The nominations for the 32nd annual USC Scripter Award for best film and television adaptations were announced Wednesday morning by the USC Libraries and Jojo Rabbit, Little Women were among the film nominees while Unbelievable and Watchmen were nominated for TV. Finalists were selected from 61 film and 58 television adaptations.
Eight of the last 10 winners of the Scripter Award have gone on to win the Oscar for Adapted Screenplay: 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). Interestingly, last year’s Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar winner, BlacKkKlansman, was not nominated here first.
Unique to the Scripter Awards, unlike the Oscars, both the adapter and the adapted material authors are nominated and honored. The winners of both awards will be announced at a ceremony Saturday, January 25, at USC’s historical Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library.
Here is the full list of nominations.
Matthew Carnahan and Mario Correa for Dark Waters based on the New York Times Magazine article “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare” by Nathaniel Rich
Steven Zaillian for The Irishman based on the nonfiction work I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt
Taika Waititi for JoJo Rabbit based on the novel Caging Skies by Christine Leunens
Greta Gerwig for Little Women based on the novel of the same name by Louisa May Alcott
Anthony McCarten for The Two Popes based on his play The Pope
Phoebe Waller-Bridge for the first episode of Fleabag based on her one-woman play of the same name
Joel Fields and Steven Levenson for the episode “Nowadays” from Fosse/Verdon based on the biography Fosse by Sam Wasson
Emerald Fennell for the episode “Nice and Neat” from Killing Eve based on the novel Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings
Susannah Grant, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman for the first episode of Unbelievable based on the article “An Unbelievable Story of Rape” by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong
Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson for the episode “This Extraordinary Being” from Watchmen based on the comic book series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons