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‘The Big Short,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Land USC Scripter Award Nominations

'The Big Short,' 'Game of Thrones' Land USC Scripter Award Nominations

The 28th USC Libraries Scripter Award jury (not unlike the AFI Awards, comprised of a mix of critics, academics, screenwriters and other industry players, including me) nominated “The Big Short,” “Brooklyn,” “The End of the Tour,” “The Martian,” and “Room.” The award is presented annually to both the screenwriter and the author of the source material. Last year, Graham Moore (screenwriter) and Andrew Hodges (author) won for “The Imitation Game”; Moore went on to win the film’s only Oscar.

These five could well grab Oscar nominations for Adapted Screenplay, although at the Writers Guild, playwright Phyllis Nagy landed a nod for her Patricia Highsmith adaptation “Carol” along with Aaron Sorkin’s three-act biopic “Steve Jobs” and John McNamara’s “Trumbo.” Arguably the WGA is a larger and more mainstream group than the Scripters; also European productions “Brooklyn” and “Room” were WGA ineligible. 

Wednesday’s Writers Guild of America nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay also included “The Big Short” and”The Martian,” which both have strong momentum in the Oscar race.

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This year, for the first time ever, the Scripter will also be awarded for television adaptation. The nominees are “Game of Thrones” (HBO), “The Man in the High Castle” (Amazon), “The Leftovers” (HBO), “Masters of Sex” (Showtime), and “Show Me a Hero” (HBO). Read the full list below: 

Film
Screenwriters Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, for “The Big
Short,” adapted from Michael Lewis’s nonfiction work “The Big Short: Inside the
Doomsday Machine”

Novelist Colm Tóibín and screenwriter Nick Hornby for
“Brooklyn”

Screenwriter Donald Margulies for “The End of the
Tour,”adapted from David Lipsky’s memoir “Although of Course You End Up Becoming
Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace”

Novelist Andy Weir and screenwriter Drew Goddard for “The
Martian”

Emma Donoghue for the novel and screenplay of “Room”

Television Episodes
Screenwriters David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, for the episode
“Hardhome” from “Game of Thrones,” adapted from the fantasy series “A Song of
Ice and Fire” by George R. R. Martin

Damon Lindelof and Jacqueline Hoyt for the episode “Axis
Mundi” from “The Leftovers,” based on the novel by Tom Perrotta

Frank Spotnitz for the episode “The New World” from “The Man
in the High Castle,” based on the novel by Philip K. Dick

Michelle Ashford, for the episode “Full Ten Count” from
“Masters of Sex,” based on the biography by Thomas Maier, “Masters of Sex: The
Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught
America How to Love”

Screenwriters William F. Zorzi and David Simon for the
miniseries “Show Me a Hero,” based on the nonfiction book by Lisa Belkin

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