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The Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay is one of the Academy Awards, the most prominent film awards in the United States. It is awarded each year to the writer of a screenplay adapted from another source (usually a novel, play, short story, or TV show but also sometimes another film). All sequels are automatically considered adaptations by this standard (since the sequel must be based on the original story).

See also the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay, a similar award for screenplays that are not adapted from elsewhere.

Following is a listing of people who have won the award.


This award started with the name Best Writing, Adaptation.

In the 2nd and 3rd years there was only a single writing award for Writing Achievement with no distinction between original works and adaptations.


For the 1930/31 production year the award was again subdivided, and this one was once again Best Writing, Adaptation.

For 1935 the award became Best Writing, Screenplay



For 1956 the Category was renamed Screenplay—Adapted: For 1957 the category was renamed Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium:



From 1974 the Category was renamed Screenplay Adapted From Other Material: From 1976 the category was renamed Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium



From 1991 the category became Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published:


From 2002 the category was renamed Adapted Screenplay:

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