Last night, amidst all the glitz, glitter and glamour, the 89th Annual Academy Awards – the “Oscars” – were handed out in a star studded ceremony in (where else?) Hollywood, California. Among the statuettes handed out, two were for writing excellence:  Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Screenplay.

Just in case you were in the kitchen refilling your snack bowls during these announcements, here are the nominations and winners of the 2017 Oscars for writing:


  • WINNER: Moonlight, written by Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney, based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Mr. McCraney
  • Arrival, written by Eric Heisserer, based on the novella “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang
  • Fences, written by August Wilson, based on his Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name
  • Hidden Figures, written by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Lion, written by Luke Davies, based on the non-fiction book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley with Larry Buttrose



  • WINNER: Manchester by the Sea, written by Kenneth Lonergan
  • 20th Century Women, written by Mike Mills
  • Hell or High Water, written by Taylor Sheridan
  • La La Land, written by Damien Chazelle
  • The Lobster, written by Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou


Congratulations to Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney and Kenneth Lonergan, and all the nominees!

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