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Robert Towne
Robert Towne
(born Robert Bertram Schwartz,[1][2] November 23, 1934) is an American screenwriter, producer, director and actor. He was part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking. He is best known for his Academy Award-winning original screenplay for Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974), which is widely considered one of the greatest screenplays ever written. He later said it was inspired by a chapter in Carey McWilliams's Southern California
California
Country: An Island on the Land (1946) and a West magazine article on Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles. Towne also wrote the sequel, The Two Jakes
The Two Jakes
(1990); the Hal Ashby comedy-dramas The Last Detail
The Last Detail
(1973) and Shampoo (1975); and the first two Mission: Impossible films. Towne directed the sports dramas Personal Best (1982) and Without Limits (1998), the crime thriller Tequila Sunrise (1988), and the romantic crime drama Ask the Dust
Ask the Dust
(2006).

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Roger Corman 2.2 Television 2.3 Script Doctor 2.4 The Last Detail, Chinatown and Shampoo 2.5 Director 2.6 The Two Jakes 2.7 Tom Cruise 2.8 Later career 2.9 Return to Television

3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Credits as writer-director 4.2 Credits as writer only 4.3 Credits as actor 4.4 Other credits 4.5 Unmade projects

4.5.1 Future projects

5 Legacy and honors 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Towne was born in Los Angeles, where he grew up in San Pedro, the son of Helen and Lou Schwartz.[3] His father ran a ladies clothing shop called the Towne Smart Shop, and changed the family name to Towne. Lou then moved into real estate and moved his family to the affluent Rolling Hills, a gated community in Palos Verdes, where Robert attended Chadwick School. Towne's parentage was Romanian on his father’s side, Russian on his mother’s; the family was Jewish.[4] He graduated from Pomona College
Pomona College
in Claremont, California.[5] Career[edit] Roger Corman[edit] Towne originally sought work as a writer and actor. He became associated with Roger Corman, who was renowned for giving work to untested people of talent. Towne wrote the screenplay for the Corman-financed Last Woman on Earth (1960), in which he also played the lead role. The following year he also starred in the Corman-financed Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961). Television[edit] Towne started writing for television on such programs as The Lloyd Bridges Show, Breaking Point, The Outer Limits, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. He also wrote a screenplay for the Corman-directed The Tomb of Ligeia (1965). Script Doctor[edit] Towne was asked to help out on the script for Bonnie and Clyde (1967). The film was a huge success and although Towne's contribution was only "special consultant", he began to earn a reputation in Hollywood as a top "script doctor" Towne was credited on Villa Rides (1968) and did uncredited work on Drive, He Said
Drive, He Said
(1971), Cisco Pike
Cisco Pike
(1972), The New Centurions
The New Centurions
(1972), The Godfather
The Godfather
(1972) and The Parallax View
The Parallax View
(1974). The Last Detail, Chinatown and Shampoo[edit] Towne received great acclaim for his film scripts The Last Detail (1973), Chinatown (1974), and Shampoo (1975). He was nominated for an Oscar for all three scripts, winning for Chinatown.[6][7][8] Towne was credited for his work on The Yakuza
The Yakuza
(1975) and did script doctoring on The Missouri Breaks
The Missouri Breaks
(1976), Orca (1977) and Heaven Can Wait (1978). Director[edit] Towne turned to directing with Personal Best (1982). He also wrote the script for Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, hoping to direct, but Personal Best was a financial failure, meaning he had to sell the Greystoke script. He grew dissatisfied with the production and credited his dog, P.H. Vazak, with the script. Vazak became the first dog nominated for an Oscar for screenwriting, but he did not fetch the award. Towne did uncredited work on Deal of the Century
Deal of the Century
(1983), 8 Million Ways to Die (1986) ([9]), Tough Guys Don't Dance (1987) and Frantic (1988). His second feature film as director was Tequila Sunrise (1988). Towne told The New York Times
The New York Times
that Tequila Sunrise is "a movie about the use and abuse of friendship."[10] The Two Jakes[edit] Robert Towne
Robert Towne
expressed his disappointment in The Two Jakes
The Two Jakes
in many interviews.[citation needed] He told writer Alex Simon "In the interest of maintaining my friendships with Jack Nicholson and Robert Evans, I’d rather not go into it, but let’s just say The Two Jakes wasn’t a pleasant experience for any of us. But, we’re all still friends, and that’s what matters most."[11] In a November 5, 2007 interview with MTV, Jack Nicholson claimed that Towne had written the part of Gittes specifically for him. In the same interview, Nicholson also said that Towne had conceived Chinatown as a trilogy, with the third film set in 1968 and dealing in some way with Howard Hughes.[12] However, Towne says he "does not know how that got started" and denies there was any trilogy planned. Tom Cruise[edit] Towne wrote the script for Days of Thunder
Days of Thunder
(1990) and formed a close relationship with its star Tom Cruise. He was one of the writers on Cruise's The Firm (1993), then Beatty's Love Affair (1994). Cruise brought him on to Mission: Impossible (1996) and co produced Towne's third film as director, Without Limits (1998). He also co-wrote Mission
Mission
Impossible II (2000) for Cruise. Later career[edit] A project Towne had long sought to bring to the screen came to fruition in 2006 with Ask the Dust, a romantic period piece set in Los Angeles based on the acclaimed novel by John Fante
John Fante
and starring Colin Farrell and Salma Hayek. Towne had found the novel while researching Chinatown, looking for material that would honestly describe that particular era of Los Angeles. He became so entranced by the book that he arranged to meet with its author—himself a screenwriter—in person. "I was an unknown," Towne said. "I hadn't written anything of note." But Fante greeted the young fan with accusations like "What makes you think you're any kind of judge of my work?"[13] Ask the Dust received mixed reviews and failed at the box office. The film was entered into the 28th Moscow International Film Festival.[14] Towne has framed several of his signature films as elaborate melodramas. He told The New York Times
The New York Times
"I think melodrama is always a splendid occasion to entertain an audience and say things you want to say without rubbing their noses in it," he says. "With melodrama, as in dreams, you're always flirting with the disparity between appearance and reality, which is a great deal of fun. And that's also not unrelated to my perception of my life working in Hollywood, where you're always wondering, 'What does that guy really mean?'"[10] In 2006, Towne was the subject of artist Sarah Morris's film, Robert Towne. Morris describes him as an “elliptical figure” whose career exemplifies a certain characteristic mode of working in the film industry, marked by collaboration, shared or changing roles.[15] Morris's 19,744-square-foot (1,834.3 m2) painting installation in the lobby of the Lever House in Manhattan, commissioned by the Public Art Fund, was also titled "Robert Towne".[16] Return to Television[edit] He turned to television being a consulting producer on Mad Men
Mad Men
and writing episodes of Welcome to the Basement. In 2008, Towne was the subject of the documentary short film "Robert Towne", by artist Sarah Morris.[17] Personal life[edit] Robert has a brother Roger, who is six years younger.[1] He is married to Luisa Gaule. His former father-in-law is late actor John Payne, star of the western series, The Restless Gun. Towne's daughter (with actress Julie Payne) is Katharine Towne. He is a former father-in-law of Charlie Hunnam. Filmography[edit] Credits as writer-director[edit]

Personal Best (1982) - Also Producer Tequila Sunrise (1988) Without Limits
Without Limits
(1998) Ask the Dust
Ask the Dust
(2006) Roads of Asgard (2009) (video short)

Credits as writer only[edit]

Last Woman on Earth
Last Woman on Earth
(1960) The Lloyd Bridges Show
The Lloyd Bridges Show
(1963–64) (TV series) - episodes "A Personal Matter", "My Daddy Can Lick Your Daddy" Breaking Point (1964) (TV series) - episode: "So Many Pretty Girls, So Little Time" The Outer Limits (1964) (TV series) - episode: "The Chameleon" The Tomb of Ligeia
The Tomb of Ligeia
(1964) The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
(1964) (TV series) - episode: "The Dove Affair" Bonnie and Clyde (1967) (credited as 'special consultant') Villa Rides (1968) Drive, He Said
Drive, He Said
(1971) (uncredited) Cisco Pike
Cisco Pike
(1972) (uncredited) The New Centurions
The New Centurions
(1972) (uncredited) The Godfather
The Godfather
(1972) (uncredited) The Last Detail
The Last Detail
(1973) Chinatown (1974) The Parallax View
The Parallax View
(1974) (uncredited) The Yakuza
The Yakuza
(1974) Shampoo (1975) The Missouri Breaks
The Missouri Breaks
(1976) (uncredited) Marathon Man (1976) (uncredited) Orca (1977) (uncredited) Heaven Can Wait (1978) (uncredited) Reds (1981) (uncredited consultant)[18][19] Deal of the Century
Deal of the Century
(1983) (uncredited) Swing Shift (1984) (uncredited) Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)(as P.H. Vazak) 8 Million Ways to Die
8 Million Ways to Die
(1986) (uncredited) Tough Guys Don't Dance (1987) (uncredited) Frantic (1988) (uncredited) The Two Jakes
The Two Jakes
(1990) Days of Thunder
Days of Thunder
(1990) The Firm (1993) Love Affair (1994) Crimson Tide (1995) (uncredited) Mission: Impossible (1996) Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)

Credits as actor[edit]

Last Woman on Earth
Last Woman on Earth
(1960) (as Edward Wain) Creature from the Haunted Sea
Creature from the Haunted Sea
(1961) (as Edward Wain)

Other credits[edit]

The Young Racers
The Young Racers
(1963) - assistant director

Unmade projects[edit]

I Flew a Spy Plane Over Russia (1962) - script for Roger Corman[20]

Future projects[edit] In 2011, Towne was announced as writer-director of The 39 Steps, a proposed remake of the 1935 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock.[citation needed] The British producer Graham King revealed that he had hired Towne to write a remake of The Battle of Britain in a December 2011 interview.[citation needed] Legacy and honors[edit] In the book Fifty Filmmakers, journalist Andrew J. Rausch argues, "There is a strong case to be made that Robert Towne
Robert Towne
is the most gifted scribe ever to write for film. There can be little doubt that he is one of the finest ever."[21] Awards

Academy Award

1974: Nominated, Best Adapted Screenplay, The Last Detail 1975: Won, Best Original Screenplay, Chinatown 1976: Nominated, Best Original Screenplay, Shampoo 1985: Nominated, Best Adapted Screenplay, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan

BAFTA Award

1975: Won, Best Screenplay, The Last Detail
The Last Detail
and Chinatown

Golden Globe Award

1975: Won, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture, Chinatown

Edgar Award

1975: Won, Best Motion Picture, Chinatown (Author)

Writers Guild of America Award

1997: Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement

Nantucket Film Festival

2015: Screenwriters Tribute Award

References[edit]

^ a b Easy Riders, Raging Bulls by Peter Biskind page 30, 1999 Bloomsbury edition ISBN 978-0-7475-4421-0 ^ According to the State of California. California
California
Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California
California
Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/39461 ^ " Robert Towne
Robert Towne
Biography (1934-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2013-06-14.  ^ "Lennon, Elaine: The screenplays of Robert Towne
Robert Towne
1960-2000. Dublin Institute of Technology, 2009". Retrieved 2013-06-14.  ^ "The Robert Towne
Robert Towne
Page". SuperiorPics.com. Retrieved April 13, 2010.  ^ McDougal, Dennis (2008) Five easy decades pp.146, 182, 416 ^ Kenneth Turan, Robert Towne's Hollywood Without Heroes, New York Times (27 November 1988) ^ Nicolas Cage, DVD commentary, The Rock Criterion Collection ^ "http://efilmcritic.com/feature.php?feature=87". Efilmcritic.com. 2013-04-16. Retrieved 2013-06-14.  External link in title= (help) ^ a b New York Times (27 November 1988) ^ "http://thehollywoodinterview.blogspot.com/2008/01/robert-towne-hollywood-interview.html". Thehollywoodinterview.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2013-06-14.  External link in title= (help) ^ "http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1573487/story.jhtml". Mtv.com. 2007-11-05. Retrieved 2013-06-14.  External link in title= (help) ^ "http://www.combustiblecelluloid.com/interviews/roberttowne.shtml". Combustiblecelluloid.com. 2006-02-07. Retrieved 2013-06-14.  External link in title= (help) ^ " 28th Moscow International Film Festival
28th Moscow International Film Festival
(2006)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-04-21. Retrieved 2013-04-21.  ^ "Public Art Fund" ^ "The New York Observer" Archived October 16, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Rabinowitz, Cay Sophie (December 2008). "Interview: Sarah Morris". Art in America. Retrieved 1 June 2015.  ^ Finstad, Suzanne (2006). "Act 4: The Pro". Warren Beatty: A Private Man. Crown/Archetype. p. 440. ISBN 9780307345295.  ^ Mitchell, Deborah C. (2001). "1978-1971 The Muse". Diane Keaton: Artist and Icon. McFarland. p. 63. ISBN 9780786410828.  ^ Mark McGee, Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures, McFarland, 1996 p201 ^ Rausch, Andrew J. (2008). Fifty Filmmakers: Conversations with Directors from Roger Avary
Roger Avary
to Steven Zaillian. McFarland. p. 244. ISBN 0786431490. 

External links[edit]

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Films by Robert Towne

As director

Personal Best (1982) Tequila Sunrise (1988) Without Limits
Without Limits
(1998) Ask the Dust
Ask the Dust
(2006)

As writer

Last Woman on Earth
Last Woman on Earth
(1960) The Tomb of Ligeia
The Tomb of Ligeia
(1964) Villa Rides (1968) The Last Detail
The Last Detail
(1973) Chinatown (1974) The Yakuza
The Yakuza
(1974) Shampoo (1975) Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984) The Two Jakes
The Two Jakes
(1990) Days of Thunder
Days of Thunder
(1990) The Firm (1993) Love Affair (1994) Mission: Impossible (1996) Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)

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Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay

1940–1960

Preston Sturges
Preston Sturges
(1940) Herman J. Mankiewicz
Herman J. Mankiewicz
and Orson Welles
Orson Welles
(1941) Michael Kanin
Michael Kanin
and Ring Lardner Jr.
Ring Lardner Jr.
(1942) Norman Krasna (1943) Lamar Trotti (1944) Richard Schweizer (1945) Muriel Box and Sydney Box (1946) Sidney Sheldon (1947) No award (1948) Robert Pirosh (1949) Charles Brackett, D. M. Marshman Jr. and Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1950) Alan Jay Lerner
Alan Jay Lerner
(1951) T. E. B. Clarke (1952) Charles Brackett, Richard L. Breen and Walter Reisch (1953) Budd Schulberg
Budd Schulberg
(1954) Sonya Levien and William Ludwig (1955) Albert Lamorisse
Albert Lamorisse
(1956) George Wells (1957) Nathan E. Douglas and Harold Jacob Smith (1958) Clarence Greene, Maurice Richlin, Russell Rouse and Stanley Shapiro (1959) I. A. L. Diamond and Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1960)

1961–1980

William Inge
William Inge
(1961) Ennio de Concini, Pietro Germi, and Alfredo Giannetti (1962) James Webb (1963) Peter Stone and Frank Tarloff (1964) Frederic Raphael (1965) Claude Lelouch
Claude Lelouch
and Pierre Uytterhoeven (1966) William Rose (1967) Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
(1968) William Goldman
William Goldman
(1969) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
and Edmund H. North (1970) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1971) Jeremy Larner (1972) David S. Ward
David S. Ward
(1973) Robert Towne
Robert Towne
(1974) Frank Pierson
Frank Pierson
(1975) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1976) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
and Marshall Brickman (1977) Robert C. Jones, Waldo Salt, and Nancy Dowd (1978) Steve Tesich
Steve Tesich
(1979) Bo Goldman
Bo Goldman
(1980)

1981–2000

Colin Welland (1981) John Briley (1982) Horton Foote (1983) Robert Benton (1984) William Kelley, Pamela Wallace and Earl W. Wallace (1985) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1986) John Patrick Shanley
John Patrick Shanley
(1987) Ronald Bass and Barry Morrow (1988) Tom Schulman (1989) Bruce Joel Rubin (1990) Callie Khouri
Callie Khouri
(1991) Neil Jordan
Neil Jordan
(1992) Jane Campion
Jane Campion
(1993) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
and Roger Avary
Roger Avary
(1994) Christopher McQuarrie
Christopher McQuarrie
(1995) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (1996) Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck
and Matt Damon
Matt Damon
(1997) Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard
(1998) Alan Ball (1999) Cameron Crowe
Cameron Crowe
(2000)

2001–present

Julian Fellowes
Julian Fellowes
(2001) Pedro Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar
(2002) Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppola
(2003) Pierre Bismuth, Michel Gondry
Michel Gondry
and Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
(2004) Paul Haggis
Paul Haggis
and Bobby Moresco (2005) Michael Arndt
Michael Arndt
(2006) Diablo Cody
Diablo Cody
(2007) Dustin Lance Black
Dustin Lance Black
(2008) Mark Boal
Mark Boal
(2009) David Seidler (2010) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(2011) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(2012) Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze
(2013) Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., and Armando Bo (2014) Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (2015) Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan
(2016) Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele
(2017)

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BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay

Calder Willingham and Buck Henry
Buck Henry
(1968) Waldo Salt (1969) William Goldman
William Goldman
(1970) Harold Pinter
Harold Pinter
(1971) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
/ Larry McMurtry
Larry McMurtry
and Peter Bogdanovich
Peter Bogdanovich
(1972) Luis Buñuel
Luis Buñuel
and Jean-Claude Carrière
Jean-Claude Carrière
(1973) Robert Towne
Robert Towne
(1974) Robert Getchell (1975) Alan Parker
Alan Parker
(1976) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
and Marshall Brickman (1977) Alvin Sargent (1978) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
and Marshall Brickman (1979) Jerzy Kosiński
Jerzy Kosiński
(1980) Bill Forsyth
Bill Forsyth
(1981) Costa-Gavras
Costa-Gavras
and Donald E. Stewart (1982)

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Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Screenplay

Robert Bolt (1965) Robert Bolt (1966) Stirling Silliphant (1967) Stirling Silliphant (1968) Bridget Boland, John Hale and Richard Sokolove (1969) Erich Segal
Erich Segal
(1970) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1971) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
and Mario Puzo
Mario Puzo
(1972) William Peter Blatty
William Peter Blatty
(1973) Robert Towne
Robert Towne
(1974) Bo Goldman
Bo Goldman
and Lawrence Hauben (1975) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1976) Neil Simon
Neil Simon
(1977) Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
(1978) Robert Benton (1979) William Peter Blatty
William Peter Blatty
(1980) Ernest Thompson
Ernest Thompson
(1981) John Briley (1982) James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
(1983) Peter Shaffer (1984) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1985) Robert Bolt (1986) Bernardo Bertolucci, Mark Peploe and Enzon Ungari (1987) Naomi Foner (1988) Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
and Ron Kovic
Ron Kovic
(1989) Michael Blake (1990) Callie Khouri
Callie Khouri
(1991) Bo Goldman
Bo Goldman
(1992) Steven Zaillian (1993) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(1994) Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
(1995) Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (1996) Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck
and Matt Damon
Matt Damon
(1997) Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard
(1998) Alan Ball (1999) Stephen Gaghan
Stephen Gaghan
(2000) Akiva Goldsman
Akiva Goldsman
(2001) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
and Jim Taylor (2002) Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppola
(2003) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
and Jim Taylor (2004) Larry McMurtry
Larry McMurtry
and Diana Ossana (2005) Peter Morgan (2006) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2007) Simon Beaufoy (2008) Jason Reitman
Jason Reitman
and Sheldon Turner (2009) Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin
(2010) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(2011) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(2012) Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze
(2013) Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., and Armando Bo (2014) Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin
(2015) Damien Chazelle
Damien Chazelle
(2016) Martin McDonagh
Martin McDonagh
(2017)

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National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay

1967–2000

David Newman and Robert Benton (1967) John Cassavetes
John Cassavetes
(1968) Paul Mazursky
Paul Mazursky
and Larry Tucker (1969) Éric Rohmer
Éric Rohmer
(1970) Penelope Gilliatt (1971) Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1972) George Lucas, Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck (1973) Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1974) Robert Towne
Robert Towne
and Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(1975) Alain Tanner
Alain Tanner
and John Berger
John Berger
(1976) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
and Marshall Brickman (1977) Paul Mazursky
Paul Mazursky
(1978) Steve Tesich
Steve Tesich
(1979) Bo Goldman
Bo Goldman
(1980) John Guare
John Guare
(1981) Murray Schisgal and Larry Gelbart
Larry Gelbart
(1982) Bill Forsyth
Bill Forsyth
(1983) Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel and Bruce Jay Friedman (1984) Albert Brooks
Albert Brooks
and Monica Johnson (1985) Hanif Kureishi
Hanif Kureishi
(1986) John Boorman
John Boorman
(1987) Ron Shelton (1988) Gus Van Sant
Gus Van Sant
and Daniel Yost (1989) Charles Burnett (1990) David Cronenberg
David Cronenberg
(1991) David Webb Peoples (1992) Jane Campion
Jane Campion
(1993) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
and Roger Avary
Roger Avary
(1994) Amy Heckerling (1995) Albert Brooks
Albert Brooks
and Monica Johnson (1996) Curtis Hanson
Curtis Hanson
and Brian Helgeland (1997) Scott Frank (1998) Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
(1999) Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan
(2000)

2001–present

Julian Fellowes
Julian Fellowes
(2001) Ronald Harwood (2002) Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
(2003) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
and Jim Taylor (2004) Noah Baumbach
Noah Baumbach
(2005) Peter Morgan (2006) Tamara Jenkins
Tamara Jenkins
(2007) Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(2008) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2009) Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin
(2010) Asghar Farhadi
Asghar Farhadi
(2011) Tony Kushner
Tony Kushner
(2012) Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy
Julie Delpy
(2013) Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson
(2014) Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (2015) Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan
(2016) Greta Gerwig
Greta Gerwig
(2017)

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Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay

Original Drama (1969–1983, retired)

William Goldman
William Goldman
(1969) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
and Edmund H. North (1970) Penelope Gilliatt (1971) Jeremy Larner (1972) Steve Shagan (1973) Robert Towne
Robert Towne
(1974) Frank Pierson
Frank Pierson
(1975) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1976) Arthur Laurents
Arthur Laurents
(1977) Nancy Dowd, Robert C. Jones and Waldo Salt (1978) Mike Gray, T. S. Cook and James Bridges (1979) Bo Goldman
Bo Goldman
(1980) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
and Trevor Griffiths (1981) Melissa Mathison
Melissa Mathison
(1982) Horton Foote (1983)

Original Comedy (1969–1983, retired)

Paul Mazursky
Paul Mazursky
and Larry Tucker (1969) Neil Simon
Neil Simon
(1970) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1971) Peter Bogdanovich, Buck Henry, David Newman and Robert Benton (1972) Melvin Frank and Jack Rose (1973) Mel Brooks, Norman Steinberg, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor
Richard Pryor
and Alan Uger (1974) Robert Towne
Robert Towne
and Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(1975) Bill Lancaster
Bill Lancaster
(1976) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
and Marshall Brickman (1977) Larry Gelbart
Larry Gelbart
and Sheldon Keller (1978) Steve Tesich
Steve Tesich
(1979) Nancy Meyers, Harvey Miller and Charles Shyer
Charles Shyer
(1980) Steve Gordon (1981) Don McGuire, Larry Gelbart
Larry Gelbart
and Murray Schisgal (1982) Lawrence Kasdan
Lawrence Kasdan
and Barbara Benedek (1983)

Original Screenplay (1984–present)

Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1984) William Kelley and Earl W. Wallace (1985) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1986) John Patrick Shanley
John Patrick Shanley
(1987) Ron Shelton (1988) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1989) Barry Levinson
Barry Levinson
(1990) Callie Khouri
Callie Khouri
(1991) Neil Jordan
Neil Jordan
(1992) Jane Campion
Jane Campion
(1993) Richard Curtis
Richard Curtis
(1994) Randall Wallace (1995) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (1996) James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
and Mark Andrus (1997) Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard
(1998) Alan Ball (1999) Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan
(2000) Julian Fellowes
Julian Fellowes
(2001) Michael Moore
Michael Moore
(2002) Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppola
(2003) Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
(2004) Paul Haggis
Paul Haggis
and Bobby Moresco (2005) Michael Arndt
Michael Arndt
(2006) Diablo Cody
Diablo Cody
(2007) Dustin Lance Black
Dustin Lance Black
(2008) Mark Boal
Mark Boal
(2009) Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
(2010) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(2011) Mark Boal
Mark Boal
(2012) Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze
(2013) Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson
and Hugo Guinness (2014) Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (2015) Barry Jenkins
Barry Jenkins
and Tarell Alvin McCraney
Tarell Alvin McCraney
(2016) Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele
(2017)

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