Academy Award for Best Story

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The Academy Award for Best Story was an Academy Award given from the beginning of the Academy Awards until 1956.

See also the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Winners and nominees[edit]


Year Film Nominees
Underworld Ben Hecht
The Last Command Lajos Bíró


Year Film Nominees
The Dawn Patrol John Monk Saunders
Doorway to Hell Rowland Brown
Laughter Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast, Douglas Doty, Donald Ogden Stewart
The Public Enemy John Bright, Kubec Glasmon
Smart Money Lucien Hubbard, Joseph Jackson
The Champ Frances Marion
Lady and Gent Grover Jones, William Slavens McNutt
The Star Witness Lucien Hubbard
What Price Hollywood? Adela Rogers St. Johns, Jane Murfin
One Way Passage Robert Lord
The Prizefighter and the Lady Frances Marion
Rasputin and the Empress Charles MacArthur
Manhattan Melodrama Arthur Caesar
Hide-Out Mauri Grashin
The Richest Girl in the World Norman Krasna
[note 1]
The Scoundrel Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur
Broadway Melody of 1936 Moss Hart
The Gay Deception Stephen Morehouse Avery, Don Hartman
The Story of Louis Pasteur Pierre Collings, Sheridan Gibney
Fury Norman Krasna
The Great Ziegfeld William Anthony McGuire
San Francisco Robert Hopkins
Three Smart Girls Adele Comandini
A Star Is Born Robert Carson, William Wellman
Black Legion Robert Lord
In Old Chicago Niven Busch
The Life of Emile Zola Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg
One Hundred Men and a Girl Hans Kraly
Boys Town Eleanore Griffin, Dore Schary
Alexander's Ragtime Band Irving Berlin
Angels with Dirty Faces Rowland Brown
Blockade John Howard Lawson
Mad About Music Marcella Burke, Frederick Kohner
Test Pilot Frank Wead
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Lewis R. Foster
Bachelor Mother Felix Jackson
Love Affair Mildred Cram, Leo McCarey
Ninotchka Melchior Lengyel
Young Mr. Lincoln Lamar Trotti


Year Film Nominees
Arise, My Love Benjamin Glazer, John Toldy
Comrade X Walter Reisch
Edison, the Man Hugo Butler, Dore Schary
My Favorite Wife Leo McCarey, Samuel Spewack and Bella Spewack
The Westerner Stuart N. Lake
Here Comes Mr. Jordan Harry Segall
Ball of Fire Thomas Monroe, Billy Wilder
The Lady Eve Monckton Hoffe
Meet John Doe Richard Connell, Robert Presnell
Night Train to Munich Gordon Wellesley
The Invaders Emeric Pressburger
Holiday Inn Irving Berlin
The Pride of the Yankees Paul Gallico
The Talk of the Town Sidney Harmon
Yankee Doodle Dandy Robert Buckner
The Human Comedy William Saroyan
Action in the North Atlantic Guy Gilpatric
Destination Tokyo Steve Fisher
The More the Merrier Frank Ross, Robert Russell
Shadow of a Doubt Gordon McDonell
Going My Way Leo McCarey
A Guy Named Joe David Boehm, Chandler Sprague
Lifeboat John Steinbeck
None Shall Escape Alfred Neumann, Joseph Than
The Sullivans Edward Doherty, Jules Schermer
The House on 92nd St. Charles G. Booth
The Affairs of Susan László Görög, Thomas Monroe
A Medal for Benny John Steinbeck, Jack Wagner
Objective, Burma! Alvah Bessie
A Song to Remember Ernst Marischka
Vacation from Marriage Clemence Dane
The Dark Mirror Vladimir Solomonovich Pozner
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers Jack Patrick
The Stranger Victor Trivas
To Each His Own Charles Brackett
Miracle on 34th Street Valentine Davies
A Cage of Nightingales (French: La Cage aux rossignols) Georges Chaperot, René Wheeler
It Happened on Fifth Avenue Herbert Clyde Lewis, Frederick Stephani
Kiss of Death Eleazar Lipsky
Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman Frank Cavett, Dorothy Parker
The Search Richard Schweizer, David Wechsler
Louisiana Story Robert J. Flaherty, Frances H. Flaherty
The Naked City Malvin Wald
Red River Borden Chase
The Red Shoes Emeric Pressburger
The Stratton Story Douglas Morrow
Come to the Stable Clare Boothe Luce
It Happens Every Spring Valentine Davies, Shirley Smith
Sands of Iwo Jima Harry Brown
White Heat Virginia Kellogg



  1. ^ G Men, story by Gregory Rogers (a pseudonym of Darryl F. Zanuck), was not officially nominated for this award, but appears in Academy records because it placed second in voting as a write-in candidate in 1935.


  1. ^ "WRITING (MOTION PICTURE STORY)". THE 24TH ACADEMY AWARDS – 1952. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. March 20, 1952. Retrieved October 21, 2014.