Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Awards season screenplays for 2012 [UPDATED]

Every year, Hollywood studios campaign heavily to win as many awards as they can, especially the Oscars. As part of that campaigning, they will release the screenplays of the films that they think have a strong chance of winning gold.

The first bunch of screenplays has been released by Universal Pictures and Focus Features. Currently available are the complete scripts for Anna Karenina, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Hyde Park On Hudson, Moonrise Kingdom, ParaNorman, Promised Land, Snow White and the Huntsman, Ted and This is 40. As I did last year and the year before, I am providing the links to all of the screenplays as they become available. Just click on the film title below.

The screenplay for Les Misérables by William Nicholson, Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Herbert Kretzmer was briefly posted before being quickly pulled for some unknown reason (you can read the cached version here). [UPDATE – the full version is now included in the links below]

You can expect that screenplays to come in the following weeks will include Lincoln, Amour, Celeste and Jesse Forever, Rust and Bone, Smashed, Brave, Wreck-It-Ralph, Frankenweenie, Flight, Not Fade Away, Jeff Who Lives At Home, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Rise of the Guardians, Zero Dark Thirty, Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Hitchcock and The Sessions among others. I will update this page frequently as they become available.

Non-features being promoted include the animated short Paperman, the documentaries Searching for Sugar Man, The Gatekeepers, and West of Memphis, and the concert film Katy Perry: Part of Me. Scripts for these films are unlikely, although the script for the documentary Inside Job was released two years ago.

Here then are the screenplays that have been distributed so far.


[UPDATE: November 6, 2012] Lionsgate has released the screenplays for Arbitrage and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. They have some material for The Hunger Games, The Impossible and Stand Up Guys, but the screenplays are not included. Those should come later.
[UPDATE: November 8, 2012] From Sony Pictures Classics we now have the screenplays for Celeste and Jesse Forever and Smashed, as well as promotional material for the documentaries Searching for Sugar Man and West of Memphis. The Weinstein Company hasn't released any screenplays yet, but they are slowly rolling out promo material for Bully, Django, Intouchables (The Intouchables), Killing Them Softly, The Master, Quartet, and Silver Linings Playbook. Screenplays for each except the documentary Bully should be available over the coming weeks.
[UPDATE: November 13, 2012] Fox Searchlight's screenplays for Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Hitchcock and The Sessions are now available. Sony Pictures Classics is now promoting the documentary The Gatekeepers.
[UPDATE: November 19, 2012] Unfortunately, Fox Searchlight has now also pulled its screenplays, though they may yet return. Sony Pictures has added Skyfall to Zero Dark Thirty as the films they're now promoting, but as of yet, there are no screenplays for either.
[UPDATE: November 20, 2012] An English-language script for De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone) is online. It is based on the short stories by Canadian author Craig Davidson.
[UPDATE: November 21, 2012] The Fox Searchlight screenplays are back online. Lionsgate has added Friends with Kids as a film with For Your Consideration material but no screenplay yet.
[UPDATE: November 28, 2012] From Sony Pictures Classics, we now have the screenplay for Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or winning film Amour.
[UPDATE: November 29, 2012] I've added the screenplay for Lincoln from Dreamworks. Middle of Nowhere is also available.
[UPDATE: November 30, 2012] From Walt Disney Studios, we have the script for Frankenweenie.
[UPDATE: December 1, 2012] The script for Les Misérables is back online.
[UPDATE: December 4, 2012] The scripts for The Master, Quartet, and Silver Linings Playbook have been distributed by The Weinstein Company.
[UPDATE: December 5, 2012] Disney has released Wreck-It Ralph, but signs are that it won't be releasing Brave at any point.
[UPDATE: December 7, 2012] Rian Johnson's script for Looper has been added below.
[UPDATE: December 10, 2012] We now have the script for the Denzel Washington vehicle Flight from Paramount. I've also added a second version of the Looper screenplay.
[UPDATE: December 12, 2012] Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained is now available from The Weinstein Company.
[UPDATE: December 21, 2012] Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress is getting a push from Sony Pictures Classics. Fox Searchlight has added Ruby Sparks to their slate.
[UPDATE: December 28, 2012] Dreamworks Animation has provided the screenplay for Rise of the Guardians.
[UPDATE: January 16, 2013] Warner Brothers has given us the screenplay for Argo. Focus Features has released an illustrated version of Moonrise Kingdom.
[UPDATE: January 22, 2013] Fox 2000 Pictures brings us the script for Life of Pi.
[UPDATE: January 31, 2013] From Sony Pictures, we have Zero Dark Thirty.


Amour (Written by Michael Haneke lol)

Anna Karenina (Screenplay by Tom Stoppard; Based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy)

Arbitrage (Screenplay by Nicholas Jarecki)

Argo (Written by Chris Terrio based on the May 2007 Wired magazine article entitled "The Great Escape" by Joshuah Bearman; and chapter nine of the book entitled "The Master of Disguise" by Antonio Mendez)

Beasts of the Southern Wild (Written by Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin; Based on the stage play "Juicy and Delicious" by Lucy Alibar)

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Written by Ol Parker; Based on the book These Foolish Thingsby Deborah Moggach)

Celeste and Jesse Forever (Written by Rashida Jones & Will McCormack)

Damsels in Distress (Written by Whit Stillman)

Django Unchained (Written by Quentin Tarantino)

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (Screenplay by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio; Based on the Book by Dr. Seuss)

Flight(Written by John Gatins)

Frankenweenie (Screenplay by John August) - December 2010
Frankenweenie (Screenplay by John August) - January 2012

Hitchcock (Written by John J. McLaughlin; Based on the book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello)

Hyde Park On Hudson (Written by Richard Nelson)

Les Misérables (Screenplay by William Nicholson, Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Herbert Kretzmer; Adapted from the Stage Musical ”Les Misérables”; Based on the novel by Victor Hugo)

Life of Pi (Written by David Magee; Based on the original novel by Yann Martel)

Lincoln (Written by Tony Kushner; Based in part on Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincolnby Doris Kearns Goodwin)

Looper (Written by Rian Johnson)
Looper (Written by Rian Johnson) final pre-production draft
Looper (Original 4-page sketch by Rian Johnson)

The Master (Written by Paul Thomas Anderson)

Middle of Nowhere (Written by Ava DuVernay)

Moonrise Kingdom (Screenplay by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola)
Moonrise Kingdom – illustrated script (Screenplay by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola) 49.5MB

ParaNorman (Screenplay by Christopher Butler)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Written by Stephen Chbosky)

Promised Land (Written by John Krasinski and Matt Damon; Story by Dave Eggers)

Quartet (Screenplay by Ronald Harwood)

Rise of the Guardians (Screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire; Based on “Guardians of Childhood” the book series by William Joyce and “The Man in the Moon” a Reel FX short film directed by William Joyce)

Ruby Sparks (Written by Zoe Kazan)

Rust and Bone (Written by Jacques Audiard & Thomas Bidegain; Based on Craig Davidson's short story collection "Rust and Bone")

The Sessions (Written by Ben Lewin; Based On A True Story)

Silver Linings Playbook (Screenplay by David O. Russell; Based on the novel by Matthew Quick)

Smashed (Written by James Ponsoldt & Susan Burke)

Snow White and the Huntsman (Screenplay by Evan Daugherty, John Lee Hancock and Hossenin Amini; Story by Evan Daugherty; inspired by the Brothers Grimm's "Little Snow White")

Ted (Story by Seth MacFarlane; Screenplay by Seth MacFarlane And Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild)

This is 40 (Written by Judd Apatow)

Wreck-It Ralph (Screenplay by Phil Johnston & Jennifer Lee, Original story by Rich Moore, Phil Johnston & Jim Reardon)

Zero Dark Thirty (Screenplay by Mark Boal)


2011 awards season screenplays

2010 awards season screenplays


  1. This is fantastic! Thanks!

  2. Thanks so much, as always! I've been wanting to read the Lincoln screenplay as soon as I saw it.