Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Original Screenplay

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Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Original Screenplay
2023 recipients: Greta Gerwig (left) & Noah Baumbach (right)
Awarded forBest Original Screenwriting of a Motion Picture
LocationLos Angeles, California
Presented byCritics Choice Association
First awardedEmma Thompson for Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Currently held byGreta Gerwig & Noah Baumbach for Barbie (2023)

The Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Original 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]

Emma Thompson was the first recipient of this award originally titled, Best Screenplay in 1995
Tom Stoppard won for Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Christopher Nolan won for Memento (1999)
Cameron Crowe won for Almost Famous (2000)
Charlie Kaufman won for Adaptation (2002)
Alexander Payne won for Sideways (2004)
Diablo Cody won for Juno (2007)
Quentin Tarantino won twice for Inglorious Basterds (2009) and Django Unchained (2012)
Woody Allen won for Midnight in Paris (2011)
Spike Jonze won for Her (2013)
Alejandro González Iñárritu won for Birdman (2014)
Damien Chazelle won for La La Land (2016)
Kenneth Lonergan won for Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Jordan Peele won for Get Out (2017)
Paul Schrader won for First Reformed (2018)
Kenneth Branagh won for Belfast (2021)
Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan won for Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)


Best Screenplay
Year Writer (s) Film
Emma Thompson Sense and Sensibility
Anthony Minghella The English Patient
Best Original Screenplay
Year Writer (s) Film
1997 Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Good Will Hunting
1998 Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard Shakespeare in Love
1999 Alan Ball American Beauty


Best Original Screenplay
Year Writer (s) Film
Cameron Crowe Almost Famous
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
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 Original Screenplay
Year Writer (s) Film
Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds
Mark Boal The Hurt Locker
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen A Serious Man
Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (500) Days of Summer
Bob Peterson and Pete Docter Up


Year Writer (s) Film
David Seidler The King's Speech
Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg The Kids Are All Right
Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, and John McLaughlin Black Swan
Mike Leigh Another Year
Christopher Nolan Inception
Scott Silver, Eric Johnson, Paul Tamasy, and Keith Dorrington The Fighter
Woody Allen Midnight in Paris
Diablo Cody Young Adult
Michel Hazanavicius The Artist
Tom McCarthy and Joe Tiboni Win Win
Will Reiser 50/50
Quentin Tarantino Django Unchained
Paul Thomas Anderson The Master
Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola Moonrise Kingdom
Mark Boal Zero Dark Thirty
John Gatins Flight
Rian Johnson Looper
Spike Jonze Her
Woody Allen Blue Jasmine
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen Inside Llewyn Davis
Bob Nelson Nebraska
Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell American Hustle
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., and Armando Bó Birdman
Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness The Grand Budapest Hotel
Damien Chazelle Whiplash
Dan Gilroy Nightcrawler
Richard Linklater Boyhood
Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer Spotlight
Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, and Joel Coen Bridge of Spies
Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, and Josh Cooley Inside Out
Alex Garland Ex Machina
Quentin Tarantino The Hateful Eight
Damien Chazelle (TIE) La La Land
Kenneth Lonergan (TIE) Manchester by the Sea
Efthimis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos The Lobster
Barry Jenkins Moonlight
Jeff Nichols Loving
Taylor Sheridan Hell or High Water
Jordan Peele Get Out
Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor The Shape of Water
Greta Gerwig Lady Bird
Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani The Big Sick
Liz Hannah and Josh Singer The Post
Martin McDonagh Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Paul Schrader First Reformed
Bo Burnham Eighth Grade
Alfonso Cuarón Roma
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara The Favourite
Adam McKay Vice
Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, and Peter Farrelly Green Book
Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, and John Krasinski A Quiet Place
Quentin Tarantino Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Noah Baumbach Marriage Story
Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Parasite
Rian Johnson Knives Out
Lulu Wang The Farewell


Year Writer (s) Film
Emerald Fennell Promising Young Woman
Lee Isaac Chung Minari
Jack Fincher (posthumous) Mank
Eliza Hittman Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Darius Marder and Abraham Marder Sound of Metal
Aaron Sorkin The Trial of the Chicago 7
Kenneth Branagh Belfast
Paul Thomas Anderson Licorice Pizza
Zach Baylin King Richard
Adam McKay and David Sirota Don't Look Up
Aaron Sorkin Being the Ricardos
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert Everything Everywhere All at Once
Todd Field Tár
Martin McDonagh The Banshees of Inisherin
Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner The Fabelmans
Charlotte Wells Aftersun
Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach Barbie
Samy Burch May December
Alex Convery Air
Bradley Cooper and Josh Singer Maestro
David Hemingson The Holdovers
Celine Song Past Lives

See also[edit]


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