USC Scripter Award Nominations Revealed for 2015

The USC Scripter Award is among the most prestigious writing awards in film, in that it spotlights a particular niche within material written for the screen. Specifically, the Scripter honors the best screenplays adapted from previously published work. Therefore, the USC Scripter is awarded to both the screenwriter and the author of the original source material, as both artists are seen as vital to the success of a film adaptation.

The 27th Annual Scripter Award nominees are Gone Girl, The Imitation Game, Inherent Vice, The Theory Of Everything and Wild. These five screenplays will compete with last year’s winner, John Ridley, who earned the honor for his adaptation of 12 Years A Slave, the memoir of forcefully enslaved freeman Solomon Northup. Ridley would go on to win the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, so the Scripter carries a certain weight behind it.

The winning screenplay will be announced on January 31 at the University of Southern California. In addition, best-selling crime writer Walter Mosley will receive the USC Libraries Literary Achievement Award. Check out the list of nominees for the USC Scripter Award 2015 below:

USC Scripter Award nominations 2015

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Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, author and screenwriter

The Imitation Game
Author Andrew Hodges, who wrote the book Alan Turing: The Enigma, and screenwriter Graham Moore

Inherent Vice
Novelist Thomas Pynchon and screenwriter Paul Thomas Anderson

The Theory of Everything
Jane Hawking, author of Travelling To Infinity: My Life With Stephen, and screenwriter Anthony McCarten

Screenwriter Nick Hornby, adapted from Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild: From Lost To Found On The Pacific Crest Trail

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