Download scripts of 2015 award contenders

The opening scene from Gillian Flynn's screenplay of "Gone Girl," which she adapted from her own bestselling novel.

20th Century Fox

With Hollywood's awards season in full force, many studios have posted pdfs of screenplays online as part of their marketing for Oscar and guild award consideration, offering students of screenwriting a wealth of material to devour.

While not every studio makes scripts publicly accessible, many of this year's most acclaimed films are represented in the list of links below -- including all five Golden Globe nominees ("Birdman," "Boyhood," "Gone Girl," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," and "The Imitation Game").

Those hungry for more can find early drafts of other scripts online (such as "Interstellar" and "Noah") at such sites as Simply Scripts and Drew's Script-O-Rama, but be aware that these may differ markedly from the final film.

And, as always, beware spoilers!


For Your Consideration scripts (click on the links to open or download pdfs):

"Belle" by Misan Sagay (Fox Searchlight)

"Big Eyes" by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Weinstein Company)

"Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" by Alejandro Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo (Fox Searchlight)

"The Boxtrolls" by Irena Brignull and Adam Pava, based on the book "Here Be Monsters" by Alan Snow (Focus Features)

"Boyhood" by Richard Linklater (IFC Films)

"Calvary" by John Michael McDonagh (Fox Searchlight)

"Dear White People" by Justin Simien (Roadside Attractions)

"The Fault in Our Stars" by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, based on the novel by John Green (20th Century Fox)

"The Gambler" by William Monahan; Based upon the film written by James Toback (Paramount)

"Get on Up" by Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth, story by Steven Baigelman and Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth (Universal)

"Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn, based on her novel (20th Century Fox)

"The Grand Budapest Hotel" by Wes Anderson; story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness (Fox Searchlight)

"How to Train Your Dragon 2" by Dean DeBlois, inspired by the novels by Cressida Cowell (Dreamworks)

"The Imitation Game" by Graham Moore, based on "Alan Turing: The Enigma" by Andrew Hodges (Weinstein Company)

"Into the Woods" - Screenplay by James Lapine, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Based on their musical (Disney)

"Kill the Messenger" by Peter Landesman (Focus Features)

"Locke" by Steven Knight (A24 Films)

"A Most Violent Year" by J.C. Chandor

"St. Vincent" by Theodore Melfi (Weinstein Company)

"The Theory of Everything" by Anthony McCarten, based on the book "Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen" by Jane Hawking (Focus Features)

"Unbroken" by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen and Richard LaGravenese and William Nicholson; Based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand

"Wild" by Nick Hornby; adapted from the memoir, "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail," by Cheryl Strayed (Fox Searchlight)

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