The Friends of the USC Libraries is the org that bestows the annual Scripter Award honoring the year’s best adapted screenplay and the author of the original work on which it is based. It also is giving Robert Towne the 2014 USC Libraries Literary Achievement Award. Both honors will be bestowed February 8. LA native Towne is best known for penning the original script for Chinatown, which won him an Oscar in 1975. His adapted screenplay credits though include John Fante’s Ask The Dust, Daniel Ponicsan’s The Last Detail and Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan. He also was the script doctor who polished Bonnie And Clyde, The Godfather and Heaven Can Wait among others. He recently was recruited to join the writing staff for the upcoming seventh and final season of AMC’s Mad Men.
The authors and screenwriters of Captain Phillips, Philomena, The Spectacular Now, 12 Years A Slave and What Maisie Knew have been named finalists for the 26th-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award. Scripter honors the screenwriter or screenwriters of the year’s most accomplished cinematic adaptation as well as the author or authors of the written work upon which the screenplay is based. The USC Libraries will announce the winning authors and screenwriters on February 8 at USC.
Here are the finalists, in alphabetical order by film title:
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Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio, as well as the movie’s origins material authors Joshuah Bearman (the Wired article “The Great Escape”) and Antonio J. Mendez (Penguin book The Master Of Disguise), won the 25th Annual USC Libraries Scripter Award for best literary movie adaptation tonight at a gala held at the university’s Doheny Memorial Library. So Warner Bros’ Argo continues its nearly uninterrupted march towards the Best Picture Oscar. In fact, 4 out of the last five Scripter winners went on to win Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars, and all 5 won theWGA Award. Previous winners include The Descendants, The Social Network, Up In The Air (the only non-Oscar winner), Slumdog Millionaire, and No Country For Old Men. This evening Brokeback Mountain screenwriters Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana received the group’s Literary Achievement Award.
The Scripter Award goes to both the screenwriters and the author of the material on which the script is based. Although there are normally 5 finalists, this year featured six because of a tie in balloting. The Scripter Award is solely given for adaptations, not for original screenplays, but it still has a prime slot during the final Academy balloting period. Argo beat out the other Scripter Award nominees: Beasts of the Southern Wild – Dramatist …
A tie in balloting resulted in six nominees rather than the usual five for the 25th annual Scripter Awards, which honors the screenwriter or screenwriters of the year’s most accomplished movie adaptation as well as the author of the written work upon which the screenplay is based. It is bestowed by the Friends of USC Libraries and winners will be announced February 9 at USC, where Brokeback Mountain screenwriters Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana will receive the group’s Literary Achievement Award. Here are the nominees:
Joshuah Bearman, author of the article “The Great Escape,” Antonio J. Mendez, author of The Master of Disguise, and screenwriter Chris Terrio
Warner Bros., Wired for Bearman’s article, and Penguin for Mendez’s book
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Dramatist Lucy Alibar, who wrote the play Juicy and Delicious, and screenwriter Benh Zeitlin, who co-wrote the screenplay with Alibar
Fox Searchlight and Diversion Books, publisher of the play Juicy and Delicious, upon which Beasts of the Southern Wild is based
Life Of Pi
Novelist Yann Martel and screenwriter David Magee
20th Century Fox and Mariner Books
Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team Of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, and screenwriter Tony Kushner
DreamWorks and Mariner Books
Perks Of Being A Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky, author of the novel Perks of Being a Wallflower, as well as the screenplay based upon the book
Summit Entertainment and MTV Books
Silver Linings Playbook
Author Matthew Quick and screenwriter David O. Russell
Weinstein Company and Sara Crichton Books