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by Peter Knegt
January 9, 2014 1:08 PM
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USC Scripter Goes For 'What Maisie Knew' and 'Spectacular Now' Over 'Wolf of Wall Street'

"What Maisie Knew"

The USC Libraries have named the authors and screenwriters of "Captain Phillips," "Philomena," "The Spectacular Now," "12 Years a Slave," and "What Maisie Knew" as finalists for the 26th annual USC Libraries Scripter Award. The Scripter honors both the screenwriter or screenwriters of the year’s most accomplished cinematic adaptation as well as the author or authors of the written work upon which the screenplay is based.

While those rules made Oscar contenders "August: Osage County" and "Before Midnight" both ineligible, Terence Winter's screenplay for "The Wolf of Wall Street," which is based on Jordan Belfort's memoir, was a genuine snub. In its place was the very unexpected inclusion of Carroll Cartwright and Nancy Doyne's update of Henry James's novel "What Maisie Knew."

This year's nominees were selected by an august panel that includes authors Michael Chabon and Michael Ondaatje, Oscar-winning screenwriters Callie Khouri, Steven Zailliamn and Geoffrey Fletcher, and critics Leonard Maltin and Kenneth Turan.

The winner will announced at a USC ceremony on February 8th. The full list of nominees:

"Captain Phillips," Billy Ray, screenwriter, and Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty, authors of "A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea"

"Philomena," Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, screenwriters, and Martin Sixsmith, author of "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee"

"The Spectacular Now," Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, screenwriters, and Tim Tharp, novelist

"12 Years a Slave," John Ridley, screenwriter, and Solomon Northup, author

"What Maisie Knew," Carroll Cartwright and Nancy Doyne, screenwriters, and Henry James, novelist


  • ECP | January 9, 2014 3:40 PMReply

    Recognition well-deserved. Congrats to "What Maisie Knew" and "The Spectacular Now." Both adaptations impressive, surprising, and very affecting. Two of my fave movies from 2013.

  • Jamie T D | January 9, 2014 2:49 PMReply

    Well Done to Michael H Webb and Scott Neustadter. The Spectacular Now was a great movie and broadly faithful to the book.