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The USC Libraries Scripter Awards, which recognize adapted screenplays and their source material, were handed out Saturday night, with Moonlight, The People v. O.J. Simpson and The Night Manager as the evening’s big winners.
The film award has been handed out since 1988, with the TV prize added last year. The Scripter selection committee, chaired by USC professor and Writers Guild of America president Howard Rodman, chose the finalists from a field of 80 film and 45 TV adaptations.
The five film nominees were all frontrunners for a best picture Oscar nomination, and four of them are frontrunners for the adapted screenplay Oscar nomination, with adapted screenplay frontrunner Hacksaw Ridge missing from the Scripter nominees.
Moonlight‘s Barry Jenkins beat out Arrival’s Eric Heisserer, Fences‘ August Wilson, Hidden Figures‘ Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi and Lion‘s Luke Davies.
The People v. O.J. Simpson and The Night Manager tied for the TV award, beating out Game of Thrones, The Man in the High Castle and Orange Is the New Black.
Last year, The Big Short took home the Scripter Award for film, ahead of its best adapted screenplay Oscar win, with HBO’s Show Me a Hero earning TV honors.
The awards were handed out in the Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library at USC.
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