'Lincoln,' 'Argo,' 'Silver Linings' Among 25th Annual Scripter Nominees

"Beasts of the Southern Wild", "Life of Pi" and "Perks of Being a Wallflower" also vie for the award that honors the authors and screenwriters of year’s most accomplished cinematic adaptation.

Awards frontrunners Argo, Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook are among the six nominees for the USC Libraries Scripter Award.

Beasts of the Southern Wild, Life of Pi and Perks of Being a Wallflower round out the list for the award, which in its 25th year honors the authors and screenwriters of what the 32-member selection committee deems the “year’s most accomplished cinematic adaptation.”

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The 2013 finalists, in alphabetical order by film title,  are: 

Joshuah Bearman, author of the article The Great Escape, Antonio J. Mendez, author of The Master of Disguise, and screenwriter Chris Terrio, for Argo; for Beasts of the Southern Wild, dramatist Lucy Alibar, who wrote the play Juicy and Delicious, and screenwriter Benh Zeitlin, who co-wrote the screenplay with Alibar; novelist Yann Martel and screenwriter David Magee for Life of Pi; Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, and screenwriter Tony Kushner for Lincoln; Stephen Chbosky, author of the novel Perks of Being a Wallflower, as well as the screenplay based upon the book; author Matthew Quick and screenwriter David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook.

In the past, there have been five finalists but a tie resulted in a set of six nominees. There were 82 eligible adaptations to choose from this year.

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Among the selection committee members are film critics Leonard Maltin and Kenneth Turan; authors Michael Chabon, Kaui Hart Hemmings and Jonathan Lethem; screenwriters Geoffrey Fletcher, Gale Anne Hurd and Lawrence Kasdan; and USC deans Elizabeth Daley of the School of Cinematic Arts, Madeline Puzo of the School of Dramatic Arts and Catherine Quinlan of the USC Libraries.

The Scripters will be announced Feb. 9 at a black-tie gala at USC. Brokeback Mountain screenwriters Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana will also receive the USC Scripter Literary Achievement Award.