'The Big Short,' 'Show Me a Hero' Win at USC Scripter Awards

10:07 PM 2/20/2016

by THR staff

The film and TV winners were announced at USC's Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library on Feb. 20.

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'The Big Short,' Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

The USC Scripter Awards, which honor the authors of printed works and the screenwriters who adapt their stories, have awarded both film and TV projects for the first time ever.

This year, The Big Short took home the prize for film, with HBO's Show Me a Hero taking home the first win for television. 

The 2016 Scripter selection committee selected the finalists from a field of 73 film and 18 television adaptations. Last year, The Imitation Game took home the prize. Winners were announced at a Feb. 20 gala, held at USC's Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library. 

  • Film

    The Big Short (WINNER)
    Screenwriters Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, adapted from Michael Lewis’s nonfiction work The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    Novelist Colm Toibin and screenwriter Nick Hornby

    The End of the Tour
    Screenwriter Donald Margulies, adapted from David Lipsky’s memoir Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace

    The Martian
    Novelist Andy Weir and screenwriter Drew Goddard

    Emma Donoghue for the novel and screenplay

  • TV

    Show Me a Hero (WINNER)
    Screenwriters William F. Zorzi and David Simon, based on the nonfiction book by Lisa Belkin

    Game of Thrones
    Screenwriters David Benioff and D. B. Weiss for the episode “Hardhome,” adapted from the fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin

    The Leftovers
    Damon Lindelof and Jacqueline Hoyt for the episode “Axis Mundi” from “The Leftovers,” based on the novel by Tom Perrotta

    The Man in the High Castle
    Frank Spotnitz for the episode “The New World,” based on the novel by Philip K. Dick

    Masters of Sex
    Michelle Ashford for the episode “Full Ten Count,” based on the biography by Thomas Maier, Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love