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    2000: You Can Count On Me
    2001: Memento
    2002: Far From Heaven
    2003: In America
    2004: The Incredibles
    2005: Syriana
    2006: Babel
    2007: Michael Clayton
    2008: WALL-E
    2009: Inglorious Bastards
    2010: Inception
    2011: The Artist
    2012: Amour
    2013: American Hustle
    2014: The Grand Budapest Hotel
    2015: Straight Outta Compton
    2016: La La Land
    2017: Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing,Missouri
    2018: The Favourite

    2000: O Brother, Where Art Thou?
    2001: In The Bedroom
    2002: The Hours
    2003: Mystic River
    2004: Million Dollar Baby
    2005: Capote
    2006: Notes On A Scandal
    2007: The Diving Bell And The Butterfly
    2008: Doubt but this one is tricky
    2009: Up In The Air
    2010: Toy Story 3
    2011: Moneyball
    2012: Lincoln
    2013: Philomena
    2014: Whiplash
    2015: Brooklyn
    2016: Fences
    2017: Mudbound but really no idea lol
    2018: Can You Ever Forgive Me?

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    1990: Avalon
    1991: Boyz In The Hood
    1992: Unforgiven
    1993: Philadelphia
    1994: Four Weddings and A Funeral
    1995: Braveheart
    1996: Jerry Maguire
    1997: The Full Monty
    1998: The Truman Show
    1999: Being John Malkovich

    1990: Awakenings(but that’s just a shot in the dark lol)
    1991: JFK
    1992: The Player
    1993: In The Name Of The Father
    1994: Quiz Show
    1995: Apollo 13
    1996: The English Patient
    1997: The Sweet Hereafter
    1998: The Thin Red Line
    1999: Election

    Best Adapted Screenplay is hard this decade and in general because there are clear frontrunners who ended up taking expected wins so some of these were just rough guesses lol.

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    Best Original Screenplay:
    2018 – The Favourite
    2017 – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    2016 – La La Land
    2015 – Inside Out
    2014 – The Grand Budapest Hotel
    2013 – American Hustle
    2012 – Zero Dark Thirty
    2011 – The Artist
    2010 – Inception

    Best Adapted Screenplay:
    2018 – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
    2017 – Mudbound
    2016 – Arrival
    2015 – Room
    2014 – The Theory of Everything
    2013 – Captain Phillips
    2012 – Lincoln or Silver Linings Playbook
    2011 – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    2010 – Toy Story 3?

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    Like the acting categories, I’m only going as far back as the year I was born.

    Best Original Screenplay:
    1990—Avalon
    1991—Bugsy
    1992—Unforgiven
    1993—Philadelphia
    1994—Bullets Over Broadway
    1995—Braveheart
    1996—Jerry Maguire
    1997—As Good As It Gets
    1998—Saving Private Ryan
    1999—The Sixth Sense
    2000—Gladiator
    2001—Monster’s Ball
    2002—Gangs Of New York
    2003—In America
    2004—The Aviator
    2005—Good Night, And Good Luck
    2006—The Queen
    2007—Michael Clayton
    2008—In Bruges
    2009—Inglourious Basterds
    2010—The Fighter
    2011—Bridesmaids
    2012—Zero Dark Thirty
    2013—American Hustle
    2014—The Grand Budapest Hotel
    2015—Bridge Of Spies
    2016—La La Land
    2017—Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    2018—The Favourite

    Best Adapted Screenplay:
    1990—Goodfellas
    1991—JFK
    1992—Scent Of A Woman
    1993—The Remains Of The Day
    1994—The Shawshank Redemption
    1995—Apollo 13
    1996—The English Patient
    1997—The Sweet Hereafter
    1998—Primary Colors
    1999—The Green Mile
    2000—O Brother, Where Art Thou?
    2001—The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
    2002—Chicago
    2003—Mystic River
    2004—Million Dollar Baby
    2005—Capote
    2006—Notes On A Scandal
    2007—There Will Be Blood
    2008—The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
    2009—Up In The Air
    2010—True Grit
    2011—Hugo
    2012—Lincoln
    2013—The Wolf Of Wall Street
    2014—Whiplash
    2015—Room
    2016—Fences
    2017—Mudbound
    2018—Can You Ever Forgive Me?

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    No way was Monster’s Ball ahead of Memento which would have won if it hadn’t been for wealth spreading pushing Gosford Park over the top. And The Hours and Adaptation were in much stronger positions of winning then Chicago was.Same with Inception over The Fighter.

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    Best Original Screenplay

    2000: You Can Count on Me
    2001: Memento
    2002: My Big Fat Greek Wedding
    2003: In America
    2004: The Aviator
    2005: Good Night, and Good Luck.
    2006: Pan’s Labyrinth
    2007: Michael Clayton
    2008: In Bruges
    2009: Inglorious Basterds
    2010: Inception
    2011: The Artist
    2012: Moonrise Kingdom
    2013: American Hustle
    2014: The Grand Budapest Hotel
    2015: Bridge of Spies
    2016: La La Land
    2017: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    2018: The Favourite

    Best Adapted Screenplay

    2000: O Brother, Where Art Thou?
    2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
    2002: Adaptation
    2003: Mystic River
    2004: Million Dollar Baby
    2005: Capote
    2006: Notes on a Scandal
    2007: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
    2008: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    2009: Up in the Air
    2010: Toy Story 3
    2011: The Descendants
    2012: Lincoln
    2013: <i>Captain Phillips</i>
    2014: The Theory of Everything
    2015: Room
    2016: Arrival
    2017: Molly’s Game
    2018: If Beale Street Could Talk

    Why Pan’s Labyrinth over Babel and The Queen? And why Moonrise Kingdom, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and In Bruges? Oh and The Descendants won Best Adapted Screenplay lol.

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    1980: Private Benjamin but not really sure
    1981: Reds
    1982: Tootsie
    1983: Fanny And Alexander
    1984: Broadway Danny Rose
    1985: The Purple Rose Of Cairo
    1986: Platoon
    1987: Broadcast News
    1988: A Fish Called Wanda
    1989: Crimes & Misdemeanors

    1980: The Elephant Man
    1981: Ragtime
    1982: The Verdict
    1983: The Dresser
    1984: A Passage To India
    1985: Prizzi’s Honor
    1986: Crimes Of The Heart
    1987: No clue
    1988: The Accidental Tourist
    1989: Born On The Fourth Of July

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    1970s

    1970 – Five Easy Pieces
    1971 – Sunday Bloody Sunday
    1972 – Lady Sings the Blues
    1973 – American Graffiti
    1974 – The Conversation
    1975 – Shampoo
    1976 – Rocky
    1977 – The Goodbye Girl
    1978 – The Deer Hunter
    1979 – All That Jazz

    1970 – Women in Love
    1971 – The Last Picture Show
    1972 – Cabaret
    1973 – Paper Moon
    1974 – Lenny
    1975 – Barry Lyndon
    1976 – Bound for Glory
    1977 – Equus
    1978 – Heaven Can Wait
    1979 – Apocalypse Now

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    1980s

    1980 – Fame
    1981 – Reds
    1982 – Tootsie
    1983 – The Big Chill
    1984 – Broadway Danny Rose
    1985 – Back to the Future
    1986 – Platoon
    1987 – Broadcast News
    1988 – A Fish Called Wanda
    1989 – Crimes and Misdemenaors

    1980 – The Elephant Man
    1981 – The French Lieutenant’s Woman
    1982 – The Verdict
    1983 – The Dresser
    1984 – A Passage to India
    1985 – Kiss of the Spider Woman
    1986 – Children of a Lesser God
    1987 – Fatal Attraction
    1988 – The Accidental Tourist
    1989 – Born on the Fourth of July

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    1990s

    1990 – Avalon
    1991 – Boyz N the Hood
    1992 – Unforgiven
    1993 – Philadelphia
    1994 – Bullets Over Broadway
    1995 – Braveheart
    1996 – Jerry Maguire
    1997 – As Good As It Gets
    1998 – Saving Private Ryan
    1999 – Being John Malkovich

    1990 – Goodfellas
    1991 – JFK
    1992 – The Player
    1993 – In the Name of the Father
    1994 – The Shawshank Redemption
    1995 – Apollo 13
    1996 – The English Patient
    1997 – The Sweet Hereafter
    1998 – The Thin Red Line
    1999 – The Insider

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    1980s

    1980 – Fame
    1981 – Reds
    1982 – Tootsie
    1983 – The Big Chill
    1984 – Broadway Danny Rose
    1985 – Back to the Future
    1986 – Platoon
    1987 – Broadcast News
    1988 – A Fish Called Wanda
    1989 – Crimes and Misdemenaors

    1980 – The Elephant Man
    1981 – The French Lieutenant’s Woman
    1982 – The Verdict
    1983 – The Dresser
    1984 – A Passage to India
    1985 – Kiss of the Spider Woman
    1986 – Children of a Lesser God
    1987 – Fatal Attraction
    1988 – The Accidental Tourist
    1989 – Born on the Fourth of July

    Why Fame and Back To The Future?

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    Best Original Screenplay:
    1990—Avalon
    1991—Bugsy
    1992—Unforgiven
    1993—Philadelphia
    1994—Bullets Over Broadway
    1995—Braveheart
    1996—Jerry Maguire
    1997—As Good As It Gets
    1998—Saving Private Ryan
    1999—The Sixth Sense
    2000—Gladiator
    2001—Monster’s Ball
    2002—Gangs Of New York
    2003—In America
    2004—The Aviator
    2005—Good Night, And Good Luck
    2006—The Queen
    2007—Michael Clayton
    2008—In Bruges
    2009—Inglorious Basterds
    2010—The Fighter
    2011—Bridesmaids
    2012—Zero Dark Thirty
    2013—American Hustle
    2014—The Grand Budapest Hotel
    2015—Bridge Of Spies
    2016—La La Land
    2017—Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    2018—The Favourite

    The following guesses where I happen to disagree with you are:

    1992 – While I can see the case for Unforgiven since it was the Best Picture winner that year, I’m leaning more towards Husbands & Wives given its win at BAFTA.
    1994Four Weddings and a Funeral had won the WGA in absence of Pulp Fiction.
    1996 – While I can see the case for Jerry Maguire, I’m leaning more towards Secrets & Lies given its win at BAFTA.
    1998 – I’m leaning more towards The Truman Show given that it did beat Shakespeare in Love at BAFTA.
    1999Being John Malkovich had actually won the BAFTA over American Beauty. Plus, genre bias from the academy might’ve prevented The Sixth Sense from ever coming close.
    2000You Can Count on Me had actually won the WGA over Almost Famous.
    2001Amélie had won the BAFTA over Gosford Park.
    2010Inception had won the WGA in absence of The King’s Speech.
    2011 – I’m leaning more towards The Artist given that it’s not only the Best Picture champ of that year, but it also won the BAFTA. Plus, that movie has much more snob appeal than Bridesmaids.
    2015 – While I can definitely see the case for Bridge of Spies, I’m leaning more towards Inside Out.

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    Now that the 2019 Oscars are behind us, my guesses for the runners-up in both screenplay categories are Little Women (in Adapted) and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (in original).

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    1980s 1980 – Fame 1981 – Reds 1982 – Tootsie 1983 – The Big Chill 1984 – Broadway Danny Rose 1985 – Back to the Future 1986 – Platoon 1987 – Broadcast News 1988 – A Fish Called Wanda 1989 – Crimes and Misdemenaors 1980 – The Elephant Man 1981 – The French Lieutenant’s Woman 1982 – The Verdict 1983 – The Dresser 1984 – A Passage to India 1985 – Kiss of the Spider Woman 1986 – Children of a Lesser God 1987 – Fatal Attraction 1988 – The Accidental Tourist 1989 – Born on the Fourth of July

      Disagreements: I’d give the Original edge to Purple Rose of Cairo in 1985 due to its GG and BAFTA wins. Also, for 1984 adapted, I think The Killing Fields came in second due to its BAFTA and WGA(where Amadeus wasn’t eligible) wins.

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    Like the acting categories, I’m only going as far back as the year I was born.

    Best Adapted Screenplay:
    1990—Goodfellas
    1991—JFK
    1992—Scent Of A Woman
    1993—The Remains Of The Day
    1994—The Shawshank Redemption
    1995—Apollo 13
    1996—The English Patient
    1997—The Sweet Hereafter
    1998—Primary Colors
    1999—The Green Mile
    2000—O Brother, Where Art Thou?
    2001—The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
    2002—Chicago
    2003—Mystic River
    2004—Million Dollar Baby
    2005—Capote
    2006—Notes On A Scandal
    2007—There Will Be Blood
    2008—The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
    2009—Up In The Air
    2010—True Grit
    2011—Hugo
    2012—Lincoln
    2013—The Wolf Of Wall Street
    2014—Whiplash
    2015—Room
    2016—Fences
    2017—Mudbound
    2018—Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    The following guesses where I disagree with you are:

    1992 – While I can see the case for Scent of a Woman given its Golden Globe win (as well as the fact that it was among the Best Picture nominees that year), The Player did win both important industry awards, which would be WGA and BAFTA.

    1994 – I’m leaning more towards Quiz Show given that it did beat Forrest Gump for Best Adapted Screenplay at BAFTA.

    1997 – I’m leaning more towards Wag the Dog given that it was the only other Best Adapted Screenplay nominee that was recognized by every major precursor that year.

    1998 – While I can definitely see the case for Primary Colors given its BAFTA win, keep in mind that Out of Sight did manage to win the WGA that year.

    1999 – While I can see the case for The Green Mile given its Critics’ Choice win (as well as the fact that it was among the Best Picture nominees that year), keep in mind that Election did manage to win the WGA (albeit, the former film wasn’t even nominated there).

    2000 – I’m leaning more towards Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon given that it was the only other Best Adapted Screenplay nominee that was nominated by every single precursor that year. Plus, the film itself was quite a contender for Best Picture.

    2001A Beautiful Mind had won every major precursor in this category leading up to the Oscars with the exception of BAFTA, which went to Shrek. I have a feeling that might’ve been the runner-up.

    2002 – Despite Chicago winning Best Picture, I have a feeling that it might’ve finished in fourth place in Best Adapted Screenplay that year. We’ve seen in the past how much the writers branch tends to thumb their noses at musicals. Going into the Oscars that year, Adaptation had won the Critics’ Choice and BAFTA while The Hours won WGA.

    2003 – While Mystic River was the film a lot of people were predicting to win Best Adapted Screenplay that year, I did find it interesting that American Splendor managed to beat it at WGA.

    2011 – Keep in mind that Moneyball managed to win Critics’ Choice while Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy won BAFTA (both over The Descendants) leading up to the Oscars that year.

    2012Lincoln had only won the Critics’ Choice leading up to the Oscars, and that awards group does not overlap with the academy. Meanwhile, Silver Linings Playbook did win the BAFTA. Had David O. Russell won the Oscar, it would’ve made sense given how in recent years, if the director has also written the screenplay, voters tend to lean more in that direction.

    2013 – I think The Wolf of Wall Street might’ve finished in fourth place given that Captain Philips managed to win WGA (in absence of 12 Years a Slave) while BAFTA went to Philomena.

    2014 – I’m leaning more towards The Theory of Everything given its win at BAFTA leading up to the Oscars that year.

    2016 – I think Fences might’ve finished in fourth place given that Arrival managed to beat it at Critics’ Choice and WGA while BAFTA went to Lion. Plus, let’s not forget the complaints people had with Fences thinking that it felt more like a filmed stage play as opposed to an actual movie.

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