Award Worthy Screenplays

In the Internet era, most production companies that have screenplays that they think have a chance at a nomination, release them online, which is a great boon for screenwriters finally able to see several truly excellent screenwriters ply their trade. Here are some of those links for this year:

Grandma, by Paul Weitz

The Diary Of a Teenage Girl, screenplay by Marielle Heller, based on the graphic novel Phoebe Gloeckner

Infinitely Polar Bearwritten by Maya Forbes

The Lady in the Van, screenplay by Alan Bennett, based on his memoir

Son of Saul, written by Clara Royer & László Nemes

Testament of Youth, screenplay by Juliette Towhidi, based on the autobiography of Vera Brittain

Truth, screenplay by James Vanderbilt, based on the book Truth and Duty by Mary Mapes

Room, screenplay by Emma Donoghue, based on her novel

Straight Outta Compton, screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff, story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

Trainwreck, written by Amy Schumer

Legend, written by Brian Helgeland

Carol, screenplay by Phyllis Nagy, based on the book The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith

Woman in Gold, written by Alexi Kaye Campbell

Macbeth, screenplay by Jacob Koskoff & Todd Louiso and Michael Lesslie, based on the play by William Shakespeare

Slow West, written by John Maclean

Ex Machina, written by Alex Garland

The End of the Tour, screenplay by Donald Margulies, based on the book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace by David Lipsky

While We’re Young, written by Noah Baumbach

Mississippi Grind, written by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck

Remember, written by Benjamin August


Perhaps we should pick one and read it to figure out how the authors handle the plot points transitions, etc. What does the group think?















3 thoughts on “Award Worthy Screenplays

  1. I read the first 10 pages of five of the scripts to test my ADD. All but one failed to grab my attention. The descriptions were too long, the dialogue dull, and the characters uninteresting to me. They are award winning screenplays for a reason which brought into question my skills as a reader or the notion that 10 pages aren’t enough to ensnare the reader – in my case anyway. What is the best way to grab the audience? Is it through an interesting situation? an interesting character? a mood?


    1. That is a great question. I think it would depend; all three examples certainly can work, depending on the type of script in question.

      What I am most interested in is: which five did you read?


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