From the Archives: Oscar-Winning Screenplays flown over the Hollywood Sign [graphic] / photo by Mike Mullen.

Hollywood is riding high this week on the heels of this Sunday’s Academy Awards. As you prepare your Oscar party menu and cast a friendly bet on what will take home the gold, here’s one more way to get into the spirit of the awards season. Did you know that the Los Angeles Public Library houses a vast collection of screenplays and scripts? Check out some of these Oscar-winning scripts to see the magic on the page before these stories were brought to life on the big screen. And for you aspiring screenwriters out there, the LAPL also has you covered on books about writing scripts.

Five Screenplays by Preston Sturges

Book Jacket for: Five screenplays

Chinatown by Robert Towne

Book Jacket for: Chinatown ; The last detail : screenplays







Oliver Stone’s Platoon and Salvador

Book Jacket for: Oliver Stone's Platoon & Salvador

Coen Brothers Collected Screenplays

Book Jacket for: Collected screenplays


Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino

Book Jacket for: Pulp fiction : a Quentin Tarantino screenplay

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Good Will Hunting

Book Jacket for: Good Will Hunting : a screenplay

Juno by Diablo Cody

Book Jacket for: Juno : the shooting script

The Hurt Locker by Mark Boal

Book Jacket for: The hurt locker : the shooting script

What’s your vote for this year’s best screenplay?

Top photo from the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection: A helicopter is seen flying an oversized Oscar statue over the Hollywood Sign in preparation for the 60th Academy Awards presentation on April 11, 1988 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

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