NEW YORK Students of the art of screenwriting can get some holiday presents early this year, as many movie studios have posted pdfs of screenplays online, as part of their marketing for Oscar and Writers Guild award consideration.
Not every studio makes copies of their award season contenders available publicly to non-Guild or Academy members (Batman and James Bond fans, you're out of luck). But to paraphrase Spencer Tracy in "Adam's Rib," what there is, is choice.
Links of many of this year's contenders are collected and posted below. Click on them below to open or download pdfs.
And a big fat "Spoiler Alert" for all!
- "Amour" (Sony Pictures Classics) - Screenplay by Michael Haneke
- "Anna Karenina" (Focus Features) - Screenplay by Tom Stoppard, adapted from Leo Tolstoy's novel
- "Arbitrage" (Lionsgate) - Screenplay by Nicholas Jarecki
- "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (Fox Searchlight) - Written by Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, based on the stage play "Juicy and Delicious" by Lucy Alibar
- "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (Fox Searchlight) - Screenplay by Ol Parker, based on the book "These Foolish Things" by Deborah Moggach
- "Celeste and Jesse Forever" (Sony Pictures Classics) - Screenplay by Rashida Jones & Will McCormack
- "Django Unchained" (Weinstein Company) - Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino
- "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" (Universal) - Screenplay by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, based on the book by Dr. Seuss
- "Flight" (Paramount) - Screenplay by John Gatins
- "Frankenweenie" (Disney) - Screenplay by John August
- "Hitchcock" (Fox Searchlight) - Screenplay by John J. McLaughlin, based on the book "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho" by Stephen Rebello
- "Hyde Park on Hudson" (Focus Features) - Screenplay by Richard Nelson
- "Les Miserables" (Universal) - Screenplay by William Nicholson, Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg and Herbert Kretzmer, adapted from the stage musical based on the novel by Victor Hugo
- "Lincoln" (DreamWorks) - Screenplay by Tony Kuchar, based in part on "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" by Doris Kearns Goodwin
- "Looper" (TriStar Pictures) - Original shooting script by Rian Johnson
- "The Master" (Weinstein Company) - Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson
- "Middle of Nowhere" (Participant Media) - Screenplay by Ava DuVernay
- "Moonrise Kingdom" (Focus Features) - Screenplay by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
- "ParaNorman" (Focus Features) - Screenplay by Christopher Butler
- "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" (Lionsgate) - Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky, based on his novel
- "Promised Land" (Focus Features) - Screenplay by John Krasinski and Matt Damon, story by Dave Eggers
- "Quartet" (Weinstein Company) - Screenplay by Ronald Harwood, based on his play
- "Rust and Bone" (Sony Pictures Classics) - Screenplay by Jacques Audiard & Thomas Bidegain, adapted from the short story collection by Craig Davidson
- "The Sessions" (Fox Searchlight) - Screenplay by Ben Lewin
- "Silver Linings Playbook" (Weinstein Company) - Screenplay by David O. Russell, based on the novel by Matthew Quick
- "Smashed" (Sony Pictures Classics) - Screenplay by James Ponsoldt & Susan Burke
- "Snow White and the Huntsman" (Universal) - Screenplay by Evan Daugherty and John Lee Hancock and Hossein Amini, story by Evan Daughtery, inspired by the Brothers Grimm's "Little Snow White"
- "Ted (Universal) - Screenplay by Seth MacFarlane and Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild, story by Seth MacFarlane
- "This Is 40" (Universal) - Screenplay by Judd Apatow
- "Wreck-It Ralph" (Disney) - Screenplay by Jennifer Lee and Phil Johnston, story by Rich Moore, Phil Johnston and Jim Reardon