The USC Scripter Award, now in its 30th year, honors films adapted from novels, short stories, comic books, journalism, and other screenplays with both the source material and the adapted screenplay feted. This year’s nominees include four of our five leading contenders for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars: “Call Me By Your Name,” “The Disaster Artist,” “Molly’s Game” and “Mudbound.” Even though a tie in voting meant there were seven nominees, fifth-placed “Wonder” was snubbed in favor of “Logan,” “The Lost City of Z” and “Wonder Woman.”
As it excludes stage-to-screen adaptations and foreign-language films, the Scripter has forecast just 13 of the eventual Oscar winners for Best Adapted Screenplay, but nine of those were in the past decade: “Moonlight” (2016), “The Big Short” (2015) “The Imitation Game,” (2014), “12 Years a Slave” (2013), “Argo” (2012), “The Descendants” (2011), “The Social Network” (2010), “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008), and “No Country for Old Men” (2007). The other repeat winners were “A Beautiful Mind” (2001), “L.A. Confidential” (1997), “Sense and Sensibility” (1995) and “Schindler’s List” (1993).
This year’s seven films are
“Call Me By Your Name”
Screenwriter James Ivory
Author Andreì Aciman
“The Disaster Artist”
Screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
Authors Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell for their nonfiction book “The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside ‘The Room,’ the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made”
Screenwriters Scott Frank, Michael Green, and James Mangold
Authors Roy Thomas, Len Wein, and John Romita, Sr.
“The Lost City of Z”
Screenwriter James Gray
Author David Grann
Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin
Author Molly Bloom
Screenwriters Dee Rees and Virgil Williams
Author Hillary Jordan
Screenwriters Allan Heinberg, Jason Fuchs, Zack Snyder
Author William Moulton Marston
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