One of the awards I vote for is the University of Southern California’s Scripter Awards. Like the AFI Awards, the Scripters are voted on by a mix of industry insiders (many of them screenwriters), academics and critics. The idea is to award the adaptation of a previous work, so these awards have some influence on the adapted screenplay Oscars. Happily, the first three nominees are on my ten best list; all five are in my top twenty.
I always look forward to the February awards ceremony, an elegant dinner at USC’s Doheny Mansion. While Charlotte Bronte is no longer with us, here’s hoping that Michael Lewis and John Le Carre show up!
Here are the nominees:
Christopher Hampton for “A Dangerous Method,” adapted from the nonfiction book “A Most Dangerous Method: The Story of Jung, Freud, and Sabina Spielrein” by John Kerr and the 2002 stage play “The Talking Cure” by Hampton.
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash for “The Descendants,” adapted from Kaui Hart Hemmings’ novel (itself an expansion of her first published short story, “The Minor Wars”).
Moira Buffini for “Jane Eyre,” adapted from the 1847 book by Charlotte Brontë.
Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, and Stan Chervin for “Moneyball,” based on Michael Lewis’ book, “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game.”
Screenwriters Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan and author John le Carré for the thriller “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”