Academy Award For Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) - Winners and Nominees - 1950s


Year Film Screenwriter(s) Adapted from
All About Eve Joseph L. Mankiewicz The short story "The Wisdom of Eve" by Mary Orr
The Asphalt Jungle Ben Maddow
John Huston
The novel The Asphalt Jungle by W.R. Burnett
Born Yesterday Albert Mannheimer The play Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin
Broken Arrow Albert Maltz (front: Michael Blankfort) The novel Blood Brother by Elliott Arnold
Father of the Bride Frances Goodrich
Albert Hackett
The novel Father of the Bride by Edward Streeter
A Place in the Sun Harry Brown
Michael Wilson
The novel An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
The play An American Tragedy by Patrick Kearney
The African Queen James Agee
John Huston
The novel The African Queen by C.S. Forester
Detective Story Robert Wyler
Philip Yordan
The play Detective Story by Sidney Kingsley
La Ronde Jacques Natanson
Max Ophüls
The play Reigen by Arthur Schnitzler
A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams The play A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
The Bad and the Beautiful Charles Schnee The story "Tribute to a Badman" by Charles Bradshaw
5 Fingers Michael Wilson The novel Operation Cicero by L.C. Moyzisch
High Noon Carl Foreman The story "The Tin Star" by John W. Cunningham
The Man in the White Suit John Dighton
Roger MacDougall
Alexander Mackendrick
The play The Man in the White Suit by Roger MacDougall
The Quiet Man Frank S. Nugent The story "Green Rushes" by Maurice Walsh
From Here to Eternity Daniel Taradash The novel From Here to Eternity by James Jones
The Cruel Sea Eric Ambler The novel The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat
Lili Helen Deutsch The story "Love of Seven Dolls" by Paul Gallico
Roman Holiday Ian McLellan Hunter
John Dighton
A story by Dalton Trumbo (front: Ian McLellan Hunter)
Shane A.B. Guthrie Jr. The novel Shane by Jack Schaefer
The Country Girl George Seaton The play The Country Girl by Clifford Odets
The Caine Mutiny Stanley Roberts The novel The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk
Rear Window John Michael Hayes The story "It Had to Be Murder" by Cornell Woolrich
Sabrina Billy Wilder
Samuel Taylor
Ernest Lehman
The novel Sabrina Fair by Samuel Taylor
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Albert Hackett
Frances Goodrich
Dorothy Kingsley
The story "The Sobbin' Women" by Stephen Vincent Benét
Marty Paddy Chayefsky The teleplay Marty, written by Paddy Chayefsky
Bad Day at Black Rock Millard Kaufman The short story "Bad Time at Honda" by Howard Breslin
Blackboard Jungle Richard Brooks The novel Blackboard Jungle by Evan Hunter
East of Eden Paul Osborn The novel East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Love Me or Leave Me Daniel Fuchs
Isobel Lennart
A story by Daniel Fuchs
Around the World in Eighty Days John Farrow
S. J. Perelman
James Poe
The novel Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
Baby Doll Tennessee Williams The short play Twenty-seven Wagons Full of Cotton by Tennessee Williams
The short play The Unsatisfactory Supper by Tennessee Williams
Friendly Persuasion Michael Wilson (withdrawn from final ballot) The novel The Friendly Persuasion by Jessamyn West
Giant Fred Guiol
Ivan Moffat
The novel Giant by Edna Ferber
Lust for Life Norman Corwin The novel Lust for Life by Irving Stone
The Bridge on the River Kwai Pierre Boulle
Carl Foreman (front: Pierre Boulle)
Michael Wilson (front: Pierre Boulle)
The novel The Bridge over the River Kwai by Pierre Boulle
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison John Huston
John Lee Mahin
The novel Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison by Charles Shaw
Peyton Place John Michael Hayes The novel Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
Sayonara Paul Osborn The novel Sayonara by James Michener
12 Angry Men Reginald Rose The teleplay Twelve Angry Men, written by Reginald Rose
Gigi Alan Jay Lerner The novella Gigi by Colette
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Richard Brooks
James Poe
The play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams
The Horse's Mouth Alec Guinness The novel The Horse's Mouth by Joyce Cary
I Want to Live! Nelson Gidding
Don Mankiewicz
Articles by Ed Montgomery
Letters by Barbara Graham
Separate Tables John Gay
Terence Rattigan
The play Separate Tables by Terence Rattigan
Room at the Top Neil Paterson The novel Room at the Top by John Braine
Anatomy of a Murder Wendell Mayes The novel Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver
Ben-Hur Karl Tunberg The novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by General Lew Wallace
The Nun's Story Robert Anderson The novel The Nun's Story by Kathryn Hulme
Some Like It Hot Billy Wilder
I.A.L. Diamond
A story suggested by Robert Thoeren and M. Logan

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