The USC Libraries Scripter Award, which gives honor and credit to the works of both the screenwriter who adapted a particular literary work and its author, has chosen its nominees.
A Dangerous Method, Moneyball, Jane Eyre, The Descendants and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy made it to the finalists for the USC Libraries Scripter Award, which will be held at USC on February 18.
A selection committee of 32 filmmakers, critics and academics did the honor of naming the nominees for this year’s event.
The list dropped titles such as Scorsese’s Hugo, Spielberg’s War Horse, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Help and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, among others.
Scripter nominations usually fit about three out of five Oscar choices for Best Adapted Screenplay and winners fall together about half the time.
Paul Haggis will be receiving his 2012 USC Scripter Literary Achievement Award at the upcoming awards ceremony.
Full list of nominees
Christopher Hampton for A Dangerous Method from the nonfiction book A Most Dangerous Method: The Story of Jung, Freud, and Sabina Spielrein by John Kerr and the Hampton’s own 2002 stage play The Talking Cure.
Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian and Stan Chervin for Moneyball from Michael Lewis’ book, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game.
Moira Buffini for Jane Eyre from Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 book of the same title.
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash for The Descendants from Kaui Hart Hemmings’ novel The Minor Wars.
Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy from author John le Carré’s thriller of the same title.