Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay

The Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay – Motion Picture is one of the annual awards given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Golden Globe for Best Screenplay
Awarded forBest Screenplay in a Motion Picture
LocationUnited States
Presented byHollywood Foreign Press Association
Currently held byGreen Book (2018)


Winners and nominees


Year Film Nominees
1947Miracle on 34th StreetGeorge Seaton
1948The SearchRichard Schweizer ‡‡
1949BattlegroundRobert Pirosh
Rope of SandWalter Doniger


Year Film Nominees
1950All About EveJoseph L. Mankiewicz
The Asphalt JungleBen Maddow and John Huston ‡‡
Sunset BoulevardCharles Brackett, Billy Wilder, and D. M. Marshman Jr.
1951Bright VictoryRobert Buckner §
19525 FingersMichael Wilson ‡‡
High NoonCarl Foreman ‡‡
The ThiefClarence Greene and Russell Rouse
1953LiliHelen Deutsch ‡‡
1954SabrinaBilly Wilder, Ernest Lehman, and Samuel A. Taylor ‡‡


Year Film Nominees
1965Doctor ZhivagoRobert Bolt
The Agony and the EcstasyPhilip Dunne
The CollectorJohn Kohn and Stanley Mann ‡‡
A Patch of BlueGuy Green
The Slender ThreadStirling Silliphant
1966A Man for All SeasonsRobert Bolt
AlfieBill Naughton ‡‡
The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are ComingWilliam Rose ‡‡
The Sand PebblesRobert Anderson
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Ernest Lehman ‡‡
1967In the Heat of the NightStirling Silliphant
Bonnie and ClydeRobert Benton and David Newman ††
The FoxLewis John Carlino and Howard Koch
The GraduateBuck Henry and Calder Willingham ‡‡
Guess Who's Coming to DinnerWilliam Rose
1968CHAЯLYStirling Silliphant §
The FixerDalton Trumbo
The Lion in WinterJames Goldman
The ProducersMel Brooks
Rosemary's BabyRoman Polanski ‡‡
1969Anne of the Thousand DaysBridget Boland, John Hale, and Richard Sokolove ‡‡
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidWilliam Goldman
If It's Tuesday, This Must Be BelgiumDavid Shaw
John and MaryJohn Mortimer
Midnight CowboyWaldo Salt


Year Film Nominees
1970Love StoryErich Segal ††
Five Easy PiecesCarole Eastman and Bob Rafelson ††
HusbandsJohn Cassavetes
M*A*S*HRing Lardner Jr.
ScroogeLeslie Bricusse
1971The HospitalPaddy Chayefsky
The French ConnectionErnest Tidyman
KluteAndy and Dave Lewis ††
KotchJohn Paxton
Mary, Queen of ScotsJohn Hale
1972The GodfatherFrancis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo
Avanti!Billy Wilder and I. A. L. Diamond
CabaretJay Presson Allen ‡‡
DeliveranceJames Dickey
FrenzyAnthony Shaffer
The Heartbreak KidNeil Simon
1973The ExorcistWilliam Peter Blatty
Cinderella LibertyDarryl Ponicsan
The Day of the JackalKenneth Ross
The StingDavid S. Ward
A Touch of ClassMelvin Frank and Jack Rose ††
1974ChinatownRobert Towne
The ConversationFrancis Ford Coppola ††
The Godfather Part IIFrancis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo
The Towering InfernoStirling Silliphant
A Woman Under the InfluenceJohn Cassavetes
1975One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestBo Goldman and Lawrence Hauben
Dog Day AfternoonFrank Pierson
JawsPeter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb
NashvilleJoan Tewkesbury
The Sunshine BoysNeil Simon ‡‡
1976NetworkPaddy Chayefsky
All the President's MenWilliam Goldman
Marathon ManWilliam Goldman
RockySylvester Stallone ††
Taxi DriverPaul Schrader
Voyage of the DamnedDavid Butler and Steve Shagan ‡‡
1977The Goodbye GirlNeil Simon ††
Annie HallWoody Allen and Marshall Brickman
Close Encounters of the Third KindSteven Spielberg
JuliaAlvin Sargent
The Turning PointArthur Laurents ††
1978Midnight ExpressOliver Stone
Coming HomeRobert C. Jones and Waldo Salt
The Deer HunterDeric Washburn ††
Foul PlayColin Higgins
InteriorsWoody Allen ††
An Unmarried WomanPaul Mazursky ††
1979Kramer vs. KramerRobert Benton
Being ThereJerzy Kosinski
Breaking AwaySteve Tesich
The China SyndromeJames Bridges, T. S. Cook, and Mike Gray ††
Norma RaeHarriet Frank, Jr. and Irving Ravetch ‡‡


Year Film Nominees
1980The Ninth ConfigurationWilliam Peter Blatty §
The Elephant ManEric Bergren and Christopher De Vore ‡‡
Ordinary PeopleAlvin Sargent
Raging BullMardik Martin and Paul Schrader
The Stunt ManLawrence B. Marcus ‡‡
1981On Golden PondErnest Thompson
Absence of MaliceKurt Luedtke ††
The Four SeasonsAlan Alda
The French Lieutenant's WomanHarold Pinter ‡‡
RedsWarren Beatty and Trevor Griffiths ††
1982GandhiJohn Briley
E.T. the Extra-TerrestrialMelissa Mathison ††
MissingCosta-Gavras and Donald E. Stewart
TootsieLarry Gelbart and Murray Schisgal ††
The VerdictDavid Mamet ‡‡
1983Terms of EndearmentJames L. Brooks
The Big ChillBarbara Benedek and Lawrence Kasdan ††
The DresserRonald Harwood ‡‡
Educating RitaWilly Russell ‡‡
Reuben, ReubenJulius J. Epstein ‡‡
1984AmadeusPeter Shaffer
The Killing FieldsBruce Robinson ‡‡
A Passage to IndiaDavid Lean ‡‡
Places in the HeartRobert Benton
A Soldier's StoryCharles Fuller ‡‡
1985The Purple Rose of CairoWoody Allen ††
Back to the FutureRobert Zemeckis and Bob Gale ††
Out of AfricaKurt Luedtke
Prizzi's HonorRichard Condon and Janet Roach ‡‡
WitnessWilliam Kelley and Earl W. Wallace
1986The MissionRobert Bolt §
Blue VelvetDavid Lynch
Hannah and Her SistersWoody Allen
Mona LisaNeil Jordan and David Leland
PlatoonOliver Stone ††
1987The Last EmperorBernardo Bertolucci, Mark Peploe, and Enzo Ungari ‡
Broadcast NewsJames L. Brooks ††
Hope and GloryJohn Boorman ††
House of GamesDavid Mamet
MoonstruckJohn Patrick Shanley
1988Running on EmptyNaomi Foner ††
A Cry in the DarkRobert Caswell and Fred Schepisi
Mississippi BurningChris Gerolmo
Rain ManRonald Bass and Barry Morrow
Working GirlKevin Wade
1989Born on the Fourth of JulyOliver Stone and Ron Kovic ‡‡
Dead Poets SocietyTom Schulman
Do the Right ThingSpike Lee ††
GloryKevin Jarre
Sex, Lies, and VideotapeSteven Soderbergh ††
When Harry Met Sally...Nora Ephron ††


Year Film Nominees
1990Dances with WolvesMichael Blake
AvalonBarry Levinson ††
The Godfather Part IIIFrancis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo
GoodfellasNicholas Pileggi and Martin Scorsese ‡‡
Reversal of FortuneNicholas Kazan ‡‡
1991Thelma & LouiseCallie Khouri
BugsyJames Toback ††
Grand CanyonLawrence Kasdan and Meg Kasdan ††
JFKZachary Sklar and Oliver Stone ‡‡
The Silence of the LambsTed Tally
1992Scent of a WomanBo Goldman ‡‡
A Few Good MenAaron Sorkin
Howards EndRuth Prawer Jhabvala
The PlayerMichael Tolkin ‡‡
UnforgivenDavid Webb Peoples ††
1993Schindler's ListSteven Zaillian
PhiladelphiaRon Nyswaner ††
The PianoJane Campion
The Remains of the DayRuth Prawer Jhabvala ‡‡
Short CutsRobert Altman and Frank Barhydt
1994Pulp FictionQuentin Tarantino
Forrest GumpEric Roth
Four Weddings and a FuneralRichard Curtis ††
Quiz ShowPaul Attanasio ‡‡
The Shawshank RedemptionFrank Darabont ‡‡
1995Sense and SensibilityEmma Thompson
The American PresidentAaron Sorkin
BraveheartRandall Wallace ††
Dead Man WalkingTim Robbins
Get ShortyScott Frank
Mr. Holland's OpusPatrick Sheane Duncan
1996The People vs. Larry FlyntScott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski §
The English PatientAnthony Minghella ‡‡
FargoJoel Coen and Ethan Coen
Lone StarJohn Sayles ††
ShineJan Sardi ††
1997Good Will HuntingMatt Damon and Ben Affleck
As Good as It GetsMark Andrus and James L. Brooks ††
L.A. ConfidentialBrian Helgeland and Curtis Hanson
TitanicJames Cameron
Wag the DogHilary Henkin and David Mamet ‡‡
1998Shakespeare in LoveMarc Norman and Tom Stoppard
BulworthWarren Beatty and Jeremy Pikser ††
HappinessTodd Solondz
Saving Private RyanRobert Rodat ††
The Truman ShowAndrew Niccol ††
1999American BeautyAlan Ball
Being John MalkovichCharlie Kaufman ††
The Cider House RulesJohn Irving
The InsiderEric Roth and Michael Mann ‡‡
The Sixth SenseM. Night Shyamalan ††


Year Film Nominees
2000TrafficStephen Gaghan
Almost FamousCameron Crowe
QuillsDoug Wright ††
Wonder BoysSteve Kloves ‡‡
You Can Count On MeKenneth Lonergan
2001A Beautiful MindAkiva Goldsman
Gosford ParkJulian Fellowes
The Man Who Wasn't ThereJoel Coen and Ethan Coen
MementoChristopher Nolan ††
Mulholland DriveDavid Lynch
2002About SchmidtAlexander Payne and Jim Taylor §
Adaptation.Charlie and Donald Kaufman ‡‡
ChicagoBill Condon ‡‡
Far from HeavenTodd Haynes ††
The HoursDavid Hare ‡‡
2003Lost in TranslationSofia Coppola
Cold MountainAnthony Minghella
In AmericaJim Sheridan, Kirsten Sheridan, and Naomi Sheridan ††
Love ActuallyRichard Curtis
Mystic RiverBrian Helgeland ‡‡
2004SidewaysAlexander Payne and Jim Taylor
The AviatorJohn Logan ††
CloserPatrick Marber
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindCharlie Kaufman
Finding NeverlandDavid Magee ‡‡
2005Brokeback MountainLarry McMurtry and Diana Ossana
CrashPaul Haggis and Bobby Moresco
Good Night, and Good Luck.George Clooney and Grant Heslov ††
Match PointWoody Allen ††
MunichTony Kushner and Eric Roth ‡‡
2006The QueenPeter Morgan ††
BabelGuillermo Arriaga ††
The DepartedWilliam Monahan
Little ChildrenTodd Field and Tom Perrotta ‡‡
Notes on a ScandalPatrick Marber ‡‡
2007No Country for Old MenJoel Coen and Ethan Coen
AtonementChristopher Hampton ‡‡
Charlie Wilson's WarAaron Sorkin
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Le scaphandre et le papillon)Ronald Harwood ‡‡
JunoDiablo Cody
2008Slumdog MillionaireSimon Beaufoy
The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonEric Roth ‡‡
DoubtJohn Patrick Shanley ‡‡
Frost/NixonPeter Morgan ‡‡
The ReaderDavid Hare ‡‡
2009Up in the AirJason Reitman and Sheldon Turner ‡‡
District 9Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell ‡‡
The Hurt LockerMark Boal
Inglourious BasterdsQuentin Tarantino ††
It's ComplicatedNancy Meyers


Year Film Nominees
2010The Social NetworkAaron Sorkin
127 HoursSimon Beaufoy and Danny Boyle ‡‡
InceptionChristopher Nolan ††
The Kids Are All RightLisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg ††
The King's SpeechDavid Seidler
2011Midnight in ParisWoody Allen
The ArtistMichel Hazanavicius ††
The DescendantsAlexander Payne, Jim Rash, and Nat Faxon
The Ides of MarchGeorge Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Beau Willimon ‡‡
MoneyballSteven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin ‡‡
2012Django UnchainedQuentin Tarantino
ArgoChris Terrio
LincolnTony Kushner ‡‡
Silver Linings PlaybookDavid O. Russell ‡‡
Zero Dark ThirtyMark Boal ††
2013Her Spike Jonze
12 Years a SlaveJohn Ridley
American HustleEric Warren Singer and David O. Russell ††
NebraskaBob Nelson ††
PhilomenaSteve Coogan and Jeff Pope ‡‡
2014Birdman Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., and Armando Bo
BoyhoodRichard Linklater ††
Gone GirlGillian Flynn
The Grand Budapest HotelWes Anderson ††
The Imitation GameGraham Moore
2015 Steve JobsAaron Sorkin §
The Big ShortAdam McKay and Charles Randolph
The Hateful EightQuentin Tarantino
RoomEmma Donoghue ‡‡
SpotlightTom McCarthy and Josh Singer
2016 La La LandDamien Chazelle ††
Hell or High WaterTaylor Sheridan ††
Manchester by the SeaKenneth Lonergan
MoonlightBarry Jenkins
Nocturnal AnimalsTom Ford
2017 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriMartin McDonagh ††
Lady BirdGreta Gerwig ††
Molly's GameAaron Sorkin ‡‡
The PostLiz Hannah and Josh Singer
The Shape of WaterGuillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor ††
2018 Green BookNick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, and Peter Farrelly
The FavouriteDeborah Davis and Tony McNamara ††
If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins ‡‡
RomaAlfonso Cuarón ††
ViceAdam McKay ††
2019 The Irishman Steven Zaillian
Marriage Story Noah Baumbach
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Quentin Tarantino
Parasite Bong Joon-Ho and Han Jin Won
The Two Popes Anthony McCarten

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