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 nominees

Notes

1960s

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.

1970s

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

1980s

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 FieldsBruce Robinson
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the ApesRobert Towne and Michael Austin
The NaturalRoger Towne and Phil Dusenberry
A Passage to IndiaDavid Lean
A Soldier's StoryCharles Fuller
1985
(38th)[18]
Prizzi's HonorRichard Condon and Janet Roach
Agnes of GodJohn Pielmeier
The Color PurpleMenno Meyjes
Out of AfricaKurt Luedtke
The Trip to BountifulHorton Foote
1986
(39th)[19]
A Room with a ViewRuth Prawer Jhabvala
Children of a Lesser GodHesper Anderson and Mark Medoff
Down and Out in Beverly HillsPaul Mazursky and Leon Capetanos
Little Shop of HorrorsHoward Ashman
Stand by MeBruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon
1987
(40th)[20]
RoxanneSteve Martin
Fatal AttractionJames Dearden
Full Metal JacketStanley Kubrick, Michael Herr, and Gustav Hasford
The Princess BrideWilliam Goldman
The UntouchablesDavid Mamet
1988
(41st)[21]
Dangerous LiaisonsChristopher Hampton
The Accidental TouristFrank Galati and Lawrence Kasdan
Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian FosseyAnna Hamilton Phelan and Tab Murphy
The Unbearable Lightness of BeingJean-Claude Carrière and Philip Kaufman
Who Framed Roger RabbitJeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman
1989
(42nd)[22]
Driving Miss DaisyAlfred Uhry
Born on the Fourth of JulyOliver Stone and Ron Kovic
Field of DreamsPhil Alden Robinson
GloryKevin Jarre
My Left FootJim Sheridan and Shane Connaughton

1990s

Year Nominees Writer(s)
1990
(43rd)[23]
Dances with WolvesMichael Blake
AwakeningsSteven Zaillian
GoodfellasMartin Scorsese and Nicholas Pileggi
The GriftersDonald E. Westlake
Reversal of FortuneNicholas Kazan
1991
(44th)[24]
The Silence of the LambsTed Tally
The CommitmentsDick Clement, Ian La Frenais, and Roddy Doyle
Fried Green TomatoesFannie Flagg and Carol Sobieski
JFKOliver Stone and Zachary Sklar
The Prince of TidesPat Conroy and Becky Johnston
1992
(45th)[25]
The PlayerMichael Tolkin
Enchanted AprilPeter Barnes
Glengarry Glen RossDavid Mamet
Howards EndRuth Prawer Jhabvala
Scent of a WomanBo Goldman
1993
(46th)[26]
Schindler's ListSteven Zaillian
The FugitiveJeb Stuart and David Twohy
In the Name of the FatherTerry George and Jim Sheridan
The Joy Luck ClubAmy Tan and Ronald Bass
The Remains of the DayRuth Prawer Jhabvala
1994
(47th)[27]
Forrest GumpEric Roth
Little WomenRobin Swicord
The Madness of King GeorgeAlan Bennett
Quiz ShowPaul Attanasio
The Shawshank RedemptionFrank Darabont
1995
(48th)[28]
Sense and SensibilityEmma Thompson
Apollo 13William Broyles Jr. and Al Reinert
BabeGeorge Miller and Chris Noonan
Get ShortyScott Frank
Leaving Las VegasMike Figgis
1996
(49th)[29]
Sling BladeBilly Bob Thornton
The BirdcageElaine May
EmmaDouglas McGrath
The English PatientAnthony Minghella
TrainspottingJohn Hodge
1997
(50th)[30]
L.A. ConfidentialCurtis Hanson and Brian Helgeland
Donnie BrascoPaul Attanasio
The Ice StormJames Schamus
Wag the DogHilary Henkin and David Mamet
The Wings of the DoveHossein Amini
1998
(51st)[31]
Out of SightScott Frank
A Civil ActionSteven Zaillian
Gods and MonstersBill Condon
Primary ColorsElaine May
A Simple PlanScott B. Smith
1999
(52nd)[32]
ElectionAlexander Payne and Jim Taylor
The Cider House RulesJohn Irving
The InsiderEric Roth and Michael Mann
October SkyLewis Colick
The Talented Mr. RipleyAnthony Minghella

2000s

Year Nominees Writer(s)
2000
(53rd)[33]
TrafficStephen Gaghan
ChocolatRobert Nelson Jacobs
Crouching Tiger, Hidden DragonHui-Ling Wang, James Schamus, and Tsai Kuo Jung
High FidelityD. V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, John Cusack, and Scott Rosenberg
Wonder BoysSteve Kloves
2001
(54th)[34]
A Beautiful MindAkiva Goldsman
Black Hawk DownKen Nolan
Bridget Jones's DiaryAndrew Davies and Richard Curtis
Ghost WorldDaniel Clowes and Terry Zwigoff
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RingFran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson
2002
(55th)[35]
The HoursDavid Hare
About a BoyPeter Hedges, Chris Weitz, and Paul Weitz
About SchmidtAlexander Payne and Jim Taylor
Adaptation.Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman
ChicagoBill Condon
2003
(56th)[36]
American SplendorShari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
Cold MountainAnthony Minghella
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingFran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson
Mystic RiverBrian Helgeland
SeabiscuitGary Ross
2004
(57th)[37]
SidewaysAlexander Payne and Jim Taylor
Before SunsetRichard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, and Kim Krizan
Mean GirlsTina Fey
Million Dollar BabyPaul Haggis
The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de motocicleta)José Rivera
2005
(58th)[38]
Brokeback MountainLarry McMurtry and Diana Ossana
CapoteDan Futterman
The Constant GardenerJeffrey Caine
A History of ViolenceJosh Olson
SyrianaStephen Gaghan
2006
(59th)[39]
The DepartedWilliam Monahan
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of KazakhstanSacha Baron Cohen, Peter Baynham, Anthony Hines, Todd Phillips, and Dan Mazer
The Devil Wears PradaAline Brosh McKenna
Little ChildrenTodd Field and Tom Perrotta
Thank You for SmokingJason Reitman
2007
(60th)[40]
No Country for Old MenJoel Coen and Ethan Coen
The Diving Bell and the ButterflyRonald Harwood
Into the WildSean Penn
There Will Be BloodPaul Thomas Anderson
ZodiacJames Vanderbilt
2008
(61st)[41]
Slumdog MillionaireSimon Beaufoy
The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonEric Roth and Robin Swicord
The Dark KnightJonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan, and David S. Goyer
DoubtJohn Patrick Shanley
Frost/NixonPeter Morgan
2009
(62nd)[42]
Up in the AirJason Reitman and Sheldon Turner
Crazy HeartScott Cooper
Julie & JuliaNora Ephron
PreciousGeoffrey S. Fletcher
Star TrekRoberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman

2010s

Year Nominees Writer(s)
2010
(63rd)[43]
The Social NetworkAaron Sorkin
127 HoursDanny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy
I Love You Phillip MorrisGlenn Ficarra and John Requa
The TownBen Affleck, Peter Craig, and Aaron Stockard
True GritJoel Coen and Ethan Coen
2011
(64th)[44]
The DescendantsAlexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash
The Girl with the Dragon TattooSteven Zaillian
The HelpTate Taylor
HugoJohn Logan
MoneyballAaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian
2012
(65th)[45]
ArgoChris Terrio
Life of PiDavid Magee
LincolnTony Kushner
The Perks of Being a WallflowerStephen Chbosky
Silver Linings PlaybookDavid O. Russell
2013
(66th)[46]
Captain PhillipsBilly Ray
August: Osage CountyTracy Letts
Before MidnightRichard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy
Lone SurvivorPeter Berg
The Wolf of Wall StreetTerence Winter
2014
(67th)[47]
The Imitation GameGraham Moore
American SniperJason Hall
Gone GirlGillian Flynn
Guardians of the GalaxyJames Gunn and Nicole Perlman
WildNick Hornby
2015
(68th)[48]
The Big ShortAdam McKay and Charles Randolph
CarolPhyllis Nagy
The MartianDrew Goddard
Steve JobsAaron Sorkin
TrumboJohn McNamara
2016
(69th)[49]
ArrivalEric Heisserer
DeadpoolRhett Reese and Paul Wernick
FencesAugust Wilson
Hidden FiguresAllison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
Nocturnal AnimalsTom Ford
2017
(70th)[50]
Call Me by Your NameJames Ivory
The Disaster ArtistScott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
LoganScott Frank, James Mangold and Michael Green
Molly's GameAaron Sorkin
MudboundVirgil Williams and Dee Rees
2018
(71st)[51]
Can You Ever Forgive Me?Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
Black PantherJoe Robert Cole and Ryan Coogler
BlacKkKlansmanSpike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel and Kevin Willmott
If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
A Star Is BornEric Roth, Bradley Cooper and Will Fetters

Writers with multiple awards

3 Awards
2 Awards

Writers with multiple nominations

The following writers have received three or more nominations:

5 Nominations
4 Nominations
3 Nominations

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