Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

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Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Awarded forBest Adapted Screenwriting of a Motion Picture
LocationLos Angeles, California
Presented byCritics Choice Association
First awardedEmma Thompson for Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Currently held byCord Jefferson for American Fiction (2023)

The Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Adapted Screenplay is presented by the Critics Choice Association at the annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards.

The categories for screenplays have gone through several changes since their inception in 1995:

  • From 1995 to 1996, the category Best Screenplay was presented, with no official nominees being announced but instead only a winner.
  • From 1997 to 2000, the category was split into two, divided into Best Original Screenplay and Best Screenplay Adaptation.
  • In 2001, the categories were merged into Best Screenplay again. From 2002 to 2008, the category was renamed to Best Writer.

In 2009, the distinction between original and adapted was implemented again, with two categories presented ever since, Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Winners and nominees[edit]


Best Screenplay
Year Writer Film
Emma Thompson Sense and Sensibility
Anthony Minghella The English Patient
Best Screenplay Adaptation
Year Writer(s) Film Source material
1997 Brian Helgeland and Curtis Hanson L.A. Confidential The novel by James Ellroy
1998 Scott Smith A Simple Plan The novel by Smith
1999 Frank Darabont The Green Mile The novel by Stephen King


Best Screenplay Adaptation
Year Writer(s) Film Source material
Stephen Gaghan (TIE) Traffic The British television serial Traffik by Simon Moore
Steve Kloves (TIE) Wonder Boys The novel by Michael Chabon
Best Screenplay
Year Writer(s) Film
Christopher Nolan Memento
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen The Man Who Wasn't There
Akiva Goldsman A Beautiful Mind
Best Writer
Year Writer(s) Film(s)
2002 Charlie Kaufman Adaptation. and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor About Schmidt
Nia Vardalos My Big Fat Greek Wedding
2003 Jim Sheridan, Naomi Sheridan, and Kirsten Sheridan In America
John August Big Fish
Sofia Coppola Lost in Translation
Brian Helgeland Mystic River
Gary Ross Seabiscuit
2004 Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor Sideways
Bill Condon Kinsey
Charlie Kaufman Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
John Logan The Aviator
David Magee Finding Neverland
2005 Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco Crash
Noah Baumbach The Squid and the Whale
George Clooney and Grant Heslov Good Night, and Good Luck.
Dan Futterman Capote
Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana Brokeback Mountain
2006 Michael Arndt Little Miss Sunshine
Guillermo Arriaga Babel
Todd Field and Tom Perrotta Little Children
Zach Helm Stranger than Fiction
William Monahan The Departed
Peter Morgan The Queen
2007 Diablo Cody Juno
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen No Country for Old Men
Tony Gilroy Michael Clayton
Nancy Oliver Lars and the Real Girl
Sean Penn Into the Wild
Aaron Sorkin Charlie Wilson's War
2008 Simon Beaufoy Slumdog Millionaire
Dustin Lance Black Milk
Peter Morgan Frost/Nixon
Eric Roth The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
John Patrick Shanley Doubt
Best Adapted Screenplay
Year Writer(s) Film Source material
Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner Up in the Air The novel by Walter Kirn
Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach Fantastic Mr. Fox The novel by Roald Dahl
Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell District 9 The short film Alive in Joburg by Bloomkamp
Geoffrey Fletcher Precious The novel Push by Sapphire
Tom Ford and David Scearce A Single Man The novel by Christopher Isherwood
Nick Hornby An Education The memoir by Lynn Barber


Year Writer(s) Film Source material(s)
Aaron Sorkin The Social Network The book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich
Ben Affleck, Peter Craig, and Aaron Stockard The Town The novel Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan
Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Lee Unkrich Toy Story 3 The Toy Story films by Pete Docter, Lasseter, Stanton, et al.
Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy 127 Hours The book Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen True Grit The novel by Charles Portis
Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini Winter's Bone The novel by Daniel Woodrell
Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, and Stan Chervin Moneyball The book by Michael Lewis
John Logan Hugo The book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash The Descendants The novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings
Eric Roth Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close The novel by Jonathan Safran Foer
Tate Taylor The Help The novel by Kathryn Stockett
Tony Kushner Lincoln The book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Stephen Chbosky The Perks of Being a Wallflower The novel by Chbosky
David Magee Life of Pi The novel by Yann Martel
David O. Russell Silver Linings Playbook The novel by Matthew Quick
Chris Terrio Argo The book The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and article "The Great Escape: How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran" by Joshuah Bearman
John Ridley 12 Years a Slave The memoir by Solomon Northup
Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope Philomena The book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith
Tracy Letts August: Osage County The play by Letts
Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy Before Midnight The characters from the film Before Sunrise by Linklater and Kim Krizan
Billy Ray Captain Phillips The book A Captain's Duty by Richard Phillips and Stephan Talty
Terence Winter The Wolf of Wall Street The book by Jordan Belfort
Gillian Flynn Gone Girl The novel by Flynn
Paul Thomas Anderson Inherent Vice The novel by Thomas Pynchon
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese, and William Nicholson Unbroken The book by Laura Hillenbrand
Nick Hornby Wild The memoir by Cheryl Strayed
Anthony McCarten The Theory of Everything The memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Hawking
Graham Moore The Imitation Game The book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
Adam McKay and Charles Randolph The Big Short The book by Michael Lewis
Emma Donoghue Room The novel by Emma Donoghue
Drew Goddard The Martian The novel by Andy Weir
Nick Hornby Brooklyn The novel by Colm Tóibín
Aaron Sorkin Steve Jobs The book by Walter Isaacson
Eric Heisserer Arrival The novella "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang
Luke Davies Lion The book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley and Larry Buttrose
Tom Ford Nocturnal Animals The novel Tony and Susan by Austin Wright
Todd Komarnicki Sully The memoir Highest Duty by Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow
Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi Hidden Figures The book by Margot Lee Shetterly
August Wilson (posthumous) Fences The play by Wilson
James Ivory Call Me by Your Name The novel by André Aciman
Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber The Disaster Artist The book by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell
Dee Rees and Virgil Williams Mudbound The novel by Hillary Jordan
Aaron Sorkin Molly's Game The memoir by Molly Bloom
Jack Thorne, Steven Conrad, and Stephen Chbosky Wonder The novel by R. J. Palacio
Barry Jenkins If Beale Street Could Talk The novel by James Baldwin
Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole Black Panther The Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty Can You Ever Forgive Me? The memoir by Lee Israel
Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, and Will Fetters A Star Is Born The 1954 screenplay by Moss Hart and 1976 screenplay by John Gregory Dunne, Joan Didion and Frank Pierson; story by Robert Carson and William Wellman
Josh Singer First Man The book by James R. Hansen
Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, and Spike Lee BlacKkKlansman The memoir Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth
Greta Gerwig Little Women The novel by Louisa May Alcott
Noah Harpster and Micah Fitzerman-Blue A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood The article "Can You Say ... Hero?" by Tom Junod
Anthony McCarten The Two Popes The play The Pope by McCarten
Todd Phillips and Scott Silver Joker The characters by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson
Taika Waititi Jojo Rabbit The novel Caging Skies by Christine Leunens
Steven Zaillian The Irishman The book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt


Year Writer(s) Film Source material
Chloé Zhao Nomadland The book by Jessica Bruder
Paul Greengrass and Luke Davies News of the World The novel by Paulette Jiles
Kemp Powers One Night in Miami... The play by Powers
Jonathan Raymond and Kelly Reichardt First Cow The novel The Half Life by Raymond
Ruben Santiago-Hudson Ma Rainey's Black Bottom The play by August Wilson
Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton The Father The play Le Père by Zeller
Jane Campion The Power of the Dog The novel by Thomas Savage
Maggie Gyllenhaal The Lost Daughter The novel by Elena Ferrante
Sian Heder CODA The film La Famille Bélier by Victoria Bedos, Thomas Bidegain, Stanislas Carré de Malberg, and Éric Lartigau
Tony Kushner West Side Story The stage play book by Arthur Laurents
Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, and Eric Roth Dune The novel by Frank Herbert
Sarah Polley Women Talking The novel by Miriam Toews
Samuel D. Hunter The Whale The play by Hunter
Kazuo Ishiguro Living The film Ikiru by Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, and Hideo Oguni
Rian Johnson Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery The film Knives Out by Johnson
Rebecca Lenkiewicz She Said The book by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey
Cord Jefferson American Fiction The novel Erasure by Percival Everett
Kelly Fremon Craig Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume
Andrew Haigh All of Us Strangers Strangers by Taichi Yamada
Tony McNamara Poor Things Poor Things by Alasdair Gray
Christopher Nolan Oppenheimer American Prometheus by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin
Eric Roth and Martin Scorsese Killers of the Flower Moon Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

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