'Slumdog' scribes win Scripter Award

USC honor goes to Vikas Swarup, Simon Beaufoy

Author Vikas Swarup and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Simon Beaufoy won the 21st USC Scripter Award for Fox Searchlight's "Slumdog Millionaire."

The Scripters recognize the author and the scribes of a produced literary work-to-film adaptation. Swarup and Beaufoy beat out the writers of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Reader," "Revolutionary Road" and "Iron Man." The latter's entry was the first time a superhero movie and its writers made it to the finals.

The Scripters also honored Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon with the second annual Scripter Literary Achievement Award. The prize honors a writer who has made significant and sustained contributions to the art of adaptation. Chabon has penned acclaimed books that have been translated to the screen such as "Wonder Boys" and "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh," has books "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" and "The Yiddish Policeman's Union" in development around town and has done screenplay work with movies such as "Spider-Man 2."

"Slumdog" has been prominently riding the kudos train this awards season and Beaufoy has so far been nominated for a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, a WGA Award as well as the Oscar for his adaptation of Swarup's novel titled "Q&A."