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Religious Affiliation of the Winners of the
Academy Award for Best Screenplay


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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has annually awarded an Academy Awards for achievement in writing since 1928. This is the most prestigious award that a screenwriter can receive. The names and precise categories for the writing awards varied widely during the first 30 years that Academy Awards were given. There were often three categories, including an award given to the writers of the story or play which was adapted to film. The current pattern of awarding an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay has been established essentially in its current form since 1957 (although the current precise names of the awards dates back only to 2002).

Winners, Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Film (Year)Screenwriter(s)/
Academy Award
Winners
Religious Affiliation
of Screenwriter(s)
Original
Author,
Writer, etc.
Religious Affiliation
of Original Author(s)
Sideways (2004)Alexander Payne
Jim Taylor
 Rex Pickett
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)Frances Walsh
Philippa Boyens
Peter Jackson
 J.R.R. TolkienCatholic
The Pianist (2002)Ronald Harwood Wladyslaw Szpilman
A Beautiful Mind (2001)Akiva Goldsman Sylvia Nasar
Traffic (2000)Stephen Gaghan Simon Moore
The Cider House Rules (1999)John Irving?John Irving?
Gods And Monsters (1998)Bill Condon Christopher Bram
L.A. Confidential (1997)Brian Helgeland
Curtis Hanson
 James Ellroy
Sling Blade (1996)Billy Bob Thornton Billy Bob Thornton
Sense And Sensibility (1995)Emma Thompson Jane AustenAnglican
Forrest Gump (1994)Eric Roth Winston Groom
Schindler's List (1993)Steven Zaillian Thomas Keneally
Howards End (1992)Ruth Prawer Jhabvala E.M. Forster
The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)Ted Tally Thomas Harris
Dances With Wolves (1990)Michael Blake Michael Blake
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)Alfred UhryJewishAlfred UhryJewish
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)Christopher Hampton Choderlos de Laclos (novel)
Christopher Hampton (play)
The Last Emperor (1987)Mark Peploe
Bernardo Bertolucci
?
Catholic (lapsed); Freudian
Henry Pu-yi
A Room With A View (1986)Ruth Prawer Jhabvala  E.M. Forster
Out Of Africa (1985)Kurt Luedtke Isak Dinesen (memoirs)
Errol Trzebinski (book)
Judith Thurman (other book)
Catholic
?
?
Amadeus (1984)Peter Shaffer Peter Shaffer
Terms Of Endearment (1983)James L. BrooksJewishLarry McMurtry
Missing (1982)Costa-Gavras
Donald Stewart
 Thomas Hauser
On Golden Pond (1981)Ernest Thompson Ernest Thompson
Ordinary People (1980)Alvin Sargent Judith Guest
Kramer Vs. Kramer (1979)Robert Benton Avery Corman
Midnight Express (1978)Oliver StoneJewish father; Catholic mother;
raised Episcopalian;
Tibetan Buddhism (convert)
Billy Hayes
William Hoffer
Julia (1977)Alvin Sargent Lillian HellmanJewish
All The President's Men (1976)William GoldmanJewishCarl Bernstein
Bob Woodward
Jewish
?
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)Lawrence Hauben
Bo Goldman
 Ken Kesey
The Godfather Part II (1974)Francis Ford Coppola
Mario Puzo
Catholic (non-practicing)
?
Mario Puzo
The Exorcist (1973)William Peter BlattyCatholicWilliam Peter BlattyCatholic
The Godfather (1972)Mario Puzo
Francis Ford Coppola
?
Catholic (non-practicing)
Mario Puzo
The French Connection (1971)Ernest Tidyman Robin Moore
Edward M. Keyes
M*A*S*H (1970)Ring Lardner Jr.Communist; atheist; anti-CatholicRichard Hooker
Midnight Cowboy (1969)Waldo Salt James Leo Herlihy
The Lion In Winter (1968)James GoldmanJewishJames GoldmanJewish
In The Heat Of The Night (1967)Stirling Silliphant John Ball
A Man For All Seasons (1966)Robert Bolt Robert Bolt
Doctor Zhivago (1965)Robert Bolt Boris PasternakJewish
Becket (1964)Edward Anhalt Jean Anouilh
Tom Jones (1963)John Osborne Henry Fielding
To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)Horton FooteChristian ScienceHarper Lee
Judgment At Nuremberg (1961)Abby Mann Abby Mann
Elmer Gantry (1960)Richard BrooksJewishSinclair Lewis
Room At The Top (1959)Neil Paterson John Braine
Gigi (1958)Alan Jay LernerJewishColette
(Colette de l'Academie Goncourt)
The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)Michael Wilson
Carl Foreman
 Pierre Boulle
Around The World In Eighty Days (1956)James Poe
John Farrow
S. J. Perelman
?
Catholic
Jewish
Jules VerneCatholic
Marty (1955)Paddy ChayefskyJewishPaddy ChayefskyJewish
The Country Girl (1954)George Seaton Clifford OdetsJewish
From Here To Eternity (1953)Daniel Taradash James Jones
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)Charles Schnee George Bradshaw
A Place in the Sun (1951)Michael Wilson
Harry Brown
 Theodore Dreiser (novel)
Patrick Kearney (play)
Catholic; Congregationalist; Chrisitan Science
?
All About Eve (1950)Joseph L. MankiewiczJewish parents; atheist fatherMary Orr
A Letter To Three Wives (1949)Joseph L. MankiewiczJewish parents; atheist fatherJohn Klempner
The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre (1948)John Huston B. Traven (Bernard Traven)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)George Seaton Valentine Davies
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)Robert E. Sherwood MacKinlay Kantor
The Lost Weekend (1945)Charles Brackett
Billy Wilder
?
Jewish
Charles R. Jackson
Going My Way (1944)Frank Butler
Frank Cavett
 Leo McCareyCatholic
Casablanca (1943)Julius J. Epstein
Philip G. Epstein
Howard Koch
 Murray Burnett
Joan Alison
Mrs. Miniver (1942)Arthur Wimperis
George Froeschel
James Hilton
Claudine West
 Jan Struther
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)Sidney Buchman
Seton I. Miller
 Harry Segall
The Philadelphia Story (1940)Donald Ogden Stewart Philip Barry
Gone With The Wind (1939)Sidney Howard Margaret Mitchell
Pygmalion (1938)Cecil Lewis
W. P. Lipscomb
Ian Dalrymple
George Bernard Shaw
?
?
?
Church of Ireland (Anglican); atheist, then mystic
George Bernard ShawChurch of Ireland (Anglican); atheist, then mystic
The Life Of Emile Zola (1937)Norman Reilly Raine
Heinz Herald
Geza Herczeg
 Matthew Josephson
The Story Of Louis Pasteur (1936)Pierre Collings
Sheridan Gibney
 Pierre Collings
Sheridan Gibney
The Informer (1935)Dudley Nichols Liam O'Flaherty
It Happened One Night (1934)Robert Riskin Samuel Hopkins Adams
Little Women (1932/33)Vistor Heerman
Sarah Y. Mason
 Louisa May AlcottUnitarian
Bad Girl (1931/32)Edwin Burke Vina Delmar [Viña Delmar]
Cimarron (1930/31)Howard Estabrook Edna FerberJewish
The Patriot (1928/29)Hans Kraly Dmitri Merezhkovsky (stor)
Alfred Neumann (play)
Ashley Dukes (other play)
7th Heaven (1927/28)Benjamin Glazer Austin Strong

Winners, Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Film (Year)Screenwriter(s)Religious Affiliation
of Screenwriter(s)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)Charlie Kaufman
Michel Gondry
Pierre Bismuth
Jewish
?
?
Lost in Translation (2003)Sofia CoppolaCatholic
Talk To Her (Hable con ella) (2002)Pedro AlmodovarCatholic (lapsed)
Gosford Park (2001)Julian Fellows 
Almost Famous (2000)Cameron Crowe 
American Beauty (1999)Alan Ball 
Shakespeare In Love (1998)Marc Norman
Tom Stoppard
 
Good Will Hunting (1997)Ben Affleck
Matt Damon
Catholic
?
Fargo (1996)Ethan Coen
Joel Coen
Jewish
Jewish
The Usual Suspects (1995)Christopher McQuarrie 
Pulp Fiction (1994)Quentin Tarantino
Roger Avery
 
The Piano (1993)Jane Campion 
The Crying Game (1992)Neil Jordan
Thelma and Louise (1991)Callie Khouri 
Ghost (1990)Bruce Joel RubinBuddhist
Dead Poets Society (1989)Tom Schulman 
Rain Man (1988)Ronald Bass
Barry Morrow
 
Moonstruck (1987)John Patrick Shanley 
Hannah And Her Sisters (1986)Woody AllenJewish (raised Orthodox); agnostic
Witness (1985)Earl W. Wallace
William Kelley
Pamela Wallace
 
Places In The Heart (1984)Robert Benton 
Tender Mercies (1983)Horton FooteChristian Science
Gandhi (1982)John Briley 
Chariots Of Fire (1981)Colin Welland 
Melvin And Howard (1980)Bo Goldman 
Breaking Away (1979)Steve Tesich 
Coming Home (1978)Nancy Dowd
Waldo Salt
Robert C. Jones
 
Annie Hall (1977)Woody Allen
Marshall Brickman
Jewish (raised Orthodox); agnostic
?
Network (1976)Paddy ChayefskyJewish
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)Frank Pierson 
Chinatown (1974)Robert Towne 
The Sting (1973)David S. Ward 
The Candidate (1972)Jeremy Larner 
Hospital (1971)Paddy ChayefskyJewish
Patton (1970)Francis Ford Coppola
Edmund H. North
Catholic (non-practicing)
?
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)William GoldmanJewish
The Producers (1968)Mel BrooksJewish
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967)William Rose 
A Man and a Woman (1966)Claude Lelouch
Pierre Uytterhoeven
Jewish?
?
Darling (1965)Frederic Raphael 
Father Goose (1964)S. H. Barnett
Peter Stone
Frank Tarloff
 
How The West Was Won (1963)James R. Webb 
Divorce - Italian Style (1962)Ennio de Concini
Alfredo Giannetti
Pietro Germi
 
Splendor In The Grass (1961)William Inge 
The Apartment (1960)Billy Wilder
I. A. L. Diamond
Jewish
?
Pillow Talk (1959)Russell Rouse
Clarence Greene
Stanley Shapiro
Maurice Richlin
 
The Defiant Ones (1958)Nedrick Young
Harold Jacob Smith
 
Designing Woman (1957)George Wells 
The Red Balloon (1956)Albert Lamorisse 
Interrupted Melody (1955)William Ludwig
Sonya Levien
 
On The Waterfront (1954)Budd SchulbergJewish
Titanic (1953)Charles Brackett
Walter Reisch
Richard Breen
 
The Lavender Hill Mob (1952)T. E. B. Clarke 
An American In Paris (1951)Alan Jay LernerJewish
Sunset Boulevard (1950)Charles Brackett
Billy Wilder
D. M. Marshman Jr.
?
Jewish
?
Battleground (1949)Robert Pirosh 
The Bachelor And The Bobby-Soxer (1947)Sidney SheldonJewish
The Seventh Veil (1946)Muriel Box
Sydney Box
 
Marie-Louise (1945)Richard Schweizer 
Wilson (1944)Lamar Trotti 
Princess O'Rourke (1943)Norman Krasna 
Woman Of The Year (1942)Ring Lardner Jr.
Michael Kanin
Communist; atheist; anti-Catholic
?
Citizen KaneHerman J. Mankiewicz
Orson Welles
?
Protestant Christian
The Great McGinty (1940)Preston Sturges 
The Big House (1929/30)Frances Marion 

Winners, Academy Award for Best Motion Picture Story
Film (Year)Writer(s)Religious Affiliation
of Writer(s)
The Brave One (1956)Dalton TrumboChristian Science
Love Me or Leave Me (1955)Daniel Fuchs 
Broken Lance (1954)Philip Yordan 
Roman Holiday (1953)Dalton TrumboChristian Science
The Greatest Show On Earth (1952)Frederic M. Frank
Theodore St. John
Frank Cavett
 
Seven Days To Noon (1951)Paul Dehn
James Bernard
 
Panic In The Streets (1950)Edna Anhalt
Edward Anhalt
 
The Stratton Story (1949)Douglas Morrow 
The Search (1948)Richard Schweizer
David Wechsler
 
Miracle On 34th Street (1947)Valentine Davies 
Vacation From Marriage (1946)Clemence Dane 
The House On 92nd Street (1945)Charles G. Booth 
Going My Way (1944)Leo McCareyCatholic
The Human Comedy (1943)William Saroyan 
The Invaders (1942)Emeric PressburgerJewish
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)Harry Segall 
Arise, My Love (1940)Benjamin Glazer
John S. Toldy
 
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)Lewis R. Foster 
Boys Town (1938)Dore Schary
Eleanore Griffin
 
A Star Is Born (1937)William A. Wellman
Robert Carson
 
The Story Of Louis Pasteur (1936)Pierre Collings
Sheridan Gibney
 
The Scoundrel (1935)Ben Hecht
Charles MacArthur
Jewish
?
Manhattan Melodrama (1934)Arthur Caesar 
One Way Passage (1932/33)Robert Lord 
The Champ (1931/32)Frances Marion 
The Dawn Patrol (1930/31)John Monk Saunders 
Underworld (1927/28)Ben Hecht 

Winners, Academy Award for Title Writing (for silent films)
Film (Year)Writer(s)Religious Affiliation
of Writer(s)
1927/28Joseph Farnham 

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