Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Screenplay

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The Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Screenplay is an annual award given by the Houston Film Critics Society.



Year Winner Writer(s)
2007 Juno Diablo Cody
Atonement Christopher Hampton
Michael Clayton Tony Gilroy
No Country for Old Men Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
The Savages Tamara Jenkins
2008 Slumdog Millionaire Simon Beaufoy
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Eric Roth
The Dark Knight Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan
Doubt John Patrick Shanley
Milk Dustin Lance Black
2009 Up in the Air Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner
The Hurt Locker Mark Boal
Inglourious Basterds Quentin Tarantino
In the Loop Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, and Tony Roche
Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire Geoffrey S. Fletcher


Year Winner Writer(s)
2010 The Social Network Aaron Sorkin
Inception Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg
Toy Story 3 John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich, and Michael Arndt
Winter's Bone Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini
2011 The Descendants Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash
50/50 Will Reiser
The Artist Michel Hazanavicius
Midnight in Paris Woody Allen
Win Win Tom McCarthy
2012 Lincoln Tony Kushner
Argo Chris Terrio
Looper Rian Johnson
Silver Linings Playbook David O. Russell
Zero Dark Thirty Mark Boal
2013 12 Years a Slave John Ridley
American Hustle Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
Before Midnight Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, and Ethan Hawke
Her Spike Jonze
Inside Llewyn Davis Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
2014 Boyhood Richard Linklater
Birdman Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., and Armando Bo
The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness
Nightcrawler Dan Gilroy
Whiplash Damien Chazelle
2015 Spotlight Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer
The Hateful Eight Quentin Tarantino
The Martian Drew Goddard
Room Emma Donoghue
Steve Jobs Aaron Sorkin
2016 Hell or High Water Taylor Sheridan
Arrival Eric Heisserer
La La Land Damien Chazelle
Manchester by the Sea Kenneth Lonergan
Moonlight Barry Jenkins
2017 Lady Bird Greta Gerwig
The Big Sick Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
Get Out Jordan Peele
The Post Liz Hannah and Josh Singer
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Martin McDonagh
2018 The Favourite Deborah Davis & Tony McNamara
Eighth Grade Bo Burnham
First Reformed Paul Schrader
If Beale Street Could Talk Barry Jenkins
Vice Adam McKay
2019 Knives Out Rian Johnson
The Farewell Lulu Wang
Marriage Story Noah Baumbach
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Quentin Tarantino
Parasite Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won


Year Winner Writer(s)
2020 Promising Young Woman Emerald Fennell
Minari Lee Isaac Chung
Nomadland Chloé Zhao
One Night in Miami... Kemp Powers
Sound of Metal Derek Cianfrance, Abraham Marder and Darius Marder
The Trial of the Chicago 7 Aaron Sorkin
2021 The Power of the Dog Jane Campion
Belfast Kenneth Branagh
CODA Sian Heder
Don't Look Up Adam McKay
Licorice Pizza Paul Thomas Anderson
2022 The Banshees of Inisherin Martin McDonagh
Everything Everywhere All at Once Daniel Kwan Daniel Scheinert
The Fabelmans Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner
Tár Todd Field
Women Talking Sarah Polley and Miriam Toews
2023 American Fiction Cord Jefferson
Barbie Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach
The Holdovers David Hemingson
Oppenheimer Christopher Nolan
Past Lives Celine Song
Poor Things Tony McNamara