USC Scripter nominees announced!

The USC Scripter nominees are:


Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
Perks of Being a Wallflower
Silver Linings Playbook

–A tie resulted in six sets of finalists for the 2013 honor, rather than the typical five.

The finalists are, in alphabetical order by film title:

  • Joshuah Bearman, author of the article “The Great Escape,” Antonio J. Mendez, author of The Master of Disguise, and screenwriter Chris Terrio, for Argo
  • For 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
  • Novelist Yann Martel and screenwriter David Magee for Life of Pi
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, and screenwriter Tony Kushner for Lincoln
  • Stephen Chbosky, author of the novel Perks of Being a Wallflower, as well as the screenplay based upon the book
  • For Silver Linings Playbook, author Matthew Quick and screenwriter David O. Russell

The Scripter Award honors the screenwriter or screenwriters of the year’s most accomplished cinematic adaptation as well as the author of the written work upon which the screenplay is based. The Friends of the USC Libraries established Scripter in 1988, presenting the inaugural awards to author Helene Hanff and screenwriter Hugh Whitemore for 84 Charing Cross Road. This year marks the award’s 25th anniversary.

Other previous Scripter winners include the screenwriters and authors of The Descendants, The Social Network, Schindler’s List and L.A. Confidential.

Lucy Alibar’s screenplay for Beasts of the Southern Wild

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  1. Levy
    January 15, 2013

    Zero Dark Thirty is toast

  2. steve50
    January 15, 2013

    Nearly perfect list, and I love that there was a tie. I’d only swap one of the nominees for another that wasn’t nominated (Cloud Atlas for SLP), but that was never going happen anyway.

    Could it get any better than Zeitlin/Kushner/Terrio/Chobsky/Magee? Don’t think so.

  3. steve50
    January 15, 2013

    No it’s not, Levy. My understanding is that this award is for adaptation. Zero Dark Thirty is an original script, like Django, Amour, etc.

  4. Karl
    January 15, 2013

    Why Marion Cotillard was not nominated? She gave the best female performance of 2012 with Rust and Bone, al last her performance is better than Jennifer Lawrence (because being honest she is there only has Harvey Weinstein behind), better than Jessica Chastain (because many people feels obliged to vote for her but not because likes her really) and better than Quvenzhané Wallis (who not acting either because she had 6 years old).

  5. Chris
    January 15, 2013

    Do we know which ones tied?

  6. Nic V
    January 15, 2013

    Very nice group.

  7. John
    January 15, 2013

    Predictable noms but very good, as well.

  8. danemychal
    January 15, 2013

    Chbosky doesn’t stand a chance, adapting his own work. They are going to want to honor two people minimum at this ceremony! So thinking about said ceremony, it will probably come down to Lincoln vs. Argo. They are also probably the top 2 contenders for Oscar (though I wouldn’t count Russell out).

  9. Bryce Forestieri
    January 15, 2013

    Perks of Being a Wallflower > Argo

    I know I’m getting the Perks BD when it comes out. Don’t be seeing Argo again.

  10. Danemychal
    January 15, 2013

    Chris – If they said who tied, then everyone would know which two scripts are in “last place”.

  11. January 15, 2013

    [rant about a group of adaptation fans snubbing Anna Karenina]

  12. Insider
    January 15, 2013

    Why was Cloud Atlas ignored during the awards Season? Hope it is has a future as Blade Runner: age well.

  13. steve50
    January 15, 2013

    It will, Insider, I’m sure (like Frobisher’s book in the film, it will pop up often and intrigue for years)

  14. Zach
    January 15, 2013

    Ha, well, I know which one won’t be winning the Oscar. Wouldn’t be surprised if the script to Perks is, by design better than Beasts and Silver Linings.

    Of course, no Les Mis, not that anyone’s complaining. No Hobbit either, if you really want to go down the line and consider all the good or halfway decent adaptations this year!

    @Karl, OT, but I agree! Naomi, Marion, and Emmanuelle are the best with Naomi deserving her first win.

  15. Danemychal
    January 15, 2013

    No Hunger Games or Avengers. PaulH is pisssssed.

  16. keifer
    January 15, 2013

    I wonder why this organization doesn’t bestow an award for original screenplay?

    Just curious.

    My own opinion is – adapted / original / or otherwise – I think “Moonrise Kingdom” was the best scripted movie of the year. Absolutely brilliant.

  17. Jerry
    January 15, 2013

    Good selection. No complaints really.

  18. SallyinChicago
    January 15, 2013

    @ Karl: Wrong forum.
    I think the winners will be either Argo or Lincoln. BOTSW doesn’t factor in because it’s very heavily voiceover and it’s almost been done before with his freshman film.

  19. January 15, 2013


    North Carolina Film Critics Association has announced its winners:

  20. Matt
    January 15, 2013

    I’m guessing that Perks and Life of Pi tied for 5 and 6.

    My prediction: Lincoln

    In order of likeliness..

    Silver Lining
    Beasts of Southern Wild
    Life of Pi
    Perks of Being a Wallflower

  21. Mattoc
    January 15, 2013

    Thanks PaddyM,

    I told you that France should have submitted Holy Motors, it would have made the cut.

  22. January 16, 2013

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  23. January 16, 2013

    Perks. <3

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