Past Scripter Awards

Many of our past Scripter Awards are viewable online through the USC Libraries YouTube channel. For a list of all the nominees in past years visit our Wikipedia page.

Past Winners

Movie Poster - American Foction - Jeffrey Wright in suit straightening his tie.
Movie Poster - Slow Horses - Gary Oldman, Jack Lowden, Kristin Scott Thomas walking with guns
Scripter 36 (2024)
Film | American Fiction
Percival Everett, author
Cord Jefferson, screenwriter

Episodic Series | Slow Horses
Mick Herron, author
Will Smith, screenwriter

Ex Libris Award
George Cassady
Women Talking cover: women standing in a group staring.
Slow Horses cover: Cast members standing in line
Scripter 35 (2023)
Film | Women Talking
Miriam Toews, author
Sarah Polley, screenwriter

Episodic Series | Slow Horses
Mick Herron, author
Will Smith, screenwriter

Ex Libris Award
Jim Childs
The Lost Daughter movie poster
Dopesick movie poster
Scripter 34 (2022)
Film | The Lost Daughter
Elena Ferrante, author
Maggie Gyllenhaal, screenwriter

Episodic Series | Dopesick
Beth Macy, author
Danny Strong, screenwriter

Literary Achievement Award
Barry Jenkins
Nomadland Poster
Queen's Gambit Poster
Scripter 33 (2021)
Film | Nomadland
Jessica Bruder, author
Chloé Zhao, screenwriter

Episodic Series | The Queen's Gambit
Walter Tevis, author
Scott Frank, screenwriter

Ex Libris Award
Greg Lucas
Little Women Cover
Fleabag Cover

Scripter 32 (2020) 
Film | Little Women
Louisa May Alcott, author
Greta Gerwig, screenwriter

Episodic Series | Fleabag
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, author and screenwriter

Literary Achievement Award
Susan Orlean

Ex Libris Award
Glenn Sonnenberg

Call Me By Your Name
The Handmaid's Tale
Scripter 31 (2019)
Film | Leave No Trace
Peter Rock, author
Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini, screenwriters

Episodic Series | A Very English Scandal
John Preston, author
Russell T Davies, screenwriter

Ex Libris Award
George E. Isaacs
Call Me By Your Name
The Handmaid's Tale
Scripter 30 (2018)
Film | Call Me by Your Name
André Aciman, author
James Ivory, screenwriter

Episodic Series | The Handmaid’s Tale
Margaret Atwood, author
Bruce Miller, screenwriter

Literary Achievement Award
Francis Ford Coppola

Ex Libris Award
Valerie and Ronald Sugar
The Night Manager
People vs. O.J. Simpson

Scripter 29 (2017)
Film | Moonlight 
Tarell Alvin McCraney, author
Barry Jenkins, screenwriter

Episodic Series | (tie) The Night Manager & The People v. O.J. Simpson
John le Carré, author
David Farr, screenwriter

Jeffrey Toobin, author
Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, screenwriters

Ex Libris Award
Kathleen McCarthy Kostlan

Scripter 28 (2016)
Film | The Big Short
Michael Lewis, author
Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, screenwriters

Episodic Series | Show Me a Hero
Lisa Belkin, author
William F. Zorzi and David Simon, screenwriters

Scripter 27 (2015)
The Imitation Game
Andrew Hodges, author
Graham Moore, screenwriter

Literary Achievement Award
Walter Mosley

Ex Libris Award
Dr. Elaine Leventhal

Scripter 26 (2014)
12 Years a Slave 
Solomon Northup, author
John Ridley, screenwriter

Literary Achievement Award 
Robert Towne

Scripter 25 (2013)
Joshuah Bearman and Antonio J. Mendez, authors
Chris Terrio, screenwriter

Literary Achievement Award 
Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry

Scripter 24 (2012) 
The Descendants
Kaui Hart Hemmings, author
Alexander Payne, Jim Rash, Nat Faxon, screenwriters

Literary Achievement Award 
Paul Haggis

Scripter 23 (2011)
The Social Network
Ben Mezrich, author
Aaron Sorkin, screenwriter

Literary Achievement Award 
Dennis Lehane

Scripter 22 (2010)
Up in the Air
Walter Kirn, author
Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner, screenwriters

Literary Achievement Award 
Eric Roth

Scripter 21 (2009)
Slumdog Millionaire
Vikas Swarup, author
Simon Beaufoy, screenwriters

Literary Achievement Award 
Michael Chabon

Scripter 20 (2008)
No Country for Old Men
Cormac McCarthy, author
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, screenwriters

Literary Achievement Award 
Steven Zaillian

Scripter 19 (2007)
Children of Men
P.D. James, author
Alfonso Cuaron, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus, and Hawk Ostby, screenwriters
Scripter 18 (2006)
Gerald Clarke, author
Dan Futterman, screenwriter
Scripter 17 (2005)
Million Dollar Baby
F.X. Toole, author
Paul Haggis, screenwriter
Scripter 16 (2004)
Mystic River and Seabiscuit
Dennis Lehane, author; Laura Hillenbrand, author
Brian Helgeland, screenwriter; Gary Ross, screenwriter
Scripter 15 (2003)
The Hours
Michael Cunningham, author
David Hare, screenwriter
Scripter 14 (2002)
A Beautiful Mind
Sylvia Nasar, author
Akiva Goldsman, screenwriter
Scripter 13 (2001)
Wonder Boys
Michael Chabon, author
Steve Kloves, screenwriter
Scripter 12 (2000)
The Hurricane
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, Sam Chaiton and Terry Swinton, authors
Armyan Bernstein and Dan Gordon, screenwriters
Scripter 11 (1999)
A Civil Action
Jonathan Harr, author
Steven Zaillian, screenwriter
Scripter 10 (1998)
L.A. Confidential
James Ellroy, author
Brian Helgeland and Curtis Hanson, screenwriters
Scripter 9 (1997)
The English Patient
Michael Ondaatje, author
Anthony Minghella, screenwriter
Scripter 8 (1996)
Sense and Sensibility
Jane Austen, author
Emma Thompson, screenwriter
Scripter 7 (1995)
The Shawshank Redemption
Stephen King, author
Frank Darabont, screenwriter
Scripter 6 (1994)
Schindler's List
Thomas Keneally, author
Steven Zaillian, screenwriter
Scripter 5 (1993)
A River Runs Through It
Norman Maclean, author
Richard Friedenberg, screenwriter
Scripter 4 (1992)
Fried Green Tomatoes
Fannie Flagg, author
Fannie Flagg and Carol Sobieski, screenwriters
Scripter 3 (1991)
Oliver Sacks, author
Steven Zaillian, screenwriter
Scripter 2 (1990)
The Accidental Tourist
Anne Tyler, author
Frank Galati and Lawrence Kasdan, screenwriters
Scripter 1 (1989)
84 Charing Cross Road
Helene Hanff, author
Hugh Whitemore, screenwriter