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BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Awarded for Best Adapted Screenplay
Location United Kingdom
Presented by British Academy of Film and Television Arts
Currently held by The Theory of Everything (2014)
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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for Best Adapted Screenplay has been presented to its winners since 1968:

Winners and nominees


Year Film Screenwriter(s) Adapted from
Heat and Dust Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Betrayal Harold Pinter Betrayal by Harold Pinter
Educating Rita Willy Russell Educating Rita by Willy Russell
Tootsie Larry Gelbart, Murray Schisgal
The Killing Fields Bruce Robinson The experiences of Dith Pran and Sydney Schanberg.
Another Country Julian Mitchell Another Country by Julian Mitchell
The Dresser Ronald Harwood The Dresser by Ronald Harwood
Paris, Texas Sam Shepard
Prizzi's Honor Richard Condon, Janet Roach Prizzi's Honor by Richard Condon
Amadeus Peter Shaffer Amadeus by Peter Shaffer
A Passage to India David Lean A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
The Shooting Party Julian Bond The Shooting Party by Isabel Colegate
Out of Africa Kurt Luedtke Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
Children of a Lesser God Hesper Anderson, Mark Medoff Children of a Lesser God by Mark Medoff
The Color Purple Menno Meyjes The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Ran Masato Ide, Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni Legends of the daimyo Mōri Motonari, as well as King Lear by William Shakespeare.
A Room with a View Ruth Prawer Jhabvala A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
Jean de Florette Claude Berri, Gérard Brach L‍ '​Eau des collines by Marcel Pagnol
84 Charing Cross Road Hugh Whitemore 84 Charing Cross Road by James Roose-Evans
Little Dorrit Christine Edzard Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
Prick Up Your Ears Alan Bennett Prick Up Your Ears by John Lahr
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Jean-Claude Carrière, Philip Kaufman The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Babettes gæstebud Gabriel Axel Babette's Feast by Isak Dinesan
Empire of the Sun Tom Stoppard Empire of the Sun by J. G. Ballard
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman Who Censored Roger Rabbit? by Gary K. Wolf
Dangerous Liaisons Christopher Hampton Les liaisons dangereuses by Christopher Hampton
The Accidental Tourist Frank Galati, Lawrence Kasdan The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown Shane Connaughton, Jim Sheridan My Left Foot by Christy Brown
Shirley Valentine Willy Russell Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell


Year Film Screenwriter(s) Adapted from
Goodfellas Nicholas Pileggi, Martin Scorsese Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi
Born on the Fourth of July Ron Kovic, Oliver Stone Born on the Fourth of July by Ron Kovic
Driving Miss Daisy Alfred Uhry Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry
Postcards from the Edge Carrie Fisher Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher
The War of the Roses Michael J. Leeson The War of the Roses by Warren Adler
The Commitments Dick Clement, Roddy Doyle, Ian La Frenais The Commitments by Roddy Doyle
Cyrano de Bergerac Jean-Claude Carrière, Jean-Paul Rappeneau Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
Dances with Wolves Michael Blake Dances with Wolves by Michael Blake
The Silence of the Lambs Ted Tally The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
The Player Michael Tolkin The Player by Michael Tolkin
Howards End Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Howards End by E. M. Forster
JFK Zachary Sklar, Oliver Stone On the Trail of the Assassins by Jim Garrison
Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy by Jim Marrs
Strictly Ballroom Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce Strictly Ballroom by Baz Luhrman
Schindler's List Steven Zaillian Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally
In the Name of the Father Jim Sheridan Proved Innocent: The Story of Gerry Conlon of the Guildford Four by Gerry Conlon
The Remains of the Day Ruth Prawer Jhabvala The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Shadowlands William Nicholson Shadowlands by William Nicholson
Scent of a Woman Bo Goldman Il buio e il miele by Giovanni Arpino
Quiz Show Paul Attanasio Remembering America by Richard N. Goodwin
The Browning Version Ronald Harwood The Browning Version by Terence Rattigan
Forrest Gump Eric Roth Forrest Gump by Winston Groom
The Joy Luck Club Ronald Bass, Amy Tan The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Three Colours: Red (Trois couleurs: Rouge) Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz
Trainspotting John Hodge Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
Babe Chris Noonan The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith
Leaving Las Vegas Mike Figgis Leaving Las Vegas by John O'Brien
The Madness of King George Alan Bennett The Madness of George III by Alan Bennett
The Postman (Il postino) Anna Pavignano, Michael Radford, Furio Scarpelli, Giacomo Scarpelli, Massimo Troisi Ardiente paciencia by Antonio Skármeta
Sense and Sensibility Emma Thompson Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
The English Patient Anthony Minghella The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
The Crucible Arthur Miller The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Evita Alan Parker, Oliver Stone Evita by Eva Perón
Richard III Richard Loncraine, Ian McKellen Richard III by William Shakespeare
Romeo + Juliet Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
The Ice Storm James Schamus The Ice Storm by Rick Moody
L.A. Confidential Curtis Hanson, Brian Helgeland L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy
The Wings of the Dove Hossein Amini The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
Primary Colors Elaine May Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics by Joe Klein
Hilary and Jackie Frank Cottrell Boyce A Genius in the Family by Piers and Hilary du Pré
Little Voice Mark Herman The Rise and Fall of Little Voice by Jim Cartwright
Wag the Dog Hilary Henkin, David Mamet American Hero by Larry Beinhart
The End of the Affair Neil Jordan The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
East Is East Ayub Khan-Din East Is East by Ayub Khan-Din
An Ideal Husband Oliver Parker An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde
The Talented Mr. Ripley Anthony Minghella The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith


Year Film Screenwriter(s) Adapted from
Traffic Stephen Gaghan Traffik by Alastair Reid
Chocolat Robert Nelson Jacobs Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Wo hu cang long) James Schamus, Hui-Ling Wang, Kuo Jung Tsai Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon by Wang Dulu
High Fidelity John Cusack, D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, Scott Rosenberg High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
Wonder Boys Steve Kloves Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon
Shrek Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Roger S.H. Schulman, Joe Stillman Shrek! by William Steig
A Beautiful Mind Akiva Goldsman A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar
Bridget Jones's Diary Richard Curtis, Andrew Davies, Helen Fielding Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
Iris Richard Eyre, Charles Wood Elegy for Iris by John Bayley
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
Adaptation. Charlie and Donald Kaufman The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
About a Boy Peter Hedges, Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz About a Boy by Nick Hornby
Catch Me If You Can Jeff Nathanson Catch Me If You Can by Frank Abagnale and Stan Redding
The Hours David Hare The Hours by Michael Cunningham
The Pianist Ronald Harwood The Pianist by Władysław Szpilman
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
Big Fish John August Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions by Daniel Wallace
Cold Mountain Anthony Minghella Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Girl with a Pearl Earring Olivia Hetreed Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
Mystic River Brian Helgeland Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
Sideways Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor Sideways by Rex Pickett
The Chorus (Les choristes) Christophe Barratier, Philippe Lopes-Curval A Cage of Nightingales directed by Jean Dréville
Closer Patrick Marber Closer by Patrick Marber
Finding Neverland David Magee The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee
The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de motocicleta) José Rivera The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara
Brokeback Mountain Larry McMurtry, Diana Ossana Brokeback Mountain by E. Annie Proulx
Capote Dan Futterman Capote by Gerald Clarke
The Constant Gardener Jeffrey Caine The Constant Gardener by John le Carré
A History of Violence Josh Olson A History of Violence by John Wagner and Vince Locke
Pride & Prejudice Deborah Moggach Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Last King of Scotland Peter Morgan The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden
Casino Royale Paul Haggis, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
The Departed William Monahan Infernal Affairs by Alan Mak and Felix Chong
The Devil Wears Prada Aline Brosh McKenna The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
Notes on a Scandal Patrick Marber Notes on a Scandal by Zoë Heller
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Ronald Harwood The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Atonement Christopher Hampton Atonement by Ian McEwan
The Kite Runner David Benioff The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
No Country for Old Men Ethan and Joel Coen No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
There Will Be Blood Paul Thomas Anderson Oil! by Upton Sinclair
Slumdog Millionaire Simon Beaufoy Q & A by Vikas Swarup
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Eric Roth The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Frost/Nixon Peter Morgan Frost/Nixon by Peter Morgan
The Reader David Hare The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
Revolutionary Road Justin Haythe Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
Up in the Air Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner Up in the Air by Walter Kirn
Precious Geoffrey Fletcher Push by Sapphire
District 9 Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell Alive in Joburg by Neill Blomkamp
An Education Nick Hornby An Education by Lynn Barber
In the Loop Simon Blackwell, Jesse Armstrong, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche The Thick of It by Armando Iannucci


Year Film Screenwriter(s) Adapted from
The Social Network Aaron Sorkin The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich
127 Hours Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Rasmus Heisterberg, Nikolaj Arcel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Toy Story 3 Michael Arndt
True Grit Joel and Ethan Coen True Grit by Charles Portis
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carré
The Ides of March Beau Willimon, Grant Heslov Farragut North by Beau Willimon
The Descendants Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings
The Help Tate Taylor The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Moneyball Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin Moneyball by Michael Lewis
Silver Linings Playbook David O. Russell The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
Argo Chris Terrio The Master of Disguise by Tony Mendez
The Great Escape by Joshuah Bearman
Beasts of the Southern Wild Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin Juicy and Delicious by Lucy Alibar
Life of Pi David Magee Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Lincoln Tony Kushner Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Philomena Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith
12 Years a Slave John Ridley Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
Behind the Candelabra Richard LaGravenese Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace by Scott Thorson
Captain Phillips Billy Ray A Captain's Duty by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty
The Wolf of Wall Street Terence Winter The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort
The Theory of Everything Anthony McCarten Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Wilde Hawking
American Sniper Jason Dean Hall American Sniper by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Paddington Paul King and Hamish McColl Paddington Bear by Michael Bond
The Imitation Game Graham Moore Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges

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