Oscar-winning screenwriters

by aemelnick | created - 11 Feb 2015 | updated - 05 Mar 2018 | Public

1. Benjamin Glazer

Writer | 7th Heaven

One of the 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)

Best Writing, Adaptation (1929) 7th Heaven Best Writing, Original Story (1941) Arise, My Love

2. Ben Hecht

Writer | Notorious

Ben Hecht, one of Hollywood's and Broadway's greatest writers, won an Oscar for best original story for Underworld (1927) at the first Academy Awards in 1929 and had a hand in the writing of many classic films. He was nominated five more times for the best writing Oscar, winning (along with writing...

Best Writing, Original Story (1929) Underworld Best Writing, Original Story (1936) The Scoundrel

3. Joseph Farnham

Writer | The Trail of '98

Joseph Farnham was born on December 2, 1884 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA as Joseph White Farnham. He was a writer and editor, known for The Trail of '98 (1928), West Point (1927) and The Unknown (1927). He was married to Rose Alma LeCourt and Emily Ardis. He died on June 2, 1931 in Beverly Hills,...

Best Writing, Title Writing (1929) [This award was not associated with any specific film title.]

4. Charles Chaplin

Writer | The Great Dictator

Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the ...

Honorary Award (1929) The Circus "...for acting, writing, directing and producing..." Honorary Award (1972) "...for the incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of this century." Best Music, Original Dramatic Score (1973) Limelight

5. Hanns Kräly

Writer | The Patriot

Hanns Kräly was born on January 16, 1884 in Hamburg, Germany. He was a writer and actor, known for The Patriot (1928), One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937) and The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1929). He died on November 11, 1950 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Best Writing, Achievement (1930) The Patriot

6. Frances Marion

Writer | The Big House

The most renowned female screenwriter of the 20th century, and one of the most respected scripters of any gender, Frances Marion was born in San Francisco. She modeled and acted and had some success as a commercial artist. She entered into journalism and served in Europe as a combat correspondent ...

Best Writing, Achievement (1930) The Big House Best Writing, Original Story (1932) The Champ

7. Howard Estabrook

Writer | Cimarron

Detroit-born Howard Estabrook entered show business as a stage actor in New York in 1904. He appeared in several films starting in 1914 and even directed a few in 1917. He left films for a career in the business world, but returned in 1921 in executive positions with various studios, then began ...

Best Writing, Adaptation (1931) Cimarron

8. John Monk Saunders

Writer | The Dawn Patrol

John Monk Saunders was born on November 22, 1895 in Hinckley, Minnesota, USA. He was a writer and director, known for The Dawn Patrol (1930), Devil Dogs of the Air (1935) and The Docks of New York (1928). He was married to Fay Wray and Avis Bissell (Hughes). He died on March 11, 1940 in Ft. Myers, ...

Best Writing, Original Story (1931) The Dawn Patrol

9. Edwin J. Burke

Writer | Bad Girl

Edwin J. Burke, one of first New York playwrights to move to Hollywood after advent of "talkies", was born on 30 August, 1889, at Albany, New York. In 1910, after attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, he began his acting career playing lead roles for a local ...

Best Writing, Adaptation (1932) Bad Girl

10. Victor Heerman

Writer | Little Women

Victor Heerman was one of four brothers. His mother was a theatrical costumer. His father abandoned the family, and his mother moved the family to New York from London around the turn of the century to take a job as David Belasco's head costumer. Heerman moved to Los Angeles in 1911 to get into the...

Best Writing, Adaptation (1934) Little Women

11. Sarah Y. Mason

Writer | Little Women

The very first continuity girl. She suggested the position to Allan Dwan, who accepted the idea for his film Arizona (1918).

Best Writing, Adaptation (1934) Little Women

12. Robert Lord

Writer | One Way Passage

Harvard graduate Robert Lord studied English literature and playwriting in George Pierce Baker's renowned Workshop 47. He subsequently put this training into practice as a story writer for the New Yorker. Before long, one of his contributions, The Lucky Horseshoe (1925), attracted the attention of ...

Best Writing, Original Story (1934) One Way Passage

13. Robert Riskin

Writer | It Happened One Night

Robert Riskin was born on March 30, 1897 in New York City, New York, USA as Reuben Robert Riskin. He was a writer and producer, known for It Happened One Night (1934), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) and You Can't Take It with You (1938). He was married to Fay Wray. He died on September 20, 1955 in ...

Best Writing, Adaptation (1935) It Happened One Night

14. Arthur Caesar

Writer | Manhattan Melodrama

Older brother of songwriter Irving Caesar.

Best Writing, Original Story (1935) Manhattan Melodrama

15. Charles MacArthur

Writer | The Scoundrel

"Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers out there are starving!" When Patrick Dennis's fictional Auntie Mame uttered this pithy observation, she could have been speaking of Charles MacArthur. Charlie never shied away from the feast, and he certainly never went hungry. Arriving in November 1895 in...

Best Writing, Original Story (1936) The Scoundrel

16. Dudley Nichols

Writer | Stagecoach

One of his films as writer/director, Mourning Becomes Electra (1947), became the worst financial debacle for RKO up to that time, losing the studio a record $2.3 million.

Best Writing, Screenplay (1936) The Informer

17. Pierre Collings

Writer | The Story of Louis Pasteur

Collings died from pneumonia at his father's home in North Hollywood on December 21, 1937.

Best Writing, Original Story (1937) The Story of Louis Pasteur Best Writing, Screenplay (1937) The Story of Louis Pasteur

18. Sheridan Gibney

Writer | The Story of Louis Pasteur

Sheridan Gibney was born on June 11, 1903 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer and producer, known for The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936), The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) and The Locket (1946). He died on April 12, 1988 in Missoula, Montana, USA.

Best Writing, Original Story (1937) The Story of Louis Pasteur Best Writing, Screenplay (1937) The Story of Louis Pasteur

19. William A. Wellman

Director | A Star Is Born

William Wellman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter-director of the original A Star Is Born (1937), was called "Wild Bill" during his World War I service as an aviator, a nickname that persisted in Hollywood due to his larger-than-life personality and lifestyle.

A leap-year baby born in 1896 on the 29th...

Best Writing, Original Story (1938) A Star Is Born

20. Robert Carson

Writer | A Star Is Born

His wife Mary Jane Irving was a child star in silent films.

Best Writing, Original Story (1938) A Star Is Born

21. Norman Reilly Raine

Writer | The Adventures of Robin Hood

In 1915, while working as a newspaper reporter in Toronto, he joined the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force. Raine had previously served 4 years in the US Navy.

Best Writing, Screenplay (1938) The Life of Emile Zola

Best Writing, Screenplay (1938) The Life of Emile Zola

23. Geza Herczeg

Writer | The Life of Emile Zola

Hungarian-American playwright and screenwriter Geza Herczeg was also a newspaper publisher and covered the Balkan Wars and later World War I as a correspondent. In 1926 he was granted an interview with Benito Mussolini in Rome; in 1936 he was invited back, and asked to translate and produce a play ...

Best Writing, Screenplay (1938) The Life of Emile Zola

24. Dore Schary

Writer | Boys Town

Isadore Schary had a long and checkered history in motion pictures. He was first employed as a screenwriter at then-lowly Columbia after a story editor was struck by the crispness of a writing sample. The editor also happened to think that the writer was a woman, mistaking Dore for Dora. By 1933 ...

Best Writing, Original Story (1939) Boys Town

25. Eleanore Griffin

Writer | Boys Town

Eleanore Griffin, the Oscar-winning screenwriter who won her Academy Award along with co-writer Dore Schary for Boys Town (1938), was born on April 29, 1904, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Griffin began writing screenplays at Universal in 1937, being credited for the comedies When Love Is Young (1937) (...

Best Writing, Original Story (1939) Boys Town

26. George Bernard Shaw

Writer | My Fair Lady

The Anglo-Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925, acquired a reputation as the greatest dramatist in the English language during the first half of the 20th Century for the plays he had written at the height of his creativity from "Mrs. ...

Best Writing, Screenplay (1939) Pygmalion

27. W.P. Lipscomb

Writer | Pygmalion

Oscar-winner W.P. Lipscomb (born William Percy Lipscomb in 1887 in Merton, England) was a British playwright and screenwriter who also produced and directed motion pictures. George Arliss, who played the title role in Cardinal Richelieu (1935), thought his fellow British expatriate in Hollwood was ...

Best Writing, Screenplay (1939) Pygmalion

28. Cecil Lewis

Writer | Pygmalion

As well as being an author, director, & one of the founders of the BBC, was one of the last known ace fighter pilots of the first World War. He served in No. 56 Squadron of the RFC/RAF. He is credited with victories over 8 German planes.

Best Writing, Screenplay (1939) Pygmalion

29. Ian Dalrymple

Writer | The Citadel

British writer-producer, educated at Rugby and at Trinity College, Cambridge. 'Dal', as he came to be known, began in the industry as a cutter and assistant director under Michael Balcon. He was promoted to supervising editor, in which capacity he worked at Gaumont-British and Gainsborough from the...

Best Writing, Screenplay (1939) Pygmalion

30. Lewis R. Foster

Writer | Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Lewis R. Foster was born on August 5, 1898 in Brookfield, Missouri, USA. He was a director and writer, known for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Captain China (1950) and Crosswinds (1951). He was married to Dorothy Wilson and Helen Mae. He died on June 10, 1974 in Tehachapi, California, USA.

Best Writing, Original Story (1940) Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

31. Sidney Howard

Writer | Gone with the Wind

The musical, "The Most Happy Fella" at the Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for a 2017 Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Award for Musical Production.

Best Writing, Screenplay (1940) Gone with the Wind

32. Preston Sturges

Writer | The Great McGinty

Preston Sturges' own life is as unlikely as some of the plots of his best work. He was born into a wealthy family. As a boy he helped out on stage productions for his mother's friend, Isadora Duncan (the scarf that strangled her was made by his mother's company, Maison Desti). He served in the U.S....

Best Writing, Original Screenplay (1941) The Great McGinty

33. Hans Székely

Writer | Arise, My Love

His grandson is German actor Thomas Stecher.

Best Writing, Original Story (1941) Arise, My Love

34. Donald Ogden Stewart

Writer | The Philadelphia Story

Donald Ogden Stewart was born on November 30, 1894 in Columbus, Ohio, USA. He was a writer and actor, known for The Philadelphia Story (1940), An Affair to Remember (1957) and Laughter (1930). He was married to Leonore (Ella) Sophie Winter Steffens and Beatrice Ames. He died on August 2, 1980 in ...

Best Writing, Screenplay (1941) The Philadelphia Story

35. Herman J. Mankiewicz

Writer | Citizen Kane

Herman J. Mankiewicz, now known primarily as the man who co-wrote Citizen Kane (1941) with Hollywood's greatest wunderkind, Orson Welles, was one of the highest-paid screenwriters in Hollywood and the head of Paramount's screen-writing department in the late 1920s and early '30s. He reached the ...

Best Writing, Original Screenplay (1942) Citizen Kane

36. Orson Welles

Actor | Citizen Kane

His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was nine) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr....

Best Writing, Original Screenplay (1942) Citizen Kane Honorary Award (1971) "...for superlative artistry and versatility in the creation of motion pictures."

37. Harry Segall

Writer | Here Comes Mr. Jordan

American playwright and screenwriter, in Hollywood from 1933. Worked variously at MGM, RKO, Paramount and Universal, coming to prominence chiefly through his 'heavenly fantasies': "Heaven Can Wait" (aka "Here Comes Mr. Jordan") and "Angel on my Shoulder".

Best Writing, Original Story (1942) Here Comes Mr. Jordan

38. Sidney Buchman

Writer | Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

The son of a Russian émigré clothing merchant, Sidney Buchman was born in Duluth, Minnesota, on March 27 1902. He initially attended the University of Minnesota. After his family moved to New York, he continued his studies at Columbia University, graduating in 1923. The following year, he travelled...

Best Writing, Screenplay (1942) Here Comes Mr. Jordan

39. Seton I. Miller

Writer | The Adventures of Robin Hood

Seton I. Miller was one of Hollywood's most accomplished writers of action and adventure films in the 1930's and 40's. A graduate of Yale University, he initially entered the film industry with MGM as an actor and 'technical advisor' on Brown of Harvard (1926), a collegiate romance first filmed at ...

Best Writing, Screenplay (1942) Here Comes Mr. Jordan

40. Emeric Pressburger

Writer | A Matter of Life and Death

Educated at the Universities of Prague and Stuttgart, Emeric Pressburger worked as a journalist in Hungary and Germany and an author and scriptwriter in Berlin and Paris. He was a Hungarian Jew, chased around Europe (he worked on films for UFA in Berlin and Paris) before World War II, finally ...

Best Writing, Original Story (1943) 49th Parallel

41. Ring Lardner Jr.

Writer | MASH

The Oscar-winning screenwriter, Ring Lardner, Jr., will always be known for one of two things: that he was the son of one of the greatest humorists American literature has produced, and he was one of the Hollywood 10, the ten film-makers who refused to cooperate with the House Un-American ...

Best Writing, Original Screenplay (1943) Woman of the Year Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (1971) MASH

42. Michael Kanin

Writer | Woman of the Year

The older brother of writer/producer/director Garson Kanin, Michael Kanin was a fine talent in his own right. After serving a creative apprenticeship writing and acting in Catskill resort shows with his brother, Kanin worked as a commercial artist and musician. In 1939 he was signed to a ...

Best Writing, Original Screenplay (1943) Woman of the Year

43. Arthur Wimperis

Writer | Mrs. Miniver

Arthur Wimperis was born on December 3, 1874 in London, England. He was a writer, known for Mrs. Miniver (1942), Random Harvest (1942) and Clouds Over Europe (1939). He died on October 14, 1953 in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England.

Best Writing, Screenplay (1943) Mrs. Miniver

44. George Froeschel

Writer | Mrs. Miniver

George Froeschel was born on March 9, 1891 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Georg Froeschel. He was a writer, known for Mrs. Miniver (1942), Me and the Colonel (1958) and Command Decision (1948). He died on November 22, 1979 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Best Writing, Screenplay (1943) Mrs. Miniver

45. James Hilton

Writer | Mrs. Miniver

British novelist James Hilton was born in Leigh, Lancashire, England, in 1900. His father was a schoolmaster. Hilton graduated from Cambridge University in 1921, having already written his first novel, "Catherine Herself" (written in 1918, it wasn't published until 1920). After graduation he wrote ...

Best Writing, Screenplay (1943) Mrs. Miniver

46. Claudine West

Writer | Mrs. Miniver

British novelist and playwright, who began as a writer of magazine articles. In Hollywood from 1929, she worked under contract at MGM, often on continuity scripts or additional dialogue, on British-themed prestige pictures, invariably in collaboration with others.

Best Writing, Screenplay (1943) Mrs. Miniver

47. William Saroyan

Writer | The Human Comedy

The Oscar winner and Pulitzer Prize recipient William Saroyan, who gained world fame with his classic book "The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze" (1934), was born in California to Armenak and Takoohi Saroyan, Armenian refugees from the Turkish Ottoman Empire which perpetrated the Armenian ...

Best Writing, Original Story (1944) The Human Comedy

48. Norman Krasna

Writer | Princess O'Rourke

Humorist, playwright and screenwriter Norman Krasna went to great lengths planning for a career in law: he attended New York University, Columbia University and St. John's University law school, then abruptly changed his plans and started work as a copy boy at a New York newspaper. He had a brief ...

Best Writing, Original Screenplay (1944) Princess O'Rourke

49. Julius J. Epstein

Writer | Casablanca

Julius J. Epstein was born on August 22, 1909 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer and producer, known for Casablanca (1942), Reuben, Reuben (1983) and Pete 'n' Tillie (1972). He was married to Ann Margot Laszlo and Frances Sage. He died on December 30, 2000 in Los Angeles, California, ...

Best Writing, Screenplay (1944) Casablanca

50. Philip G. Epstein

Writer | Casablanca

Epstein and brother Julius J. Epstein became the first twins to be awarded Oscars when they won in the writing category for Casablanca (1942).

Best Writing, Screenplay (1944) Casablanca

51. Howard Koch

Writer | Casablanca

Playwright and author of sophisticated screenplays, a graduate of Bard College and Columbia University Law School. Howard Koch started out as a practicing lawyer in Hartsdale, New Jersey, but soon found himself dissatisfied with his career choice and began to write plays on the side. His first two ...

Best Writing, Screenplay (1944) Casablanca

52. Leo McCarey

Director | An Affair to Remember

Leo McCarey was born on October 3, 1896 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Thomas Leo McCarey. He was a director and writer, known for An Affair to Remember (1957), Going My Way (1944) and Love Affair (1939). He was married to Stella Martin. He died on July 5, 1969 in Santa Monica, California.

Best Director (1938) The Awful Truth Best Writing, Original Story (1945) Going My Way Best Director (1945) Going My Way

53. Lamar Trotti

Writer | With a Song in My Heart

Author and screenwriter, often preoccupied with American history as viewed from a Southern perspective. Born in Atlanta, Trotti studied writing at Columbia University and was also the first person to graduate from the University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism. In 1923, he became the ...

Best Writing, Original Screenplay (1945) Wilson

54. Frank Butler

Writer | Going My Way

Frank Butler was born on December 28, 1890 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England as Frank R. Butler. He was a writer and actor, known for Going My Way (1944), Wake Island (1942) and Road to Morocco (1942). He was married to Ethel Virginia Chapman. He died on June 10, 1967 in Oceanside, Long Island, New ...

Best Writing, Screenplay (1945) Going My Way

55. Frank Cavett

Writer | Going My Way

Frank Cavett was born on December 27, 1905 in Jackson, Ohio, USA. He was a writer and assistant director, known for Going My Way (1944), The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) and Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947). He was married to Mary Oakes and Mary Susan Beard. He died on March 25, 1973 in Santa...

Best Writing, Screenplay (1945) Going My Way Best Writing, Motion Picture Story (1953) The Greatest Show on Earth

Best Writing, Original Story (1946) The House on 92nd Street

57. Richard Schweizer

Writer | The Search

Started off as a stage-builder and theater painter at the main theater in Zurich, Switzerland.

Best Writing, Original Screenplay (1946) Marie-Louise Best Writing, Motion Picture Story (1949) The Search

58. Charles Brackett

Writer | Sunset Blvd.

Charles Brackett, born in Saratoga Springs, New York, of Scottish ancestry, followed in his attorney-father's footsteps and graduated with a law degree from Harvard University in 1920. He practised law for several years, before commencing work as drama critic for The New Yorker (1925-29), in ...

Best Writing, Screenplay (1946) The Lost Weekend Best Writing, Story and Screenplay (1951) Sunset Blvd. Best Writing, Story and Screenplay (1954) Titanic Honorary Award (1958) "...for outstanding service to the Academy."

59. Billy Wilder

Writer | The Apartment

Originally planning to become a lawyer, Billy Wilder abandoned that career in favor of working as a reporter for a Viennese newspaper, using this experience to move to Berlin, where he worked for the city's largest tabloid. He broke into films as a screenwriter in 1929 and wrote scripts for many ...

Best Writing, Screenplay (1946) The Lost Weekend Best Director (1946) The Lost Weekend Best Writing, Story and Screenplay (1951) Sunset Blvd. Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen (1961) The Apartment Best Director (1961) The Apartment Best Picture (1961) The Apartment Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award (1988)

60. Albert Maltz

Writer | Broken Arrow

Oscar-nominated screenwriter Albert Maltz was born on October 28, 1908 in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from Columbia University in 1930, he attended the Yale School of Drama for two years as a tyro playwright. After striking out on his own as a dramatist, he developed sociopolitical plays ...

Honorary Award (1946) The House I Live In "...tolerance short subject..."

61. Clemence Dane

Writer | Perfect Strangers

British novelist and playwright Clemence Dane was born Winifred Ashton in Kent, England, in 1888. A gifted student, she was educated in a variety of private schools and, at age 16, was hired to teach French in Geneva, Switzerland. A year later she returned to England and studied art for three years...

Best Writing, Original Story (1947) Perfect Strangers

62. Muriel Box

Writer | The Seventh Veil

Older sister and brother Vera Constance and Vivien Charles.

Best Writing, Original Screenplay (1947) The Seventh Veil

63. Sydney Box

Producer | The Seventh Veil

Sydney Box was born on April 29, 1907 in Beckenham, Kent, England. He was a producer and writer, known for The Seventh Veil (1945), Forbidden Cargo (1954) and Christopher Columbus (1949). He was married to Muriel Box. He died on May 25, 1983 in Perth, Western Australia, Australia.

Best Writing, Original Screenplay (1947) The Seventh Veil

64. Robert E. Sherwood

Writer | The Best Years of Our Lives

Robert E. Sherwood, a brilliant multifaceted writer, was born to Arthur Murray and Rosina Emmet Sherwood, educated at the Milton Academy (Massachusetts) and Harvard, and was wounded while serving with the Canadian Black Watch in WWI. His literary career started with jobs as movie critic at Vanity ...

Best Writing, Screenplay (1947) The Best Years of Our Lives

65. Valentine Davies

Writer | Miracle on 34th Street

Valentine Davies was born on August 25, 1905 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer and producer, known for Miracle on 34th Street (1947), It Happens Every Spring (1949) and The Glenn Miller Story (1954). He died on July 23, 1961 in Malibu, California, USA.

Best Writing, Original Story (1948) Miracle on 34th Street

66. Sidney Sheldon

Writer | Easter Parade

Sheldon was born in Chicago on February 17, 1917. He began writing as a youngster and at the age of ten he made his first sale of a poem for $10. During the Depression, he worked at a variety of jobs and while attending Northwestern University he contributed short plays to drama groups.

At seventeen...

Best Writing, Original Screenplay (1948) The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

67. George Seaton

Writer | Miracle on 34th Street

Working his way up from general factotum and gag writer to highly versatile writer/director, George Seaton was involved in many aspects of the entertainment industry along the way.

He was born George Stenius of Swedish parentage (his family hailed from Stockholm) in South Bend, IN, and grew up in ...

Best Writing, Screenplay (1948) Miracle on 34th Street Best Writing, Screenplay (1955) The Country Girl Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award (1962)

Best Writing, Motion Picture Story (1949) The Search

69. John Huston

Director | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. His ancestry was English,...

Best Writing, Screenplay (1949) The Treasure of the Sierra Madre Best Director (1949) The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

70. Douglas Morrow

Writer | The Stratton Story

Douglas Morrow was born on September 13, 1913 in Oswego, New York, USA. He was a writer and actor, known for The Stratton Story (1949), Men of Annapolis (1957) and Maurie (1973). He died on September 9, 1994 in Kingston, New York.

Best Writing, Motion Picture Story (1950) The Stratton Story

71. Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Writer | All About Eve

Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on February 11, 1909, Joseph Leo Mankiewicz first worked for the movies as a translator of intertitles, employed by Paramount in Berlin, the UFA's American distributor at the time (1928). He became a dialoguist, then a screenwriter on numerous Paramount ...

Best Writing, Screenplay (1950) A Letter to Three Wives Best Director (1950) A Letter to Three Wives Best Writing, Screenplay (1951) All About Eve Best Director (1951) All About Eve

72. Robert Pirosh

Writer | Battleground

Robert Pirosh enjoyed a lengthy Hollywood career, which began when he was signed by MGM, along with fellow newcomer George Seaton , as a contributing writer in 1934. His most notable success was garnering the Academy Award for his screenplay of Battleground (1949), a film based on the Second World ...

Best Writing, Story and Screenplay (1950) Battleground

Best Writing, Motion Picture Story (1951) Panic in the Streets

74. Edward Anhalt

Writer | Jeremiah Johnson

A graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism, Edward Anhalt started his career in early television before turning to writing and producing films, often in collaboration with his wife Edna Anhalt. A prolific screenwriter, Anhalt and his wife won an Academy Award for Panic in the Streets (1950). He...

Best Writing, Motion Picture Story (1951) Panic in the Streets Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (1965) Becket

75. D.M. Marshman Jr.

Writer | Sunset Blvd.

Graduated from Yale University.

Best Writing, Story and Screenplay (1951) Sunset Blvd.

76. Paul Dehn

Writer | Murder on the Orient Express

Paul Dehn's show-business career began in 1936 as a movie reviewer for several London newspapers. He later wrote plays, operettas and musicals for the stage. Dehn's first screenplay, for Seven Days to Noon (1950), garnered him an Oscar. He later wrote everything from James Bond films to entries in ...

Best Writing, Motion Picture Story (1952) Seven Days to Noon

77. James Bernard

Writer | Seven Days to Noon

Bernard was born in India, the son of a British army officer, but was moved to England as a small child for his health. He was educated at Wellington College, where the future actor Christopher Lee was a classmate. Fortuitously, because Lee was to star in scores of horror films for Hammer Studios, ...

Best Writing, Motion Picture Story (1952) Seven Days to Noon

78. Michael Wilson

Writer | The Bridge on the River Kwai

Writing credit for Lawrence of Arabia (1962) awarded in 1995.

Best Writing, Screenplay (1952) A Place in the Sun Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (1958) The Bridge on the River Kwai [Not credited due to blacklist.]

79. Harry Brown

Writer | A Place in the Sun

Moved to Mexico in the early 1960's to write several novels, living for almost fifteen years in Guanajuato.

Best Writing, Screenplay (1952) A Place in the Sun

80. Alan Jay Lerner

Writer | An American in Paris

Playwright/lyricist Alan Jay Lerner was born into a wealthy New York City retailing family. His professional association with Frederick Loewe started in 1942 when they teamed up to write "Life of the Party". Their first Broadway success was the 1947 musical fantasy "Brigadoon." Lerner adapted work ...

Best Writing, Story and Screenplay (1952) An American in Paris Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (1959) Gigi Best Music, Original Song (1959) "Gigi" [lyrics] from Gigi

81. Fredric M. Frank

Writer | The Ten Commandments

Fredric M. Frank was born on July 9, 1911 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer, known for The Ten Commandments (1956), The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) and El Cid (1961). He died on May 9, 1977 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Best Writing, Motion Picture Story (1953) The Greatest Show on Earth

82. Theodore St. John

Writer | The Greatest Show on Earth

Award winning screenwriter.

Best Writing, Motion Picture Story (1953) The Greatest Show on Earth

83. Charles Schnee

Writer | Red River

Charles Schnee was born on August 6, 1916 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA. He was a writer and producer, known for Red River (1948), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) and The Furies (1950). He died on November 29, 1962 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Best Writing, Screenplay (1953) The Bad and the Beautiful

84. T.E.B. Clarke

Writer | The Lavender Hill Mob

T.E.B. 'Tibby' Clarke graduated with a law degree from Cambridge University, but decided that writing was more his forte. He started on that career path first as writer for a magazine in Australia, than back in London freelancing as a journalist. He also had jobs on Fleet Street, worked in ...

Best Writing, Story and Screenplay (1953) The Lavender Hill Mob

85. Dalton Trumbo

Writer | Roman Holiday

Dalton Trumbo, the Oscar-winning screenwriter, arguably the most talented, most famous of the blacklisted film professionals known to history as the Hollywood 10, was born in Montrose, Colorado to Orus Trumbo and his wife, the former Maud Tillery.

Dalton Trumbo was raised at 1124 Gunnison Ave. in ...

Best Writing, Motion Picture Story (1954) Roman Holiday [Not credited due to blacklist.] Best Writing, Motion Picture Story (1957) The Brave One [Not credited due to blacklist.]

86. Ian McLellan Hunter

Writer | Roman Holiday

The film Monsieur Lecoq (1967) was unfinished and abandoned.

Best Writing, Screenplay (1954) Roman Holiday [Front for Dalton Trumbo.]

87. Daniel Taradash

Writer | From Here to Eternity

Daniel Taradash was born on January 29, 1913 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA as Daniel Irwin Taradash. He was a writer, known for From Here to Eternity (1953), Picnic (1956) and Storm Center (1956). He was married to Madeleine Forbes. He died on February 22, 2003 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Best Writing, Screenplay (1954) From Here to Eternity

88. Walter Reisch

Writer | Titanic

After completing studies in literature at the University of Vienna, Walter Reisch began his screen career as an extra and title writer in 1918. He eventually made the acquaintance of Stephan Lorant, a refuge from the Horty regime in Hungary, who, within a single year, had made a name for himself in...

Best Writing, Story and Screenplay (1954) Titanic

89. Richard L. Breen

Writer | Titanic

Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Best Writing, Story and Screenplay (1954) Titanic

90. Philip Yordan

Writer | Detective Story

Philip Yordan was born on April 1, 1914 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was a writer and producer, known for Detective Story (1951), Broken Lance (1954) and Dillinger (1945). He was married to Faith Yordan and Marilyn Nash. He died on March 24, 2003 in La Jolla, California, USA.

Best Writing, Motion Picture Story (1955) Broken Lance

91. Budd Schulberg

Writer | On the Waterfront

Budd Schulberg was born on March 27, 1914 in New York City, New York, USA as Seymour Wilson Schulberg. He was a writer and producer, known for On the Waterfront (1954), A Face in the Crowd (1957) and Everglades (1961). He was married to Betsy Ann Langman, Geraldine Brooks, Agnes Virginia Anderson ...

Best Writing, Story and Screenplay (1955) On the Waterfront

92. Daniel Fuchs

Writer | Love Me or Leave Me

American novelist, essayist and short story writer, a former teacher. Often concerned with Jewish themes, based on his childhood experiences. Went to Hollywood to work on several screenplays for films noir and melodramas, notably the fictionalised Ruth Etting biopic Love Me or Leave Me (1955).

Best Writing, Motion Picture Story (1956) Love Me or Leave Me

93. 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 "...

Best Writing, Screenplay (1956) Marty Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced (1972) The Hospital Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (1977) Network

94. William Ludwig

Writer | Interrupted Melody

Active as a founder of the Screen Writers Guild, now the Writers Guild of America. Secretary-treasurer of that union for 18 years. In the 1960s, he promoted the development of the Guild's pension fund. Appropriately, he died at the Motion Picture and Television Fund hospital, which the Guild's fund...

Best Writing, Story and Screenplay (1956) Interrupted Melody

95. Sonya Levien

Writer | Interrupted Melody

Sonya, a graduate with a law degree from New York University, briefly practiced law before becoming a magazine editor and fiction writer. After several of her stories were adapted to the screen, she became a screenwriter. Levien wrote several screenplays for Will Rogers films and for Fox studios ...

Best Writing, Story and Screenplay (1956) Interrupted Melody

96. Robert Rich

Writer | The Brave One

Robert Rich is a writer, known for The Brave One (1956) and Alla bara försvinner (2004).

Best Writing, Motion Picture Story (1957) The Brave One [Front for Dalton Trumbo.]

97. James Poe

Writer | Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Began his screen work as writer for the "March of Time" documentary newsreels. Briefly signed under contract by United Artists, 1955-56.

Best Writing, Best Screenplay - Adapted (1957) Around the World in Eighty Days

98. John Farrow

Writer | Around the World in 80 Days

John Farrow wrote short stories and plays during his four-year career in the navy. In the late 1920s he came to Hollywood as a technical advisor for a film about Marines and stayed as a screenwriter, from A Sailor's Sweetheart (1927) through Tarzan Escapes (1936). He married Tarzan's Jane, Maureen ...

Best Writing, Best Screenplay - Adapted (1957) Around the World in Eighty Days

99. Carl Foreman

Writer | The Guns of Navarone

Carl Foreman was born on July 23, 1914 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Carl Nathan Foreman. He is known for his work on The Guns of Navarone (1961), High Noon (1952) and The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957). He was married to Evelyn Smith and Estelle Barr. He died on June 26, 1984 in Beverly Hills, Los...

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium The Bridge on the River Kwai [Not credited due to blacklist.]

100. S.J. Perelman

Writer | Around the World in 80 Days

Oscar-winning screenwriter S. J. Perelman was one of the great American humorists, a master at short fiction involving word play and satire who influenced countless American humorists, including Woody Allen. He was born Simeon Joseph Perleman (though known as Sidney or Sydney to family and friends)...

Best Writing, Best Screenplay - Adapted (1957) Around the World in Eighty Days



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