves Michael Blake
Awakenings Steven Zaillian
Goodfellas Martin Scorsese and Nicholas Pileggi
The Grifters Donald E. Westlake
Reversal of Fortune Nicholas Kazan
1991
(44th)[24]
The Silence of the Lambs Ted Tally
The Commitments Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, and Roddy Doyle
Fried Green Tomatoes Fannie Flagg and Carol Sobieski
JFK Oliver Stone and Zachary Sklar
The Prince of Tides Pat Conroy and Becky Johnston
1992
(45th)[25]
The Player Michael Tolkin
Enchanted April Peter Barnes
Glengarry Glen Ross David Mamet
Howards End Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Scent of a Woman Bo Goldman
1993
(46th)[26]
Schindler's List Steven Zaillian
The Fugitive Jeb Stuart and David Twohy
In the Name of the Father Terry George and Jim Sheridan
The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan and Ronald Bass
The Remains of the Day Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
1994
(47th)[27]
Forrest Gump Eric Roth
Little Women Robin Swicord
The Madness of King George Alan Bennett
Quiz Show Paul Attanasio
The Shawshank Redemption Frank Darabont
1995
(48th)[28]
Sense and Sensibility Emma Thompson
Apollo 13 William Broyles Jr. and Al Reinert
Babe George Miller and Chris Noonan
Get Shorty Scott Frank
Leaving Las Vegas Mike Figgis
1996
(49th)[29]
Sling Blade Billy Bob Thornton
The Birdcage Elaine May
Emma Douglas McGrath
The English Patient Anthony Minghella
Trainspotting John Hodge
1997
(50th)[30]
L.A. Confidential Curtis Hanson and Brian Helgeland
Donnie Brasco Paul Attanasio
The Ice Storm James Schamus
Wag the Dog Hilary Henkin and David Mamet
The Wings of the Dove Hossein Amini
1998
(51st)[31]
Out of Sight Scott Frank
A Civil Action Steven Zaillian
Gods and Monsters Bill Condon
Primary Colors Elaine May
A Simple Plan Scott B. Smith
1999
(52nd)[32]
Election Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor
The Cider House Rules John Irving
The Insider Eric Roth and Michael Mann
October Sky Lewis Colick
The Talented Mr. Ripley Anthony Minghella

2000sEdit

Year Nominees Writer(s)
2000
(53rd)[33]
Traffic Stephen Gaghan
Chocolat Robert Nelson Jacobs
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Hui-Ling Wang, James Schamus, and Tsai Kuo Jung
High Fidelity D. V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, John Cusack, and Scott Rosenberg
Wonder Boys Steve Kloves
2001
(54th)[34]
A Beautiful Mind Akiva Goldsman
Black Hawk Down Ken Nolan
Bridget Jones's Diary Andrew Davies and Richard Curtis
Ghost World Daniel Clowes and Terry Zwigoff
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson
2002
(55th)[35]
The Hours David Hare
About a Boy Peter Hedges, Chris Weitz, and Paul Weitz
About Schmidt Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor
Adaptation. Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman
Chicago Bill Condon
2003
(56th)[36]
American Splendor Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
Cold Mountain Anthony Minghella
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson
Mystic River Brian Helgeland
Seabiscuit Gary Ross
2004
(57th)[37]
Sideways Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor
Before Sunset Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, and Kim Krizan
Mean Girls Tina Fey
Million Dollar Baby Paul Haggis
The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de motocicleta) José Rivera
2005
(58th)[38]
Brokeback Mountain Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana
Capote Dan Futterman
The Constant Gardener Jeffrey Caine
A History of Violence Josh Olson
Syriana Stephen Gaghan
2006
(59th)[39]
The Departed William Monahan
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan Sacha Baron Cohen, Peter Baynham, Anthony Hines, Todd Phillips, and Dan Mazer
The Devil Wears Prada Aline Brosh McKenna
Little Children Todd Field and Tom Perrotta
Thank You for Smoking Jason Reitman
2007
(60th)[40]
No Country for Old Men Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Ronald Harwood
Into the Wild Sean Penn
There Will Be Blood Paul Thomas Anderson
Zodiac James Vanderbilt
2008
(61st)[41]
Slumdog Millionaire Simon Beaufoy
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Eric Roth and Robin Swicord
The Dark Knight Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan, and David S. Goyer
Doubt John Patrick Shanley
Frost/Nixon Peter Morgan
2009
(62nd)[42]
Up in the Air Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner
Crazy Heart Scott Cooper
Julie & Julia Nora Ephron
Precious Geoffrey S. Fletcher
Star Trek Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman

2010sEdit

Year Nominees Writer(s)
2010
(63rd)[43]
The Social Network Aaron Sorkin
127 Hours Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy
I Love You Phillip Morris Glenn Ficarra and John Requa
The Town Ben Affleck, Peter Craig, and Aaron Stockard
True Grit Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
2011
(64th)[44]
The Descendants Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Steven Zaillian
The Help Tate Taylor
Hugo John Logan
Moneyball Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian
2012
(65th)[45]
Argo Chris Terrio
Life of Pi David Magee
Lincoln Tony Kushner
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky
Silver Linings Playbook David O. Russell
2013
(66th)[46]
Captain Phillips Billy Ray
August: Osage County Tracy Letts
Before Midnight Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy
Lone Survivor Peter Berg
The Wolf of Wall Street Terence Winter
2014
(67th)[47]
The Imitation Game Graham Moore
American Sniper Jason Hall
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
Guardians of the Galaxy James Gunn and Nicole Perlman
Wild Nick Hornby
2015
(68th)[48]
The Big Short Adam McKay and Charles Randolph
Carol Phyllis Nagy
The Martian Drew Goddard
Steve Jobs Aaron Sorkin
Trumbo John McNamara
2016
(69th)[49]
Arrival Eric Heisserer
Deadpool Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick
Fences August Wilson
Hidden Figures Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
Nocturnal Animals Tom Ford
2017
(70th)[50]
Call Me by Your Name James Ivory
The Disaster Artist Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
Logan Scott Frank, James Mangold and Michael Green
Molly's Game Aaron Sorkin
Mudbound Virgil Williams and Dee Rees
2018
(71st)[51]
Can You Ever Forgive Me? Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
Black Panther Joe Robert Cole and Ryan Coogler
BlacKkKlansman Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel and Kevin Willmott
If Beale Street Could Talk Barry Jenkins
A Star Is Born Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper and Will Fetters

Writers with multiple awardsEdit

Writers with multiple nominationsEdit

The following writers have received three or more nominations:

5 Nominations
4 Nominations
3 Nominations

ReferencesEdit

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