- The Descendants – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash from The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings
- Hugo – John Logan from The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
- The Ides of March – George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Beau Willimon from Farragut North by Beau Willimon
- Moneyball – Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin; Story by Stan Chervin from Moneyball by Michael Lewis
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan from Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré
This award is given to the writer(s) of a screenplay adapted from another source, which often means a novel, play, short story, or piece of journalism.
Of the two screenplay categories this is the oldest, with the first winner in 1927 being Benjamin Glazer for adapting Austin Strong’s play Seventh Heaven for the screen.
Traditionally movies have always been an adapted art form (i.e. based on another source) so it was not until 1940 that a separate writing award was created for Best Story, then in 1957 those two categories were combined to reward the screenplay.
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