Download screenplays of award contenders

Ralph Fiennes as author Charles Dickens in "The Invisible Woman." If Dickens were alive today, he'd be writing screenplays. David Appleby/Sony Pictures Classics

With movie award season upon us, studios promoting their contenders are offering a treat to film buffs and students of the art of screenwriting: copies of scripts posted online to attract award interest. 

Links to downloadable pdf files of many of this year's contenders have been collected and posted below.

Not every studio posts scripts online, and forget about finding Woody Allen's latest amid the free offerings. But there are dozens available: 


"12 Years a Slave" by John Ridley, based on the memoir of Solomon Northup (Fox Searchlight)

"42" by Brian Helgeland (Warner Brothers)

"The Armstrong Lie" by Alex Gibney (Sony Pictures Classics)

"Before Midnight" by Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy (Sony Pictures Classics)

"The Bling Ring" by Sofia Coppola (a24)

"The Croods" by Kirk DeMicco & Chris Sanders (Dreamworks Animation)

"Despicable Me 2" by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio (Universal)

"Enough Said" by Nicole Holofcener (Fox Searchlight)

"Fruitvale Station" by Ryan Coogler (Weinstein Company)

"Gravity" by Alfonso Cuaron & Jonas Cuaron (Warner Brothers)

"The Great Gatsby" by Baz Luhrmann & Craig Pearce, based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel (Warner Brothers)

"The Invisible Woman" by Abi Morgan (Sony Pictures Classics)

"Kill Your Darlings": Story by Austin Bunn; Screenplay by John Krokidas and Austin Bun (Sony Pictures Classics)

"Lee Daniels' The Butler" by Danny Strong (Weinstein Company)

"Lone Survivor" by Peter Berg, based on the book by Marcus Luttrell (Universal)

"Monsters University" by Daniel Gerson & Robert L. Baird and Dan Scanlon (Disney)

"Mud" by Jeff Nichols (Roadside Attractions)

"One Chance" by Justin Zackham (Weinstein Company)

"The Past" by Asghar Farhadi (Sony Pictures Classics)

"The Place Beyond the Pines" by Derek Cianfrance, Ben Coccio & Darius Marder (Focus Features)

"Prisoners" by Aaron Guzikowski (Warner Brothers)

"Rush" by Peter Morgan (Universal)

"The Spectacular Now" by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, based on the novel by Tim Tharp (a24)

"Spring Breakers" by Harmony Korine (a24)

"Wadjda" by Haifaa al Mansour (Sony Pictures Classics)

"The Way Way Back" by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (Fox Searchlight)


Still to come:  Disney's "Frozen" and "Saving Mr. Banks," and "Nebraska," "Labor Day," and "The Wolf of Wall Street" from Paramount. No word on when Sony's "Captain Phillips" or "American Hustle," or "Her" (from Warner Brothers) might become available.  

And for those looking for the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis"? It's available for sale from Opus Books.


UPDATES: The latest screenplay postings:

"Nebraska" by Robert W. Nelson (Paramount Vantage)

"The Wolf of Wall Street" by Terence Winter (Paramount)

"Saving Mr. Banks" by Kelly Marcel & Sue Smith (Disney)

"Frozen" by Jennifer Lee (Disney)






  • David Morgan

    David Morgan is a senior editor at CBSNews.com and cbssundaymorning.com.

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