Scribes add Scripter to 'Slumdog' accolades

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Author Vikas Swarup and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Simon Beaufoy have won the 21st USC Scripter Award for Fox Searchlight's "Slumdog Millionaire."

The Scripters recognize the author and scribes of a produced literary work-to-film adaptation. Swarup and Beaufoy beat out the writers of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Reader," "Revolutionary Road" and "Iron Man." The latter's entry was the first time a superhero movie and its writers made it to the finals.

"Slumdog" has been riding the kudos train this awards season. Beaufoy has been nominated for a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, a WGA Award and an Oscar for his adaptation of Swarup's novel "Q&A."

"There is nothing like this in Britain for screenwriters, nothing," Beaufoy said. "You're taking writers and screenwriters seriously, and that is an amazing thing."

The Scripters also gave Pulitzer-winning novelist Michael Chabon the second annual Scripter Literary Achievement Award, which honors a writer who has made significant and sustained contributions to the art of adaptation. (partialdiff)
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