Best Original Screenplay

This page lists all Oscar nominees for Best Original Screenplay. Reviews of films on the original 1001 Films list are linked here.
As I finish each set of films for a given year and category, I will revisit those films and determine which film I think should have won and why. Those posts will be linked here as well.

Best Screenplay
1940: What should have won?
Angels Over Broadway
Dr. Ehrich’s Magic Bullet
Foreign Correspondent
The Great Dictator
The Great McGinty (winner)

1941: What should have won?
Citizen Kane (winner)
The Devil and Miss Jones
Sergeant York
Tall, Dark and Handsome
Tom, Dick and Harry

1942: What should have won?
One of Our Aircraft is Missing
Road to Morocco
Wake Island
The War Against Mrs. Hadley
Woman of the Year (winner)

1943: What should have won?
Air Force
In Which We Serve
The North Star
Princess O’Rourke (winner)
So Proudly We Hail!

1944: What should have won?
Hail the Conquering Hero
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
Two Girls and a Sailor
Wilson (winner)
Wing and a Prayer

1945: What should have won?
Dillinger
Marie-Louise (winner)
Music for Millions
Salty O’Rourke
What Next, Corporal Hargrove?

1946: What should have won?
The Blue Dahlia
Children of Paradise
Notorious
Road to Utopia
The Seventh Veil (winner)

1947: What should have won?
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (winner)
Body and Soul
A Double Life
Monsieur Verdoux
Shoeshine

1948
No Award Given

1949: What should have won?
Battleground (winner)
Jolson Sings Again
Paisa
Passport to Pimlico
The Quiet One

1950: What should have won?
Adam’s Rib
Caged
The Men
No Way Out
Sunset Boulevard (winner)

1951: What should have won?
An American in Paris (winner)
The Big Carnival
David and Bathsheba
Go for Broke!
The Well

1952: What should have won?
The Atomic City
The Lavender Hill Mob (winner)
Pat and Mike
The Sound Barrier
Viva Zapata!

1953: What should have won?
The Band Wagon
The Desert Rats
The Naked Spur
Take the High Ground!
Titanic (winner)

1954: What should have won?
The Barefoot Contessa
Genevieve
The Glenn Miller Story
Knock on Wood
On the Waterfront (winner)

1955: What should have won?>
The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell
Interrupted Melody (winner)
It’s Always Fair Weather
Mr. Hulot’s Holiday
The Seven Little Foys

1956: What should have won?
The Bold and the Brave
Julie
The Ladykillers
The Red Balloon (winner)
La Strada

1957: What should have won?
Designing Women (winner)
Funny Face
I Vitelloni
Man of a Thousand Faces
The Tin Star

1958: What should have won?
The Defiant Ones (winner)
The Goddess
Houseboat
The Sheepman
Teacher’s Pet

1959: What should have won?
The 400 Blows
North by Northwest
Operation Petticoat
Pillow Talk (winner)
Wild Strawberries

1960: What should have won?
The Angry Silence
The Apartment (winner)
The Facts of Life
Hiroshima Mon Amour
Never on Sunday

1961: What should have won?
Ballad of a Soldier
La Dolce Vita
General della Rovere
Lover Come Back
Splendor in the Grass (winner)

1962: What should have won?
Divorce, Italian Style (winner)
Freud
Last Year at Marienbad
That Touch of Mink
Through a Glass Darkly

1963: What should have won?
8 ½
America, America
The Four Days of Naples
How the West was Won (winner)
Love with the Proper Stranger

1964: What should have won?
Father Goose (winner)
A Hard Day’s Night
One Potato, Two Potato
The Organizer
That Man from Rio

1965: What should have won?
Cassanova 70
Darling (winner)
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
The Train
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

1966: What should have won?
Blowup
The Fortune Cookie
Khartoum
A Man and a Woman (winner)
The Naked Prey

1967: What should have won?
Bonnie and Clyde
Divorce American Style
La Guerre est Finie
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (winner)
Two for the Road

1968: What should have won?
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Battle of Algiers
Faces
Hot Millions
The Producers (winner)

1969: What should have won?
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (winner)
The Damned
Easy Rider
The Wild Bunch

1970: What should have won?
Five Easy Pieces
Joe
Love Story
My Night at Maud’s
Patton (winner)

1971: What should have won?
The Hospital (winner)
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
Klute
Summer of ‘42
Sunday Bloody Sunday

1972: What should have won?
The Candidate (winner)
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
Lady Sings the Blues
Murmur of the Heart
Young Winston

1973: What should have won?
American Graffiti
Cries and Whispers
Save the Tiger
The Sting (winner)
A Touch of Class

1974: What should have won?
Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
Chinatown (winner)
The Conversation
Day for Night
Harry and Tonto

1975: What should have won?
Amarcord
And Now My Love
Dog Day Afternoon (winner)
Lies My Father Told Me
Shampoo

1976: What should have won?
Cousin, Cousine
The Front
Network (winner)
Rocky
Seven Beauties

1977: What should have won?
Annie Hall (winner)
The Goodbye Girl
The Late Show
Star Wars
The Turning Point

1978: What should have won?
Autumn Sonata
Coming Home (winner)
The Deer Hunter
Interiors
An Unmarried Woman

1979: What should have won?
All That Jazz
…And Justice for All
Breaking Away (winner)
The China Syndrome
Manhattan

1980: What should have won?
Brubaker
Fame
Melvin and Howard (winner)
Mon Oncle d’Amerique
Private Benjamin

1981: What should have won?
Absence of Malice
Arthur
Atlantic City
Chariots of Fire (winner)
Reds

1982: What should have won?
Diner
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Gandhi (winner)
An Officer and a Gentleman
Tootsie

1983: What should have won?
The Big Chill
Fanny and Alexander
Silkwood
Tender Mercies (winner)
WarGames

1984: What should have won?
Beverly Hills Cop
Broadway Danny Rose
El Norte
Places in the Heart (winner)
Splash

1985: What should have won?
Back to the Future
Brazil
The Official Story
The Purple Rose of Cairo
Witness (winner)

1986: What should have won?
Crocodile Dundee
Hannah and Her Sisters (winner)
My Beautiful Laundrette
Platoon
Salvador

1987: What should have won?
Au Revoir, Les Enfants
Broadcast News
Hope and Glory
Moonstruck (winner)
Radio Days

1988: What should have won?
Big
Bull Durham
A Fish Called Wanda
Rain Man (winner)
Running on Emtpy

1989: What should have won?
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Dead Poets Society (winner)
Do the Right Thing
Sex, Lies and Videotape
When Harry Met Sally

1990: What should have won?
Alice
Avalon
Ghost (winner)
Green Card
Metropolitan

1991: What should have won?
Boyz n the Hood
Bugsy
The Fisher King
Grand Canyon
Thelma & Louise (winner)

1992: What should have won?
The Crying Game (winner)
Husbands and Wives
Lorenzo’s Oil
Passion Fish
Unforgiven

1993: What should have won?
Dave
In the Line of Fire
Philadelphia
The Piano (winner)
Sleepless in Seattle

1994: What should have won?
Bullets Over Broadway
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Heavenly Creatures
Pulp Fiction (winner)
Three Colors: Red

1995: What should have won?
Braveheart
Mighty Aphrodite
Nixon
Toy Story
The Usual Suspects (winner)

1996: What should have won?
Fargo (winner)
Jerry Maguire
Lone Star
Secrets & Lies
Shine

1997: What should have won?
As Good as it Gets
Boogie Nights
Deconstructing Harry
The Full Monty
Good Will Hunting (winner)

1998: What should have won?
Bulworth
Life is Beautiful
Shakespeare in Love (winner)
Saving Private Ryan
The Truman Show

1999: What should have won?
American Beauty (winner)
Being John Malkovich
Magnolia
The Sixth Sense
Topsy-Turvy

2000: What should have won?
Almost Famous (winner)
Billy Elliot
Erin Brockovich
Gladiator
You Can Count on Me

2001: What should have won?
Amelie
Gosford Park (winner)
Memento
Monster’s Ball
The Royal Tenenbaums

2002: What should have won?
Far from Heaven
Gangs of New York
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Talk to Her (winner)
Y tu Mama Tambien

2003: What should have won?
The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions Barbares)
Dirty Pretty Things
Finding Nemo
In America
Lost in Translation

2004: What should have won?
The Aviator
The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (winner)
Hotel Rwanda
The Incredibles
Vera Drake

2005: What should have won?
Crash (winner)
Good Night and Good Luck
Match Point
The Squid and the Whale
Syriana

2006: What should have won?
Babel
Letters from Iwo Jima
Little Miss Sunshine (winner)
Pan’s Labyrinth
The Queen

2007: What should have won?
Juno (winner)
Lars and the Real Girl
Michael Clayton
Ratatouille
The Savages

2008: What should have won?
Frozen River
Happy-Go-Lucky
In Bruges
Milk (winner)
WALL-E

2009: What should have won?
The Hurt Locker (winner)
Inglourious Basterds
The Messenger
A Serious Man
Up

2010: What should have won?
Another Year
The Fighter
Inception
The King’s Speech (winner)
The Kids are All Right

2011: What should have won?
The Artist
Bridesmaids
Margin Call
Midnight in Paris (winner)
A Separation

2012: What should have won?
Amour
Django Unchained (winner)
Flight
Moonrise Kingdom
Zero Dark Thirty

2013: What should have won?
American Hustle
Blue Jasmine
Dallas Buyers Club
Her (winner)
Nebraska

2014: What should have won?
Birdman (winner)
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Nightcrawler

2015: What should have won?
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Spotlight (winner)
Straight Outta Compton

2016: What should have won?
20th Century Women
Hell or High Water
La la Land
The Lobster
Manchester by the Sea (winner)

2017: What should have won?
The Big Sick
Get Out (winner)
Lady Bird
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Ouside Ebbing, Missouri

2018: What should have won?
The Favourite
First Reformed
Green Book
Roma
Vice

2019: What should have won?
1917
Knives Out
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood
Parasite (winner)

2020
Judas and the Black Messiah
Minari
Promising Young Woman (winner)
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

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