Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay

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Writers Guild of America Award for Original Screenplay
Awarded forOutstanding Writing for a Film Written Directly for the Screen
CountryUnited States
Presented byWriters Guild of America
First awarded1970
Currently held byBo Burnham for
Eighth Grade (2018)

The Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay is one of the three film writing awards given by the Writers Guild of America.

Winners and nominees[edit]



Best Original Drama

Best Original Comedy


Best Original Drama

Best Original Comedy


Best Original Drama

Best Original Comedy

Year Film Writer(s)
Broadway Danny Rose Woody Allen
El Norte Gregory Nava and Anna Thomas
Places in the Heart Robert Benton
Romancing the Stone Diane Thomas
Splash Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel, Bruce Jay Friedman and Brian Grazer
Witness William Kelley and Earl W. Wallace
Back to the Future Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale
Cocoon Tom Benedek
Mask Anna Hamilton Phelan
The Purple Rose of Cairo Woody Allen
Hannah and Her Sisters Woody Allen
Blue Velvet David Lynch
Mona Lisa Neil Jordan and David Leland
Platoon Oliver Stone
Salvador Richard Boyle and Oliver Stone
Moonstruck John Patrick Shanley
Broadcast News James L. Brooks
Hope and Glory John Boorman
The Last Emperor †† Bernardo Bertolucci and Mark Peploe
Radio Days Woody Allen
Bull Durham Ron Shelton
Big Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg
A Fish Called Wanda John Cleese and Charles Crichton
Rain Man Ronald Bass and Barry Morrow
Working Girl Kevin Wade
Crimes and Misdemeanors Woody Allen
Dead Poets Society Tom Schulman
The Fabulous Baker Boys Steve Kloves
Sex, Lies, and Videotape Steven Soderbergh
When Harry Met Sally... Nora Ephron


Year Film Writer(s)
Avalon Barry Levinson
Alice Woody Allen
Ghost Bruce Joel Rubin
Green Card Peter Weir
Pretty Woman J. F. Lawton
Thelma & Louise Callie Khouri
Boyz n the Hood John Singleton
Bugsy James Toback
The Fisher King Richard LaGravenese
Grand Canyon Lawrence and Meg Kasdan
The Crying Game Neil Jordan
Husbands and Wives Woody Allen
Lorenzo's Oil Nick Enright and George Miller
Passion Fish John Sayles
Unforgiven David Webb Peoples
The Piano Jane Campion
Dave Gary Ross
In the Line of Fire Jeff Maguire
Philadelphia Ron Nyswaner
Sleepless in Seattle Jeff Arch, Nora Ephron, and David S. Ward
Four Weddings and a Funeral Richard Curtis
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Stephan Elliott
Bullets over Broadway Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath
Ed Wood Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski
Heavenly Creatures Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh
Braveheart Randall Wallace
The American President Aaron Sorkin
Clueless Amy Heckerling
Mighty Aphrodite Woody Allen
Muriel's Wedding P. J. Hogan
Fargo Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Jerry Maguire Cameron Crowe
Lone Star John Sayles
Secrets & Lies Mike Leigh
Shine Scott Hicks and Jan Sardi
As Good as It Gets James L. Brooks and Mark Andrus
Boogie Nights Paul Thomas Anderson
The Full Monty Simon Beaufoy
Good Will Hunting Ben Affleck and Matt Damon
Titanic James Cameron
Shakespeare in Love Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Bulworth Warren Beatty and Jeremy Pikser
The Opposite of Sex Don Roos
Saving Private Ryan Robert Rodat
The Truman Show Andrew Niccol
American Beauty Alan Ball
Being John Malkovich Charlie Kaufman
Magnolia Paul Thomas Anderson
The Sixth Sense M. Night Shyamalan
Three Kings John Ridley and David O. Russell


Year Film Writer(s)
You Can Count On Me Kenneth Lonergan
Almost Famous Cameron Crowe
Best in Show Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy
Billy Elliot Lee Hall
Erin Brockovich Susannah Grant
Gosford Park Julian Fellowes
The Man Who Wasn't There Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Monster's Ball Milo Addica and Will Rokos
Moulin Rouge! Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce
The Royal Tenenbaums Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson
Bowling for Columbine Michael Moore
Antwone Fisher Antwone Fisher
Far from Heaven Todd Haynes
Gangs of New York Jay Cocks, Kenneth Lonergan, and Steven Zaillian
My Big Fat Greek Wedding Nia Vardalos
Lost in Translation Sofia Coppola
Bend It Like Beckham Paul Mayeda Berges, Guljit Bindra, and Gurinder Chadha
Dirty Pretty Things Steven Knight
In America Jim Sheridan, Kirsten Sheridan, and Naomi Sheridan
The Station Agent Thomas McCarthy
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Charlie Kaufman
The Aviator John Logan
Garden State Zach Braff
Hotel Rwanda Terry George and Keir Pearson
Kinsey Bill Condon
Crash Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco
The 40-Year-Old Virgin Judd Apatow and Steve Carell
Cinderella Man Akiva Goldsman and Cliff Hollingsworth
Good Night, and Good Luck. George Clooney and Grant Heslov
The Squid and the Whale Noah Baumbach
Little Miss Sunshine Michael Arndt
Babel Guillermo Arriaga
The Queen Peter Morgan
Stranger than Fiction Zach Helm
United 93 Paul Greengrass
Juno Diablo Cody
Knocked Up Judd Apatow
Lars and the Real Girl Nancy Oliver
Michael Clayton Tony Gilroy
The Savages Tamara Jenkins
Milk Dustin Lance Black
Burn After Reading Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Vicky Cristina Barcelona Woody Allen
The Visitor Tom McCarthy
The Wrestler Robert Siegel
The Hurt Locker Mark Boal
(500) Days of Summer Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
Avatar James Cameron
The Hangover Jon Lucas and Scott Moore
A Serious Man Joel Coen and Ethan Coen


Year Film Writer(s)
Inception Christopher Nolan
Black Swan Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, and John McLaughlin
The Fighter Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, and Keith Dorrington
The Kids Are All Right Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg
Please Give Nicole Holofcener
Midnight in Paris Woody Allen
50/50 Will Reiser
Bridesmaids Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig
Win Win Tom McCarthy
Young Adult Diablo Cody
Zero Dark Thirty Mark Boal
Flight John Gatins
Looper Rian Johnson
The Master Paul Thomas Anderson
Moonrise Kingdom Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
Her Spike Jonze
American Hustle Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
Blue Jasmine Woody Allen
Dallas Buyers Club Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack
Nebraska Bob Nelson
The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness
Boyhood Richard Linklater
Foxcatcher E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
Nightcrawler Dan Gilroy
Whiplash ‡‡ Damien Chazelle
Spotlight Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer
Bridge of Spies Matt Charman, Joel Coen, and Ethan Coen
Sicario Taylor Sheridan
Straight Outta Compton Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff, S. Leigh Savidge, and Alan Wenkus
Trainwreck Amy Schumer
Moonlight †† Barry Jenkins; story by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Hell or High Water Taylor Sheridan
La La Land Damien Chazelle
Loving Jeff Nichols
Manchester by the Sea Kenneth Lonergan
Get Out Jordan Peele
The Big Sick Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani
I, Tonya Steven Rogers
Lady Bird Greta Gerwig
The Shape of Water Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor
Eighth Grade Bo Burnham
Green Book Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie & Peter Farrelly
A Quiet Place Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski
Roma Alfonso Cuarón
Vice Adam McKay

Writers with multiple awards[edit]

5 Awards
2 Awards

Writers with multiple nominations[edit]

See also[edit]