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5 of the Best Original Screenplay Nominees and 5 of the Best Adapted Screenplay Nominees

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Download All 10 Screenplays Nominated for the Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars

The Oscar nominations for 2019 have been announced! We got up early to make sure you know which scripts have been nominated in the Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay categories.

Reading screenplays is a great way to improve your writing style, dialogue, scenes and much more. With that in mind, here are the ten Oscar-nominated scripts that you can download and read right away.

There are five in the Best Original Screenplay category and five in the Best Adapted Screenplay category. Enjoy!

Best Original Screenplay #1: The Favourite by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara

Way back in 1998, Davis had never written a screenplay. But having stumbled upon the story of a power struggle between Queen Anne of England and two other women in the 1700s, she decided it must be a film and set out to learn how to write.

As luck would have it, she already knew the film’s producer who helped her get it into development in 2003.

best original screenplay

Best original Screenplay

Best Original Screenplay #2: First Reformed by Paul Schrader

Schrader, whose screenplays include American Gigolo, Raging Bull and Taxi Driver, considers First Reformed to be his masterpiece.

The story concerns a Reverend, devastated by his son’s death, who meets an environmental extremist and becomes obsessed with trying to save the world.

best original screenplay

Best original Screenplay

Best Original Screenplay #3Green Book by Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly

The core conflict in this best original screenplay contender is based on the classic “two characters with completely opposite personalities go on a road trip” formula.

In this case, a white chauffeur from the Bronx agrees to drive a black classical musician on a tour during the 1960s.

best original screenplay

Best original Screenplay

Best Original Screenplay #4Roma by Alfonso Cuarón

With this best original screenplay nomination, Cuarón ties with Warren Beatty, Alan Menken, and the Coen brothers for the record of the most Oscar nominations for a single film.

(The movie is also shortlisted for the Best Cinematography, Best Producer, Best Director awards.)

best original screenplay

Best original Screenplay

Best Original Screenplay #5Vice by Adam McKay

McKay (Anchorman, The Big Short) was inspired to write this screenplay after reading Vice: Dick Cheney and the Hijacking of the American Presidency. Months of intense research followed as he devoured everything he could on the vice president.

The result is another highly inventive script in the vein of The Big Short, with an unconventional narrative structure, breaking of the fourth wall, stock footage, etc.

best original screenplay

Best original Screenplay

Best Adapted Screenplay #1The Ballad of Buster Scruggs by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

This best adapted screenplay nomination by the Coen brothers is a six-part anthology set in the Old West. It’s predominantly based on short stories they’d written over a period of around twenty-five years but also contains one based on a Jack London story.

best original screenplay

best original screenplay

Best Adapted Screenplay #2BlacKkKlansman by Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee

After reading the book, Black Klansman, by the movie’s real-life protagonist, Ron Stallworth, screenwriters Wachtel and Rabinowitz both thought “This should be a movie.”

Presuming the rights would already be taken by a Hollywood studio, they decided to reach out to Stallworth anyway and were surprised to find they were still available. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, as they say.

best original screenplay

Best Original Screenplay

Best Adapted Screenplay #3Can You Ever Forgive Me? by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty

Holofcener (Enough Said, Friends With Money) is one of the most in-demand writers in Hollywood, but Whitty is best known for his work on the stage show, Avenue Q.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? is his first produced screenplay, but it was he who wrote the initial first four drafts of this dramedy based on Lee Israel’s memoir.

best original screenplay

Best Original Screenplay

Best Adapted Screenplay #4If Beale Street Could Talk by Barry Jenkins

Unlike BlacKkKlansman writers, Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz, Jenkins wrote the screenplay before seeking permission from James Baldwin’s estate, on whose novel of the same name the script was based.

While this method isn’t recommended, it turned out alright for Jenkins in the end after a wait of around three years.

best original screenplay

Best Original Screenplay

Best Adapted Screenplay #5A Star Is Born by Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper and Will Fetters

Veteran screenwriter, Roth (Forrest Gump, Munich), is known for two things: writing long screenplays and taking a long time to write them. On A Star Is Born, however, he was given a deadline of just six weeks to crank out the script along with Cooper and Fetters.

Many arguments and 4 a.m. writing sessions later, however, and they wound up with a best adapted screenplay nominee on their hands.

best original screenplay

best original screenplay

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Which scripts do you think deserve to win the best original screenplay and best adapted screenplay awards at this years’ Oscar ceremony? Are there any scripts you think should be in this list of best screenplay Oscars that didn’t make it? Let us know in the comments below!

Photo credits: Pixabay, Flickr

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38 Comments
  1. EVE AUSTIN says:

    You are amazing!! thank you for providing these downloads

  2. Sara T says:

    I would like the Favourite to win. Thank u for the script.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      You’re welcome, Sara!

  3. Mike Esser says:

    Thank you very much for making these scripts available. In my view, reading scripts (and Oscar-nominated scripts, no less!) is the best way to learn about scriptwriting. It is an excellent opportunity to understand where this art form is at, and how these masters of the trade managed to express emotions and relationships in a captivating way.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      You’re right – reading pro scripts is one of THE best ways to learn how to write.

  4. Mr. Borderman says:

    OMG – the answer to a teacher’s prayers!!!!! Thanks a MILLION!!!!!

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Happy reading 🙂

  5. vj says:

    So Powerfully Informative Thanks for moving dreams forward!

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      You’re welcome, VJ!

  6. Anton Godfrey says:

    Wow, this is great!
    But we spec screenwriters must be aware of what WE can and cannot do.
    Anton

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Wise words – thanks, Anton.

  7. Glen says:

    Just what I was looking for! Greetings from Canada!

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks, Glen!

  8. Mohyoden says:

    Feeling very grateful! Thanks

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      No problem, thanks for the comment!

  9. Lydia Torres says:

    Thank you kindly. Every piece of education is much appreciated.
    Luv from, Lydil Screenwriter Lydia Torres

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks, happy reading!

  10. Jeff says:

    Find me time to read them all!

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      We have a productivity post coming soon 🙂

  11. Nello says:

    Thank you for culling these together!

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      You’re welcome, Nello.

  12. Bismark says:

    Thank you very very much. I am from Ghana and your website is very informative. Thank you and continue with the good work.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks, Bismark!

  13. Tina McFeron says:

    So ridiculous… I cant download the Can you every forgive me script. Check your link please, I’m waiting.

  14. Lillian Jones says:

    Reading scripts is all well and good but surely you should be encouraging people to write more than read?

  15. Andrea Bull says:

    I was looking for the Favorite everywhere. Thanks so much!!

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      You’re welcome, Andrea!

  16. Danielle V says:

    I’m trying to make reading scripts more of my daily routine. Thanks for these scripts.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Keep it up, Danielle!

  17. kelly anne says:

    Just read Green Book script. So happy that it won, it’s truly amazing.

  18. Eugene Marr says:

    I’m trying to find the screenplay to past Oscar winners, Shakespear in Love and Chicago. Do you have them?

  19. Remees M Iqbal says:

    Please watch sudani from Nygeria an Extra ordinary indian film………

  20. Cem says:

    What is the difference between young script writers and those oscar nominated writer?
    – My answers is — we have no connections or an uncle in hollywood.
    Yours?

  21. Nik says:

    I know it wasn’t nominated for an Oscar but is there a chance that you would have the screenplay for Burning in English?

  22. Tyrone Dobbs says:

    Thanks a lot for these.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      You’re welcome, Tyrone.

  23. Naqeeb says:

    Dear Admin
    Thank you for sharing these Remarkable Screenplays. Please tell me How can I subscribe, I am unable to find subscription.
    Looking forward

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks, Naqeeb. There’s a sign-up form in the panel on the right.

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