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Abby Mann
   wrote the screenplay for   
Judgement of Nuremberg
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1961. Wrote many successful TV series and his screenplay for this film was also adapted for the stage and opened on Broadway in 2001.
Akiva Goldsman
   wrote the screenplay for   
A Beautiful Mind
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adapted from a novel in 2001. He also wrote the original screenplay for Cinderella Man
Alan Ball
   wrote the screenplay for   
American Beauty
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 1999. He is outspokenly gay and his work often includes gay issues or characters such as David Fisher in Six Feet Under (2001).
Albert Lamorisse
   wrote the screenplay for   
The Red Balloon
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 1956. He started out as a photographer then went into making short films which brought him a lot of success. He was killed in an helicopter crash while shooting a documentary.
Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor
   wrote the screenplay for   
Sideways
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 2004.Alexander Payne also directed this film.
Alfred Uhry
   wrote the screenplay for   
Driving Miss Daisy
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1989. The first playwright to win the Tony, the Oscar, and the Pulitzer Prize.
Alan Jay Lerner
   wrote the screenplay for   
An American In Paris
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 1951. He also won 2 Tony Awards for his Musical My Fair Lady.
Alan Jay Lerner
   wrote the screenplay for   
Gigi
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1958. He was also a very successful songwriter and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971.
Alvin Sargent
   wrote the screenplay for   
Ordinary People
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1980. Although he is an award-winning screenwriter, he is known to take his time writing his scripts.
Bill Condon
   wrote the screenplay for   
Gods and Monsters
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1998. First film-related job was working for a year in the publicity department at Avco Embassy.
Billy Bob Thornton
   wrote the screenplay for   
Sling Blade
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1996. He also Directed and wrote Sling Blade. Billy received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 7, 2004
Bo Goldman
   wrote the screenplay for   
Melvin and Howard
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 1980. Goldman's first produced film won all five top Academy Awards including Best Screenplay for Goldman.
Bruce Joel Rubin
   wrote the screenplay for   
Ghost
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 1990. Spent a year teaching college Communications in 1982 while awaiting final production on Brainstorm.
Budd Schulberg
   wrote the screenplay for   
On The Waterfront
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 1954. In 1941 he wrote a book titled What Makes Sammy Run which exposed the darker side of Hollywood which made him an outcast for years.
Callie Khouri
   wrote the screenplay for   
Thelma and Louise
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 1991. Worked as a theatre apprentice, waitress, and as a secretary at a music video production company before getting into the film business
Cameron Crowe
   wrote the screenplay for   
Almost Famous
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 2000. Former journalist for Rolling Stone magazine. He also wrote the screenplay for Jerry Maguire which took over 5 years to develop.
Charles Schnee
   wrote the screenplay for   
The Bad and the Beautiful
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1952. He wrote many successful screenplays including Red River, Easy Living and Born to be Bad.
Christopher Hampton
   wrote the screenplay for   
Dangerous Liaisons
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1988. He was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1999 Queen's Birthday Honors List for his services to literature.
Colin Welland
   wrote the screenplay for   
Chariots of Fire
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 1981. Colin made his famous boast of "The British Are Coming" at the 1982 Academy Awards where he received the Best Writing award for Chariots of Fire.
Daniel Taradash
   wrote the screenplay for   
From Here To Eternity
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1953. He was the President of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1970/73
David S. Ward
   wrote the screenplay for   
The Sting
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 1973. He also wrote screenplays for Sleepless in Seattle and Flyboys.
Donald Ogden Stewart
   wrote the screenplay for   
The Philadelphia Story
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1940. He was Blacklisted for Communism in 1950 and emigrated to England
Emma Thompson
   wrote the screenplay for   
Sense and Sensibility
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1995. She co-wrote, co-produced, and co-directed Cambridge University's first all-female revue "Woman's Hour" in 1983.
Eric Roth
   wrote the screenplay for   
Forrest Gump
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1994. He also wrote the screenplays for many other films such as Munich, The Horse Whisperer, The Postman and The Insider.
Ernest Thompson
   wrote the screenplay for   
On Golden Pond
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1981. Owns a Theatre in Kittery, Maine.
Ernest Tidyman
   wrote the screenplay for   
The French Connection
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1971. He also wrote High Plains drifting for Clint Eastwood.
Frank Pierson
   wrote the screenplay for   
Dog Day Afternoon
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 1975. President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). [August 2001 - August 2005]
Frederic Raphael
   wrote the screenplay for   
Darling
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 1965. Also wrote the screenplay for Eyes Wide Shut and wrote many TV mini series.
George Seaton
   wrote the screenplay for   
The Country Girl
Won an Oscar fir this screenplay adaptation in 1954. Before his career in writing he was the original Lone Ranger , leaving the role after two and a half months to pursue his writing.
George Wells
   wrote the screenplay for   
Designing Women
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 1957. Wrote many screenplays including Angels in the Outfield and Cover me Babe
Horton Foote
   wrote the screenplay for   
Tender Mercies
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 1983. He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 2000 by the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington D.C.
Horton Foote
   wrote the screenplay for   
To Kill A Mockingbird
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1962. A most successful writer not just for film but for stage productions as well. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his play The Young Man From Atlanta.
James Goldman
   wrote the screenplay for   
The Lion in Winter
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1968. Also wrote the screenplays for Cyber Bandits, White Knights and a few TV movies and series.
James L. Brooks
   wrote the screenplay for   
Terms of Endearment
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1983. He is among an elite group of 5 Directors who have won Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay (Orig/Adapted) for the same film.
James R. Webb
   wrote the screenplay for   
How The West Was Won
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 1963. Also wrote the screenplay for many successful movies and TV series including Cape Fear and The Big Country.
Jane Campion
   wrote the screenplay for   
The Piano
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 1993. Her first short film, Peel (1982) won the Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1986.
Jeremy Larner
   wrote the screenplay for   
The Candidate
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 1972. A 1958 graduate of Brandeis University, he returned for the school's 2007 SunDeis Film Festival to participate on an all-star Alumni Panel and give a talk about his work in the film industry and read from his new book of poetry.
John Briley
   wrote the screenplay for   
Gandhi
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 1982. Wrote many screenplays including Marie 1985 and the Medusa Touch 1978.
John Huston
   wrote the screenplay for   
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1948. He was known for a mean streak when it came to working with actors and on set Directing a John Wayne Movie , John himself got so mad at Huston that he punched him , knocking him out cold.
John Irving
   wrote the screenplay for   
The Cider House Rules
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1999 which took him over 13 years! He has been a wrestling coach for years. Inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1992.
John Osborne
   wrote the screenplay for   
Tom Jones
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1963. Was known for one of Britains most important writers of the 1950’s.Was Awarded the Lifetime Achievement Writers Award of Great Britain
John Patrick Shanley
   wrote the screenplay for   
Moonstruck
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 1987. Successful playwright of such works as "Savage In Limbo" and "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea". Whenever possible, he directs his plays as well.
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
   wrote the screenplay for   
All About Eve
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1950. He was the first American to receive an Italian Order of Merit for having made 4 movies for Italy.
Julian Fellows
   wrote the screenplay for   
Gosford Park
Won an Oscar for this Original Screenplay in 2001. He based Dame Maggie Smith's character on his great aunt.
Kurt Luedde
   wrote the screenplay for   
Out Of Africa
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1985. Also wrote the screenplay for Random Hearts.
Lamar Trotti
   wrote the screenplay for   
Wilson
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1944. Wrote many screenplay successes including The Razor’s Edge, A Bell for Adano and Young Mr. Lincoln
Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana
   wrote the screenplay for   
Brokeback Mountain
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation of a short story in 2005.
Mel Brooks
   wrote the screenplay for   
The Producers
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 1968. U2 used The Producers as an inspiration to their title album Achtung Baby. He also Produced and wrote the lyrics to the Musical of the Producers.
Michael Arndt
   wrote the screenplay for   
Little Miss Sunshine
He won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 2006. He was working as Matthew Broderick's assistant and quit to write this screenplay.
Michael Blake
   wrote the screenplay for   
Dances With Wolves (1990)
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1990. Written as a wedding present for Viggo Mortensen and Exene Cervenka.
Neil Jordan
   wrote the screenplay for   
The Crying Game
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 1992. Is the award-winning author of a number of acclaimed novels and collections of stories. Nearly all his stories are set in Ireland and most deal with the subjects of children, family relationships and childhood memories
Neil Paterson
   wrote the screenplay for   
Room At The Top
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1959. Also wrote several screenplays including The Shiralee and Devil on Horseback.
Oliver Stone
   wrote the screenplay for   
Midnight Express
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1978. In Vietnam, Stone won the Bronze Star for Valor and the Purple Heart with First Oak Leaf Cluster. Stone was jailed for marijuana possession in Mexico at the age of 21.
Paddy Chayefsky
   wrote the screenplay for   
Hospital
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 1971. He also is a successful Producer and composer.
Paddy Chayefsky
   wrote the screenplay for   
Network
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 1976. The only person to have three solo writing Academy Awards. The other three time winners, Francis Coppola, Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder have all shared their awards with co-writers.
Paul Haggis and Robert Moresco
   wrote the screenplay for   
Crash
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay On March 5, 2006, Paul became the first person in the history of the Academy Awards to write two back-to-back Best Picture Winners, for Crash and the previous year's winner, Million Dollar Baby.
Peter Shaffer
   wrote the screenplay for   
Amadeus
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1984. Awarded a Knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II in the annual New Year Honours (2001).
Richard Brooks
   wrote the screenplay for   
Elmer Gantry
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1960. He also scripted and directed Cat on a Hot Tin Roof . Was a highly regarded writer, director and producer.
Robert Benton
   wrote the screenplay for   
Kramer Vs Kramer
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1979. Directed 8 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Justin Henry, Jane Alexander, Sally Field, John Malkovich, Lindsay Crouse and Paul Newman. Hoffman, Streep and Field won Oscars for their performances in one of Benton's movies.
Robert Benton
   wrote the screenplay for   
Places in the Heart
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 1984. Benton's father had two brothers, both of whom were murdered
Robert Bolt
   wrote the screenplay for   
A Man For All Seasons
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1966. He wrote a number of radio plays which were successfully broadcast which led to him leaving his teaching position and taking up writing full time.
Robert Pirosh
   wrote the screenplay for   
Battleground
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1949. Most of his screenwriting was done for television series, for which he had great success.
Robert Towne
   wrote the screenplay for   
Chinatown
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 1974. Came into his own during the 1970s when he was regarded as one of the finest screenwriters in Hollywood.
Ronald Harwood
   wrote the screenplay for   
The Pianist
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 2002. Made Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1974 and Commander of the British Empire in 1999
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
   wrote the screenplay for   
Howards End
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1992. She was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1998 for her services to Literature
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
   wrote the screenplay for   
A Room With A View
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1986. She was awarded the Booker Prize for her novel, "Heat and Dust," in 1975.
Sidney Howard
   wrote the screenplay for   
Gone With The Wind
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1939. He was killed in a farming accident when a tractor rolled on top of him before he was able to receive his Oscar. He was the first person to receive a Posthumous Oscar.
Sidney Sheldon
   wrote the screenplay for   
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 1947. He had immense success not only as a screenplay writer for film but also for Broadway and television with series such as I dream of Jeannie. As well as being a best selling Novelist.
Sofia Coppola
   wrote the screenplay for   
Lost in Translation
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 2003. Is only the third woman in history to be nominated for a Best Director Academy Award.
Stephen Gaghan
   wrote the screenplay for   
Traffic
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 2000. Also wrote the screenplay for Syriana. Turned down the offer to adapt The Da Vinci Code.
Steven Zaillian
   wrote the screenplay for   
Schindler’s List
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1993. Also did uncredited rewrites on Patriot Games (1992) and Twister (1996).
Stirling Silliphant
   wrote the screenplay for   
In the Heat of the Night
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1967. Has also published more than 50 books and was an advertising executive for Disney before he started screen writing.
T. E. B. Clarke
   wrote the screenplay for   
The Lavender Hill Mob
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 1952. He wrote a book on British Pubs called "What's Yours?", which captured the attention of Ealing Studios whom he wrote 15 films for.
Ted Tally
   wrote the screenplay for   
The Silence of the Lambs
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1991. Has made a career of adapting novels to the screen, having received acclaim for his adaptation of "Silence of the Lambs" and given the job of writing its 2002 prequel (remake) "Red Dragon".
Tom Schulman
   wrote the screenplay for   
Dead Poets Society
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 1989. His teacher at Montgomery Bell Academy, Sam Pickering, was the basis of Robin Williams' character.
Waldo Salt
   wrote the screenplay for   
Midnight Cowboy
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1969. There was a screenwriting award named after him in his honour.
William Goldman
   wrote the screenplay for   
All The President's Men
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1976. Winner of the 1985 Laurel Award for lifetime achievement in screenwriting
William Inge
   wrote the screenplay for   
Splendour in the Grass
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 1961. He had 4 very successful Broadway plays but after his Oscar his plays never had the same success sending him into a deep depression which eventually led to his suicide in 1973.
William Monahan
   wrote the screenplay for   
The Departed
He won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 2006. Also was a former Spy Magazine Editor
William Peter Blatty
   wrote the screenplay for   
The Exorcist
Won an Oscar for this screenplay adaptation in 1973. He also wrote the novel of the same name after he won a substantial amount of money on a Groucho Marx quiz show
William Rose
   wrote the screenplay for   
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 1967. He also wrote many other screenplays including It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World and the Lady Killers.
Woody Allen
   wrote the screenplay for   
Hannah and Her Sisters
Won an Oscar for this original screenplay in 1986. A lot of his movies feature at least one character who is a writer - often Woody himself.


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