Field narrows for Scripter nod


The author-screenwriter teams behind "Children of Men," "The Devil Wears Prada," "The Illusionist," "The Last King of Scotland" and "Notes on a Scandal" have been selected as finalists for the 19th USC Libraries Scripter Award.

The Scripter, awarded annually, honors writers for the best achievement in adaptation among English-language films released during the previous year and based on a book, novella or short story. It is the only award that recognizes both the authors and screenwriters of a produced book-to-film adaptation.

The finalists include screenwriters Alfonso Cuaron & Timothy J. Sexton and David Arata and Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby for "Children," based on the book by P.D. James; screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna and author Lauren Weisberger for "Prada"; screenwriter Neil Berger for "Illusionist," based on the story "Eisenheim the Illusionist" by Steven Millhauser; screenwriters Peter Morgan and Jeremy Brock for "Scotland," based on the book by Giles Foden; and screenwriter Patrick Marber and author Zoe Heller for "Notes."

The selection committee voted to determine these five finalists from among the year's 45 eligible films.

The selection committee comprises members of the WGA, Academy Award-winning and -nominated screenwriters, authors, film industry executives, USC faculty, the dean of the USC Libraries and selected members of the Friends of the USC Libraries.

Previous Scripter winners include the authors and screenwriters of "Capote," "Million Dollar Baby," "The Hours," "A Beautiful Mind," "L.A. Confidential," "The English Patient" and "Schindler's List."

The winners will be announced Friday and will be feted at the annual black-tie gala Feb. 18 at USC's Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library.