USC Scripter Award Nominees

  • Carroll Cartwright and Nancy Doyne – screenwriters, and Henry James – author of the novel of the same name (What Maisie Knew)
  • Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope – screenwriters, and Martin Sixsmith – author of The Lost Child of Philomena Lee (Philomena)
  • Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber – screenwriters, and Tim Tharp – author of the novel of the same name (The Spectacular Now)
  • Billy Ray – screenwriter, and Richard Phillips and Stephen Talty – authors of A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea (Captain Phillips)
  • John Ridley – screenwriter, and Solomon Northup – author of Twelve Years a Slave (12 Years a Slave)

(thanks to Paddy, at ScreenOnScreen)

  • phantom

    Yay for the criminally underrated What Maisie Knew ! Excellent adaptation, remarkable performances ! Too bad Julianne Moore didn’t get a campaign.

    Happy to see The Spectacular Now, too !

  • moviewatcher

    If Before Midnight doesn’t get in at the oscars, heads will roll.

  • rufussondheim

    what an odd selection. I bet no one could have predicted those five.

  • Bryce Forestieri

    I can’t blame them for ignoring THE WOLF OF WALL STREET. Who would want to nominate Jordan Belfort for anything good.

  • Jerry Grant

    Very odd group. I definitely support Philomena’s inclusion. Really smart thoughtful script

  • Marshall Flores

    WOLF missing here effectively finalizes the predicted winner of AD’s prediction model in Adapted Screenplay, unless WOLF can win *both* the WGA and BAFTA. That would lead to a razor-thin result indeed.

  • Corvo

    Screenwriters Choice Awards:

    Best Original Screenplay
    Alfonso and Jonas Cuarón, “Gravity” (WINNER)
    Woody Allen, “Blue Jasmine”
    Spike Jonze, “Her”
    Joel and Ethan Coen, “Inside Llewyn Davis”
    Bob Nelson, “Nebraska”

    Best Adapted Screenplay
    John Ridley, “12 Years a Slave” (WINNER)
    Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater, “Before Midnight”
    Billy Ray, “Captain Phillips”
    Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, “Philomena”
    Terence Winter, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

  • Zach

    WOWS SHOULD win for script IMO, and I hope the Oscars don’t snub it Dragon Tattoo-style.

    Are plays eligible (Osage), or did it have to be a book first?

  • Kane

    Rufus, actually 4 of the 5 nominees aren’t surprising. But What Maisie Knew making it in…never saw that coming. I forgot it even existed.

  • matt

    Interesting point that this would be the only award where the writers of both the screenplay AND source material would be recognized, and thus Jordan Belfort would be recognized had WOWS been nominated.

  • Cristina

    Yay for The Spectacular Now! I know is a long show but I would love to see a Best Adapted Screenplay nominations at the Oscar. It’d be so well deserve!

  • Pat

    Thrilled by the inlcusion of ‘What Maisie Knew’, but sad to see ‘Labor Day’ passed over again.

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