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2018 Academy Award Nominated Screenplays - The 91th Oscars

Each year studios will post the screenplays (usually shooting scripts) of films that they are putting up for award consideration. For the past 20 years SimplyScripts has been tracking those scripts as they are posted by the studios. I encourage you to download those you find interesting for personal/educational use. They usually disappear after award season has concluded.

12/17/2018 - 22 July is back up. Goosed The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and Private Life from archive.org, so we are at 22 scripts up.

12/15/2018 - Thanks to Richie for the heads up on these four from Annapurna - Destroyer, The Sisters Brothers, If Beale Street Could Talk, and Vice. We are at 18! (Netlix, buddy... what is up with the 11 broken links?)
22 July (provisionally titled "Norway") - August 3, 2018 shooting draft script by Paul Greengrass Based on: "One of Us" by Åsne Seierstad - hosted by: Netflix - in pdf format

A three-part story of Norway's worst terrorist attack in which over seventy people were killed. 22 July looks at the disaster itself, the survivors, Norway's political system and the lawyers who worked on this horrific case.


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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs - Undated, unspecified draft script by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen - hosted by: Netflix - in pdf format

Follows the story of two trail bosses on the Oregon Trail and a woman on the wagon train who needs the help of one of them and who might be a marriage prospect for the other.




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Beautiful Boy - April 3, 2018 unspecified draft script by Luke Davies & Felix van Groeningen (based on the books Beautiful Boy by David Sheff and Tweak by Nic Sheff) - hosted by: Amazon Guilds - in pdf format

Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.


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Black Klansmen - undated, unspecified draft script by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee - hosted by: Focus Features - in pdf format

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.





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Boy Erased - undated, unspecified draft script by Joel Edgerton (Based on the memoir written by Garrard Conley) - hosted by: Focus Features - in pdf format

The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents.





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Colette - May 19, 2017 Final Shooting Script script By Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland Current Revisions by Rebecca Lenkiewicz - hosted by: Bleecker Street - in pdf format

Colette is pushed by her husband to write novels under his name. Upon their success, she fights to make her talents known, challenging gender norms.



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Destroyer - undated, unspecified draft script by Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi - hosted by: AnnaPurna Guilds - in pdf format

Destroyer follows the moral and existential odyssey of LAPD detective Erin Bell who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.

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Disobedience - Undated, unspecified draft script By Sebastian Lelio Rebecca Lenkiewicz Based on the novel by Naomi Alderman. - hosted by: Bleecker Street - in pdf format

A woman returns to her Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her for her attraction to a female childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality.



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Eighth Grade - undated, unspecified draft script by Bo Burnham - hosted by: A24 Awards - in pdf format

An introverted teenage girl tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth grade year before leaving to start high school.




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First Reformed - undated, unspecified draft script by Paul Schrader - hosted by: A24 Awards - in pdf format

A minister of a small congregation in upstate New York grapples with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past.




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The Front Runner - July 27th, 2017 unspecified draft script by Matt Bai & Jay Carson & Jason Reitman - hosted by: Sony - in pdf format

The film follows the rise and fall of Senator Hart, who captured the imagination of young voters and was considered the overwhelming front runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination when his campaign was sidelined by the story of an extramarital relationship with Donna Rice.


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If Beale Street Could Talk - undated, unspecified draft script by Barry Jenkins (Adapted from the novel by James Baldwin) - hosted by: AnnaPurna Guilds - in pdf format

Baldwin's novel "follows Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover's innocence while carrying their first born child. It's a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families, and their lives."



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Leave No Trace - May 1, 2017, unspecified draft script by Debra Granik Anne Rosellini Based on the novel My Abandonment by Peter Rock - hosted by: Bleecker Street - in pdf format

A father and his thirteen year-old daughter are living an ideal existence in a vast urban park in Portland, Oregon, when a small mistake derails their lives forever.



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Mary Queen of Scots - undated, unspecified draft script by Beau Willimon - hosted by: Focus Features - in pdf format

Mary Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her "sister" in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth's sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones - and change the course of history.

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Norway (filmed as 22 July) - August 3, 2018 shooting draft script by Paul Greengrass Based on: "One of Us" by Åsne Seierstad - hosted by: Netflix - in pdf format

A three-part story of Norway's worst terrorist attack in which over seventy people were killed. 22 July looks at the disaster itself, the survivors, Norway's political system and the lawyers who worked on this horrific case.



Information courtesy of imdb.com
On The Basis of Sex - undated, unspecified draft script by Daniel Stiepleman - hosted by: Focus Features - in pdf format

The story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights and what she had to overcome in order to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.




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Private Life - Undated, unspecified draft script by Tamara Jenkins - hosted by: Netflix - in pdf format

Richard and Rachel, a couple in the throes of infertility, try to maintain their marriage as they descend deeper and deeper into the weird world of assisted reproduction and domestic adoption. When their doctor suggests third party reproduction, they bristle. But when Sadie, a recent college drop out, re-enters their life, they reconsider.


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A Quiet Place - Undated, unspecified draft script by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski (Story by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck) - hosted by: Paramount - in pdf format

Two parents do what it takes to keep their children safe in a world full of creatures hunting every sound they can hear. Not a sound can be heard from the family hiding in silence, but all it takes is one noise and everything can go wrong.


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Quincy - May 21 2018 unspecified draft script by Rashida Jones and Alan Hicks - hosted by: Netflix - in pdf format

An intimate look into the life of icon Quincy Jones. A unique force in music and popular culture for 70 years, Jones has transcended racial and cultural boundaries; his story is inextricably woven into the fabric of America.



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The Sisters Brothers - undated, unspecified draft script by Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain (Based on the Book by Patrick deWitt) - hosted by: AnnaPurna Guilds - in pdf format

The Sisters Brothers revolves around the colourfully named gold prospector Hermann Kermit Warm, who's being pursued across 1000 miles of 1850s Oregon desert to San Francisco by the notorious assassins Eli and Charlie Sisters. Except Eli is having a personal crisis and beginning to doubt the longevity of his chosen career. And Hermann might have a better offer. 

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Sorry to Bother You - May 17, 2017 white version script by Boots Riley - hosted by: Annapurna Guilds - in pdf format

In an alternate version of Oakland, Cassius Green gets a telemarketing job and finds the commission paid job a dispiriting struggle as a black man selling to predominately white people over the phone. That changes when a veteran advises him to use his "white voice," and the attitude behind it to make himself more appealing to customers. With a bizarrely high-pitched accent, Cassius becomes a success even as his colleagues form a union to improve their miserable jobs. Regardless, Cassius finds himself promoted a "Power Caller" selling the most morally abhorrent but lucrative products and services as his connection to his girlfriend and colleagues fades away. However, Cassius' conscience arises anew as he finds himself in the midst of his boss' bizarre world of condescending bigoted decadence and his sinister plans to create the perfect subservient work force with Cassius' help.

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Vice - undated, unspecified draft script by Adam McKay - hosted by: AnnaPurna Guilds - in pdf format

The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.



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What They Had - Undated, unspecified draft script by Elizabeth Chomko - hosted by: Bleecker Street - in pdf format

Bridget returns home at her brother's urging to deal with her ailing mother and her father's reluctance to let go of their life together.




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These links are broken. Netflix pulled the scripts.
Dumplin' - October 7, 2017 revised draft script by Kristin Hahn (Based on DUMPLIN' by Julie Murphy) - hosted by: Netflix - in pdf format

Willowdean ('Dumplin'), the plus-size teenage daughter of a former beauty queen, signs up for her mom's Miss Teen Bluebonnet pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town.



Information courtesy of imdb.com
The Kindergarten Teacher - August 10th, 2017 revised green draft script by Sara Colangelo (Adapted from "The Kindergarten Teacher" by Nadav Lapid)) - hosted by: Netflix - in pdf format

A kindergarten teacher in New York becomes obsessed with one of her students whom she believes is a child prodigy.



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The Land of Steady Habits - August 9th, 2017 Buff Shooting draft script by Nicole Holofcener (Based on the Novel by Ted Thompson) - hosted by: Netflix - in pdf format

After leaving his wife and his job to find happiness, Anders befriends a drug-addicted teen, sending him down a path of reckless and shameful behavior.




Information courtesy of imdb.com
The Other Side of the Wind - Undated, unspecified draft script by Orson Welles - hosted by: Netflix - in pdf format

A Hollywood director emerges from semi-exile with plans to complete work on an innovative motion picture.




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Roma - Undated, unspecified draft script by Alfonso Cuarón - hosted by: Netflix - in pdf format

A story that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s.




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Roxanne Roxanne - Undated, unspecified draft script by Michael J. Larnell - hosted by: Netflix - in pdf format

In the late 80s/ early 1990s, the most feared battle MC in Queens, New York, was a fierce teenage girl with the weight of the world on her shoulders. At the age of 14, Lolita "Roxanne Shanté" Gooden was well on her way to becoming a hip-hop legend as she hustled to provide for her family while defending herself from the dangers of the streets of the Queensbridge Projects in NYC.

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