The first person to win twice in this category is Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who won the award in two consecutive years, 1950 and 1951. Others to win twice in this category include: George Seaton, Robert Bolt (who also won in two consecutive years), Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo, Alvin Sargent, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Alexander Payne and Michael Wilson. Payne won both awards as part of a writing duo, with Jim Taylor, and writing trio, with Jim Rash and Nat Faxon. Michael Wilson was blacklisted at the time of his second Oscar, so the award was given to a front (novelist Pierre Boulle). However, the Academy officially recognized him as the winner several years later.
Frances Marion was the first woman to win in this category, in 1930.
Pierre Collings and Sheridan Gibney were the first to win for adapting their own work, for The Life of Emile Zola.
Philip G. Epstein and Julius J. Epstein were the first siblings to win in this category, for Casablanca. James Goldman and William Goldman are the first pair of siblings to win for separate films. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen are the third pair of siblings to win in this category for No Country for Old Men.
Mario Puzo is the one of two writers whose work has been adapted resulting in two separate wins in this category. Puzo's novel The Godfather resulted in wins in 1972 and 1974. The other writer is E.M. Forster, whose novels A Room with a View and Howards End resulted in two wins for Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.
Emma Thompson is the only winner who has also won for acting. Winners Billy Bob Thornton and John Huston have only received nominations (not wins) in the acting categories.
Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh are the only married couple to win in this category, for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
Geoffrey S. Fletcher is the only African American to win in this category (for Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire); Fletcher is the only African American to win in any writing category.
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