The 2020 Oscar-Nominated Screenplays

One of my favorite times of year is awards season, because we get to read the words that became the moving images that we loved in the prior year. This year’s crop of Oscar-nominated screenplays features a ton of variety, from whodunits, to war films, to intimate dramas. I can’t wait to read Jojo Rabbit, The Two Popes, and Little Women, in particular.

All of the nominated screenplays, except Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, are included below, and I've paired as many as I could with podcast interviews with the writer. The script downloads may not last long, so grab them while you can!


Nominees for Best Original Screenplay

1917 by Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns | The Q&A interview
Knives Out by Rian Johnson | The Director's Cut interview
Marriage Story by Noah Baumbach | Scriptnotes Episode 435, featuring Noah Baumbach
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood by Quentin Tarantino (not available) | The Director's Cut interview
Parasite by Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Wan


Nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay

The Irishman by Steven Zaillian
Jojo Rabbit by Taika Waititi | The Director's Cut interview
Joker by Todd Phillips & Scott Silver | The Director's Cut interview
Little Women by Greta Gerwig | Scriptnotes Episode 433, featuring Greta Gerwig | The Q&A interview
The Two Popes by Anthony McCarten | The Q&A interview


As a bonus, Jeff Goldsmith continues his tradition of interviewing the Oscar-nominated writers! Listen to his panel discussion here.



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