The USC Libraries Scripter Award, which honors “the screenwriter(s) of the year’s most accomplished cinematic adaptation as well as the author(s) of the written work upon which the screenplay is based,” have announced their 2011 nominees.
The nominees are:
“A Dangerous Method”
Screenwriter: Christopher Hampton
Source material: John Kerr’s nonfiction book “A Most Dangerous Method: The Story of Jung, Freud, and Sabina Spielrein” and Hampton’s 2002 stage play “The Talking Cure”
Screenwriters: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash
Source material: Kaui Hart Hemmings’ novel “The Descendants” and her short story “The Minor Wars”
Screenwriter: Moira Buffini
Source material: Charlotte Brontë’s novel “Jane Eyre”
Screenwriters: Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, and Stan Chervin
Source material: Michael Lewis’ nonfiction book “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game”
“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”
Screenwriters: Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan
Source material: John le Carré’s novel “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy”
Zaillan and Sorkin have won the Scripter before; Payne, Hampton and le Carré have all been finalists in the past.
The Scripter Award will be announced at a ceremony February 18.