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Free Scripts! Download 2016 Oscar Contenders ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ ‘Ex Machina,’ Trumbo’ and More

Free Scripts! Download 2016 Oscar Contenders 'Straight Outta Compton,' 'Ex Machina,' Trumbo' and More

With today’s IFP Gotham Independent Film Award nominations, awards season is official under way, which means studios will begin sharing scripts for awards contenders in hopes of bolstering their chances at nominations.

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For aspiring screenwriters, these scripts amount to a free screenwriting class. In studying the language, structure and pacing of the original and adapted screenplays, you’ll see how story is carefully plotted and learn how strong characters are developed. From adapted screenplays such as “The End of the Tour” to original screenplays like “Ex Machina,” the below scripts present a range of genres and styles.

As an instructive lesson, first watch each of these films and then pore over the respective screenplays — detailing the ways in which the cinematographer, composer, editor, costume designer and all of the other members of the filmmaking team brought the screenwriter and director’s vision to the screen.

We’ll continue to update this list throughout awards season, so keep checking back for more free scripts. The script titles are listed below in alphabetical order. Click on the links to view and download. Of course, we should remind you that these scripts are for educational purposes only.

“The End of the Tour,” written by Donald Margulies (courtesy of A24)

“Ex Machina,” written by Alex Garland (courtesy of A24)

“Legend,” written by Brian Helgeland (courtesy of Universal Pictures)

“Mississippi Grind,” written by Anna Boden and Adam Fleck (courtesy of A24)

“Remember,” written by Benjamin A. August (courtesy of A24)

“Straight Outta Compton,” screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff, story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff (courtesy of Universal Pictures)

“Slow West,” screenplay by John Maclean (courtesy of A24)

“Trainwreck,” written by Amy Schumer (courtesy of Universal Pictures)

“While We’re Young,” written by Noah Baumbach (courtesy of A24)

“Danny Collins,” written by Dan Fogelman (courtesy of Bleecker Street)

“I’ll See You in My Dreams,” written by Brett Haley and Marc Basch (courtesy of Bleecker Street)

“Pawn Sacrifice,” written by Steven Knight (courtesy of Bleecker Street)

“Trumbo,” written by John McNamara (courtesy of Bleecker Street)

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spacegirl 2121

@AVENGER07 Pretty hard to take you seriously when you post with such authority, yet have no idea how to use either commas or capitalization.

alf holm

Thanks for these , good way to learn the mechanics :)


What is Trainwreck doing on this list? It’s hacky tacky writing riding a wave of unearned Amy Schumer zeitgeist. Popular doesn’t make the film funny or good. I hate how comedies like this go from being decent to beloved to oscar contenders when they’re as basic as it gets.

Lisa Jay

women writers… why aren’t their movies getting made? Amy Schumer is a star, and the only other female is a co-writer. Sad.

B. Williams

@avenger07 you’re not not racist because "The Wire’s" in your netflix que -Donnie G

Claitun Bigzbee

Hahahahahaha! Good comeback Avenger07


You are a fool, and no, in fact my favorite film right now is Beasts of no Nation, which IS an Oscar contender.


@PARIS TEXAS -He simply hates people of color. I am sure his favorite film is " BIRTH OF A NATION" !

Paris Texas

@Avenger07 Yeah, when it comes to your opinion, nothing with black people in it is.
This is the third time in a month I’ve seen you throw shade on ‘black’ productions. Why?


I’m sorry but "straight outta Compton" IS NOT, an Oscar contender.

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