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All Award Season Screenplays Now Available Online: Oscar Frontrunners and Contenders UPDATED

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 26, 2013 at 2:20PM

All of the award season screenplays are now available online. In the glut of promotional material sent out to Academy members at this time of year, so far copies of real books like "Lone Survivor," "The Book Thief," "12 Years a Slave" and "Philomena" by Martin Sexsmith and Will Haygood's "The Butler" have arrived, as well as screenplays for "Inside Llewyn Davis," "August: Osage County," "12 Years a Slave" and "Lee Daniels' The Butler."
'The Wolf of Wall Street'
'The Wolf of Wall Street'

UPDATE: Terence Winter's screenplay for "The Wolf of Wall Street," "Saving Mr. Banks" by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith and Destin Cretton's award-winning script for "Short Term" 12 are now all available online here via Blue Cat.

EARLIER: All of the award season screenplays are now available online. In the glut of promotional material sent out to Academy members at this time of year, clearly many films are adapted from real books, including Marcus Luttrell's "Lone Survivor," Markus Zusak's "The Book Thief," Solomon Northup's "12 Years a Slave," Martin Sexsmith's "Philomena" and Will Haygood's "The Butler." Also arriving on voters stoops so far are screenplays for the Coen brothers' original "Inside Llewyn Davis," Tracy Letts' adaptation of his play "August: Osage County," John Ridley's "12 Years a Slave" and Danny Strong's "The Butler."

In the Screenplay categories for the Oscars, every year a number of films go into competition without a boost from the Writers Guild. This is due to strictly followed Guild rules. Non-Guild writers, films produced under companies that are not WGA signatories or made outside of the Guild's guidelines are ineligible. Excluded this year from WGA qualification are indies "12 Years a Slave," "Rush," "Fruitvale Station,” "Philomena" and "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." Original screenplays from Lake Bell (Indie Spirit nominee "In a World…") and Brit Edgar Wright ("The World's End") are also out of the WGA picture.

In our ongoing TOH! Oscar predictions, we've broken down the screenplay frontrunners and contenders as follows:

Best Original Screenplay


Woody Allen ("Blue Jasmine")

Joel and Ethan Coen ("Inside Llewyn Davis")

Alfonso and Jonas Cuaron ("Gravity")

Nicole Holofcener ("Enough Said")

Bob Nelson ("Nebraska")


J.C. Chandor ("All is Lost")

Ryan Coogler ("Fruitvale Station")

Spike Jonze ("Her")

David O. Russell and Eric Singer ("American Hustle")

Danny Strong ("Lee Daniels' The Butler")

Best Adapted Screenplay


Peter Berg ("Lone Survivor")

Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater ("Before Midnight")

Tracy Letts ("August: Osage County")

Billy Ray ("Captain Phillips")

John Ridley ("12 Years a Slave")


Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope ("Philomena")

Terence Winter ("The Wolf of Wall Street")

This article is related to: Awards, Awards, Awards Season Roundup, Writers Guild Awards

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.