USC Scripter Awards
Awarded forWriting achievements in film adaptation
CountryUnited States
Presented byUniversity of Southern California (USC)
First awarded1988; 33 years ago (1988)
Websitelibraries.usc.edu/scripter

The USC Scripter Award (Scripter) is the name given to an award presented annually by the University of Southern California (USC) to honor both authors and screenwriters. Starting in 1988, the USC Libraries Board of Councilors award the year's best film adaptation of a printed work, recognizing the original author and the screenwriter.

In 2016, a television adaption Scripter award was added as well as the Literary Achievement Award. The Ex Libris Award is occasionally presented to long-time supporters of the USC Libraries. USC Libraries website writes, "Scripter celebrates writers and writing, collaboration, and the profound results of transforming one artistic medium into another. It stands as an emblem of libraries’ ability to inspire creative and scholarly achievement."[1]

Film

1980s

Year Film Nominees Source Material
1988 84 Charing Cross Road Hugh Whitemore The memoir by Helene Hanff
1989 The Accidental Tourist Frank Galati and Lawrence Kasdan The novel by Anne Tyler

1990s

Year Film Nominees Source Material
1990 Awakenings Steven Zaillian The memoir by Oliver Sacks
1991 Fried Green Tomatoes Fannie Flagg and Carol Sobieski The novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Flagg
1992 A River Runs Through It Richard Friedenberg The novella by Norman Maclean
1993 Schindler's List Steven Zaillian The novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally
1994 The Shawshank Redemption Frank Darabont The short story Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King
1995 Sense and Sensibility Emma Thompson The novel by Jane Austen
1996 The English Patient Anthony Minghella The novel by Michael Ondaatje
1997 L.A. Confidential Curtis Hanson and Brian Helgeland The novel by James Ellroy
Donnie Brasco Paul Attanasio The book Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia by Joseph D. Pistone and Richard Woodley
The Rainmaker Francis Ford Coppola The novel by John Grisham
The Sweet Hereafter Atom Egoyan The novel by Russell Banks
The Wings of the Dove Hossein Amini The novel by Henry James
1998 A Civil Action Steven Zaillian The book by Jonathan Harr
Gods and Monsters Bill Condon The novel Father of Frankenstein by Christopher Bram
Primary Colors Elaine May The book Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics by Joe Klein
A Simple Plan Scott B. Smith The novel by Smith
The Thin Red Line Terrence Malick The novel by James Jones
1999 The Hurricane Armyan Bernstein and Dan Gordon The autobiography The Sixteenth Round: From Number 1 Contender To 45472 by Rubin Carter; the book Lazarus and the Hurricane: The Freeing of Rubin "The Hurricane" Carter by Sam Chaiton and Terry Swinton
The Cider House Rules John Irving The novel by Irving
The End of the Affair Neil Jordan The novel by Graham Greene
The Green Mile Frank Darabont The novel by Stephen King
The Talented Mr. Ripley Anthony Minghella The novel by Patricia Highsmith

2000s

Year Film Nominees Source Material
2000 Wonder Boys Steve Kloves The book by Michael Chabon
All the Pretty Horses Ted Tally The novel by Cormac McCarthy
Chocolat Robert Nelson Jacobs The novel by Joanne Harris
High Fidelity D. V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, John Cusack, and Scott Rosenberg The novel by Nick Hornby
The House of Mirth Terence Davies The novel by Edith Wharton
2001 A Beautiful Mind Akiva Goldsman The book by Sylvia Nasar
Bridget Jones's Diary Andrew Davies, Helen Fielding and Richard Curtis The novel by Fielding
In the Bedroom Robert Festinger and Todd Field The short story Killings by Andre Dubus
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson, and Philippa Boyens The novel The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Shipping News Robert Nelson Jacobs The novel by E. Annie Proulx
2002 The Hours David Hare The novel by Michael Cunningham
About Schmidt Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor The novel by Louis Begley
Adaptation Charlie Kaufman The book The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Fran Walsh, Stephen Sinclair, Peter Jackson, and Philippa Boyens The novel The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Pianist Ronald Harwood The memoir by Władysław Szpilman
2003 Mystic River Brian Helgeland The novel by Dennis Lehane
Seabiscuit Gary Ross The book Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
Cold Mountain Anthony Minghella The novel by Charles Frazier
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson, and Philippa Boyens The novel Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Peter Weir and John Collee The novel by Patrick O'Brian
2004 Million Dollar Baby Paul Haggis The book Rope Burns: Stories from the Corner by F.X. Toole
The Bourne Supremacy Tony Gilroy The novel by Robert Ludlum
The Door in the Floor Tod Williams The novel A Widow for One Year by John Irving
Friday Night Lights Peter Berg, Buzz Bissinger, and David Aaron Cohen The book Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream by H. G. Bissinger
Sideways Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor The novel by Rex Pickett
2005 Capote Dan Futterman The novel by Gerald Clarke
Brokeback Mountain Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana The short story by E. Annie Proulx
The Constant Gardener Jeffrey Caine The novel by John le Carré
A History of Violence Josh Olson The graphic novel by John Wagner and Vince Locke
Syriana Stephen Gaghan The memoir See No Evil by Robert Baer
2006 Children of Men David Arata, Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, and Timothy J. Sexton The novel The Children of Men by P. D. James
The Devil Wears Prada Aline Brosh McKenna The novel by Lauren Weisberger
The Illusionist Neil Burger The short story Eisenheim the IllusionistSteven Millhauser
The Last King of Scotland Jeremy Brock and Peter Morgan The novel by Giles Foden
Notes on a Scandal Patrick Marber The novel by Zoë Heller
2007 No Country for Old Men Joel Coen and Ethan Coen The novel by Cormac McCarthy
Atonement Christopher Hampton The novel by Ian McEwan
Into the Wild Sean Penn The book by Jon Krakauer
There Will Be Blood Paul Thomas Anderson The novel Oil! by Upton Sinclair
Zodiac James Vanderbilt The book by Robert Graysmith
2008 Slumdog Millionaire Simon Beaufoy The novel Q & A by Vikas Swarup
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Eric Roth and Robin Swicord The short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Iron Man Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway The comic by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck and Jack Kirby
The Reader David Hare The novel by Bernhard Schlink
Revolutionary Road Justin Haythe The novel by Richard Yates
2009 Up in the Air Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner The novel by Walter Kirn
Crazy Heart Scott Cooper The novel by Thomas Cobb
District 9 Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell The short film Alive in Joburg by Blomkamp
An Education Nick Hornby The memoir by Lynn Barber
Precious Geoffrey S. Fletcher The novel Push by Sapphire

2010s

Year Film Nominees Source Material
2010
[2]
The Social Network Aaron Sorkin The book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich
127 Hours Simon Beaufoy and Danny Boyle The book Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston
The Ghost Writer Robert Harris and Roman Polanski The novel The Ghost by Harris
True Grit Joel Coen and Ethan Coen The novel by Charles Portis
Winter's Bone Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini The novel by Daniel Woodrell
2011
[3]
The Descendants Alexander Payne, Jim Rash, and Nat Faxon The novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings
A Dangerous Method Christopher Hampton The play The Talking Cure by Hampton
Jane Eyre Moira Buffini The novel by Charlotte Brontë
Moneyball Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian and Stan Chervin The book by Michael Lewis
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan The novel by John le Carré
2012
[4]
Argo Chris Terrio The book The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the article The Great Escape by Joshuah Bearman
Beasts of the Southern Wild Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin The play Juicy and Delicious by Alibar
Life of Pi David Magee The novel by Yann Martel
Lincoln Tony Kushner The book Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky The novel by Chbosky
Silver Linings Playbook David O. Russell The novel by Matthew Quick
2013
[5]
12 Years a Slave John Ridley The memoir by Solomon Northup
Captain Phillips Billy Ray The book A Captain's Duty by Richard Phillips and Stephan Talty
Philomena Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope The book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith
The Spectacular Now Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber The novel by Tim Tharp
What Maisie Knew Carroll Cartwright and Nancy Doyne The novel by Henry James
2014
[6]
The Imitation Game Graham Moore The book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn The novel by Flynn
Inherent Vice Paul Thomas Anderson The novel by Thomas Pynchon
The Theory of Everything Anthony McCarten The book Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen Hawking by Jane Hawking
Wild Nick Hornby The memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
2015
[7]
The Big Short Adam McKay and Charles Randolph The book by Michael Lewis
Brooklyn Nick Hornby The novel by Colm Tóibín
The End of the Tour Donald Margulies The memoir Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself by David Lipsky
The Martian Drew Goddard The novel by Andy Weir
Room Emma Donoghue The novel by Donoghue
2016
[8]
Moonlight Barry Jenkins The play Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Arrival Eric Heisserer The short story Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang
Fences August Wilson The play by Wilson
Hidden Figures Theodore Melfi and Allison Schroeder The book by Margot Lee Shetterly
Lion Luke Davies The memoir A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley and Larry Buttrose
2017
[9]
Call Me by Your Name James Ivory The novel by André Aciman
The Disaster Artist Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber The book by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell
Logan Scott Frank, Michael Green and James Mangold The Wolverine comics by John Romita Sr. and Len Wein
The Lost City of Z James Gray The book by David Grann
Molly's Game Aaron Sorkin The memoir by Molly Bloom
Mudbound Dee Rees and Virgil Williams The novel by Hillary Jordan
Wonder Woman Zack Snyder, Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs The comic by William Moulton Marston
2018
[10]
Leave No Trace Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini The novel My Abandonment by Peter Rock
Black Panther Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole The comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
Can You Ever Forgive Me? Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty The memoir by Lee Israel
The Death of Stalin Armando Iannucci, David Schneider and Ian Martin The comics La Mort de Staline by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin
If Beale Street Could Talk Barry Jenkins The novel by James Baldwin
2019
[11][12]
Little Women Greta Gerwig The novel by Louisa May Alcott
Dark Waters Mario Correa and Matthew Michael Carnahan The article "The Lawyer Who Became DuPont's Worst Nightmare" by Nathaniel Rich
The Irishman Steven Zaillian The book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt
Jojo Rabbit Taika Waititi The novel Caging Skies by Christine Leunens
The Two Popes Anthony McCarten The play The Pope by McCarten

2020s

Year Film Nominees Source Material
2020
[13]
Nomadland Chloé Zhao The book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder
Bad Education Mike Makowsky The New York magazine article "The Bad Superintendent" by Robert Kolker
First Cow Jon Raymond and Kelly Reichardt The novel The Half-Life by Raymond
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Ruben Santiago-Hudson The play by August Wilson
One Night in Miami... Kemp Powers The play by Powers

Television

2010s

Year Program Nominees Source Material
2015 Show Me a Hero David Simon and William F. Zorzi The book by Lisa Belkin
Game of Thrones ("Hardhome") David Benioff and D. B. Weiss The series of novels A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
The Leftovers ("Axis Mundi") Damon Lindelof and Jacqueline Hoyt The novel by Tom Perrotta
The Man in the High Castle ("The New World") Frank Spotnitz The novel by Philip K. Dick
Masters of Sex ("Full Ten Count") Michelle Ashford The biography Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love by Thomas Maier
2016 The Night Manager David Farr The novel by John le Carré
The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story ("Manna from Heaven") Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski The book The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin
Game of Thrones ("The Winds of Winter") David Benioff and D. B. Weiss The series of novels A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
The Man in the High Castle ("Fallout") Erik Oleson The novel by Philip K. Dick
Orange Is the New Black ("Toast Can't Never Be Bread Again") Tara Herrmann and Jenji Kohan The memoir Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman
2017 The Handmaid's Tale ("Offred") Bruce Miller The novel by Margaret Atwood
Big Little Lies ("You Get What You Need") David E. Kelley The novel by Liane Moriarty
Alias Grace Sarah Polley The novel by Margaret Atwood
Genius ("Einstein: Chapter One") Noah Pink and Ken Biller The book Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Peter Landesman, Alexander Woo and George C. Wolfe The book by Rebecca Skloot
Mindhunter ("Chapter 10") Joe Penhall and Jennifer Haley The book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker
2018 A Very English Scandal Russell T Davies The book by John Preston
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story ("The Man Who Would Be Vogue") Tom Rob Smith The book Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History by Maureen Orth
The Handmaid's Tale ("Holly") Bruce Miller and Kira Snyder The novel by Margaret Atwood
The Looming Tower ("9/11") Dan Futterman and Ali Selim The novel by Lawrence Wright
Patrick Melrose ("Bad News") David Nicholls The novels by Edward St Aubyn
Sharp Objects ("Vanish") Marti Noxon The novel by Gillian Flynn
2019 Fleabag Phoebe Waller-Bridge The one-woman show by Waller-Bridge
Fosse/Verdon ("Nowadays") Joel Fields and Steven Levenson The biography Fosse by Sam Wasson
Killing Eve ("Nice and Neat") Emerald Fennell The novella series Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings
Unbelievable ("Episode 1") Susannah Grant, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman The news article "An Unbelievable Story of Rape" by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong
Watchmen ("This Extraordinary Being") Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson The comic by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

2020s

Year Program Nominees Source Material
2020 The Queen's Gambit ("Openings") Scott Frank The novel by Walter Tevis
The Good Lord Bird ("Meet the Lord") Mark Richard and Ethan Hawke The novel by James McBride
Normal People ("Episode 5") Sally Rooney and Alice Birch The novel by Rooney
The Plot Against America ("Part 6") Ed Burns and David Simon The novel by Philip Roth
Unorthodox ("Part 1") Anna Winger The autobiography Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman

Lifetime Achievement

Ex Libris

See also

References

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