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Free Scripts! Download 2016 Oscar Contenders ‘Inside Out,’ ‘Carol,’ ‘Spotlight’ and More

Free Scripts! Download 2016 Oscar Contenders 'Inside Out,' 'Carol,' 'Spotlight' and More

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For aspiring screenwriters, there are few things more valuable than reading scripts. It can be eye-opening to be exposed to accomplished screenwriters’ distinctive styles in writing action and characters, as well as to see how writers inject their personality into the story. And for those working on writing better dialogue, it’s incredibly helpful to read the actual words and not get caught up in the actor’s cadence and delivery.

Reading scripts after you’ve seen the film can also shed light on how the director interpreted the story and added her or his own layers and perspective. Because as Nicholas Ray once said, “It’s never all in the script. If it were, why make the movie?”

We’ll continue to update this list throughout awards season, so keep checking back for more free scripts. Click on the links to view and download. And please remember: These scripts are for educational purposes only. Don’t be printing them out and selling outside the NYU dorms!

“Spotlight,” screenplay by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy (courtesy of Open Road)

“Inside Out,” screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, and Josh Cooley, story by Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen (courtesy of Walt Disney Studios)

“Room,” screenplay by Emma Donoghue, based on her novel (courtesy of A24)

Carol,” screenplay by Phyllis Nagy, based on the book The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith (courtesy of The Weinstein Company)
“Woman in Gold,” written by Alexi Kaye Campbell (courtesy of The Weinstein Company)
“Macbeth,” screenplay by Jacob Koskoff & Todd Louiso and Michael Lesslie, based on the play by William Shakespeare (courtesy of The Weinstein Company)

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

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

“The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” screenplay by Marielle Heller, based on the graphic novel Phoebe Gloeckner (courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)
“Infinitely Polar Bear,” written by Maya Forbes (courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)
“Son of Saul,” written by Clara Royer & László Nemes (courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)
“Testament of Youth,” screenplay by Juliette Towhidi, based on the autobiography of Vera Brittain (courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)
“Truth,” screenplay by James Vanderbilt, based on the book Truth and Duty by Mary Mapes (courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)

“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)

“Suffragette,” written by Abi Morgan (courtesy of Focus Features)

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