Academy Awards, USA

Oscar [Nominee] (2004)

Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay

Mystic River (2003)

Oscar [Winner] (1998)

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

L.A. Confidential (1997)

BAFTA Awards

BAFTA Film Award [Nominee] (2004)

Best Screenplay - Adapted

Mystic River (2003)

BAFTA Film Award [Nominee] (1998)

Best Screenplay - Adapted

L.A. Confidential (1997)

20/20 Awards

Felix [Winner] (2018)

Best Adapted Screenplay

L.A. Confidential (1997)

American Screenwriters Association, USA

Discover Screenwriting Award [Nominee] (2004)


Mystic River (2003)

Awards Circuit Community Awards

ACCA [Winner] (2003)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Mystic River (2003)

ACCA [Winner] (1997)

Best Adapted Screenplay

L.A. Confidential (1997)

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

BSFC Award [Winner] (1997)

Best Screenplay

L.A. Confidential (1997)

British Screenwriters' Awards

British Screenwriters' Award [Nominee] (2016)

Best British Feature Film Writing

Legend (2015)

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards

Critics Choice Award [Nominee] (2004)

Best Writer

Mystic River (2003)

Critics Choice Award [Winner] (1998)

Best Screenplay, Adapted

L.A. Confidential (1997)

Central Ohio Film Critics Association

COFCA Award [Nominee] (2004)

Best Screenplay, Adapted

Mystic River (2003)

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

CFCA Award [Nominee] (2004)

Best Screenplay

Mystic River (2003)

CFCA Award [Winner] (1998)

Best Screenplay

L.A. Confidential (1997)

Chlotrudis Awards

Chlotrudis Award [Winner] (1998)

Best Screenplay

L.A. Confidential (1997)

Christopher Awards

Christopher Award [Winner] (2014)

Feature Films

42 (2013)

Cognac Festival du Film Policier

Audience Award [Winner] (1999)


Payback (1999)

Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards

DFWFCA Award [Winner] (1998)

Best Screenplay

L.A. Confidential (1997)

Edgar Allan Poe Awards

Edgar [Nominee] (2004)

Best Motion Picture Screenplay

Mystic River (2003)

Edgar [Winner] (1998)

Best Motion Picture

L.A. Confidential (1997)

Edgar [Nominee] (1998)

Best Motion Picture

Conspiracy Theory (1997)

Faro Island Film Festival

Golden Train Award [Winner] (1997)

Best Screenplay

L.A. Confidential (1997)

Florida Film Critics Circle Awards

FFCC Award [Winner] (1998)

Best Screenplay

L.A. Confidential (1997)

Gold Derby Awards

Gold Derby Film Award [Nominee] (2004)

Adapted Screenplay

Mystic River (2003)

Golden Globes, USA

Golden Globe [Nominee] (2004)

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture

Mystic River (2003)

Golden Globe [Nominee] (1998)

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture

L.A. Confidential (1997)

Golden Schmoes Awards

Golden Schmoes [Nominee] (2003)

Best Screenplay of the Year

Mystic River (2003)

Hochi Film Awards

Hochi Film Award [Winner] (2013)

Best Foreign Language Film

42 (2013)

Image Awards (NAACP)

Image Award [Nominee] (2014)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture - (Theatrical or Television)

42 (2013)

International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)

INOCA [Nominee] (2004)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Mystic River (2003)

Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)

IOMA [Nominee] (2004)

Best Adapted Screenplay (Miglior sceneggiatura non originale)

Mystic River (2003)

Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards

Sierra Award [Winner] (1998)

Best Screenplay

L.A. Confidential (1997)

London Critics Circle Film Awards

ALFS Award [Nominee] (2004)

Screenwriter of the Year

Mystic River (2003)

ALFS Award [Winner] (1998)

Screenwriter of the Year

L.A. Confidential (1997)

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

LAFCA Award [Winner] (1997)

Best Screenplay

L.A. Confidential (1997)

National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA

NSFC Award [Nominee] (2004)

Best Screenplay

Mystic River (2003)

NSFC Award [Winner] (1998)

Best Screenplay

L.A. Confidential (1997)

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

NYFCC Award [Winner] (1997)

Best Screenplay

L.A. Confidential (1997)

Online Film & Television Association

OFTA Film Award [Nominee] (2004)

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium

Mystic River (2003)

OFTA Film Award [Winner] (1998)

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium

L.A. Confidential (1997)

Online Film Critics Society Awards

OFCS Award [Nominee] (2004)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Mystic River (2003)

OFCS Award [Winner] (1998)

Best Screenplay

L.A. Confidential (1997)

PEN Center USA West Literary Awards

Literary Award [Winner] (2004)

Screenplay

Mystic River (2003)

Razzie Awards

Razzie Award [Winner] (1998)

Worst Screenplay

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The Postman (1997)

San Diego Film Critics Society Awards

SDFCS Award [Winner] (1997)

Best Screenplay, Adapted

L.A. Confidential (1997)

Satellite Awards

Golden Satellite Award [Winner] (2004)

Best Screenplay, Adapted

Mystic River (2003)

Golden Satellite Award [Winner] (1998)

Best Screenplay, Adapted

L.A. Confidential (1997)

Society of Texas Film Critics Awards

STFC Award [Winner] (1997)

Best Screenplay, Adapted

L.A. Confidential (1997)

Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards

SEFCA Award [Winner] (2003)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Mystic River (2003)

SEFCA Award [Winner] (1998)

Best Adapted Screenplay

L.A. Confidential (1997)

USC Scripter Award

USC Scripter Award [Winner] (2004)


Mystic River (2003)

USC Scripter Award [Winner] (1998)


L.A. Confidential (1997)

Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards

WAFCA Award [Winner] (2003)

Best Screenplay, Adapted

Mystic River (2003)

Writers Guild of America, USA

WGA Award (Screen) [Nominee] (2004)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Mystic River (2003)

WGA Award (Screen) [Winner] (1998)

Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

L.A. Confidential (1997)