Yesterday, the USC Libraries announced the finalists for the 35th-annual Scripter Awards, which honor the authors and screenwriters behind the year's most accomplished screen adaptations of the written word. Numerous entertainment news publications featured the nominations, including Awards Radar, Deadline, Gold Derby, The Hollywood Reporter, IndieWire, Variety, and The Wrap.
Writing for The Hollywood Reporter, Scott Feinberg seized on what he and several other journalists characterized as surprise nominations:
The most notable nominations are those of Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio and Top Gun: Maverick, given that the screenplays of those films had not yet received widespread recognition, and that acclaimed adaptations of the novels Lady Chatterley’s Lover and White Noise, the nonfiction work The Good Nurse and the play The Whale were also eligible. (A widely lauded adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front was not eligible, as it is not in the English language.)
Over on Twitter, the official account of Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio acknowledged the nomination, noting that it is the first animated Scripter finalist.
The USC Libraries will announce the winning authors and screenwriters at a black-tie ceremony on Saturday, March 4, 2023, in USC's historic Doheny Memorial Library.