All BAFTA Film Awards Winners for Screenwriting

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This list includes those who have won at least one of the BAFTA Screenwriting Awards from 1960 to 2018

1. Woody Allen

Writer | Manhattan

Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...

Annie Hall (1977) - Best Screenplay Manhattan (1979) - Best Screenplay Broadway Danny Rose (1984) - Best Original Screenplay The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) - Best Original Screenplay Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) - Best Original Screenplay Husbands and Wives (1992) - Best Original Screenplay + 6 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

2. Charlie Kaufman

Writer | Synecdoche, New York

Avid reader Charlie Kaufman wrote plays and made short films as a young student. He moved from Massapequa, New York to West Hartford, Connecticut in 1972 where he attended high school. As a comedic actor, he performed in school plays and, after graduation, he enrolled at Boston University but soon ...

Being John Malkovich (1999) - Best Original Screenplay Adaptation. (2002) - Best Adapted Screenplay Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) - Best Original Screenplay

3. Harold Pinter

Writer | Sleuth

Harold Pinter, the 2005 Nobel Laureate for Literature, was born October 10, 1930, in London's working-class Hackney district to Hyman and Frances Pinter, Eastern European Jews who had immigrated to the United Kingdom from Portugal. Hyman (known as "Jack") was a tailor specializing in women's ...

The Pumpkin Eater (1964) - Best British Screenplay The Go-Between (1971) - Best Screenplay + 5 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

4. Jean-Claude Carrière

Writer | The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Jean-Claude Carrière was born on September 19, 1931 in Colombières-sur-Orb, Hérault, France as Jean-Claude François Carrière. He is a writer and actor, known for The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) and Happy Anniversary (1962).

Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie (1972) - Best Screenplay The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) - Best Adapted Screenplay + 2 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

5. Anthony Minghella

Writer | The Talented Mr. Ripley

Anthony Minghella was the son of immigrants from Italy, who own an ice-cream factory on the Isle of Wight, where Anthony was born on January 6, 1954. He and his two siblings, Edana Minghella and Dominic Minghella, grew up there, a popular British holiday spot. After graduating from the University of...

Truly Madly Deeply (1990) - Best Original Screenplay The English Patient (1996) - Best Adapted Screenplay + 2 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

6. Quentin Tarantino

Writer | Reservoir Dogs

Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old.

In January of...

Pulp Fiction (1994) - Best Original Screenplay Django Unchained (2012) - Best Original Screenplay + 2 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

7. Robert Bolt

Writer | A Man for All Seasons

Son of a small shopkeeper, he attended Manchester Grammar School. He later said that he made poor uses of his opportunities there. He went to work in an insurance office, but later entered Manchester University, taking a degree in History. A post-graduate year at Exeter University led to a ...

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) - Best British Screenplay A Man for All Seasons (1966)- Best British Screenplay + 1 BAFTA nomination for Screenwriting

8. Martin McDonagh

Writer | In Bruges

Martin McDonagh was born on March 26, 1970 in Camberwell, London, England. He is a writer and director, known for In Bruges (2008), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) and Seven Psychopaths (2012).

In Bruges (2008) - Best Original Screenplay Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) - Best Original Screenplay

9. David O. Russell

Writer | American Hustle

David Owen Russell is an American film writer, director, and producer, known for a cinema of intense, tragi-comedic characters whose love of life can surpass dark circumstances faced in very specific worlds. His films address such themes as mental illness as stigma or hope; invention of self and ...

Silver Linings Playbook (2012) - Best Adapted Screenplay American Hustle (2013) - Best Original Screenplay

10. Tom McCarthy

Producer | Win Win

Tom McCarthy is an American film director, screenwriter, and actor. He is best known for direct and write The Station Agent (2003), The Visitor (2007), Win Win (2011), and Spotlight (2015), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and was nominated for Best Director.

McCarthy...

The Station Agent (2003) - Best Original Screenplay Spotlight (2015) - Best Original Screenplay

11. Marshall Brickman

Writer | Annie Hall

Marshall Brickman was born on August 25, 1939 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Marshall Michael Brickman. He is a writer and producer, known for Annie Hall (1977), Sleeper (1973) and Manhattan (1979). He has been married to Nina Feinberg since 1978. They have two children.

Annie Hall (1977) - Best Screenplay Manhattan (1979) - Best Screenplay

12. Larry McMurtry

Writer | Brokeback Mountain

Larry McMurtry was born on June 3, 1936 in Wichita Falls, Texas, USA as Larry Jeff McMurtry. He is a writer and producer, known for Brokeback Mountain (2005), The Last Picture Show (1971) and Streets of Laredo (1995). He has been married to Faye Kesey since April 29, 2011. He was previously married...

The Last Picture Show (1971) - Best Screenplay Brokeback Mountain (2005) - Best Adapted Screenplay

13. William Rose

Writer | Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

William Rose was born on December 12, 1914 in Jefferson City, Missouri, USA as William Arthur Rose. He was a writer, known for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) and The Ladykillers (1955). He was married to Tania Rose. He died on February 10, 1987 in Jersey, ...

The Ladykillers (1955) - Best British Screenplay + 4 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

14. Steven Zaillian

Writer | Schindler's List

Steven Zaillian was born on January 30, 1953 in Fresno, California, USA as Steven Ernest Bernard Zaillian. He is a writer and producer, known for Schindler's List (1993), A Civil Action (1998) and Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993).

Schindler's List (1993) - Best Adapted Screenplay + 3 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

15. Aaron Sorkin

Writer | The West Wing

Aaron Sorkin grew up in Scarsdale, a suburb of New York City where he was very involved in his high school drama and theater club. After graduating from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater, Sorkin intended to pursue a career in acting. It took him only a short time to ...

The Social Network (2010) - Best Adapted Screenplay + 3 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

16. Bryan Forbes

Actor | The Guns of Navarone

Bryan Forbes was born on July 22, 1926 in Stratford, London, England as John Theobald Clarke. He was an actor and writer, known for The Guns of Navarone (1961), The Whisperers (1967) and Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964). He was married to Nanette Newman and Constance Smith. He died on May 8, 2013 ...

The Angry Silence (1960) - Best British Screenplay + 3 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

17. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Writer | Howards End

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was born on May 7, 1927 in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany as Ruth Prawer. She was a writer, known for Howards End (1992), A Room with a View (1985) and The Remains of the Day (1993). She was married to Cyrus Jhabvala. She died on April 3, 2013 in Manhattan, New York ...

Heat and Dust (1983) - Best Adapted Screenplay + 3 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

18. Ronald Harwood

Writer | The Pianist

Born in South-Africa in 1934, Ronald Harwood moved to London in 1951 to pursue a career in the theater. After attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, he joined the Shakespeare Company of Sir Donald Wolfit, one of the last 'actor-manager' of Great-Britain. From 1953 to 1958, Harwood became the ...

Le scaphandre et le papillon (2007) - Best Adapted Screenplay + 3 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

19. Wes Anderson

Writer | Fantastic Mr. Fox

Wesley Wales Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His mother, Texas Ann (Burroughs), is an archaeologist turned real estate agent, and his father, Melver Leonard Anderson, worked in advertising and PR. He has two brothers, Eric and Mel. Anderson's parents divorced when he was a young child, an ...

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) - Best Original Screenplay + 2 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

20. Simon Beaufoy

Writer | Slumdog Millionaire

Born in Keighley, West Yorkshire. He attended Malsis School in Cross Hills Ermysted's Grammar School at Skipton, later he attended Sedbergh School in Cumbria.

He has read English at St Peter's College, Oxford and graduated from the Arts Institute at Bournemouth.

In 2009 he won an Academy Award for ...

Slumdog Millionaire (2008) - Best Adapted Screenplay + 2 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

21. Mike Leigh

Director | Secrets & Lies

Mike Leigh was born on February 20, 1943 in Salford, Greater Manchester, England. He is a director and writer, known for Secrets & Lies (1996), Happy-Go-Lucky (2008) and Another Year (2010). He was previously married to Alison Steadman.

Secrets & Lies (1996) - Best Adapted Screenplay + 2 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

22. Bill Forsyth

Director | Local Hero

Bill Forsyth was born on July 29, 1946 in Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland as William David Forsyth. He is a director and writer, known for Local Hero (1983), Gregory's Girl (1980) and Housekeeping (1987).

Gregory's Girl (1980) - Best Screenplay + 2 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

23. Baz Luhrmann

Writer | Moulin Rouge!

Baz Luhrmann is an Australian writer, director, and producer with projects spanning film, television, opera, theatre, music, and recording industries. He is regarded by many as a contemporary example of an auteur for his distinctly recognizable style and deep involvement in the writing, directing, ...

Romeo + Juliet (1996) - Best Adapted Screenplay + 2 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

24. Craig Pearce

Writer | Moulin Rouge!

Craig Pearce is an actor and writer, known for Moulin Rouge! (2001), Romeo + Juliet (1996) and The Great Gatsby (2013).

Romeo + Juliet (1996) - Best Adapted Screenplay + 2 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

25. Neil Jordan

Writer | The Crying Game

Neil Jordan was born on February 25, 1950 in Sligo, Ireland. He is a writer and producer, known for The Crying Game (1992), Breakfast on Pluto (2005) and Michael Collins (1996). He has been married to Brenda Rawn since June 30, 2004. They have two children. He was previously married to Vivienne ...

The End of the Affair (1999) - Best Adapted Screenplay + 2 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

26. David Leland

Director | Wish You Were Here

David Leland was born on April 20, 1941 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England as David Hugh Leland. He is an actor and director, known for Wish You Were Here (1987), Band of Brothers (2001) and Mona Lisa (1986). He has been married to Sabrina Canale since May 26, 2007. He was previously married to ...

Wish You Were Here (1987) - Best Original Screenplay + 2 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

27. William Goldman

Writer | Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Screenwriter, novelist, playwright, non-fiction author. Born in Highland Park, Illinois, USA, began his career as a novelist in 1957. Started writing screenplays in 1965 with "Masquerade". A two-time Academy Award Winner, he is one of the most successful screenwriters and script doctors in ...

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) - Best Screenplay + 1 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

28. Paddy Chayefsky

Writer | Network

Author, producer and composer who earned a Bachelor of Science degree from CCNY, then a Purple Heart during World War II while serving in the US Army. Joining ASCAP in 1955, his chief musical collaborators included George Bassman and Harry Warren. His popular-song compositions include "Marty" and "...

The Hospital (1971) - Best Screenplay + 1 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

29. John Boulting

Director | I'm All Right Jack

John Boulting was born on December 21, 1913 in Bray, Berkshire, England. He was a producer and director, known for I'm All Right Jack (1959), Seven Days to Noon (1950) and Private's Progress (1956). He was married to Anne Josephine Flynn, Ann Marion Ware, Jacqueline Helen Duncan and Veronica Davide...

I'm All Right Jack (1959) - Best British Screenplay + 1 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

30. Alan Parker

Director | Evita

Prior to moving into film, Alan was noted as one of London's most talented advertising copywriters. He worked for the Collet Dickinson Pearce (CDP) ad agency in the 1960's and early 1970's, and began directing his own tvc scripts in their basement. Formed a partnership with David Puttnam as his ...

Bugsy Malone (1976) - Best Screenplay + 1 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

31. Peter Jackson

Producer | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies,...

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) - Best Adapted Screenplay + 1 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

32. Adam McKay

Producer | The Other Guys

Adam McKay (born April 17, 1968) is an American screenwriter, director, comedian, and actor. McKay has a comedy partnership with Will Ferrell, with whom he co-wrote the films Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and The Other Guys. Ferrell and McKay also founded their comedy website Funny or Die through ...

The Big Short (2015) - Best Adapted Screenplay + 1 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

33. Costa-Gavras

Director | Missing

Costa-Gavras was born on February 12, 1933 in Loutra-Iraias, Greece as Konstantinos Gavras. He is a director and writer, known for Missing (1982), Amen. (2002) and Z (1969). He has been married to Michèle Ray-Gavras since 1968. They have two children.

Missing (1982) - Best Screenplay + 1 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

34. Christopher Hampton

Writer | Dangerous Liaisons

Christopher Hampton was born on January 26, 1946 in Faial, Açores, Portugal as Christopher James Hampton. He is a writer, known for Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Atonement (2007) and The Quiet American (2002). He has been married to Laura de Holesch since 1971. They have two children.

Dangerous Liaisons (1988) - Best Adapted Screenplay + 1 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

35. Frank Harvey

Writer | I'm All Right Jack

Frank Harvey was born on August 11, 1912 in Manchester, England. He was a writer and actor, known for I'm All Right Jack (1959), Private's Progress (1956) and Lost Daughter (1949). He died on November 6, 1981 in Ottery St. Mary, Devon, England.

I'm All Right Jack (1959) - Best British Screenplay + 1 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

36. Frederic Raphael

Writer | Eyes Wide Shut

Frederic Raphael was born on August 14, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Frederic Michael Raphael. He is a writer and actor, known for Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Two for the Road (1967) and Darling (1965). He has been married to Sylvia Betty Glatt since January 17, 1955.

Darling (1965) - Best British Screenplay + 1 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

37. John Osborne

Writer | Tom Jones

The Oscar-winning screenwriter John Osborne, better known as one of the most important British playwrights of the 1950s generation that revolutionized English-speaking theater, was born on December 12, 1929 in London, England. His father, Thomas Godfrey Osborne, a native of Newport, Monmouthshire, ...

Tom Jones (1963) - Best British Screenplay + 1 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

38. Nora Ephron

Writer | Julie & Julia

Nora Ephron was educated at Wellesley College, Massachusetts. She was an acclaimed essayist (Crazy Salad 1975), novelist (Heartburn 1983), and had written screenplays for several popular films, all featuring strong female characters, such as anti-nuclear activist Karen Silkwood (Silkwood (1983), ...

When Harry Met Sally... (1989) - Best Original Screenplay + 1 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

39. Alexander Payne

Director | Nebraska

Director, producer and screenwriter Alexander Payne was born in Omaha, Nebraska. His parents, Peggy (Constantine) and George Payne, ran a Greek restaurant. His father is of Greek and German ancestry, and his mother is of Greek descent; the family name was originally Papadopoulos. He has two older ...

Sideways (2004) - Best Adapted Screenplay + 1 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

40. Kenneth Lonergan

Writer | Manchester by the Sea

Kenneth Lonergan is a playwright, screenwriter and director. His film, You Can Count on Me (2000), which he wrote and directed, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay, won the Sundance 2000 Grand Jury Prize and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, the NY Film Critics Circle, LA Film ...

Manchester by the Sea (2016) - Best Original Screenplay + 1 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

41. Josh Singer

Producer | Spotlight

Josh Singer is a producer and writer, known for Spotlight (2015), The Post (2017) and First Man (2018).

Spotlight (2015) - Best Original Screenplay + 1 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

42. Michael Arndt

Writer | Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Michael Arndt was born on November 11, 1965 in Harris County, Texas, USA as Michael deBruyn Arndt. He is a writer, known for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), Little Miss Sunshine (2006) and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013).

Little Miss Sunshine (2006) - Best Original Screenplay + 1 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

43. Mark Boal

Producer | The Hurt Locker

Mark Boal was born on January 23, 1973 in New York, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for The Hurt Locker (2008), Zero Dark Thirty (2012) and Detroit (2017).

The Hurt Locker (2008) - Best Original Screenplay + 1 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

44. Paul Haggis

Writer | Crash

Paul Haggis established himself over twenty years with an extensive career in television, before his big break into features arrived when he became the first screenwriter to garner two Best Film Academy Awards back-to-back for his scripts: "Million Dollar Baby" (2004) directed by Clint Eastwood, ...

Crash (2004) - Best Original Screenplay + 1 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

45. Peter Morgan

Writer | Frost/Nixon

Peter Morgan was born on April 10, 1963 in London, England as Peter Julian Robin Morgan. He is a writer and producer, known for Frost/Nixon (2008), The Last King of Scotland (2006) and The Queen (2006).

The Last King of Scotland (2006) - Best Adapted Screenplay + 1 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

46. Robin Estridge

Writer | The Young Lovers

British screenwriter and author of crime and suspense fiction who often published his works under the pseudonyms of Philip Loraine and Robin York. Prior to that, he had worked as a stage designer and as a journalist.

The Young Lovers (1954) - Best British Screenplay + 1 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

47. Jeremy Brock

Writer | The Last King of Scotland

Jeremy Brock was born in 1959 in Brussels, Belgium. He is a writer and director, known for The Last King of Scotland (2006), Driving Lessons (2006) and How I Live Now (2013).

The Last King of Scotland (2006) - Best Adapted Screenplay + 1 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) - Best Adapted Screenplay + 1 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

49. Fran Walsh

Writer | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Fran Walsh was born on January 10, 1959 in Wellington, New Zealand. She is known for her work on The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002). She has been married to Peter Jackson ...

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) - Best Adapted Screenplay + 1 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

50. Pedro Almodóvar

Writer | Hable con ella

The most internationally acclaimed Spanish filmmaker since Luis Buñuel was born in a small town (Calzada de Calatrava) in the impoverished Spanish region of La Mancha. He arrived in Madrid in 1968, and survived by selling used items in the flea-market called El Rastro. Almodóvar couldn't study ...

Hable con ella (2002) - Best Original Screenplay + 1 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

51. Paul Dehn

Writer | Murder on the Orient Express

Paul Dehn's show-business career began in 1936 as a movie reviewer for several London newspapers. He later wrote plays, operettas and musicals for the stage. Dehn's first screenplay, for Seven Days to Noon (1950), garnered him an Oscar. He later wrote everything from James Bond films to entries in ...

Orders to Kill (1958) - Best British Screenplay + 1 BAFTA nominations for Screenwriting

52. Robert Towne

Writer | Chinatown

Writer, director, producer, actor. Born in Los Angeles, California, USA, and raised in the seaport town of San Pedro. Got his start acting and writing for legendary exploitation director/producer Roger Corman. Came into his own during the 1970s when he was regarded as one of the finest ...

The Last Detail (1973) - Best Screenplay Chinatown (1974) - Best Screenplay

53. Martin Scorsese

Director | Taxi Driver

Martin Charles Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942 in Queens, New York City, to Catherine Scorsese (née Cappa) and Charles Scorsese, who both worked in Manhattan's garment district, and whose families both came from Palermo, Sicily. He was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later ...

Goodfellas (1990) - Best Adapted Screenplay

54. Luis Buñuel

Writer | Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie

The father of cinematic Surrealism and one of the most original directors in the history of the film medium, Luis Buñuel was given a strict Jesuit education (which sowed the seeds of his obsession with both religion and subversive behavior), and subsequently moved to Madrid to study at the ...

Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie (1972) - Best Screenplay

55. Spike Lee

Director | Do the Right Thing

Spike Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York. Lee came from artistic, education-grounded background; his father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a schoolteacher. He attended ...

BlacKkKlansman (2018) - Best Adapted Screenplay

56. Cameron Crowe

Writer | Almost Famous

Certainly idiosyncratic as a writer, Cameron Crowe has created a series of scripts that, while liked by the critics, were considered offbeat and difficult to market.

Cameron Bruce Crowe was born in Palm Springs, California, to Alice Marie Crowe (née George), a teacher and activist, and James A. ...

Almost Famous (2000) - Best Original Screenplay

57. Peter Bogdanovich

Director | The Last Picture Show

Peter Bogdanovich was conceived in Europe but born in Kingston, New York. He is the son of immigrants fleeing the Nazis, Herma (Robinson) and Borislav Bogdanovich, a painter and pianist. His father was a Serbian Orthodox Christian, and his mother was from a rich Austrian Jewish family. Peter ...

The Last Picture Show (1971) - Best Screenplay

58. Philip Kaufman

Writer | The Right Stuff

Director and screenwriter Philip Kaufman was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the University of Chicago and later Harvard Law School. He won the Prix de la Nouvelle Critique at Cannes in 1965 for his film Goldstein (1964). He was the screenwriter for The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) and was to ...

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) - Best Adapted Screenplay

59. Christopher McQuarrie

Writer | The Usual Suspects

Christopher McQuarrie is an acclaimed producer, director and an Academy Award® winning writer. McQuarrie grew up in Princeton Junction, New Jersey and in lieu of college, he spent the first five years out of school traveling and working at a detective agency. He later moved to Los Angeles to pursue...

The Usual Suspects (1995) - Best Original Screenplay

60. Gary Oldman

Actor | Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Gary Oldman is a talented English movie star and character actor, renowned for his expressive acting style. One of the most celebrated thespians of his generation, with a diverse career encompassing theatre, film and television, he is known for his roles as Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy (1986), ...

Nil by Mouth (1997) - Best Original Screenplay

61. Nigel Balchin

Writer | The Man Who Never Was

After leaving university, he worked as a research scientist until the Second World War started, During the war, he worked as a psychologist in the Personnel Department of the War Office.

The Man Who Never Was (1956) - Best British Screenplay

62. George Tabori

Writer | Frohes Fest

George Tabori was born on May 24, 1914 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary as György Tábori. He was a writer and actor, known for Frohes Fest (1981), Chance Meeting (1954) and I Confess (1953). He was married to Ursula Höpfner, Ursula Grützmacher-Tabori, Viveca Lindfors and Hannah Freund. He died on July ...

The Young Lovers (1954) - Best British Screenplay

63. Pierre Boulle

Writer | The Bridge on the River Kwai

Pierre Boulle was a French novelist best known for two works, The Bridge over the River Kwai (1952) and Planet of the Apes (1963), that were both made into award-winning films.

He was an engineer serving as a secret agent with the Free French in Singapore, when he was captured and subjected to two ...

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) - Best British Screenplay

64. Alan Hackney

Writer | I'm All Right Jack

British novelist and comedy screenwriter of the 1950's and 60's, the son of a civil servant. He was educated at Manchester University and New College, Oxford. He commenced his writing career working for Punch Magazine, also making ends meet as a schoolteacher at Chertsey, Surrey, and then as a ...

I'm All Right Jack (1959) - Best British Screenplay

65. Shelagh Delaney

Writer | A Taste of Honey

Shelagh Delaney was born on November 25, 1938 in Salford, Lancashire, England as Sheila Delaney. She was a writer and actress, known for A Taste of Honey (1961), Red, White and Zero (1967) and Charlie Bubbles (1968). She died on November 20, 2011 in Suffolk, England.

A Taste of Honey (1961) - Best British Screenplay

66. Tony Richardson

Director | A Taste of Honey

Tony Richardson was born on June 5, 1928 in Shipley, Yorkshire, England as Cecil Antonio Richardson. He was a director and producer, known for A Taste of Honey (1961), Tom Jones (1963) and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962). He was married to Vanessa Redgrave. He died on November 14,...

A Taste of Honey (1961) - Best British Screenplay

67. David Mercer

Writer | Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment

David Mercer was born on June 27, 1928 in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England. He was a writer and actor, known for Morgan! (1966), Providence (1977) and Ninety Degrees in the Shade (1965). He died on August 8, 1980 in Haifa, Israel.

Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966) - Best British Screenplay

68. Calder Willingham

Writer | The Graduate

Grew up in Rome.

The Graduate (1967) - Best Screenplay

69. Buck Henry

Writer | The Graduate

Buck Henry was born on December 9, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Buck Henry Zuckerman. He is a writer and actor, known for The Graduate (1967), Get Smart (1965) and Catch-22 (1970). He is married to Sally.

The Graduate (1967) - Best Screenplay

70. Waldo Salt

Writer | Serpico

Waldo Salt was one of the many people blacklisted in Hollywood during the Red Scare, but unlike others, Salt recovered triumphantly. He wrote his first scripts in the late 1930s (MGM contract writer, 1936-42) and also served as a civilian consultant to the Office of War Information from 1942- 1945 ...

Midnight Cowboy (1969) - Best Screenplay

71. Robert Getchell

Writer | Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Not to be confused with the classical singer of the same name, screen-writer Robert Getchell was born in 1936 in Kansas City, Missouri and studied English at the University of Missouri in Columbia, graduating in 1965. After working as a free-lance writer and reviewer,he penned his first screen-play...

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) - Best Screenplay

72. Alvin Sargent

Writer | Spider-Man 2

Alvin Sargent was born on April 12, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Alvin Supowitz. He is known for his work on Spider-Man 2 (2004), Ordinary People (1980) and Paper Moon (1973). He was married to Laura Ziskin and Joan Camden. He died on May 9, 2019 in Seattle, Washington, USA.

Julia (1977) - Best Screenplay

73. Jerzy Kosinski

Writer | Being There

Jerzy Kosinski was born on June 14, 1933 in Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland as Jerzy Lewinkopf. He was a writer and actor, known for Being There (1979), Reds (1981) and The Painted Bird (2019). He was married to Katherina ("Kiki") von Fraunhofer and Mary Hayward Weir. He died on May 3, 1991 in New York City,...

Being There (1979) - Best Screenplay

74. Donald E. Stewart

Writer | Missing

Donald E. Stewart was born on January 24, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Donald Edward Stewart. He was a writer and producer, known for Missing (1982), The Hunt for Red October (1990) and Hostiles (2017). He was married to Suzanne Margaret Beuerle. He died on April 28, 1999 in Los Angeles, ...

Missing (1982) - Best Screenplay

75. Bruce Robinson

Writer | Withnail & I

Such is the mythology that has sprung up around Bruce Robinson's first film, the openly autobiographical Withnail & I (1987), that it's often hard to separate fact from fiction. But the facts appear to be these: trained as an actor at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, he got off to a...

The Killing Fields (1984) - Best Adapted Screenplay

76. Richard Condon

Writer | Prizzi's Honor

Richard Condon was born on March 18, 1915 in New York City, New York, USA as Richard Thomas Condon. He is known for his work on Prizzi's Honor (1985), The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and The Manchurian Candidate (2004). He was married to Evelyn Hunt. He died on April 9, 1996 in Dallas, Texas, USA.

Prizzi's Honor (1985) - Best Adapted Screenplay

Prizzi's Honor (1985) - Best Adapted Screenplay

78. Kurt Luedtke

Writer | Out of Africa

Kurt Luedtke was born on September 28, 1939 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. He is a writer, known for Out of Africa (1985), Absence of Malice (1981) and Random Hearts (1999).

Out of Africa (1985) - Best Adapted Screenplay

79. Paul D. Zimmerman

Writer | The King of Comedy

He wrote interviews and movie reviews for Newsweek magazine.

The King of Comedy (1982) - Best Original Screenplay

80. Claude Berri

Writer | Jean de Florette

Claude Berri was born on July 1, 1934 in Paris, France as Claude Berel Langmann. He was a producer and actor, known for Jean de Florette (1986), The Two of Us (1967) and Hunting and Gathering (2007). He was married to Anne-Marie Rassam and Sylvie Gautrelet. He died on January 12, 2009 in Paris.

Jean de Florette (1986) - Best Adapted Screenplay

81. Gérard Brach

Writer | Der Name der Rose

Gérard Brach was born on July 23, 1927 in Montrouge, Hauts-de-Seine, France. He was a writer and director, known for The Name of the Rose (1986), Frantic (1988) and Bitter Moon (1992). He died on September 9, 2006 in Paris, France.

Jean de Florette (1986) - Best Adapted Screenplay

A World Apart (1988) - Best Original Screenplay

83. Nicholas Pileggi

Writer | Goodfellas

Nicholas Pileggi was born and raised in New York, the son of a shoe store owner. He worked as a journalist for Associated Press in the 1950s where he specialized in crime reporting. Over the next 30 years he built up his contacts and reputation, covering stories for New York magazine and ...

Goodfellas (1990) - Best Adapted Screenplay

84. Giuseppe Tornatore

Writer | La migliore offerta

Giuseppe Tornatore was born on May 27, 1956 in Bagheria, Sicily, Italy. He is a writer and director, known for The Best Offer (2013), The Legend of 1900 (1998) and Cinema Paradiso (1988).

Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1988) - Best Original Screenplay

85. Dick Clement

Writer | The Commitments

Dick Clement was born on September 5, 1937 in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England as Richard Clement. He is a writer and producer, known for The Commitments (1991), Flushed Away (2006) and The Bank Job (2008).

The Commitments (1991) - Best Adapted Screenplay

86. Ian La Frenais

Writer | The Commitments

Ian La Frenais was born on January 7, 1937 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England. He is a writer and producer, known for The Commitments (1991), Flushed Away (2006) and Tracey Takes On... (1996). He has been married to Doris Vartan since 1984.

The Commitments (1991) - Best Adapted Screenplay

87. Roddy Doyle

Writer | The Commitments

Roddy Doyle was born in 1958 in Dublin, Ireland. He is a writer and producer, known for The Commitments (1991), Family (1994) and Two Lives: Hell for Leather (1999). He is married to Belinda. They have three children.

The Commitments (1991) - Best Adapted Screenplay

88. Michael Tolkin

Writer | The Player

Michael Tolkin was born on October 17, 1950 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for The Player (1992), Deep Impact (1998) and Changing Lanes (2002).

The Player (1992) - Best Adapted Screenplay

89. Danny Rubin

Writer | Groundhog Day

Danny Rubin was born in 1957. He is a writer, known for Groundhog Day (1993), Freaky Friday (2003) and Hear No Evil (1993).

Groundhog Day (1993) - Best Original Screenplay

90. Harold Ramis

Writer | Ghostbusters

Born on November 21, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, Harold Allen Ramis got his start in comedy as Playboy magazine's joke editor and reviewer. In 1969, he joined Chicago's Second City's Improvisational Theatre Troupe before moving to New York to help write and perform in "The National Lampoon Show" ...

Groundhog Day (1993) - Best Original Screenplay

91. Paul Attanasio

Writer | Donnie Brasco

Paul Albert Attanasio (born November 14, 1959) is an American screenwriter. He is a 1981 graduate of Harvard College, where he lived in Currier House, and earned his law degree at Harvard Law School in 1984. Paul is known for Homicide: Life on The Street (1993-1999), Quiz Show (1994), Donnie Brasco...

Quiz Show (1994) - Best Adapted Screenplay

92. Roger Avary

Writer | Lucky Day

Award-winning filmmaker Roger Avary first began experimenting in Beta I video and 8mm film formats during the late 1970s. In 1983, his Super-8mm supernatural thriller The Worm Turns won Best Film from the Los Angeles Film Teachers Association Film Expo. He went on to attend the Pasadena Art Center ...

Pulp Fiction (1994) - Best Original Screenplay

93. John Hodge

Writer | Trainspotting

John Hodge was born in 1964 in Glasgow, Scotland. He is a writer and actor, known for Trainspotting (1996), T2 Trainspotting (2017) and Shallow Grave (1994).

Trainspotting (1996) - Best Adapted Screenplay

94. Elaine May

Actress | Small Time Crooks

Elaine May was born on April 21, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Elaine Iva Berlin. She is an actress and writer, known for Small Time Crooks (2000), A New Leaf (1971) and Primary Colors (1998). She was previously married to David L. Rubinfine, Sheldon Harnick and Marvin May.

Primary Colors (1998) - Best Adapted Screenplay

95. Andrew Niccol

Writer | Gattaca

New Zealand-born screenwriter-director Andrew Niccol began his career in London, successfully directing TV commercials before moving to Los Angeles in order to make films "longer than 60 seconds." He interested high-powered producer Scott Rudin in his The Truman Show (1998) script, but Rudin was not...

The Truman Show (1998) - Best Original Screenplay

96. Stephen Gaghan

Writer | Syriana

Stephen Gaghan was born on May 6, 1965 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. He is known for his work on Syriana (2005), Traffic (2000) and Gold (2016). He has been married to Minnie Mortimer since May 19, 2007.

Traffic (2000) - Best Adapted Screenplay

97. Guillaume Laurant

Writer | Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain

Guillaume Laurant is a writer and actor, known for Amélie (2001), A Very Long Engagement (2004) and The City of Lost Children (1995). He was previously married to Sandrine Bonnaire.

Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (2001) - Best Original Screenplay

98. Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Director | Un long dimanche de fiançailles

Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a self-taught director who was very quickly interested by cinema, with a predilection for a fantastic cinema where form is as important as the subject. Thus he started directing TV commercials and video clips (such as Julien Clerc in 1984). At the same time he met designer/...

Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (2001) - Best Original Screenplay

99. Ted Elliott

Writer | Shrek

Ted Elliott was born on July 4, 1961 in Santa Ana, California, USA. He is a writer, known for Shrek (2001), The Lone Ranger (2013) and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003).

Shrek (2001) - Best Adapted Screenplay

100. Terry Rossio

Writer | Aladdin

Terry Rossio was born on July 2, 1960 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. He is a writer, known for Aladdin (1992), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) and Shrek (2001).

Shrek (2001) - Best Adapted Screenplay



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