Yesterday, the USC Libraries named the finalists for the 33rd-annual Scripter Awards, which honor the authors and screenwriters behind the year's most accomplished screen adaptations of the written word. Several entertainment news publications featured the announcement, and several characterized Scripter's feature film category as a bellwether for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay race. The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg, for example, noted that the winning film went on to win the Oscar fourteen out of thirty-two year. IndieWire's Anne Thompson also noted the correlation and commented on the role of the Scripter selection committee chaired by USC School of Cinematic Arts Professor Howard Rodman: "This group of academics, industry professionals, and critics (for which I vote) is often predictive of the Adapted Screenplay Oscar race."
Media Coverage of the 2021 Scripter Award Nominations