The Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay
is one of the Academy Awards
, the most prominent film
awards in the United States. It is awarded each year to the writer
of a screenplay adapted
from another source (usually a novel, play, or short story but also sometimes another film). All sequels
are automatically considered adaptations by this standard (since the sequel must be based on the original story).
See also the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay, a similar award for screenplays that are not adapted from elsewhere.
Following is a listing of people who have won the award.
This award started with the name Best Writing, Adaptation.
In the 2nd and 3rd years there was only a single writing award for Writing Achievement with no distinction between original works and adaptations.
For the 1930/31 production year the award was again subdivided, and this one was once again Best Writing, Adaptation
For 1935 the award became Best Writing, Screenplay
For 1956 the Category was renamed Screenplay--Adapted:
- 1956 (29th) Around the World in Eighty Days - John Farrow, S. J. Perelman, James Poe from the novel by Jules Verne
- Baby Doll - Tennessee Williams from his one act plays Twenty-seven Wagons Full of Cotton and The Unsatisfactory Supper
- Friendly Persuasion - Michael Wilson from the novel by Jessamyn West (Note: Early in 1956, the name of screenwriter Michael Wilson - a former Oscar winner - had been deleted from the credits of Friendly Persuasion by Allied Artists, the film's distributor, based on a 1952 agreement between the Screen Writers Guild and various production companies. That agreement gave the studios the right to omit from the screen the name of any individual who had failed to clear himself before a duly constituted legislative committee of U.S. Congress if accused of Communist affiliations, as was the case with Wilson at the time. The Academy, in the awkward position of possible conferring its highest honor on someone whose name had been omitted from screen credit, revised its bylaws at a special February 6, 1957 meeting. That revision, in essence, allowed that in such cases, the achievement itself could be eligible for nomination, but the specific writer would not be. This bylaw was repealed by the Academy as "unworkable" on January 12, 1959. This nomination was not included on the final ballot)
- Giant - Fred Guiol, Ivan Moffat from the novel by Edna Ferber
- Lust for Life - Norman Corwin from the novel by Irving Stone
For 1957 the category was renamed Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium:
From 1974 the Category was renamed Screenplay Adapted From Other Material:
From 1976 the category was renamed Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
From 1991 the category became Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published:
From 2002 the category was renamed Adapted Screenplay: