USC Scripter Screenwriting Noms Set

The USC Libraries has unveiled the finalists for the 31st annual Scripter Awards, which honor the year’s best adapted screenplays in film and television along with the works on which they are based. Winners will be announced at a ceremony February 9 at USC’s Doheny Library

This year, a tie in the TV voting resulted in six nominees. Overall, the 2019 Scripter selection committee chose finalists from a field of 90 film and 55 television adaptations.

Last year, the group chose James Ivory’s Call Me By Your Name based on André Aciman original novel on the film side, and Bruce Miller for adapting Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale in TV. The latter duo is nominated again this year.

Here’s the full list of this year’s noms:


Black Panther
Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, based on the character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
Disney and Marvel Comics

Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty and author Lee Israel
Fox Searchlight and Simon & Schuster

The Death of Stalin
Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin, and David Schneider, based on the graphic novel by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin
IFC Films and Titan Comics

If Beale Street Could Talk
Barry Jenkins and author James Baldwin
nnapurna Pictures and Vintage International

Leave No Trace
Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini, based on the novel “My Abandonment” by Peter Rock
Bleecker Street and Mariner Books


The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Tom Rob Smith, for the episode “The Man Who Would Be Vogue,” and author Maureen Orth for the nonfiction book Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History
FX and Bantam Books

The Handmaid’s Tale
Bruce Miller and Kira Snyder, for the episode “Holly”, and author Margaret Atwood
Hulu and Anchor

The Looming Tower
Dan Futterman and Ali Selim, for the episode “9/11,” and author Lawrence Wright
Hulu and Penguin Random House

Patrick Melrose
David Nicholls for the episode “Bad News,” based on the series of novels by Edward St. Aubyn
Showtime and Picador

Sharp Objects
Marti Noxon for the episode “Vanish,” and author Gillian Flynn
HBO and Broadway Books

A Very English Scandal
Russell T Davies and author John Preston
Amazon Studios and Other Press

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