50 Oscar winning screenwriters 1958-1996

People who won the Oscar for best original screenplay since 1958.
What makes me very sad is that people don't bother adding photos of screenwriters... even though there would be no movies without screenwriters, the screenwriters are the most unappreciated species in Hollywood.
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“ Another blacklisted Hollywood actor and writer. He won Oscar 1958 together with Harold Jacob Smith (Hal Smith) for The Defiant Ones as Nathan E. Douglas. ” - ketutar
 
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“ Won Oscar for best original screenplay 1958 together with Ned Young for The Defiant Ones. ” - ketutar
 
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“ More known for his Film Noir stories he wrote together with Russell Rouse, but he and Russell won the Oscar for best original story for a romantic comedy Pillow Talk, 1959, sharing the Oscar with two other writers, Maurice Richlin and Stanley Shapiro. ” - ketutar
 
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“ Best known for having written the Pink Panther movies. Won the Oscar together with Clarence Green, Russell Rouse and Stanley Shapiro, for Pillow Talk, 1959. ” - ketutar
 
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“ More known for his Film Noir stories he wrote together with Clarence Green, but he and Clarence won the Oscar for best original story for a romantic comedy Pillow Talk, 1959, sharing the Oscar with two other writers, Maurice Richlin and Stanley Shapiro. ” - ketutar
 
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“ Wrote for Doris Day, and he won Oscar for a Doris Day movie Pillow Talk (best original screenplay) 1959, together with Maurice Richlin and Clarence Greene and Russell Rouse, who stood for the story idea. ” - ketutar
 
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“ I.A.L. Diamond won three Oscars together with Billy Wilder for screenplay; 1959 for Adapted Screenplay for Some Like It Hot, 1960 for Original Screenplay for The Apartment and 1966 for Original Screenplay for The Fortune Cookie.
He was born Iţec (Itzek) Domnici in Romania, and was known to quip that his initials stood for "Interscholastic Algebra League". ” - ketutar
 
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William Inge
William (Motter) Inge brought small-town life in the American Midwest to Broadway with four successive dramatic triumphs: "Come Back Little Sheba" (1950), "Picnic" (1953; Pulitzer Prize), "Bus Stop" (1955) and "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs" (1957). With the exception of his Academy Award-winning screenplay for Splendor in the Grass...
“ Won Oscar for best original screenplay 1961 for Splendour in the Grass. He was more of a playwright and better known as a Broadway writer than Hollywood writer. ” - ketutar
 
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“ Won Oscar for the best original screenplay 1962 for an Italian movie "Divorce, Italian Style" together with Pietro Germi and Alfredo Giannetti. ” - ketutar
 
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“ Won Oscar for the best original screenplay 1962 for an Italian movie "Divorce, Italian Style" together with Ennio de Concini and Alfredo Giannetti. ” - ketutar
 
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“ Won Oscar for the best original screenplay 1962 for an Italian movie "Divorce, Italian Style" together with Pietro Germi and Ennio de Concini. ” - ketutar
 
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“ won Best Original Screenplay for How The West Was Won 1962, taking the Oscar before Fellini's 8 1/2 - a movie mentioned in the Writers Guild of America's 101 best screenplays. ” - ketutar
 
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“ Won Oscar 1965 for Father Goose together with Frank Tarloff on S.H.Barnett's story. ” - ketutar
 
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“ Won 1966 for Original Screenplay with Darling.
Better known as the writer of Eyes Wide Shut. ” - ketutar
 
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“ French writer who won Oscar 1967 for A Woman And A Man together with Pierre Uytterhoeven. ” - ketutar
 
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“ French writer who won Oscar 1967 for A Woman And A Man, together with Claude Lelouch. ” - ketutar
 
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“ Won 1967 with Guess Who's Coming To Dinner. Also wrote The Ladykillers. ” - ketutar
 
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Mel Brooks
Melvin James Kaminsky was born on June 28th, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. He served in WWII, and afterwards got a job playing the drums at nightclubs in the Catskills. Brooks eventually started a comedy act and also worked in radio and as Master Entertainer at Grossinger's Resort before going to television...
“ Won Oscar 1968 with The Producers. He's one of the most amazing renaissance men in Hollywood; he writes, composes music, acts, produces and directs, and does all well. ” - ketutar
 
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William Goldman
Screenwriter, novelist, playwright, non-fiction author. Born in Highland Park, Illinois, USA, began his career as a novelist in 1957. Started writing screenplays in 1965 with "Masquerade". A two-time Academy Award Winner, he is one of the most successful screenwriters and script doctors in Hollywood.
“ He won two Oscars; one 1969 for Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid, and the other 1977 for All The President's Men. He is though most known for Princess Bride. He is one of my idols :-D ” - ketutar
 
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Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated with a degree in drama from Hofstra University...
“ Has won 6 Oscars so far, and three of them are for writing; 1971 for Patton, shared with Edmund H. North; 1973 for The Godfather, shared with Mario Puzo and 1975 for The Godfather II, shared with Mario Puzo. ” - ketutar
 
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“ Won his only Oscar together with Francis Ford Coppola for Patton. ” - ketutar
 
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Paddy Chayefsky
Writer, Network
Author, producer and composer who earned a Bachelor of Science degree from CCNY, then a Purple Heart during World War II while serving in the US Army. Joining ASCAP in 1955, his chief musical collaborators included George Bassman and Harry Warren. His popular-song compositions include "Marty" and "Middle of the Night".
“ Won 3 Oscars; 1955 for best adapted story for Marty, 1971 for best original screenplay for The Hospital and 1976 for best original screenplay for Network. ” - ketutar
 
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“ Jeremy Larner is said to have written only two screenplays in his life, and he won the Oscar for best original screenplay with one of them; the Candidate, 1972 ” - ketutar
 
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“ Won the Oscar 1973 for The Sting. ” - ketutar
 
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Robert Towne
Writer, director, producer, actor. Born in Los Angeles, California, USA, and raised in the seaport town of San Pedro. Got his start acting and writing for legendary exploitation director/producer Roger Corman. Came into his own during the 1970s when he was regarded as one of the finest screenwriters in Hollywood...
“ Won the Oscar for best original screenplay 1974 for The Chinatown. ” - ketutar
 
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“ Won the Original Screenplay Oscar 1975 with Dog Day Afternoon. ” - ketutar
 
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Woody Allen
Writer, Annie Hall
Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...
“ Won Original Screenplay Oscars for Annie Hall 1976 with Marshall Brickman, and 1986 with Hannah and Her Sisters. ” - ketutar
 
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“ an editor who won an Oscar for best original screenplay for Coming Home, 1977. ” - ketutar
 
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Waldo Salt
Waldo Salt was one of the many people blacklisted in Hollywood during the Red Scare, but unlike others, Salt recovered triumphantly. He wrote his first scripts in the late 1930s (MGM contract writer, 1936-42) and also served as a civilian consultant to the Office of War Information from 1942- 1945 before being blacklisted in 1951 after refusing to testify before HUAC...
“ won two Oscars, 1970 for the best adapted screenplay for Midnight Cowboy and 1977 for Coming Home, together with Robert C. Jones and Nancy Dowd. He also wrote the screenplay for Serpico. ” - ketutar
 
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“ Won Oscar with Coming Home, a movie that is based on her story. Nancy wrote a lot of material for SNL. ” - ketutar
 
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Steve Tesich
Born in Yugoslavia, Tesich was 14 when he came to America and settled in East Chicago, Indiana. His father, a machinist, died in 1962. He graduated from Indiana University in 1965 and did graduate work at Columbia University where he began to write plays. 'Breaking Away (1979)' won Tesich an Oscar and a Golden Globe nomination...
“ Won Oscar for best original screenplay 1979 for Breaking Away, competing with among others Woody Allen's Manhattan and The China Syndrome. ” - ketutar
 
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Bo Goldman
There are but a few select screenwriters who are spoken of with the kind of reverence usually reserved for film Directors - Robert Towne, Alvin Sargent and Bo Goldman. Goldman is a screenwriter's screenwriter, and one of the most honored in motion picture history. The recipient of two Academy Awards...
“ Won two Oscars; 1975 for best adapted screenplay for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and 1980 for best original screenplay for Melvin and Howard. He has also written among others Scent of a Woman, The Rose and Meet Joe Black. ” - ketutar
 
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Colin Welland
Actor, Kes
In a career of over 30 years this Lancashire-born former art teacher has achieved great success in acting, both in television and film and writing, for television, film and stage. His first film appearance is perhaps still his best-loved, the sympathetic Mr Farthing in Kes, for which he won a BAFTA...
“ Colin Welland is an actor, who won his only Oscar for best original screenplay for Chariots of Fire 1981. ” - ketutar
 
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“ won Oscar for best original screenplay 1982 for Gandhi. ” - ketutar
 
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Horton Foote
Horton Foote, the Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist and Oscar-winning screenwriter, was born on March 14, 1916, in Wharton, Texas. He says at the age of ten, he had a "calling" to become an actor, and when he was 16 he convinced his parents to allow him to go to acting school. With their blessing he went to Pasadena...
“ Won two Oscars; 1962 for best adapted screenplay; To Kill A Mockingbird and 1983 for best original screenplay; Tender Mercies. ” - ketutar
 
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“ Won two Oscars; 1979 for best adapted screenplay; Kramer vs. Kramer and 1984 best original screenplay; Places in the Heart. ” - ketutar
 
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“ Wrote mostly for television, but won his Oscar for best original screenplay for movie Witness 1985. He shared the Oscar with Pamela Wallace, who came up with the story, and her husband Earl W. Wallace. ” - ketutar
 
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“ Won the Oscar for best original screenplay for Witness 1985 together with her husband Earl W. and William Kelley. Witness was the first screenplay she wrote, and it also made it to the Writers' Guild's 101 best screenplays list.
Pamela Wallace is better known as a romance novelist. ” - ketutar
 
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“ Won Oscar for best original screenplay for Moonstruck 1987. ” - ketutar
 
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“ won the best original screenplay Oscar 1988 for Rainman with Barry Morrow. ” - ketutar
 
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Barry Morrow
Writer, Rain Man
Barry Morrow is an Emmy and Academy Award winning writer/producer best known for his original story and screenplay for the 1988 Best Picture, "Rain Man". Morrow's autobiographical story, "Bill", starring Dennis Quaid and the late Mickey Rooney, was hailed by the New York Times as Rooney's most enduring role in his 90 year career.
“ won the best original screenplay Oscar 1988 for Rainman with Ronald Bass. ” - ketutar
 
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“ won the best original screenplay 1989 for Dead Poets' Society ” - ketutar
 
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“ Won Oscar for Ghost 1990. He has also written the screenplay for Jacob's Ladder. ” - ketutar
 
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Callie Khouri
Raised in Texas and Kentucky by her doctor father and mother. Went to Purdue University to study landscape architecture but switched to drama. Moved to Nashville after college to be with her family before heading to Los Angeles in 1982 to study at the Strasburg Institute. Worked for a commercials production...
“ Won Oscar for best original screenplay for Thelma and Louise 1991. ” - ketutar
 
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“ Won Oscar for the best original screenplay for Crying Game 1992, a film he also directed. ” - ketutar
 
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Jane Campion
Writer, The Piano
Jane Campion was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and now lives in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Having graduated with a BA in Anthropology from Victoria University of Wellington in 1975, and a BA, with a painting major, at Sydney College of the Arts in 1979, she began filmmaking in the early 1980s...
“ Won Oscar for the best original screenplay for Piano 1993, a film she also directed. ” - ketutar
 
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Quentin Tarantino
Writer, Pulp Fiction
Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old. In January of 1992...
“ Won Oscar for the best original screenplay for Pulp Fiction 1994, a film he also directed. He shares the writing Oscar with Roger Avary. ” - ketutar
 
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Roger Avary
Writer, Pulp Fiction
Award-winning filmmaker Roger Avary first began experimenting in Beta I video and 8mm film formats during the late 1970s. In 1983, his Super-8mm supernatural thriller The Worm Turns won Best Film from the Los Angeles Film Teachers Association Film Expo. He went on to attend the Pasadena Art Center College of Design's prestigious film program alongside fellow directors Michael Bay and Tarsem Singh...
“ Won Oscar for best original screenplay for Pulp Fiction 1994 with Quentin Tarantino. ” - ketutar
 
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Christopher McQuarrie
Christopher McQuarrie is an acclaimed producer, director and an Academy Award® winning writer. McQuarrie grew up in Princeton Junction, New Jersey and in lieu of college, he spent the first five years out of school traveling and working at a detective agency. He later moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film...
“ Won Oscar 1995 for The Usual Suspects. Has also written Valkyrie and The Tourist. ” - ketutar
 
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“ Won two writing Oscars with his brother, Ethan.
1996 Original Screenplay for Fargo and 2008 Adapted Screenplay for No Country For Old Men. ” - ketutar
 
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“ Won two writing Oscars with his brother, Joel.
1996 Original Screenplay for Fargo and 2008 Adapted Screenplay for No Country For Old Men. ” - ketutar