Download Now - The 12 Oscar Winning Scripts Of This Decade!

By Srikanth Kanchinadham. Posted on August 03, 2015

Since it's inception in 1929, the Academy Of Motion Pictures has been honouring cinematic achievements in every aspect of filmmaking including screenwriting. While the Best Adapted Screenplay category has been in existence since the beginning, the section for the Best Original Screenplay was started only in 1940. The roster of Academy award winning screenwriters includes some of the best film writers ever.

Reading screenplays is one of the best ways to learn the craft of screenwriting. So we have compiled the scripts that won the best screenplay and the best adapted screenplay awards in this decade (2010-2015). Download these and find out what makes these scripts a winner.

Also read: 8 Must Read Scripts of Recent Hindi Films

1) Birdman - Best Original Screenplay (2015) by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolas Giácobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo

Besides the original screenplay award, Birdman also won Oscars in the Best Picture and Best Director categories. The critically acclaimed film tells the story of a washed up actor who battles against the hurdles of life in the days leading up to the opening of his broadway play.

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2) The Imitation Game - Best Adapted Screenplay (2015)  by Graham Moore

The Imitation Game is the true story about one of the most ingenious mathematicians who was responsible for cracking the complicated German Enigma machine. This historical thriller based on the life of mathematician Alan Turing starring Benedict Cumberbatch was nominated for multiple Oscars this year.

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3) Her - Best Original Screenplay (2014) by Spike Jonze

Spike Jonze's Her is a critically acclaimed film about a writer developing a special relationship with a software, an OS (Operating System). The movie is a romantic science-fiction comedy-drama that deals with the dilemma that the protagonist goes through in his relationship with the OS. It is also a sarcastic depiction of people's increasing obsession and addiction to technology.

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4) 12 Years a Slave - Best Adapted Screenplay (2014) by John Ridley

Directed by Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave depicts the harshness that Solomon Northup's (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is forced to go through when he is forced into slavery.

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5) Django Unchained - Best Original Screenplay (2013) by Quentin Tarantino

Yet another remarkable flick by Tarantino, Django Unchained is about the quest of a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) to rescue his wife from a brutal plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio) in Mississippi. He is assisted by a German bounty hunter played by Christopher Waltz who deservedly won an Oscar for his performance for the best supporting actor category.

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6) Argo -Best Adapted Screenplay (2013) by Chris Terrio

Argo is the story of the rescue operation carried out by the CIA in the 80's to free U.S hostages during the Iran crisis. Directed by Ben Affleck, Argo is a tense & nerve wracking thriller, one of the best in recent times.

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7) Midnight in Paris - Best Original Screenplay (2012) by Woody Allen

Midnight in Paris is Woody Allen's ode to Paris. The story explores our longing for times gone by and why that is a chimera. A fantasy that takes you, first to the Paris of 1920's and then further back to the Paris at the turn of the 19th century, is a visual delight.

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8) The Descendants - Best Adapted Screenplay (2012) by Alexander Payne

Directed by Alexander Payne, The Descendants tells the story of a dysfunctional family. George Clooney plays the lead in this emotionally powerful film that explores idiosyncratic characters in the new America.

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9) The King’s Speech - Best Original Screenplay (2011)  by David Seidler

The King's Speech is the inspiring story of the man who became King George VI. Considered to be unfit as the king and plagued by a dreaded stammer, the movie depicts how the King is able to find his voice and finally leads the country through war.

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10) The Social Network  - Best Adapted Screenplay (2011) by Aaron Sorkin

The Social Network is the story of one of the richest men of our times, a dropout, Mark Zuckerberg - whose company Facebook has taken the world by storm. Based on a book, the movie digs into the early years of the firm.

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11) The Hurt Locker - Best Original Screenplay (2010) by Mark Boal

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker brings out the intense emotions a Sergeant of the U.S army goes through during his time in the Iraq war. 

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12) Precious - Best Adapted Screenplay (2010) by Geoffrey Fletcher

Precious is about an overweight, abused, illiterate teen living in the city of New York. Set in 1987, the movie tells the story of Gabourey Sidibe who is pregnant with her second child. One of the few movies with a female African-American in the lead, the film earned acclaim as well awards.

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Are there any other film scripts which you would like to read? If yes, then do let us know. We would love to feature them on our site.


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