Oscar 2021: USC Scripter and Best Screenplay Oscar

USC Announces Film and TV Scripter Award Nominees


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The USC Libraries has announced its finalists for the 33rd USC Scripter Awards, which celebrate scripts adapted from pre-existing literary material, will take place virtually this year on Saturday, March 13.

The film nominees include best adapted screenplay of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Ruben Santiago Hudson‘s version of the late August Wilson‘s play of the same name);

Oscar frontrunner Nomadland (which Chloe Zhao derived from Jesssica Bruder‘s book of the same name)’

Regina King’s estimable debut, One Night in Miami (Kemp Powers take on his own play of the same name).

Indie darling First Cow (Kelly Reichardt, from Jon Raymond‘s novel The Half-Life);

TV movie Bad Education (Mike Makowsky‘s reinterpretation of Robert Kolker‘s New York magazine article “The Bad Superintendent”).

The Scripter Award and the best adapted screenplay Oscar have been the same in 14 of the past 32 years: Schindler’s List (1993), Sense and Sensibility (1995), L.A. Confidential (1997), A Beautiful Mind (2001), No Country for Old Men (2007), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), The Social Network (2010), The Descendants (2011), Argo (2012), 12 Years a Slave (2013), The Imitation Game (2014), The Big Short (2015), Moonlight (2016) and Call Me by Your Name (2017). Last year, however, the Scripter went to Little Women, while the Oscar went to Jojo Rabbit.