ARGO, LINCOLN Among USC Libraries Scripter Award Nominees

ARGO, LINCOLN Among USC Libraries Scripter Award Nominees

The authors and screenwriters of "Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln," "Perks of Being a Wallflower" and "Silver Linings Playbook" have been nominated for the 25th annual USC Libraries Scripter Award.

The Award recognizes both the screenwriter or screenwriters of an adaptation as well as the author of the written work on which the screenplay is based.

The nominees are as follows:

"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.

About USC Libraries Scripter Award

Established in 1988, the USC Libraries Scripter Award is an honor bestowed annually by the Friends of the USC Libraries in recognition of the best adaptation of the printed word into film, and is given to both the author and screenwriter. By honoring the literary artistry and collaborative process of turning a book into a screenplay and ultimately into a film, this unique award acknowledges the full spectrum of the writers' creative process.

The award is presented at a black-tie gala each spring on the University of Southern California campus in the beautiful Los Angeles Times Reference Room of Edward L. Doheny Memorial Library. The Scripter ceremony provides visibility and support for the USC Libraries. Dozens of cinematic adaptations are eligible each calendar year for the Scripter Award.

Foreign-language releases are not eligible for the USC Libraries Scripter Award. Eligible works are reviewed by a committee comprised of Writers Guild of America Members, Academy Award-winning and -nominated screenwriters, authors, film industry executives, faculty, and select members of the Friends of the USC Libraries. This selection committee narrows down the year's eligible films to five nominees and then chooses that year's best adaptation of the printed word into film.

Scripter's proceeds support the USC Libraries' services, collections, and programs that inspire and inform the achievements of our faculty, students, and staff.