'District 9' among Scripter Award noms

Film benefited from expanded criteria for eligibility this year

"District 9" has been nominated for a USC Libraries Scripter Award thanks to the evolution of the organization's criteria for the honor.

The Scripters have traditionally honored the author and screenwriter of the best film adaptation of a book or short story. Last year the "Iron Man" screenwriters were nominated when material based on comic books was allowed into the competition.

This year, the eligibility was expanded once again, this time to include scripts based on plays and screenplays. "District 9," written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, is based on a short film by Blomkamp.

Films joining "District 9" in vying for best adapted script are "Crazy Heart," written by Scott Cooper based on a book by Thomas Cobb; "An Education," penned by Nick Hornby and based on a memoir by Lynn Barber; "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," penned by Geoffrey Fletcher and authored by Sapphire; and "Up in the Air," with Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner adapting the book by Walter Kirn.

The winner will be announced at a gala ceremony Feb. 6.