Sunday, January 16, 2011

Dozens of awards-contending screenplays now available online [UPDATED]


As we are well into awards season, many studios have been positioning their films as contenders, especially for the Golden Globes, Guild Awards and the Oscars. Most of the studios have made the screenplays for their stronger films available on their official websites for press and industry. It's interesting to see too what they deem awards-worthy and how they conduct their campaigns.

I've gathered together thirty-six of the scripts that have been released so far. Most of the top contenders are now online, including 127 Hours, Black Swan, Inception, The King's Speech, The Social Network, The Town, Toy Story 3 and Winter's Bone. Even a very detailed documentary script for Inside Job has been released. I'll update this page as more become available.

The links don't always stay active beyond awards season, so if you want to keep them then you should download them while they are still on the studio's websites.

Just click on the titles, or right-click and "save" to download. 
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[UPDATED: Jan. 24] Additional screenplays included, though some new ones may not be from official studio websites: Buried, The Fighter, Secretariat, Shutter Island and True Grit.

Be sure to check out my analysis and critique of Sorkin's script for The Social Network.

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[UPDATED: Feb. 6] New versions added for comparison: Black Swan and True Grit.

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[UPDATED: Feb. 15] earlier drafts of 127 Hours (official link currently misdirects), Black Swan, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, Let Me In, The Social Network, and The Town.

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127 Hours
--undated
(Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy; Based on "Between a Rock and a Hard Place" by Aron Ralston)

127 Hours--2009 (Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy; Based on "Between a Rock and a Hard Place" by Aron Ralston)
127 Hours--April 10, 2010 (Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy; Based on "Between a Rock and a Hard Place" by Aron Ralston)

Alice in Wonderland
(Linda Woolverton; Based on "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll)

The American
(Rowan Joffe; Based on the novel "A Very Private Gentleman" by Martin Booth)

Animal Kingdom
(David Michôd)

Another Year
(Mike Leigh)

Barney's Version
(Michael Konyves; Based on the novel by Mordecai Richler)

The Black Swan--January 31, 2007 (John McLaughlin)

Black Swan--October 5, 2009 (Mark Heyman and Andrés Heinz and John McLaughlin; Story by Andrés Heinz)
Black Swan--January 11, 2010 (Mark Heyman and Andrés Heinz and John McLaughlin; Story by Andrés Heinz)

Blue Valentine
(Derek Cianfrance & Cami Delavigne and Joey Curtis)

Buried
(Chris Sparling)

City Island
(Raymond De Felitta)

The Company Men
(John Wells)

Conviction
(Pamela Gray)

Despicable Me
 (Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio; Story by Sergio Pablos)

The Fighter
(Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Story by Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson & Keith Dorrington)

For Colored Girls
 
(Tyler Perry: Based on the play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf" by Ntozake Shange)

Get Low
 
(Chris Provenzano and C. Gaby Mitchell; Story by Chris Provenzano & Scott Seeke)

Greenberg
(Noah Baumbach)

Hereafter
(Peter Morgan)

I Love You Phillip Morris
(Glenn Ficarra, John Requa; Based on the book by Steve McVicker)

Inception
(Christopher Nolan)

Inside Job
(Charles Ferguson, Chad Beck & Adam Bolt)

It's Kind of a Funny Story
(Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck; Based on the novel by Ned Vizzini)

Jack Goes Boating
(Bob Glaudini)

The Kids are All Right--March 2009 (Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg)
The Kids are All Right
--August 3, 2009 (Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg)

The King's Speech
--September 17, 2008 (David Seidler)
The King's Speech--undated (David Seidler)

Let Me In
--February 2, 2009 (Matt Reeves; Based on the novel "Let the Right One In" by John Ajvide Lindqvist)

Let Me In--May 5, 2009 (Matt Reeves; Based on the novel "Let the Right One In" by John Ajvide Lindqvist)

Made in Dagenham
(William Ivory)

Mother and Child
(Rodrigo García)

Never Let Me Go
(Alex Garland; Based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro)

Nowhere Boy
(Matt Greenhalgh)

Please Give
(Nicole Holofcener)

Rabbit Hole
(David Lindsay-Abaire; based on his play)

Secretariat
(Mike Rich; revised by Randall Wallace; based on the book by William Nack)

Shutter Island
(Laeta Kalogridis; based on the novel by Dennis Lehane)

The Social Network
--May 28, 2009
(Aaron Sorkin; Based on "The Accidental Billionaires" by Ben Mezrich)

The Social Network--undated (Aaron Sorkin; Based on "The Accidental Billionaires" by Ben Mezrich)

Somewhere
(Sofia Coppola)

Stone
(Angus MacLachlan)

The Town
--June 3, 2007 (Peter Craig, revision by Chuck Hogan; based on the novel "Prince of Thieves" by Chuck Hogan)

The Town--May 20, 2010 (Peter Craig, revision by Ben Affleck & Aaron Stockard; based on the novel "Prince of Thieves" by Chuck Hogan)

Toy Story 3
(Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton &Lee Unkrich)

True Grit
--June 12, 2009
(Joel & Ethan Coen; Based on the novel by Charles Portis)

True Grit--March 9, 2010 (Joel & Ethan Coen; Based on the novel by Charles Portis)

Winter's Bone
(Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini; Based on the novel "Winter's Bone" by Daniel Woodrell)

9 comments:

  1. Awesome list. Thanks!!

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  2. You're most welcome! Feel free to spread the word about Chino Kino.

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  3. Thank you SO much!

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  4. Thanks so much David! Love the one-stop shopping....

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  5. Your 127 Hours link takes you to Conviction -- please correct if possible. Your claim that this is the screenplay of the year has me eager to read it! And thank you very much for taking the time to share these incredibly helpful resources.
    Kate, NYC

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  6. Thanks, k8, I noticed that too when I wanted add earlier versions for comparison. The mistake is at the Fox Searchlight site itself.
    http://www.foxsearchlight.com/fyc/

    Let's hope they fix that soon, since it's in their own best interest. In the meantime, I'll add the links to the earlier drafts of 127 Hours.

    I'm not sure if it's the screenplay of the year exactly, but it's a phenomenal accomplishment and a repudiation of the mistaken belief that screenwriting is all about dialogue. It's true cinematic storytelling, from a rather uncinematic true story. If we challenge ourselves to see how we'd do it, it becomes apparent how well they did.

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