Best Adapted Screenplay – 2016

Films are ranked in order of likelihood of being nominated.

List Last Updated: 12/21/16



1) Moonlight   

  • Distributor: A24/Plan B Entertainment
  • Director: Barry Jenkins
  • Written By: Barry Jenkins
  • Adapted From: In Moonlight, Black Boys Look Blue (play) by Tarell McCraney
  • Starring: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Ashton Sanders
  • Where You Can See It: Theaters (Limited Release)


2) Fences 

  • Distributor: Paramount Pictures
  • Director: Denzel Washington
  • Written By: August Wilson
  • Adapted From: Fences (play) by August Wilson
  • Starring: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Mykelti Williamson
  • Where You Can See It: Theaters (Limited Release) – 12/16, (Wide Release) – 12/25


3) Arrival

  • Distributor: Paramount Pictures
  • Director: Denis Villeneuve
  • Written By: Eric Heisserer
  • Adapted From: Story of Your Life (short story) by Ted Chiang
  • Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
  • Where You Can See It: Theaters (Wide Release)


4) Silence

  • Distributor: Paramount Pictures
  • Director: Martin Scorsese
  • Written By: Jay Cocks, Martin Scorsese
  • Adapted From: Silence (novel) by Shūsaku Endō
  • Starring: Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, Adam Driver
  • Where You Can See It: Theaters (Limited Release) – 12/23, (Wide Release) – 1/6/17


5) Nocturnal Animals

  • Distributor: Focus Features
  • Director: Tom Ford
  • Written By: Tom Ford
  • Adapted From: Tony and Susan (novel) by Austin Wright
  • Starring: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon
  • You Can See It: Theaters (Wide Release)


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6) Lion  

  • Distributor: The Weinstein Company
  • Director: Garth Davis
  • Written By: Luke Davies
  • Adapted From: A Long Way Home (memoir) by Saroo Brierley
  • Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara
  • Where You Can See It: Theaters (Limited Release)


7) Hacksaw Ridge

  • Distributor: Summit Entertainment
  • Director: Mel Gibson
  • Written By: Robert Schenkkan, Andrew Knight
  • Adapted From: The Ultimate Battle (non-fiction book) by Bill Sloan
  • Starring: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Teresa Palmer
  • Where You Can See It: Theaters (Wide Release)


8) Love and Friendship

  • Distributor: Roadside Attractions
  • Director: Whit Stillman
  • Written By: Whit Stillman
  • Adapted From: Lady Susan (short story) by Jane Austen
  • Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Morfydd Clark, Stephen Fry
  • Where You Can See It: Amazon, Redbox


9) Hidden Figures

  • Distributor: 20th Century Fox
  • Director: Theodore Melfi
  • Written By: Theodore Melfi, Allison Schroeder
  • Adapted From: Hidden Figures (non-fiction book) by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Starring: Kevin Costner, Janelle Monáe, Octavia Spencer
  • Where You Can See It: Theaters (Limited Release) – 12/25, (Wide Release) – 1/6


10) Sully

  • Distributor: Warner Brothers
  • Director: Clint Eastwood
  • Written By: Todd Komarnicki
  • Adapted From: Highest Duty (memoir) by Chesley Sullenberger with Jeffrey Zaslow
  • Starring: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Anna Gunn
  • Where You Can See It: Theaters (Wide Release)