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“Call Me by Your Name” has been named the year’s best screen adaptation at the 2018 USC Libraries Scripter Award ceremony, winning an honor that goes both to the writer of the screenplay and the author of the original work from which the script was adapted.
Scripter Awards went to André Aciman, who wrote the original novel on which the film is based, and James Ivory, who wrote the screenplay.
The Scripter winner has gone on to win the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for the last seven years in a row, and nine times in the last 10 years. All five of the Oscar nominees in the category – “Call Me by Your Name,” “The Disaster Artist,” “Logan,” “Molly’s Game” and “Mudbound” – were also nominated for the Scripter Award, along with “The Lost City of Z” and “Wonder Woman.”
The Scripter Award for a television adaptation, a category that was created in 2016, went to “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
TV nominees were the miniseries “Alias Grace,” the TV movie “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” and episodes of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Big Little Lies,” “Genius” and “Mindhunter.”
The selections were made by a committee of screenwriters, critics, authors, producers and academics, chaired by the former president of the Writers Guild of America, West, Howard Rodman.
The black-tie 30th anniversary Scripter Award ceremony took place in the Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library on the USC campus, and was also a fundraiser for the USC Libraries. Francis Ford Coppola, who went to film school at USC’s crosstown rival UCLA, received the Scripter Literary Achievement Award.
The Scripter Award winners and nominees:
FILM“Call Me by Your Name”: author André Aciman and screenwriter James Ivory *WINNER“The Disaster Artist”: screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber and authors Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell for their nonfiction book “The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside ‘The Room,’ the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made”“Logan”: screenwriters Scott Frank, Michael Green and James Mangold, and authors Roy Thomas, Len Wein and John Romita, Sr.“The Lost City of Z”: screenwriter James Gray and author David Grann“Molly’s Game”: screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and author Molly Bloom“Mudbound”: screenwriters Dee Rees and Virgil Williams and author Hillary Jordan“Wonder Woman”: screenwriter Allan Heinberg and author William Moulton Marston
TELEVISION“Alias Grace”: screenwriter Sarah Polley and author Margaret Atwood“Big Little Lies”: screenwriter David E. Kelley for the episode “You Get What You Need” and author Liane Moriarty“Genius”: screenwriters Noah Pink and Ken Biller for the episode “Einstein: Chapter One” and author Walter Isaacson for his book “Einstein: His Life and Word”“The Handmaid’s Tale”: screenwriter Bruce Miller for the episode “Offred” and author Margaret Atwood *WINNER“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”: screenwriters Peter Landesman, George C. Wolfe, and Alexander Woo and author Rebecca Skloot“Mindhunter”: screenwriters Joe Penhall and Jennifer Haley for “Episode 10” and authors John Douglas and Mark Olshaker for their nonfiction book “Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit”
Oscars 2018: 8 Biggest Snubs and Surprises, From Tom Hanks to Denzel Washington (Photos)
Every year at the Academy Awards, there are inevitably certain nominees that raise eyebrows in surprise and glaring omissions that furrow those eyebrows in anger. 2018 was no different. Here are some of this year’s snubs and surprises. SURPRISE: Denzel Washington for “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”: Washington’s portrayal of a lawyer caught in a moral quagmire left critics lukewarm and didn’t make much of an impact at the box office, yet it has earned the beloved actor his ninth Oscar nomination and sixth in the Best Actor category. SNUB: Tom Hanks for “The Post”: Many awards prognosticators expected that the Best Actor slot taken by Denzel would have gone to Tom Hanks for his portrayal of Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee. Instead, Jason Robards’ performance in “All The President’s Men” remains the only Ben Bradlee to get an Oscar nod. SURPRISE: Lesley Manville for “Phantom Thread”: Daniel Day Lewis got much of the press for “Phantom Thread,” but Manville has earned some attention for her performance as Reynolds Woodcock’s devoted sister and business partner, who spends the whole film putting up with Reynolds obsessive nonsense. SNUB: Holly Hunter for “The Big Sick”: Kumail Nanjiani’s true-story dramedy earned a screenplay nomination, but Hunter, who was considered an early contender for Best Supporting Actress last summer for her performance as Kumail’s tough but loving future mother-in-law, ended up sliding out of the final list. SURPRISE: Paul Thomas Anderson for “Phantom Thread”: It feels weird to call it a surprise that an acclaimed filmmaker like Anderson got a nomination for Best Director, but in such a competitive field, not many awards analysts expected him to sneak in and take a nod for his work immersing audiences in Reynolds Woodcock’s meticulous world. That’s especially considering he managed to beat out…SNUB: Steven Spielberg for “The Post”: With its paean to journalism and not-so-subtle tweak at Donald Trump, it was expected that Academy voters would go ga-ga over “The Post.” Instead, it’s getting the “Selma” treatment, earning a Best Picture nomination but only getting one other nom for Meryl Streep while Spielberg misses out on an eighth Oscar nomination. SURPRISE: “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” for Best Documentary Feature: PBS will get a surprise nomination for their powerful recounting about how a small, family-owned bank in New York’s Chinatown became the only bank prosecuted by the feds in the wake of the 2008 recession. SNUB: “City of Ghosts” for Best Documentary Feature: Docs about the ongoing Syria crisis have been fertile ground for award winning docs like “Last Men In Aleppo” and last year’s Best Short Doc winner, “The White Helmets.” But the Academy didn’t go for this horrifying but moving tale about Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, a team of citizen journalists reporting the abuses of ISIS at the risk of their own lives.
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Steve Pond, awards editor at TheWrap, is also author of the L.A. Times bestseller The Big Show. He has been covering entertainment for more than two decades, and is the industry’s most knowledgeable Academy Awards prognosticator.
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