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The Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. Before 1940, there was an Academy Award for Best Story for writing. For 1940, it and the award in this article were separated into two awards. Beginning with the Oscars for 1957, the two categories were combined to honor only the screenplay. In 2002, the name of the award was changed from "Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)" to "Writing (Original Screenplay)".[1][2]


Charles Brackett was the first to win twice in this category. Others to do so are Billy Wilder, Paddy Chayefsky and Woody Allen.

Woody Allen has the most nominations in this category with 14.

Richard Schweizer was the first to win for a foreign language film, Marie-Louise. Others winners that had followed included Albert Lamorisse, Pietro Germi, Claude Lelouch and Pedro Almodovar.

Muriel Box was the first woman to win in this category, which she shared with her husband, Sydney Box. Other female winners include Sonya Levien, Nancy Dowd, Callie Khouri, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola and Diablo Cody. The Boxes are also the first married couple to win in this category. The only other married couple to win are Earl W. Wallace and Pamela Wallace.

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, in 1997, are the only siblings to win in this category, and Francis Coppola, in 1971, and Sofia Coppola, in 2004, are the only father-daughter pair to win.


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(In 1949, the category was renamed "Story and Screenplay")



(In 1969, the category was renamed: "Story and Screenplay - based on material not previously published or produced)


(In 1976, the category was renamed: "Screenplay written directly for the Screen - Based on factual material or on story material not previously published or produced")

(In 1978, the category was renamed: "Screenplay written directly for the screen")




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