'The Social Network' Wins USC Scripter Award

"The Social Network"

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and "The Accidental Billionaires" author Ben Mezrich topped the competition, which included "127 Hours" and "True Grit."

The Social Network writer Aaron Sorkin and author Ben Mezrich, who wrote the book the Oscar-nominated movie is based on, won the 23rd annual USC Libraries Scripter Award.

The Scripters, which recognize the author and scribes of a produced literary work-to-film adaptation, were held at a gala ceremony Friday night at USC.

The Social Network team (Sorkin wrote the script based on Mezrich’s book titled The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal) beat out the writers of 127 Hours, (director-writers Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy as well as author Aron Ralston), The Ghost Writer (filmmaker Roman Polanski and author-journalist Robert Harris), True Grit (Joel and Ethan Coen and author Charles Portis) and Winter’s Bone (director-writers Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini plus author Daniel Woodrell).