'Perks of Being a Wallflower' joins Oscar nominees on list of 25th USC Scripter finalists
The USC Scripter Awards is celebrating its silver anniversary this year. And in this 25th year, the USC Libraries' set of nominees is reflective of a very competitive year as, for the first time ever, a tie resulted in six nominees as opposed to the usual five.
All of the nominees from this year's Best Adapted Screenplay category at the Oscars were represented, plus a WGA nominee that had a a big head of steam going into the nominations announcement last Thursday but ultimately come up short.
The USC Scripter prize is unique in that it recognizes both the screenwriters and the authors of the original source material. This year's nominees were selected from a field of 82 eligible adaptations by a committee co-chaired by screenwriter Naomi Foner and USC professor and vice president of the WGA, West, Howard Rodman.
The nominees are...
Joshua Bearman, author of "The Great Escape" (article) Antonio J. Mendez, author of "The Master of Disguise" (book) and Chris Terrio, screenwriter
"Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Lucy Alibar, writer of "Juicy and Delicious" (play) and screenwriter, and Benh Zeitlin, screenwriter
"Life of Pi"
Yann Martel, author of "Life of Pi" (novel) and David Magee, screenwriter
Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" (book) and Tony Kushner, screenwriter
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
Stephen Chbosky, author of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" (novel) and screenwriter
"Silver Linings Playbook"
Matthew Quick, author of "The Silver Linings Playbook" (novel) and David O. Russell, screenwriter
Those serving on the committee included film critics Leonard Maltin and Kennth Turan, authors (and former USC Scripter winners) Michael Chabon and Kaui Hart Hemmings and screenwriters Geoffrey Fletcher and Lawrence Ksdan, among others.
Winners will be announced at the 25th annual USC Scripter Awards at the historic Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library on the University Park campus of the University of Southern California (Fight On) on February 9, 2013. Previously announced, Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana will receive the Literary Achievement Award.
As always, keep track of all the ups and downs of the 2012-2013 film awards season via The Circuit.
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
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