USC Libraries Name Finalists for 36th-Annual Scripter Awards


The USC Libraries named the finalists for the 36th-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award, which honors the writers of the year’s most accomplished film and episodic series adaptations, as well as the writers of the works on which they are based.

The finalist writers for film adaptation are, in alphabetical order by film title:

  • Cord Jefferson for American Fiction based on the novel Erasure by Percival Everett
  • Eric Roth and Martin Scorsese for Killers of the Flower Moon based on the nonfiction book Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
  • Christopher Nolan for Oppenheimer based on the nonfiction book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin
  • Ava DuVernay for Origin based on the nonfiction book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Screenwriter Tony McNamara and novelist Alasdair Gray for Poor Things  

The finalist writers for episodic series are, in alphabetical order by series title:

  • Peter Morgan, for the episode "Sleep, Dearie Sleep," from The Crown, based on his stage play The Audience
  • Scott Neustadter for the episode "Fire," from Daisy Jones and the Six, based on the novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Craig Mazin for the episode "Long, Long Time" from The Last of Us, based on the video game by Neil Druckmann and Naughty Dog
  • Will Smith for the episode "Negotiating with Tigers," from Slow Horses, based on the novel Real Tigers by Mick Herron
  • Max Borenstein, Rodney Barnes and Jim Hecht for the episode "The New World," from Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty based on the nonfiction work Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s by Jeff Pearlman 

The 2024 Scripter selection committee selected the finalists from a field of 80 film and 56 episodic series adaptations. Howard Rodman, USC professor and Vice President/Secretary of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, chairs the 2024 committee.

The studios distributing the finalist films and current publishers of the printed works are:

  • American Fiction—Amazon MGM Studios and Graywolf Press
  • Killers of the Flower Moon—Apple Original Films and Vintage Books
  • Oppenheimer—Universal Pictures and Vintage Books
  • Origin—Neon and Random House
  • Poor Things—Searchlight Pictures and Bloomsbury 

The networks and streaming platforms broadcasting the finalist episodic series and current publishers of the works are:

  • The Crown—Netflix and Dramatists Play Service Inc.
  • Daisy Jones and the Six—Amazon Prime Video and Random House
  • The Last of Us—HBO | Max and Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Slow Horses—Apple TV+ and Soho Crime
  • Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty—HBO | Max and Avery 

The USC Libraries will announce the winning authors and screenwriters at a black-tie ceremony on Saturday, Mar. 2, 2024, in the historic Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library at the University of Southern California.

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