“Perks of Being a Wallflower” joins usual suspects “Argo,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” and “Silver Linings Playbook” as contenders for the 25th annual USC Libraries Scripter awards. Usually five films are nominated, but this year a tie resulted in six nods.
The Scripter awards are unique for recognizing both the screenwriters of a film and the authors of the original source material from which the film is adapted. They are chosen by a select group of writers, filmmakers, producers. critics, and academics, including me. The winners often–but not always–match up with the eventual adapted screenplay Oscar winner. Recent winners “The Descendants,” “The Social Network,” “Slumdog Millionaire” and “No Country for Old Men” did, but “Up in the Air” and “Children of Men” did not.
The winners will be announced at a dinner ceremony on February 9, at the Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Libraray on the USC campus.
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Full list with names below:
“Argo”: Screenwriter Chris Terrio, Joshuah Bearman, author of the article “The Great Escape,” and Antonio J. Mendez, author of “The Master of Disguise.”
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”: Screenwriters Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, based on Alibar’s play “Juicy and Delicious.”
“Life of Pi”: Screenwriter David Magee and novelist Yann Martel.
“Lincoln”: Screenwriter Tony Kushner and Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.”
“Perks of Being a Wallflower”: Stephen Chbosky, who wrote both the novel and the screen adaptation.
“Silver Linings Playbook”: Screenwriter David O. Russell and author Matthew Quick.