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Read the Oscar-Nominated Screenplays … and More Scripts from 2013 Films

One of the most welcome trends in recent Oscar seasons has been the decision by studios to publish screenplays for award contenders on the Internet. The scripts are ostensibly placed online so that Academy voters, guild members, and critics groups can have a look at the blueprint for the films they saw during the year as they wrestle with the question of which titles are awards-worthy. The studios don't promote these PDFs to the general public, but they don't protect them with passwords, either, a generous gesture that makes it easy for script-writers at all levels of the industry to study the work of the writers they most admire.

We've added an asterisk to the script titles below that have received Oscar nominations in the original or adapted screenplay category. As far as we can tell, the Oscar-nominated screenplays for Blue Jasmine, written by Woody Allen, Her, written by Spike Jonze, and Captain Phillips, written by Billy Ray, have not been published online — yet. But the screenplay to American Hustle was just posted, so maybe there's still hope for the rest.

Screenplay by John Ridley
Written by Brian Helgeland
by J.C. Chandor
American Hustle*
Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
Written by Tracy Letts
Screenplay by Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
Written by Sofia Coppola
Written by Kirk DeMicco & Chris Sanders
by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack
by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio
Written and Directed by Nicole Holofcener
By Jennifer Lee
Story by Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee & Shane Morris
By Ryan Coogler
Written by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón 
Screenplay by Baz Luhrmann & Craig Pearce
Based on The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Written by Abi Morgan
Story by Austin Bunn
Screenplay by John Krokidas and Austin Bunn
by Jason Reitman
from the novel by Joyce Maynard
By Danny Strong
Lone Survivor
Written by Peter Berg
Based on the book by Marcus Luttrell
Story by Dan Scanlon, Daniel Gerson & Robert L. Baird
Screenplay by Daniel Gerson & Robert L. Baird, Dan Scanlon
by Jeff Nichols
Written by Robert W. Nelson
A film by Asghar Farhadi
Translated by Simindokht Dehghani & Massoumeh Lahidji
A Screenplay by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
Based on the Book by Martin Sixsmith
The Place Beyond the Pines
Written by Derek Cianfrance, Ben Coccio, & Darius Marder
by Aaron Guzikowski
By Peter Morgan
Original Screenplay by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith
Written by Haifaa Al Mansour
Written by Terence Winter
Based on the book by Jordan Belfort


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  • BA

    the link to Frozen is wrong.

    • BA

      thank you for fixing it.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for bringing it up!

  • Richard Sosa

    The link to Bling Ring is frozen. I get the spinning circle of death. Enjoying the other screenplays. Thanks so much.