Updated: For Your Consideration: 36 2014 Academy Award Best Screenplay Hopefuls


(Updated to add a number of films whose screenplays were being held back pending their theatrical release.)

It is the holiday present that film geeks with a penchant for wanting to read screenplays wait for every year – studios placing online the scripts that they hope will be nominated either one of the Best Screenplay categories for the Academy Awards. The first round of nominations may only be open to the members of the writing branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, but anyone can go to the studios’ “For Your Consideration” websites and download the screenplays for their own perusal. As some hopeful films are still to be released over the next couple of weeks, their screenplays have been held back, so we will update this list as they become available. In the meantime, enjoy.

The Bling Ring
The Spectacular Now
Spring Breakers

Monsters University
Saving Mr Banks

DreamWorks Animation
The Croods

Fox Searchlight
12 Years a Slave
Enough Said

Focus Features
Dallas Buyers Club
The Place Beyond the Pines (6/14/2011 Draft)
Place Beyond The Pines (9/26/2011 Final Draft)

The Fifth Estate
We Steal Secrets (transcript)

Labor Day
Wolf Of Wall Street

Roadside Attractions

Sony Pictures Classics
The Armstrong Lie (documentary transcript)
Before Midnight
The Invisible Woman
Kill Your Darlings
The Past

Universal (Click on screenplay link)
Despicable Me 2
Lone Survivor

Warner Brothers
The Great Gatsby

The Weinstein Company
August: Osage County
Fruitvale Station
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
One Chance

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